EMMA – NYC Appointments
Guthrie Theater Foundation
LORT A; $1161/week min
Artistic Director: Joseph Haj
Director: Meredith McDonough
Casting Director: Pat McCorkle, Katja Zarolinski
ADAPTATION BY: Kate Hamill
Rehearsal Date(s): 03/10/2020
Opening Date(s): 04/17/2020
Closing Date(s): 05/31/2020
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 only for this world premiere adaptation by Kate Hamill. See breakdown.
All actors should have an EXCELLENT sense of humor and command of language – be able to speak the text at speed of thought, as well as commit to high-stakes emotion. The tone is much much more akin to screwball comedy than “classic” Jane Austen. Abandon stiff ideas of style. All characters speak with an RP accent.
Actors of all ethnicities are strongly encouraged to submit. Roles:
[HARRIET SMITH / and As Cast]
Female. 20s. A deeply likable girl from the lower classes, who’s been given a basic education. A sweet, naturally affectionate human being, but not the brightest flame in the stove. A born enthusiast; the kind of person who leaps WAY before she looks. Has a strong tendency towards hero worship. A born follower. VERY impressionable. Has a desperate adoring friend-crush on Emma. Has probably read too many romance novels. Wants to be in love. Gets flustered easily. A bit naïve. Truly cares about other people and takes joy in the little things.
MRS. WESTON / and As Cast]
Female. Mid 30s-Late 40s. Emma’s former governess. A very smart woman with a good sense of humor; very perceptive and grounded. Not afraid to tell it like it is. Capable of really teaching deep lessons. Not without edge, when she chooses. Likeable and opinionated. Gives great advice. Picture the coolest aunt imaginable. Doubles with Mrs. Bates (70s+)/ as cast: An enthusiastic elderly lady, very hard of hearing, who communicates mostly in grunts and hand gestures. Mrs. Bates is completely obscured by bonnet and scarves and shawls; she’s a big pile of fabric, rather like Cousin It. We never see what’s underneath all the layers.
[MR. KNIGHTLY / and As Cast]
Mr. Knightley. Male. 30s-40s. A handsome man; a super charming man; an upright fellow. He’s also a bit of a rule-follower; maybe sometimes a bit of a stick in the mud. Very clever. Capable of getting ahead of himself and edging towards know-it-all. Can be competitive. Is preoccupied with Emma – they get under each other’s skin in the most delightful way. Gets quite jealous of Frank Churchill. Has the best intentions. Feels deeply. A genuinely good guy. Ultimately learns to admit vulnerability and share his feelings.
[MR. ELTON / and As Cast]
Male. Late 20s-Late 30s. A weaselly clergyman. ADORES poetry. A born social climber. Fancies himself a great romantic. Thinks ladies are naturally coy and enjoy wordplay. Is determined to woo, and win. Thinks he oozes charm; probably just oozes. May double with Mr. Weston, (40s-50s) / as cast: – the kind of man who likes to make awkward “dad jokes.” Very very proud of his son, Frank Churchill. An unsubtle matchmaker. A good man; not a mean thought in his head. Maybe is prone to blurting out the wrong thing.
Emma Woodhouse prides herself on being a mischievous matchmaker with an impeccable track record, much to the chagrin of her dear friend Mr. Knightley. Her latest scheme revolves around the sweet Harriet Smith, whom Emma advises to reject a perfectly good marriage proposal in favor of another eligible bachelor. But her best-laid plans are turned upside down by unpredictable displays of affection, the arrival of two charming new guests and Emma’s sudden realization that the men she and Harriet truly love may have been under their noses all along.
For consideration, email picture and resume, along with AEA status, by 11/29 to: SUBMISSION.MCCORKLECASTING@GMAI L.COM
NYC Appointment ONLY Audition Date(s): 12/04/2019, 12/05/2019
Callback Date(s): 12/06/2019
Minors must be accompanied by an adult