Arena Stage and Signature Theatre (VA) 2019-20 Season – Washington, DC Combined EPA (03.19.19)

Various Producers
Washington, DC

Job Details


Call Type: EPA

LORT Non-Rep
See each theatre’s breakdown for contract/salary info

See each theatre’s breakdown for personnel in attendance at the EPA, as well as season creative team.

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

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Equity actors, singers and dancers for various roles in the 2019-20 Seasons of the Arena Stage (Washington, DC) and Signature Theatre (Arlington, VA)


Arena Stage
1101 6th St. SW,
Washington DC 20024,

LORT B+ ($1033/week),
B ($941/week), and
C ($873/week) contracts

Personnel in attendance for Arena Stage:
Victor Vazquez, Arena Stage Casting Director
Malek Mayo, Casting Fellow, Arena Stage

Arena Stage 2019-20 Season

A musical based on the Disney Film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Jack Feldman
Book by Harvey Feinstein
Directed by Molly Smith
Choregraphed by Parker Esse
1st rehearsal: 10/1/2019
Runs: 11/1/19 – 12/29/19

In the summer of 1899, the newsboys of New York City took on two of the most powerful men in the country — Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst — and won. Inspired by true events, the Broadway smash hit is a testament to the power of standing up and speaking out.

JACK: (Teens – early 20s, any ethnicity) The charismatic leader of the Manhattan newsies, is an orphaned dreamer and artist who yearns to get out of the crowded streets of New York and make a better life for himself out West. Fiercely protective of his best friend, Crutchie, and strongly loyal, Jack isn’t afraid to use his voice to attain better conditions for the working kids of New York City. Though living on the streets has given him a tough-guy exterior, Jack has a big heart and can demonstrate a sweet vulnerability- especially when it comes to bantering with a certain female reporter. Must have a great pop tenor voice and sense of physicality.

CRUTCHIE: (Teens – early 20s, any ethnicity) is a dedicated newsie with a bum leg that’s painful, but helps sell more papers. Though he walks with the assistance of a crutch, Crutchie doesn’t let it define him; when in a jam, Jack Kelly’s best friend relies on a goofy-sweet sense of humor and optimistic resilience. Crutchie is the heart of the resistance.

DAVEY: (Teens – early 20s, any ethnicity), Les’s straight-laced, bright big brother starts selling newspapers to help his family earn a living, but becomes swept up in the fervor of the strike. A leader in his own right who is learning to use his voice to uplift others, Davey is the brains of the resistance.

LES: (8-14, any ethnicity) Davey’s cheeky younger brother, is inspired by the freedom of the newsies and loves their independent lifestyle. A precocious and natural newsie, Les is an intuitive sales boy and a pint-sized charmer.

NUN/ MEDDA LARKIN: (30s -50s, any ethnicity) Inspired by the vaudeville performer Aida Overton Walker, this big-voiced saloon singer and star of the Bowery offers her theater as a safe haven for the newsies. An astute entertainer with great comic delivery, she’s a good friend to Jack and stands firmly behind the newsies in their fight for justice.


By Ken Ludwig
Directed by Jackie Maxwell
1st rehearsal: 10/29/2019
Runs: 12/5/2019 – 12/29/2019

When two strangers meet by letter during World War II, a love story begins. U.S. Army Captain Jack Ludwig, a military doctor stationed in Oregon, begins writing to Louise Rabiner, an aspiring actress and dancer in New York City, hoping to meet her someday if the war will allow. But as the war continues, it threatens to end their relationship before it even starts. Tony Award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig (Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Lend Me a Tenor) tells the joyous, heart- warming story of his parents’ courtship during World War II and the results are anything but expected.


JACK LUDWIG: (20s – 30s, Jewish) a doctor in the Army with a reserved personality.

LOUISE RABINER: (20s – 30s, Jewish) outgoing and stylish. An aspiring actress.


Adapted by Ursula Rani Sarma
Based on the Novel by Khaled Hosseini
Directed by Carey Perloff
1st rehearsal: 12/31/2019
Runs: 1/17/2020 – 3/1/2020

Adapted from the New York Times bestselling novel by Khaled Hosseini (Kite Runner), the lives of two Afghan women are inextricably bound together. In the war-ravaged Kabul, Miriam and Laila become unlikely allies in the face of the insurmountable odds of a brutal and oppressive way of life. Hopes of a new life lead to an unselfish and shocking decision changing the course of their futures forever.


LAILA: (20’s, Afghani). Loses her family after her home is bombed in Kabul. She finds herself totally alone in the world and must make hard decisions to survive. She is smart, educated and has great endurance. The actress must play Laila at the start when she is 14 years old, and also play one of the wives of Mariam’s father.

RASHEED: (40’s – 50’s, Afghani) Rasheed is a neighbor in Kabul. He finds Laila after the bombing and brings her back to his home, so his wife can nurse her back to health. He offers her marriage and hopes to father children with her since his first wife is barren. Rasheed adheres to tribal law. He is the man of the house and the head of the family. His word is law and if disobeyed is quick to anger. His punishments are severe.

MARIAM: (30s – 40’s, Middle Eastern) The first wife of Laila’s neighbor. Mariam was born on the wrong side of the blanket in a poor village close to town. She is not educated, but very smart. She resents her husband taking a young wife but learns that Laila is in the same precarious boat with her and not above her.

AZIA/AFOON/GIRL:(20’s, Middle Eastern) Transformational. To play a variety of roles. TARIQ/DRIVER/MILITIAMAN: (20’s – 30’s, Middle –Eastern) Laila’s childhood friend and first love.

They are separated by war. The actor must also play the two other roles. NANA/FARIBA/KHDIJA/DOCTOR/NURSE: (Middle-Eastern) to play the many women in Laila and

Mariam’s lives.
JALIL/ABDUL SHARIF/WAKIL/TALIB 1: (20’s – mid 30’s, Middle Eastern) plays the many men in Laila’s and Mariam’s lives.

BABI/MULLAH/FAIZULLAH/INERRAGOTOR/TALIB2: (Late 50’s to late 60’s, Middle Eastern) plays Laila’s father and all the various older men in Laila’s and Mariam’s lives.

ZALMAI: (6-12, Middle Eastern) Laila and Rasheed’s son.


By Eduardo Machado
Directed by Molly Smith
1st rehearsal: 1/28/2020
Runs: 2/28/2020 – 4/12/2020

Can one woman change the mind of a man and the fate of a nation? Fidel Castro’s most trusted confidant and political partner, Celia Sanchez is never far from his side as he grapples with how to move his country forward. It’s 1980 and a failing economy has led 10,000 Cuban citizens to seek asylum at the Peruvian Embassy in Cuba. Castro must decide what kind of leader he wants to be, merciful or mighty. Imbued with magical realism, Arena Stage’s seventh Power Play imagines a conversation between Cuba’s most influential female revolutionary and its most notorious political leader in a contest between morality and power.


FIDEL CASTRO: (50s, Cuban) The leader of the Cuban revolution; charismatic and bright. Intolerant of anyone who gets in his way.

CELIA SANCHEZ: (60s, Cuban) Thin, intellectual, demanding. Organized the revolution with Fidel, fought in the Sierra Maestra with him.

MANOLO RUIZ: (50s, Cuban) Fought in the revolution with Fidel and Celia. He left Cuba in the early sixties when he became disillusioned with Fidel. He has been sent back repeatedly by Jimmy Carter to try to figure out a way to end the embargo. He always thinks things through and tries to be fair.

CONSUELO: (late 20s – early 30s, Cuban) Fidel’s protégée. Gutsy and opinionated.


By August Wilson
1st rehearsal: 3/3/2020
Runs: 4/3/2020 – 5/3/2020

The 1940s Pittsburgh is the backdrop for August Wilson’s fifth cycle play and the second production in the August Wilson Festival. Seven lives are interconnected when old friend and blues singer Floyd Barton vows to turn his life around after a surprise windfall leaves him hopeful for a second chance.


FLOYD BARTON: (20s-30s, African American) blues singer/guitarist with big aspirations and big flaws, passionate, hopeful, knows how to do the right thing for a little while, but then that little while runs out. In love with his ambition and with Vera.

HEDLEY: (50s-60s, African American) keeps, butchers, and sells chickens, suffers from tuberculosis and possible dementia, desirous and disturbed. No one really knows his story, but we know he’s been through a lot. Lives mentally in a past and future fantasy; lives physically with Louise. Needs Ruby.

LOUISE: (40s-50s, African American) the matriarch, doesn’t rock the boat, but issues wise warnings, knows what it is to be used up and left, a realist, uninterested in love, fed up with life and death.

VERA: (20s-30s, African American) faithful, described as a true woman in character and physicality, has been given the run-around by Floyd, but continues to fall for him.

RED CARTER: (20s-30s, African American) Floyd’s friend and drummer, superstitious, simpler, steadier, from Alabama, likes to have a good time, but is in the middle of 7 years bad luck because he broke a mirror.

RUBY: (20s-30s. African American) Louise’s niece, stubborn, young, and fatally attractive, won’t belong to anyone, but needs someone to take care of her unborn child.

CANEWELL: (30s-40s, African American) Floyd’s friend and harmonica player, tired of playing second fiddle to Floyd, edgy, wary, and dissatisfied, thinks he knows best, in love with Vera.


By Lydia Diamond
Directed by Pam MacKinnon
In Association with American Conservatory Theatre American Conservatory Theatre:
1st rehearsal: 2/3/2020
Runs: 3/4/2020 – 3/29/2020

Arena Stage:
1st rehearsal: 4/14/2020
Runs: 4/23/2020 – 5/31/2020

Considered a pioneer, Toni Stone is the first woman to play baseball in the Negro Leagues, also making her the first woman to play professionally in a men’s league in the 1950s. Against all odds, Stone blazes a path in the male-dominated sports world, shattering expectations and creating her own set of rules. The latest work from award-winning playwright Lydia Diamond (Smart People, The Bluest Eye) tells the dynamic and uplifting story of Stone’s journey of perseverance and resilience just to do what she loved the most — play baseball.


TONI STONE: (20s-30s, African American) Pitcher. Highly personable, athletic, and quirky. First female to play in the Negro League. No one will ever own her.

AURALIOUS ALBERGA (60s, African American) Half Jamaican businessman that owns everything and Toni’s eventual husband. Involved in civic matters.


SPEC BEEBOP: (20s, African American) Short but, very smart. He seems happy with all that God did and didn’t give him.

RUFUS MCNEAL: (20s, African American) Pitcher/utility man. He’s never said anything bad about anyone, and he doesn’t get rattled.

WOODY SMALLWOOD: (20s, African American) Extremely competitive player. Takes great pride in being one of the best players on the team. Will do anything to be considered the best.

JIMMY WILKES (20s, African American) The Greenest, play flashy, play hard. He loves to keep up with the Jones’.

WILLIE BROWN: (20s, African American) Shortstop, who is pretty much in his own world where a bottle keeps him company.

WILLIE “STRETCH” GAINES: (20s, African American) Catcher. Hands out the paychecks and report back to the white people.

KING TUT: (30s, African American) Clown. A comic genius, most famous person on the team, most famous person in the Negro Leagues, some would say he an institution.

ELZIE: (20s, African American) Pitcher. Popular with the ladies though the boys joke he’s compensating his sexual identity.

MILLIE: (Mid 30s-Late 40s, African American) Toni’s female confidant. Works at Gentlemen’s Club. SYDNEY POLLACK: (60s-70s) He’s the owner of the Clowns. Nice man, good heart, pays better than

the other owner.

COACH GABBY: (50s) a famous catcher, then a famous coach in the Majors for over twenty years.


Signature Theatre
4200 Campbell Ave,
Arlington, VA 22206,

LORT B ($941/week) and D ($696/week) contracts

Signature Theatre Personnel in attendance:
Kelly d’Amboise, Resident Casting Director, Signature Theatre (March 19th)
Joe Calarco, Resident Director of New Works, Signature Theatre (April 1st)
Angelica Miguel, Casting Fellow, Signature Theatre

Signature Theatre 2019-20 Season


Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by John Weidman
Directed by Eric Schaeffer
MAX Stage: LORT B scale

1st Rehearsal: July 15, 2019
Running: August 13, 2019- September 29, 2019
Possible Extension: October 6, 2019


[BILLY]: 7-10, Seeking a young boy to play Sara Jane Moore’s whiney son

All Parts to be Understudied


Book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante
Music and Lyrics by Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban
Directed by Matthew Gardiner
MAX Stage: LORT B scale
1st Rehearsal: October 1, 2019
Running: October 29 – January 5, 2020
Possible Extension: N/A


[ZACH]: Male. 40+. The director and choreographer of the show for which the dancers are auditioning. A stage veteran. Non-singing, but should have movement ability.

[LARRY]: Male. Tenor. 25+. Zach’s assistant who teaches and demonstrates the audition dances. Strong dancer.

[AL DELUCA]: Male. Baritone. 25+. From the Bronx. Street tough, macho, and newly married to Kristine; very protective.

[BEBE BENZENHEIMER]: Female. Mezzo. 18-25. Dancing is her escape from her insecurity.

[BOBBY MILLS]: Male. Baritone. 25+. Flamboyant and catty. Very sharp tongued. Covers everything over with a joke; had a very hard childhood. From upstate New York. Blunt. Quick witted.

[CASSIE FERGUSON]: Female. Mezzo belt. 30-35. Returning to the chorus after years of being a featured performer.

[CONNIE WONG]: Female. Alto. Petite. Born in Chinatown, New York. Should believably play 4’10’’. Strong comedic skills.

[DIANA MORALES]: Female. Mezzo belt. 22-30. A streetwise Latina who is a little bit tough, and an eternal optimist. A determined and athletic dancer from the Bronx.

[DON KERR]: Male. Baritone. Ladies’ man, married. Very sure of himself.

[GREGORY GARDENER]: Male. Baritone. 25+. Stong comedic skills. Jewish, gay man from the Upper East Side. Forward, quick witted.

[JUDY TURNER]: Female. Mezzo. Funny, gawky, nervous. Warm and hopeful. Very awkward except when dancing.

[KRISTINIE URICH]: Female. 18-25. Awkward and honest to a fault. Incredibly loving.

[MAGGIE WINDSLOW]: Female. Mezzo. A sweetheart, girl next door, hopeful, a dreamer.

[MARK ANTHONY]: Male. Tenor. 18. Optimistic; first-timer; naïve but charming.

[MIKE COSTA]: Male. Tenor. 20-25. Determined, charming, funny, with great charisma, very likeable. Strong, athletic dancer.

[PAUL SAN MARCO]: Male. Baritone. Introverted and insecure but loves performing. Vulnerable and sweet.

[RICHIE WALTERS]: Male. Tenor. From Missouri. African-American; strong dancer, enthusiastic, cool and very funny.

[SHEILA BRYANT]: Female. Alto. Confident, brassy, sarcastic, and sophisticated.

[VAL CLARK]: Female. Mezzo belt. Sexy and funny.

[MALE & FEMALE ENSEMBLE]: Seeking strong dancers to appear in the iconic opening number.

All Parts to be Understudied


By Caryl Churchill
Directed by Holly Twyford
Rehearsals start: August 27, 2019
Running: September 24 – November 3, 2019
Extension: November 17, 2019
The ARK Theater: LORT D scale


[SALLY]: Has a phobia of cats

[VI]: Has a strong dislike for kitchens because she killed her husband in her own kitchen several years ago.

[LENA]: Suffers from crippling depression

[MRS. JARRETT]: Tells tales of apocalyptic scenario

No Parts to be Understudied


Music by Ross Baum
Book and Lyrics by Angelica Cheri
Directed by Robert O’Hara
MAX Stage: LORT B scale
1st Rehearsal: December 30, 2019
Running: January 28 – February 23, 2020


[MARY]: African American, fair skinned/passes for white; 18-25; the younger twin sister, charming and ladylike, determined, calculating

[MARTHA]: African American, fair skinned/passes for white; 18-25; tomboyish, altruistic, preceptive

[JESSE]: White; late 20s-early 30s; a wealthy businessman; charismatic, cunning, product of the Antebellum South

[ELIJAH]: African American; mid-late 20s; Jesse’s hired man; tender, sincere, loyal, and upstanding.

[TALLULAH]: African American; mid-late 40s; Mary and Martha’s mother; emancipated slave, war- hardened, wise, formidable.

[SISSY]: African American; 30s-40s; Jesse’s hired servants; observant, skeptical, amusing.

[FLO]: African American; 30s-40s; Jesse’s hired servant; observant, skeptical, amusing

[FANNIE PORTER]: White; 20s-30s; a volunteer saloon singer.

[THE BONNETTES]: White; 20s; Fannie Porter’s trio of background singers.

All Parts to be Understudied


by Dani Stoller
Directed by Stevie Zimmerman
ARK Stage: LORT D scale
1st Rehearsal: January 21, 2020
Running: February 18 – March 29, 2020
Extension: March 29, 2020


[MARIAN]: Late 50s to early 60s. A Jewish Mother. Overbearing. Intense. Opinionated.

[LEE]: Mid 20s to early 30s. A lost soul. Craves intimacy, even if it’s false.

[KITTY]: 18. Pregnant. A firecracker. Wise beyond her years, but still an awkward teen.

[BOBBY]: The boy next door. Shy. Nervous. Terrified of the world. Craving love and attention.

[RICHARD]: Early to mid 60s. Large. Booming. Kind. A peace maker.

No Parts to be Understudied


By Bekah Brunstetter
Directed by Joe Calarco
ARK Stage: LORT D scale
1st Rehearsal: March 20, 2020
Running: April 14 – May 31, 2020


[DELLA]: late 40s-late 50s. North Carolinian, born and raised. A religious and socially conservative woman. Warm, genuine, caring; she has a maternal instinct despite the fact that she has no children of her own. An old friend of Jen’s family. Married to Tim. She sees herself as openminded, but her life hasn’t brought her into contact with many people who challenge the world-view she grew up with. A prolific and enthusiastic baker, she has been chosen as a contestant for The Great American Baking Show.

[TIM]: late 40s-60. Della’s husband. A good southern boy. He’s a plumber with a great work ethic, who takes pride in providing for his household. He is comfortable in his traditional values, and has never seen any need to question his beliefs. He is loving and loved, though perhaps not completely in touch with his emotions.

[JEN]: early 30s. Born and raised in North Carolina, she has brought her southern manners with her to Brooklyn, where she has made a home with her fiancée, Macy. An experienced event planner with a compulsive attention to detail. Considerate, kind, and enthusiastic, she wants to see the best in people, though she doesn’t always see it in herself. Her traditional upbringing is often at odds with her newfound liberal lifestyle, and planning her lesbian wedding in her hometown brings that tension to a crisis point.

[MACY]: early 30s. Born and raised in New York. Progressive, sharp, outspoken. Very confident in her belief system, and she doesn’t hesitate to challenge those who think differently. Innately curious and inquisitive. She has a deep love for Jen, although she is impatient with Jen’s willingness to make allowances for her conservative southern friends and family. She is who she is, and she won’t make compromises to coddle people’s feelings.

No Parts to be Understudied


Book and Lyrics by Nan Knighton
Music by Frank Wildhorn
Directed by Eric Schaeffer
MAX Stage: LORT B scale
1st Rehearsal: February 24, 2020
Running: March 24 – April 19, 2020
Extension: April 26, 2020


[CAMILLE CLAUDEL]: A sculptor. We see her age range from adolescence to 50.

[AGUSTE RODIN]: A sculptor. We see him 40’s-70’s

[MONSIEUR CLAUDEL]: Camille’s father. 40’s-70’s.

[PAUL CLAUDEL]: Camille’s brother. A diplomat and writer. Age ranges from boyhood to 50’s.

[MALE & FEMALE ENSEMBLE]: Various ensemble roles as cast.

All Parts to be Understudied


Book and Lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado
Music by Galt MacDermot
Directed by Matthew Gardiner
MAX Stage: LORT B scale
1st Rehearsal: April 21, 2020
Running: May 19 – July 12, 2020


[CLAUDE]: Teens-20s. Smart, attractive male, with a playful side; a lover of life and the picture of a young man next door of the 60’s. Strong actor and singer. Berger’s best friend, recently drafted whose only valuable possession, other than his freedom, is his hair. A charismatic leader that women adore, boys emulate and men will follow into the breach. A man of conscience who struggles with the conflict of what his heart tells him is right and what the authorities around him lead him to believe. Rock baritone/Tenor.

[GEORGE BERGER]: Teens-20s. A social activist recently banished from high school. An unrestrained animal. He knows what is right and sticks to it no matter the consequence. The leader of the tribe. High energy, athletic, wild. Strong presence and, though he may be a young man, he is looked up to. Must be willing to appear nude. Rock Baritone/Tenor.

[SHEILA]: Teens-20s. A second semester student and passionate protester from NYU who lives with Berger and Claude, aspires to spread love, loves Berger but having Claude’s baby. The most intelligent of the tribe. Wants to change society through peaceful protest. Not necessarily perfect on the outside, but must have a strong voice and presence. Rock Alto/Belter.

[JEANIE]: Late Teens-20s. A follower, not a leader. Incredibly sweet, understands Claude better than anyone. Wise, passionate, creative woman, who is pregnant with the tribe’s baby. She has taken every drug, and takes care of the tribe. Alto.

[CRISSY]: Late Teens-20s. A flower child mourning a lost love – The youngest female of the tribe. Sings “Frank Mills. Mezzo.

[DIONNE]: Late teens-20s. African-American. Sassy and lots of fun. Great with comedy and ad-lib vocals. Alto/Mezzo Belt.

[HUD]: Late teens-20s. African-American. Speaks his mind and hopes you can keep up with him. High energy, spiritual performer with a strong voice and presence. A true tone setter that is a natural on stage in any situation. Soul/Rock Baritone/Tenor.

[WOOF]: Late teens-20s. A young animal. High energy, versatile performer. Must be a natural with comedy. Looks up to Berger and Mick Jagger… in many ways. Rock Baritone/Tenor.

[TOURIST COUPLE]: Two male performers, strong comic timing. One must be willing to appear as a believable woman, while the other is her miserable husband. May double as tribe.

[TRIBE]: Tribe members sing many featured songs including “Aquarius”, “Black Boys”, “White Boys”, “Walking in Space”, “Electric Blues”, “Hippie Life”, etc., and play many roles in the show including the PRINCIPALS, MOTHER/FATHER, historical figures, and more. Energetic, creative performers with heart and passion.

All Parts to be Understudied


No appointments necessary. Auditions will be on a first come, first served basis.



Audition Information


Arena Stage
1101 6th St. SW
Washington, DC 20024

Ammerman Rehearsal Hall Parking/Transportation:

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Lunch 1 to 2


Please prepare a 90 second monologue, OR a brief song, OR a 60 second monologue with 16 bars of a song. No Shakespeare monologues. Auditions may not exceed 2 minutes. Accompanist will be provided. Please bring (2) two copies of your headshot and resume. Always bring your equity card to EPAs.

Minors must be accompanied by an adult