Midwives – NYC Appointments / Deadline: 11/08/2019
George Street Playhouse
New Brunswick, NJ
Artistic Director: David Saint
Director: David Saint
Writer: Chris Bohjalian
Casting Director: Pat McCorkle, Katja Zarolinski
Casting Assistant: Nathan Francis
Rehearsal Date(s): 12/23/2019
Preview Date(s): 01/21/2020
Opening Date(s): 01/24/2020
Closing Date(s): 02/16/2020
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.
Submissions from AEA members for various roles in this World Premiere.
Female, late 40s, white. She has “caught” hundreds of babies during her long career as a midwife. A professional, she takes great pride in her work. No nonsense, tough, willing to follow her moral compass at all costs. Fiercely compassionate, protective of her family and her patients. Cut from the cloth of the free love movement of the 60s and 70s, she is ultimately a pacifist whose judgment and belief system are challenged.
Female, mid 20s, white. Sybil’s assistant. As with all of Sybil’s assistants, she becomes a part of the Danforth family. She is new to the practice and has participated in only a handful of home births. She is eager to learn and to prove herself. Seemingly loyal, she is unable to stay calm under pressure and turns on Sybil. Has everyone’s best interests at heart, but her inexperience often makes her unable to see the bigger picture.
[CHARLOTTE FUGETT BEDFORD]
Female, early 30s, black. A preacher’s wife, she is pregnant and goes into labor under Sybil’s care. A devoted mother. She is eager to experience the birth of her second child comfortably at home. Her relationship to her religion and God are important to her. She is isolated as one of the only black women in their rural Vermont town and her husband’s new congregation. Sybil is one of her only friends. She is kind hearted, physically slight and fragile.
Male, late 30s, black. A preacher who has inherited a largely white congregation in a small Vermont town. Insecure about the prospect of a home birth, and perhaps birth in general. He is meek and mild- mannered, a man of faith, a doting and loving husband and father.
Female, 18+ to play mid-teens, white. Sybil and Rand’s daughter. Precocious, studious, inquisitive. She is supportive and intrigued by her Mother’s profession but does not have an interest in pursuing it herself. She is clever, loyal, willing to break the rules to help her family. Serves as the narrator for portions of the play.
Male, late 40s, white. Sybil’s husband and Connie’s father. Extremely accepting and supportive of Sybil’s career. A bit of a goofball at times. When his wife’s life is thrown in disarray, he tries to remain strong and stalwart, but sometimes his concern comes through as anger or desperation. Wary of the law and concerned that his wife is being given unfair treatment.
Male, mid 30s, white. A lawyer. Eloquent and precise. He is a consummate defense lawyer who is an expert at developing a sound argument. Not afraid to get his hands dirty in the course of representing a client.
Male, mid 40s, white. A lawyer. Experienced, hard-working. He is talented at his profession. Puts his job and his reputation above any moral scruples.
[JUDGE HOWARD DORSET / DOCTOR TERRY TIERNEY]
Judge: Male, mid 50s, white. A long-time judge. He is practical and fair. He is good friends with both lawyers involved in the case, but he easily puts aside personal relationships in favor of a fair ruling. Doctor: Male, mid 50s, white. A doctor, the chief medical examiner for the state of Vermont for 15 years. An expert witness for the prosecution. Opinionated and proud of his medical expertise. He does not believe home births are a suitable option, an opinion held by many medical professionals at the time.
Story line: This gripping tale of suspense and riveting courtroom drama will keep audiences on the edge of their seats from start to finish. When a major snowstorm breaks out during a routine at-home birth, cutting off all communication with the outside world, midwife Sibyl Danforth is forced to make an impossible decision. This world premiere play is adapted by the author from his bestselling novel of the same name – an early selection of Oprah’s Book Club.
Email picture and resume asap to: email@example.com. Deadline for receipt: 11/08/2019
NYC Appointment Only Audition Date(s): 11/15/2019
Minors must be accompanied by an adult