Sweat – NYC Appointments / Deadline: 03/20/2020
Guthrie Theater Foundation
LORT Non-Rep LORT B; $969/week
Artistic Director: Joseph Haj
Director: Tim Bond
Writer: Lynne Nottage
Casting Director: Pat McCorkle
Casting Assistant: Nathan Francis, Rebecca Weiss
Callback Date(s): 03/27/2020
Rehearsal Date(s): 06/30/2020
Opening Date(s): 07/31/2020
Closing Date(s): 08/29/2020
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 these auditions. See breakdown.
Storyline: Reading, Pennsylvania, is a blue-collar town with generations of hardworking folk, many of whom work at Olstead’s factory and down cold beers together after hours. But the economy is changing, NAFTA is a new reality and rumors fly about layoffs. Promotions and pride inevitably collide, forming cracks in decades-old friendships that crumble when the factory breaks with the union. From the politically charged opening scene to its electrifying conclusion, Sweat boldly confronts issues of race, immigration, deindustrialization and the ever-slipping grip on middle-class life — all with Nottage’s signature humor and heart.
[CYNTHIA] 45-53 Female, Black/African Descent. A steel worker; starting as a teenager she and Tracey have been best friends ever since, and have given their lives to the line; focused, ambitious, and sturdy; despite the derision of her colleagues she applies for a promotion and finally escapes the line as a floor manager; her loyalty to her colleagues and friends is tested when the closing of the plant is announced; ultimately she can’t save them or herself.
[TRACEY] 45-53 Female, White/European Descent. A steel worker and a true company loyalist. She has given her life to the line; funny, brassy, bossy, opinionated and fiercely loyal; as her life begins to spiral out of control she can no longer manage the cocktail of disillusionment and anger that simmers below the surface.
[CHRIS] 21-29 Male, Black/African Descent. Jason’s best friend, Cynthia’s son, he is muscular, charismatic, youthful, warm, bright; a steel worker with aspirations to educate himself and find a life beyond the steel plant; eventually hardened into a disillusioned ex-con he turns to religion to help him fight his darkness within.
[OSCAR] 22-30 Male, Columbian American. Bus boy, rarely acknowledged by anyone; he grew up in Reading; just trying to make a buck, wants a job in the plant; he has been treated with terrible discrimination like his father was his whole life, he is just hoping for some good fortune, highly motivated; he is not afraid to roll in the dirt if need be- he is not not a push over.
[BRUCIE] 49, Male, Black/African Descent. Chris’s father and Cynthia’s estranged husband. Handsome, but fading fast; a former textile factory worker, now a smooth talking heroin addict. He was once charismatic, but has fully succumbed to the disease; still capable of being charming, but as his circumstances become increasingly desperate so does his behavior.
Email picture and resume by 3/20
NYC Appointment ONLY Audition Date(s): 03/25/2020, 03/26/2020
Minors must be accompanied by an adult