Classic Stage Play Needs Women
Location: Dayton, OH
Ethnicity: All ethnicities
Auditions for "The Elephant Man" by Bernard Pomerance.
Production dates: Mar 17-Apr 2, 2017.
Seeking women. Please see detailed descriptions of the roles below.
If you cannot make the audition times, please call to schedule an alternate time.
Bernard Pomerance's Tony Award-winning classic, THE ELEPHANT MAN, is based on the real life of Joseph Merrick, an afflicted 19th century British man who became a star of the traveling freak show circuit. When the renowned Dr. Treves takes Merrick under his care at the London Hospital, he is astonished by Merrick's brilliant intelligence and unshakable faith. Treves introduces Merrick to the beautiful actress, Mrs. Kendall, who is struck by his loneliness and understanding. Soon all of Victorian high society becomes fascinated by Merrick. But with Merrick's new life comes new complexity for all involved, and a "normal" existence begins to seem all but impossible.
Auditions will consist of readings from the script.
All characters will use British accents; those with multiple roles will use multiple accents. Please take your best shot at the accent at auditions.
Race is not relevant.
A resume and headshot, though not required, are preferred.
Please provide a list of all known conflicts between Jan 25 & Apr 2, 2017
Audition selections will be available for download beginning in late December. Follow the link to our website for selections.
Familiarity with (but not memorization of) the selections is requested at the audition; cold readings demonstrate your ability to read; we would like to see something of your ability to create a character.
Please do bring a list of all conflicts and a resume if possible.
Actors are encouraged to read Treves's own brief account of his time with Merrick, a primary source for the play, in THE ELEPHANT MAN, AND OTHER REMINISCENCES found in the attachment.
It provides insight into Treves, Merrick, and Merrick's relationship with others, including women, of whom the play's Mrs. Kendall is a composite.
Nurse Sandwich, Countess, Pinhead:
Age 20 and up. Nurse Sandwich believes herself quite capable of dealing with all manner of misery and disfigurement, but panics at the sight of Merrick.
The Countess is a member of high-society who favors Merrick as a popular curiosity.
-) Princess Alexandra, Pinhead. The then Princess of Wales. Her actual age at the time was mid-40s, but could be older; must appear, at least with make-up, older than Mrs. Kendall. Another benefactor of Merrick's, though more for the social appearance then out of real concern for his well-being.
-) Duchess, Pinhead:
20s. Another benefactor of Merrick's, though perhaps closer to him than the Countess or Princess, but naive, perhaps even foolish.