Little Women – NYC EPA (01.04.19)
New York, NY
Call Type: EPA
OB Cat 4; $652/week
Artistic Director: Andrew Leynse
Executive Director: Shane D. Hudson
Associate Artistic Director: Erin Daley
Director: Sarna Lapine
Writer: Kate Hamill (Loosely based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott)
Casting: Calleri Casting
Personnel in attendance will include:
Andrew Leynse (Primary Stages),
Erin Daley (Primary Stages),
James Calleri (Calleri Casting),
Paul Davis (Calleri Casting),
Erica Jensen (Calleri Casting)
First Rehearsal: Apr 16
Tech: May 10
First Preview: May 15
Opening: June 4
Closing: June 29, with a potential extension through July 14
Venue: Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street, NYC)
EPA Procedures are in effect for this audition.
An Equity Monitor will be provided.
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 attend every audition.
Always bring your Equity Membership card to auditions.
Equity actors for various roles. The role of Meg has been CAST. See breakdown.
We are committed to diverse, inclusive casting. Performers of all ethnicities, race, gender identities and ages, as well as performers with disabilities are encouraged to attend.
NOTE: While the March girls/ Laurie are in their teens and early twenties, Little Women is a memory play. We are generally looking for actors in their twenties-thirties. This is a re-telling, and in some ways a conscious explosion of the archetypes found in the novel. None of the characters are good, or bad. It is not polite. They are not always perfectly likable. They are imperfect people, and it is an imperfect family.
JO MARCH (late 20s-30s)
Any ethnicity. Actors of all races and ethnicities are sought and STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. Open but not limited to, non-binary, gender queer, trans and cis-gendered performers. The second-to-oldest March. Does not fit comfortably within the given parameters of her given gender role. A deep fire within her. Extremely ambitious and frustrated by the distance between where she is – and where she wants to be. Impatient. Wants to change the world. Very smart and knows it. A mix of insecurity and aspiration. Boyish and rough-and-tumble. Sometimes antagonistic. Not the most tolerant of differing viewpoints. Can be quite awkward or abrupt; bad temper when riled. A great sense of humor. Passionate. Ahead of her time. A warrior. Has a special relationship with Beth.
(early – mid 20s) Any ethnicity. Actors of all races and ethnicities are sought and STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. The third March. Very sweet and paralytically shy;
had to be removed from school because of her paralyzing social anxieties. Agoraphobic. An extremely special person. Almost incapable of going out in the world; sheltered by her family. Loves deeply and has deep empathy for everyone. Loves the simple things in life – so much that it hurts. Sees much more than anyone realizes. Brave and sensitive; quick to forgive and heal wounds. An observer. Possibly on the autism spectrum. Seeking an actor who sings well.
(early – mid 20s) Any ethnicity. Actors of all races and ethnicities are sought and STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. The youngest March. Opinionated and spunky; popular and quite focused on style. Not the most tolerant of differing viewpoints. Socially intelligent. Sometimes puts on airs. Perhaps a bit spoiled. A perfect little lady – except for her temper, and her not-so-great command of “vocabulary.” Grows up to be quite beautiful and elegant. Madly in love with Laurie, around whom she is never cool. Any ethnicity. Actors of all races and ethnicities are sought and STRONGLY ENCOURAGED.
(45+) Any ethnicity. Actors of all races and ethnicities are sought and STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. The matriarch of the March family. A social revolutionary; ahead of her time. Good sense of humor. A warrior; keeps the family together. Tough. Strong. Intelligent. Doubles with AUNT MARCH (70+) – the most unpleasant old woman imaginable. Has lots of money; privileged. Strong political and personal opinions, which people endure. Has an intermittently hacking, disgusting cough. Judgmental.
HANNAH / MRS MINGOTT MESSENGER
(50+): Any ethnicity. Actors of all races and ethnicities are sought and STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. Hannah: the March’s longtime housekeeper, cook, and defacto babysitter. A treasure; a terror; a traditionalist. Takes no nonsense. Matter-of-fact; she’s the boss of that kitchen, for sure. Mrs. Mingott: a very rich, stylish woman. Vanderbilt-esque, condescending, not terribly pleasant; fancies herself charitable.
THEODORE “LAURIE” LAURENCE
(late 20s-30s) – Actors of all races and ethnicities are sought and STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. A sweet and handsome young man; sensitive. Funny, charming, and caring. In his fantasies, he’s a white knight: riding in to rescue damsels in distress. A natural musician. Wealthy thanks to his inheritance; generous, does
not have to think about money. Does not always fit comfortably within the given parameters of his given gender role – he doesn’t want to grow up to be a soldier or tedious man of business. Finds a family in the Marches. Any ethnicity.
JOHN BROOKS / PARROT
(30s-40s): Any ethnicity. Actors of all races and ethnicities are sought and STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. John Brooks: Laurie’s sometimes stiff and awkward
tutor. A rule-follower. A poor man; well educated. Has a very noticeable limp – probably served in the war and was sent home, although may have been disqualified from service altogether. Feels deeply. Quite madly in love with Meg. Doubles with Parrot. Aunt March’s parrot: pure evil. A musty, disgusting bird. Probably an actual demon in parrot form. May also double with MR. DASHWOOD (*will either double with John Brooks OR Mr. Laurence track*): A publisher of cheap newspapers and novels. A businessman, working in a man’s world. Fancies himself a realist. Not a nice guy. Fancies himself a nice guy.
MR. LAURENCE / ROBERT MARCH
(50+): Any ethnicity. Actors of all races and ethnicities are sought and STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. Mr. Laurence: Laurie’s grandfather,
responsible for Laurie’s upbringing. A wealthy man. A gentleman in the strictest sense. Not comfortable with emotional language; bad at expressing himself. Has a rigid sense of what is appropriate behavior, especially for a man. Tends towards gruffness or temper. Probably quite unintentionally frightening. Deeply regretful of incidents in his past, but unable to express it. Doubles with Robert March: father to the March girls. Never speaks, but his presence looms large. Is wounded in the war; never quite recovers. A significant limp. Struggles with his injuries, both emotional and physical May also double with MR.
(*will either double with John Brooks OR Mr. Laurence track*): A publisher of cheap newspapers and novels. A businessman, working in a man’s world. Fancies himself a realist. Not a nice guy. Fancies himself a nice guy. Any ethnicity.
(late 20s-30s) Any ethnicity. Actors of all races and ethnicities are sought and STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. The oldest March daughter. Wears glasses. Acts as
Marmie’s second in the house. A romantic at heart – likes to dress up and have little luxuries in life. Becomes a young mother and struggles with the realities of the same.
Primary Stages Studios
307 W 38th St
New York, NY 10018
Friday, January 4, 2019
9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Lunch 1 to 2
WHAT TO PREPARE
Please bring a stapled picture & resume. Sides will be provided at the EPA.
Minors must be accompanied by an adult