August Wilson Red Door Project 2019 Season – Portland Appointments

August Wilson Red Door Project
Portland, OR

Job Details


Call Type: Submission

Minimum – $350/wk

Kevin Jones. Co-Founder & Artistic Director

Ongoing. See breakdown.

Video auditions will also be accepted for those individuals who aren’t available to audition in person. Please contact [email protected] to arrange for a video audition submission or with any questions.

Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to submit.

Actors for 2019 Season. Roles include: Person of color; any gender identity, between mid-30s to 60s;
Male identifying person, between late-30s to 60s, working class, blue-collar.
Character actors and performers with athletic builds strongly encouraged to audition. The majority of roles being cast are for police officers of varying ranks.
See breakdown for more information.


This is a general company audition for the August Wilson Red Door Projects 2019 season of plays.

Our Productions:

Cop Out is a direct address style performance piece that reflects the complicated personal and professional experiences and emotions of police officers in our country today. In an effort to advance the dialogue between law enforcement and the communities they serve in a constructive way, The Red Door commissioned playwrights from across the country to interview a broad spectrum of police officers, including many officers of color and cops from diverse backgrounds, and write monologues to reflect their experiences.
You may be familiar with Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments, which the Red Door has been touring locally and regionally for the past 3 years. Hands Up – a series of seven monologues – was commissioned by the New Black Fest in New York City in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown and the ensuing protests in Ferguson, Missouri. These pieces – written by six black men and one black woman – reflect each writers personal experience of being black in America.
Cop Out is presented in a similar format, with a series of monologues performed in succession with a talkback following the performance. However, Cop Out is decidedly not the “counterpart” to Hands Up.
Our intention is to more accurately reflect the complexity of emotions and experiences involved in what we too often think of as a binary, black-white, good-bad narrative, consistent with the Red Door mission of changing racial ecology through the arts.
In order to reach these goals we are looking for actors who are willing to fully engage with this heart-wrenching work and to look inward as individuals and artists while staying true to our mission and values.

A Note About Casting:
As is noted above, the shows we typically produce are collections of monologues and their unique nature makes our model for casting a bit unusual in the theatre industry. We seek to have at least two actors who can perform each monologue at any given time. We draw from this pool of actors when performances are requested by a partner venue. Because of this, once you are ‘cast’ we will rehearse you for at least one monologue over several sessions with Kevin Jones (or another director). You may or may not perform the monologue immediately after this rehearsal process is completed but you will be expected to stay current and memorized on your monologue. Once performances are booked our staff will get in touch with you to see if you are available for some brush up rehearsal and to perform for the particular set of shows.

Thank you again for your interest in our work and for your willingness to share your talent with us. We hope to get the opportunity to work with you soon.

Deadline; 01/12/2019

[email protected]

The August Wilson Red Door Project
1515 SW Morrison St
Portland, OR 97205

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Audition Information

Minors must be accompanied by an adult