Upcoming Auditions

“FOOL FOR LOVE”
Written by Sam Shepard
Directed by John Atkin
Performances are September 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29.
Please come to auditions familiar with the script. Feel free to email John Atkin with any comments, questions or concerns. jwadirector@gmail.com
Tentatively looking to do several blocking rehearsals the weeks of July 8th and 15th, then rehearsals will begin August 5th, probably Monday through Thursday, although it is subject to change.
All roles open
May, late 20s - early 30s – Strong willed, vulnerable and manipulative. She desires and rejects Eddie, seemingly simultaneously.
Eddie, 30s – The protagonist, Eddie is a complex character, larger than life, but with many weaknesses, including being a heavy drinker.
Old Man, 50+ - Surreal character, onstage the entire play. Seen in the minds of May and Eddie only, provides commentary of the scenes, was father of both May and Eddie with different mothers.
Martin, 30s – Simple, innocent, kind man picking up May for a date.

The story:
The scene is a stark motel room at the edge of the Mojave Desert. May, a disheveled young woman, sits dejectedly on a rumpled bed while Eddie, a rough-spoken rodeo performer, crouches in a corner fiddling with his riding gear. When he attempts to console May, who is distressed by Eddie's frequent absences and love affairs, she seems, at first, to soften—but then she suddenly attacks him. As the recriminations pour out, and the action becomes, at times, physically violent, the desperate nature of their relationship becomes apparent—they cannot get along with, or without, one another, yet neither can subdue their burning passion.


Audition FAQs

+ What should I prepare?

Examine what the audition notice has requested and prepare appropriately. For example, if it asks for classical musical theater, do not bring a song from RENT. You should prepare something that suits you well and with which you are comfortable. We want to see you at your best!

+ Where are auditions held?

Generally auditions are held at the Carriage House Arts Center at 390 Grumman Ave in Norwalk, CT. However, always check the audition listing to make sure.

+ What should I wear?

Wear what you feel & look best in. Don't wear anything too distracting. You will do best in neutral tones and unpatterned pieces. If there is a dance component to the auditions, bring a change of clothes in which you can move easily. If you do not have official "dancewear," don't sweat it! Any gym clothes will do.

+ What should I bring?

If you have a headshot and a resume, great! But you do not need one to be considered. A smile goes a long way inside the audition room and out.

+ Who will be watching me?

The answer to this varies by production, but expect at least 3-4 people in the room: the director, the producer(s), the stage manager, and, if it's a musical, the choreographer and the musical director.

+ What happens in the audition room?

FOR A PLAY: Generally, you will be given "sides," or a section of the script, to read from, either with another actor or with a reader selected by the production team. FOR A MUSICAL: You will enter the room and, if you have sheet music, bring it to the accompanist. At this point you can discuss tempo and feel if you wish, and then make your way to the stage. If there is an X or a marker, walk to that spot; if not, as a rule, stand in the center of the stage. Introduce yourself to the people who are watching, and introduce your piece(s). Once you have completed your audition, thank the room, grab your music from the accompanist and thank him or her as well, and then exit the room.

+ What happens after the audition?

If there is no dance component to the audition, you may leave once you have completed your song or monologue. If the production team needs to see more from you, they will bring you back for callbacks.

+ What happens at callbacks?

This varies by production, but generally you will be called back to audition for a specific part in the production. If the production is a musical, you might also be taught a section of a song from that show or a specific dance combination.

+ What does it mean if I didn't get a callback?

Not getting a callback does not necessarily mean you are not going to be cast. It simply means the production team saw enough from you at your initial audition to make a casting decision about you.

+ When will I find out if I'm cast?

This varies, depending on the calendar of the production, but generally the production will be officailly cast within a week of callbacks. We do contact everyone who auditions (whether they are cast or not) as soon as we can.

+ What does it mean if I'm not cast?

If you are not cast, it does not reflect on your talent or ability. Production teams are looking for a very specific quality and look for each character, and that is out of your control! You should not take rejection as a value judgement on you, but rather as a opportunity to audition for another show.