The Inheritance – Equity Video Submissions (Deadline 09.02.20)
Los Angeles, CA
$969 weekly minimum
Director – Mike Donahue
Writer – Matthew Lopez
Mike Donahue, Matthew Lopez, and Phyllis Schuringa (casting director) will view submissions.
First Rehearsal – February 16, 2021
Preview – March 30
Opening – April 15
Closing – May 30
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.
Equity actors for roles in THE INHERITANCE (see breakdown). Local actors particularly encouraged to submit.
Stage manager positions are filled for this production. Stage Managers may send resumes for future consideration to Jill Barnes at the Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024.
THE INHERITANCE by Matthew Lopez
Storyline: Eric and Toby are on the precipice of having it all: promising careers, tight-knit friends, an upcoming wedding, and a rent-controlled apartment in Manhattan. But when two strangers enter their lives – an older man and a younger one – their future suddenly becomes uncertain as they navigate the uncharted waters of modern gay life. Inspired by E.M. Forster’s masterpiece Howards End, The Inheritance examines the debt we owe to a lost generation and whether we’re living up to the promise to take care of our own.
YM2/JASON #1/DOORMAN #1/TOBY’S OTHER AGENT
(late 20’s/early 30’s – Black)
JASON #1 – high school science teacher, bookish and sweetly nerdy. The kind of person who doesn’t speak at parties until they’ve had a couple of drinks and then you can’t shut them up— but in an endearing way. He has the ability to look at an argument from every possible angle. He often takes on the role of peacemaker.
DOORMAN – been on the job way too long, more interested in copy of the Post than in helping you. Probably constipated the day we meet him, definitely homophobic.
AGENT – a sports agent at Toby’s agency, very un-sports agent like—Zen and 12 steppy
(early/mid 20’s – any race/ethnicity)
YOUNG HENRY – appears as a memory or the shadow of the adult Henry Wilcox. We encounter him in the mid-1980’s, at the start of the AIDS epidemic. Traumatized by what he witnesses during those years, he moves through the world cautiously, with his emotional guard resolutely up. The only person who can pierce his defenses is Young Walter, with whom he has fallen desperately in love. Through Young Henry, we see the origins of how Henry Wilcox became the man he is today.
(early/mid 20’s – any race/ethnicity)
YOUNG WALTER – appears as a memory or the shadow of the adult Walter Poole. We encounter him in the mid-1980’s, at the start of the AIDS epidemic. A deeply feeling, intensely loyal, innately principled young man. Outwardly, he is as gentle as a cherry blossom. Inwardly, he’s steel-spined and indestructible. Whereas the epidemic almost crushes Henry, it reveals Young Walter’s true strength and resolve. Through Young Walter, we see the origins of how Walter Poole became the man he was.
YM5/CHARLES WILCOX/TOBY’S AGENT
(mid/late 20’s, any race/ethnicity)
CHARLES WILCOX – real estate developer, the son of Henry Wilcox; far less of a blunt instrument than his brother, Charles has inherited his father’s business acumen and savvy; but more importantly, as a young man raised by Walter Poole, he is also possessed of compassion and a surprising depth of feeling.
TOBY’S AGENT – budding young power agent at one of the big agencies. Thrives on protein shakes and hot yoga. Not without compassion for Toby but increasingly frustrated by his client’s erratic behavior. Knows how to gently pet with one hand and cut throats with the other.
(early 30’s, Black)
An ER physician, Tristan spends his days dealing with trauma of all kinds. He is calm under pressure and knows how to diffuse the most volatile situations. He can be droll and wickedly funny when he wants to (and he often does). He can also expertly dissect thorny, seemingly impossible problems with reasoned, blazingly intelligent thinking. None of his observations should feel like speeches—instead, they are examples of his dazzling mind at work, working out problems in real time.
YM8/JASON #2/CLINIC WORKER
JASON #2 – A first-grade teacher who often treats the world as if it were his classroom, Jason is big- hearted, joyful, and deliriously idiosyncratic. Jason will often hijack a serious conversation with his decidedly out-of-the box thinking. The fact that he is able to coherently argue his somewhat baffling points of view is evidence not only of his fertile imagination but also his rock-solid intellect. Jason is a perceptive and compassionate man who possesses the ability to understand the emotional stakes of any situation—eventually.
CLINIC WORKER – overworked and underpaid, his schedule precludes him from being overly compassionate with his patients—there’s just no time for hand-holding at this free clinic. He’s not unkind—in fact, he got into this line of work because he wants to help people who are in danger of falling through the cracks. But we meet him on a bad day and his bedside manner has been sacrificed for efficiency.
Please submit a 2-minute monologue by September 2. Send the video to firstname.lastname@example.org