Name of Show: Take Me Out
Playwright/Screenwright: Richard Greenberg
Actor Level: Adult
Director: Damon Dering
Audition Date: June 5th & 6th
Audition Time: Evenings
Audition Location: The Little Theatre at Phoenix Theatre 100 E. McDowell Rd (In the Phx Theatre/Phx Art Museum complex on Central & McDowell)
Casting Protocol: By Appointment, (602) 274-2432
Headshot and Resume: Optional
Character Breakdown:NEEDED ARE 11 men of varying ethnicities between the ages of 18 and 60. The Players: Darren Lemming: (25-35) African-American of mixed race. Baseball's biggest star with Baseball's biggest secret. Center Fielder. Kippy Sunderstrom: (20-40) Narrator. The smartest guy on the team and Darren's best friend. Shortstop. Shane Mungitt: (20-30) Caucasian. A brilliantly talent, yet deeply racist and homophobic pitcher, from whose rage tragic consequences arise. Relief Pitcher. Martinez: (20-35) Latino. Spanish-speaking leader of the "latino clique." Doubles as the voice of the stadium announcer. First Baseman. Rodriguez: (20-35) Latino. Spanish-speaking member of the "latino clique." Doubles as the voice of the T.V. Commentator. Third Baseman. Jason Chenier: (18-30) New to the team and in awe of Darren. Relatively clueless and bumbling. Catcher. Toddy Koovitz: (18-30) Self-centered and relatively ignorant... but also good intensioned, Toddy often watches girls in the stands and then gets hit by the ball. Left Fielder. Takeshi Kawabata: (18-35) Asian. Star pitcher from Japan who immediately dismissed his interpretter so he wouldn't have to "understand" anything being said to him. Often pitches seven perfect innings... then completely meltsdown in the eighth. Pitcher. The Others: Skipper: (45-60) Team Manager. Good 'ole Brooklyn boy with a heart of silver or some other semi-precious metal less valuable than gold. Doubles as William Danziger, a Brooklyn/New Jersey-type baseball fan (with lots of opinions). Davey Battle: (25-35) African-American. Darren's best childhood friend and rival team Baseball star. Highly educated, deeply religious, and completely in the dark about Darren's "true nature." Mason Marzac. (25-35) Wiz-kid financial manager assigned to Darren's account. An outsider in both the accounting and gay communities... he awakens to the glories of Baseball through his interaction with Darren, and finds that Baseball is greater than Democracy in quite possibly the best soliloquy written in the last 10 years. SPECIAL NOTE: All of THE PLAYERS appear nude in two full-team shower scenes involving real running water, soap and lather. PLEASE TELL US IF YOU ARE AFRICAN-AMERICAN, LATINO, ASIAN or LATINO WITH AN ASIAN LOOK. We are nervous about our ability to fill these roles in this market, and would like to know who's coming. PLEASE PASS THIS NOTICE ON to any actors of ETHNICITY that you think may be interested. ETHNIC ROLES are open to actors from TUCSON and FLAGSTAFF as well. If cast we will provide additional gas stipend and weekend housing.
Prepare:PREPARE to read cold from the script, but also be prepared to "take a swing" at an imaginary ball and answer the question, "What does Baseball mean to you?" in 20 seconds or less. ACCEPTABLE ANSWER examples: "Baseball is the greatest game in the world to me." "I don't know much about it, really." "3 hours of boredom." UNACCEPTABLE ANSWER examples: "Nothing." "Everything." "I don't know." Resumes are optional but a headshot is required (although any picture of yourself, even a laser copy, will do).
Rehearsals Begin: July 9th, 2006
Run Dates / Shoot Dates: August 18th thru Sept. 16th
Show Synopsis: BASEBALL'S BIGGEST STAR HAS A BIG SECRET... AND IT'S NOT STEROIDS He's the biggest star in Baseball... 18-Million-A-Year... Sports cars, expensive homes, diamond rings, Prada shoes, Armani suits... but now the only thing NOT in the closet IS HIM! As the world reacts to his "matter of fact" announcement, the turmoil, confusion, support, betrayal, acceptance, hatred and joy are mirrored in miniature by eight athletes in a sacred locker room, that find their Eden corrupted now that they have eaten The Apple. Engagingly powerful and hysterically funny, Take Me Out is a rhapsody that no lover of the sport - or of theater - should miss!
Crew Needed: Always looking to grow out technical family. Specifically for TAKE ME OUT we are looking for sound and costume designers.
Additional Info: The Arizona Premiere of TAKE ME OUT is the opening show of our EIGHTH SEASON! It is the WINNER for BEST PLAY by the New York Drama Critics' Circle, Outer Critics' Circle, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel and a teeny-tiny little award called the Tony.
Primary Contact: Damon Dering
Contact Title: Artistic Director
Contact Phone: (602) 274-2432
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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