Olney Theatre Center 2019-20 season – Olney MD EPA

Olney Theatre Corporation
Olney, MD

Job Details



$712/wk Mainstage, $600/wk Lab Theater (COST Tier 1)

In attendance at EPA:
Jenna Duncan – Associate Artistic Director/Casting Director; Rachel Grandizio – Casting Associate

Olney Artistic Staff:
Artistic Director: Jason Loewith
Sr. Associate Artistic Director: Jason King Jones
Associate Artistic Director/Director of Musical Theatre: Christopher Youstra

See breakdown for production dates.

An Equity Monitor will not be provided. The producer will run all aspects of this audition.

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.

Actors for Olney’s 2019-2020 Season. Please see shows, personnel and character breakdowns.


Olney Theatre Center 2019-2020 Season PLAYS

Olney Theatre Center is committed to hiring actors who reflect the diversity our world; actors of all backgrounds, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, ages, and abilities are encouraged to audition.


By: Marco Ramirez
Performance Space: Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab Director: Paige Hernandez
Important Dates
Rehearsals Begin: September 3, 2019
Tech Begins: September 20, 2019
Previews Begin: September 25, 2019
Opening: September 28, 2019
Closing: October 27, 2019
Possible Extension Through: November 3, 2019

Set in the early 1900’s, THE ROYALE follows the story of Jay Jackson — the Negro Heavyweight Champion — as he strives to become the heavyweight champion of the world. After challenging the current white titleholder, a highly publicized fight begins to unfold, spilling into the world outside of the ring. Fearing that this fight will affect much more than his career, Jay’s sister visits him and attempts to convince him to sabotage the fight. Jay must make a decision between advancing his career or putting the ones he love ones at risk.

Character Breakdown:

JAY: The Negro Heavyweight Champion. Late 20’s/early 30s

WYNTON: Jay’s trainer. 50’s.

NINA: Jay’s fierce big sister. 30’s.

FISH: An amateur boxer. 18.

MAX: A fight promoter and referee. White. 40s.


By: Stephen Karam
Performance Space: Mainstage
Director: Kimberly Senior
Important Dates
Rehearsals Begin: January 3, 2020
Tech Begins: January 24, 2020
Previews Begin: January 29, 2020 Opening: February 1, 2020
Closing: March 3, 2020
Possible Extension Through: March 8, 2020

THE HUMANS follows the Blake family as they navigate the conflicts that arise when they gather together for Thanksgiving. Erik, his wife, Deirdre, and his aging mother travel from suburban Pennsylvania to Manhattan to visit their youngest daughter, Brigid, and her boyfriend at their new apartment. Aimee, Brigid’s older sister, joins them for a weekend where the Blake family is forced to confront issues of family illness, aging, and the reality that children don’t always grow up to meet the expectations of their parents.

Character Breakdown:


DEIRDRE BLAKE: Erik’s wife, sixty-one

AIMEE BLAKE: Oldest daughter of Erik and Deirdre, thirty-four

BRIGID BLAKE: Youngest daughter of Erik and Deirdre, twenty-six

“MOMO” BLAKE: Erik’s mother, seventy-nine

RICHARD SAAD: Brigid’s boyfriend, thirty-eight


By: Jordan Harrison
Director: Jason King Jones
Performance Space: Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab Important Dates
Rehearsals Begin: February 4, 2020 (or February 11, 2020) Tech Begins: February 28, 2020
Previews Begin: March 4, 2020
Opening: March 7, 2020
Closing: April 5, 2020
Possible Extension Through: April 12, 2020

Set during the genesis of the Black Plague, THE AMATEURS follows a troupe of actors as they tour their morality play about Noah and the flood. After the appearance of an unexpected visitor (the playwright!), the actor playing Noah’s wife discovers that she in fact doesn’t want her character to board the ark. This throws the entirety of the company into a frenzy that is only worsened as the plague continues to spread. THE AMATEURS draws connections between the Black Plague and the AIDs epidemic, while examining how creativity finds a way to emerge amidst tragedy.

Character Breakdown:
LARKING: He plays God
BROM: He plays Noah
HOLLIS: She plays Noah’s Wife
RONA: She plays Shem and Shem’s Wife
GREGORY: A set designer, who also plays the PLAYWRIGHT THE PHYSIC: Also, plays HENRY’S APPARITION



Located ten miles north of Washington, DC in arts-rich Montgomery County, Maryland, Olney Theatre Center is one of the Washington region’s most critically-acclaimed large companies. Founded in 1938 as a summer stock company on the Straw Hat circuit, OTC is now an $8M/year professional regional theater offering nine member productions annually in four spaces on its fourteen-acre
campus. Legendary performers Tallulah Bankhead, Helen Hayes, Sir Ian McKellen, Tandy & Cronyn, and Olivia de Havilland trod the boards in the early days. With a more recent turn towards new work,creatives with Tony and Grammy Awards, OBIEs, and MacArthur Genius Grants have premiered theirwork here, like Moises Kaufman and Sergio Trujillo, among others. Along with Baltimore’sCenterstage, Olney Theatre Center is one of Maryland’s two state-designated theaters. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Jason Loewith since 2013, the theater’s artistic reinvigoration has been noted by The Washington Post, Washingtonian and many others; his first production at the theater, A Chorus Line, garnered the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Resident Musical in 2014, as did the theater’s production of IN THE HEIGHTS in 2018; in the world of new plays, OTC’s production of Andrew Hinderaker’s COLOSSAL won Best New Play in 2015. Loewith is best known as the LucilleLortel Award-winning librettist of Adding Machine: A Musical.

2019-2020 Olney Theater Center – MUSICALS

Olney Theatre Center is committed to hiring actors who reflect the diversity our world; actors of all backgrounds, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, ages, and abilities are encouraged to audition.


Music: John Kander
Lyrics: Fred Ebb
Book: Joe Masteroff
Performance Space: Mainstage
Rehearsals Begin: July 30, 2019
Tech Begins: August 24, 2019
Previews Begin: August 28, 2019
Opening: August 31, 2019
Closing: October 6, 2019
Possible Extension Through: October 13, 2019

Cabaret is a based on Christopher Isherwood’s novel Goodbye to Berlin (1939). Set in 1931 Berlin asthe Nazis are rising to power, it revolves around the relationship between Cliff Bradshaw, anAmerican writer who is coming to Berlin to search for inspiration for his next novel, and Sally Bowles, a British cabaret performer who performs at the Kit Kat Klub where much of the musical is set. As their relationship develops, so does a romance between German boarding house owner Fraulein Schneider and one of her boarders, a Jewish fruit vendor named Herr Schultz. The club and story are overseen by The Emcee, who presides as the club and the country are slowly destroyed as they move toward the full reign of the Nazi Party.

THE EMCEE: Kit Kat Klub host and overseer of the events of the musical.

SALLY BOWLES: A British cabaret singer at the Kit Kat Club who begins a romance with Cliff Bradshaw.

CLIFF BRADSHAW: An American novelist traveling to Berlin to find inspiration for his next novel and finds Sally.

FRAULEIN SCHNEIDER: A landlady who rents a room that Cliff stays in.

HERR SCHULTZ: One of Fraulein Schneider’s boarders, Jewish, runs a fruit shop and falls in love with Schneider.

ERNST LUDWIG: A friendly German who takes English lessons from Cliff but is revealed to be a member of the Nazi Party

FRAULEIN KOST: Another boarder in Schneider’s house.
ROSIE, LULU, FRENCHIE, TEXAS, FRITZIE, and HELGA: Kit Kat Klub dancers, ensemble.

BOBBY, VICTOR, HANS, and HERMAN: Kit Kat Klub dancers, ensemble.

Music: Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics: Arthur Freed
Book: Adolph Green and Betty Comden Performance Space: Mainstage Director: TBA

Rehearsals Begin: October 8, 2019 Tech Begins: November 2, 2019 Previews Begin: November 8, 2019 Opening: November 14, 2019 Closing: January 5, 2020

At the height of their careers, silent film stars Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont have just opened their newest picture, The Dueling Cavalier. However, once the first talking picture is released and is a hit, the producer of The Dueling Cavalier decides to adapt the film into a talkie. One problem, Lina’s voice is unbearable. Cosmo, Don’s best friend, convinces the producer to dub over Lina’s voice. Aspiring actress, Kathy Selden, who Don has fallen in love with, agrees to provide the voice of Lina in The Dueling Cavalier, which has been renamed The Dancing Cavalier. When Lina finds out that Don is in love with Kathy, she is livid and demands that Kathy remain uncredited for her work. While at the premiere, Lina is forced to lip-synch while Kathy is singing behind the curtain. Then Don raises the curtain to reveal that Kathy is the real star of the show.

DORA BAILEY: A Hollywood reporter, always has the latest gossip.

ZELDA ZANDERS: Lina’s best friend, always adds a dramatic flare to everything she says.

OLGA MARA: A silent film star.

R.F. SIMPSON: Producer of all of Don and Lina’s films, most recently The Dueling Cavalier, his main motivation is to make money even if it means reshooting the film.

ROSCOE DEXTER: The director of The Dueling Cavalier.

COSMO BROWN: Don’s loyal best friend, a jokester and always able to make light of a situation and cheer Don up.

LINA LAMONT: Famous silent film actress, believes that her romance with Don continues off the screen, has an intolerable voice, which is why she has found success in silent films.

DON LOCKWOOD: Successful silent film actor with humble beginnings, leading man to Lina’s leading lady however he does not return her affections, he falls in love with Kathy.

KATHY SELDEN: An aspiring actress who by chance gets the opportunity to be the voice for the famous Lina Lamont, she ends up falling in love with Don and rising to stardom.

MISS DINSMORE: Lina’s vocal coach

SAM: The sound engineer.

ENSEMBLE: Broadway host, dancers, chorus girls, stagehands, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Assistant Directors, Rod, Lady in Waiting, Villain, Butler, Policeman, Mary Margret, young Don, young Cosmo, Wardrobe Mistress, Hairdresser, Production Singer, Sid Phillips, Male Diction Teacher


Music and Lyrics: Erin McKeown

Book: Quiara Alegría Hudes

Performance Space: Mainstage Director/Choreographer: TBD Rehearsals Begin: March 3, 2020 Tech Begins: March 27, 2020 Previews Begin: April 1, 2020 Opening: April 4, 2020

Closing: May 3, 2020
Possible Extension Through: May 10, 2020

A regional premiere of the musical by Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes and singer/songwriter Erin McKeown. The story follows Beatriz, the mother of Olivia and an undocumented immigrant from Mexico at risk of being deported. After living apart for many years, Beatriz and Olivia take a cross-country road trip together.

OLIVIA: Half Latina, Beatriz’ daughter, 16
BEATRIZ: Mexican-American, Olivia’s mother, late 30s-early 40s. PEARL: African-American, 16
MO: Southern, in retirement
HIGGINS: also, Southern, also in retirement
MANUEL: Peruvian, a day laborer, 30s-50s

ENSEMBLE: backup singers who also play a lawyer, an officer, a legal clerk, a guy at a motel desk, an ICE official


Music and Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: Roger O. Hirson and Bob Fosse Performance Space: Mainstage Important Dates

Rehearsals Begin: May 12, 2020 Tech Begins: June 5, 2020 Previews Begin: June 10, 2020 Opening: June 13, 2020 Closing: July 19, 2020

Possible Extension Through: July, 26 or August 2, 2020

With the help of the Leading Player and a traveling troupe of actors, Pippin returns home from university in search of his true purpose in life. The young prince tries to prove his devotion to his father and the throne by going to war. However, the Leading Player convinces Pippin to usurp the throne from his father and kill him. After begging the Leading Player to bring his father back to life and falling in love, Pippin must decide where his true happiness lies.

LEADING PLAYER: Leader of a traveling troupe of actors who accompanies Pippin on his journey to find happiness.

PIPPIN: A young prince in search of his purpose in life.

CHARLES: Pippin’s father and King of the Holy Roman Empire.

FASTRADA: Pippin’s manipulative stepmother.

BERTHE: Pippin’s grandmother, she believes in him and hopes he finds success in all of his endeavors.

CATHERINE: A widow and mother of Theo, she falls in love with Pippin. THEO: Catherine’s son.

ENSEMBLE: Monks, Nobility, The Players, Peasants, Monks, and Charlemagne’s Army

THE MUSIC MAN (Workshop)

Music and Lyrics by: Meredith Willson
Book: Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey Co-Directed by: Alexandria Wales and Michael Baron Performance Space: N/A
Rehearsals: April 2-7, 2019

During a 6-day workshop we will explore songs and scenes from The Music Man to look at the musical with a cast made up of both deaf actors and hearing actors. This workshop will not have a public performance. Some roles are cast and therefore not listed in this breakdown.

ENSEMBLE (Multiple Characters) – must be played by a deaf actor

ENSEMBLE (Multiple Characters) – must be played by a deaf actor ============

Email [email protected] for an appointment slot.



Audition Information


Olney Theatre Center
2001 Olney Sandy Spring Rd
Olney, MD 20832-1601

Thursday, January 10, 2019
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Lunch 1:30-2:30 pm


Please prepare a monologue no longer than two minutes OR a brief song from your book OR a one-minute monologue and 16 bars of a song. Auditions should not exceed 2 minutes. An accompanist will be provided. And lastly, please bring a copy of your headshot and resume