The Public Theatre is a Professional Equity Theatre (SPT category 9).
Audition appointments for specific roles will be held throughout the season in NYC and at the theatre. With the exception of the open EPA calls, auditions throughout the season are by appointment only, with readings from the script we are casting.
As we use an in-house casting director, if you would like to be considered for any role in our season, we suggest sending us your picture and resume for our files. Prior to setting up our audition calls, we look through our files, submissions from breakdown services and the Equity hotline.
Our rehearsal schedule is generally 12 - 8pm Tues - Sun. The producers are open to non-traditional casting, minorities are encouraged to submit themselves for all projects.
DO NOT E-MAIL YOUR PICTURE AND RESUME UNLESS WE REQUEST IT.
INSTEAD, MAIL US A HARD COPY OF YOUR PICTURE AND RESUME, (or a note or postcard if you have previously auditioned for us), mentioning the role(s) you would like to be considered for to:
The Public Theatre
31 Maple Street
Lewiston, Maine 04240
The producers are open to non-traditional casting. Minorities are encouraged to audition and to send pictures/resumes.
The local EPA will be held at the theatre on Monday, July 9, 2018 from 11:30 am - 4:30 pm. Auditions will be held on a first-come first-served basis, with Equity members having priority. Equity members may schedule a specific audition appointment by calling 207-782-2211.
The NYC EPA will be held at the AEA audition center on Monday, July 2, 2018 from 9:30 am -5:30 pm.
Contract dates: Oct 1 thru October 28, 2018
Director: Janet Mitchko
OLIVIA – lates 20’s; enthusiastic, intelligent, attractive, likable – she is determined to create the perfect life and can get a little stubborn, high strung and controlling attempting to create this perfection. She worries whether she will ever be able to meet her mother’s expectations of her.
GABE - late 20s; a writer; good-natured. Charming and easy going, he defuses Olivia’s concerns with humor and patience until he’s pushed too far and locks himself in the bathroom to lie down in the bathtub. A romantic at heart who is totally in love with Olivia.
KAREN - late 50s-60s; Olivia's mother. Impeccably dressed, upscale, worldly, intelligent. She appears somewhat withheld and judgmental of Olivia, but it is her way of keeping Olivia from making the same mistakes she did.
CARTER - 60s; Olivia's father. Successful. A little socially awkward. He avoids conflict and confrontation.
LYDIA - late 50s-60s; Gabe's mother. A retired psychologist, energetic, well dressed, controlling with a smile. Determined to get her way, she is a helicopter mom who is always thinking of what’s best for her only son and attempting to make it happen. She is an upbeat “can do it” kind of person. She loves her husband and son.
WYATT - 60s; Gabe's dad, practical, good natured, easy going, down to earth. He loves his son, golf, beer and marriage and is good at defusing tension with humor.
Contract dates: December 3 − December 16, 2018
This adaptation features a small cast playing multiple roles and one actor playing Scrooge. All actors perform narration of Dickens’ text, as well as scene work. Both British dialect and Standard American Speech are used in this adaptation. Show requires versatile actors who make playful choices and are good with language. (All AEA roles (Scrooge, Bob Cratchit/Marley, Xmas Past/Mrs. Cratchit) are CAST. Auditioning performers will be considered as possible replacements, should any become necessary.)
Contract dates: January 7 thru February 3, 2019
This is an outrageous yet realistically grounded comedy about a blundering fertility mistake that implants the embryo of a latte sipping liberal couple into the womb of traditional red state conservatives.
MADELYN – mid-late 30s. Intelligent and attractive, she is a morally superior liberal who is desperate to have a baby and become the perfect mother. The fertility process is putting a strain on her and she is now tightly wound, controlling, direct and assertive to protect her vulnerability. A PhD academic, now turned yoga instructor, she is suspicious, intolerant and judgmental of conservatives.
KEENAN - mid-late 30s, African American. Madelyn’s husband. A PBS listening, well-educated liberal. A charming intellectual with an aversion to conflict, he often plays the role of “peacemaker”. A PhD academic, he researches and analyzes comedy for a living. A self-described socialist.
HEATHER - 30s, Caucasian. Wife to Jim and a suburban stay-at-home mom to three boys, she is now pregnant with the liberal’s baby. Church going and easy-going, she rolls with things like an experienced mother of three and Christian woman of faith does. Upbeat, warm and welcoming, she keeps her life simple by focusing on God and her family. Kind and likable, she is a consummate host.
JIM - 30s, Caucasian. Heather’s husband. A regular red-blooded American male. Outgoing, easy going, humorous and friendly like a happy dog, he doesn’t always pick up on social cues. A successful small-business owner who stars in his own TV commercials, he loves hunting, football, NASCAR, his 152” wide screen and his wife. He is a fanatical fan of Ohio State.
DR. HOSKINS - 50s +. A blundering fertility doctor who makes a career-ending mistake. Conflict- averse and terrified of lawsuits, he handles the stress and embarrassment of his mistake very inappropriately.
Contract dates: February 25 thru March 24, 2019
NORA - Mid 50’s. An independent, intelligent and very successful author. Dedicated to fully being, discovering and expressing her authentic self.
(CAST. Auditioning performers will be considered as possible replacement.)
TORVALD - Mid - late 50s. Nora’s estranged husband. Devastated years ago by Nora’s departure, he keeps his feelings and emotions close to the vest, though he has many. He would like to believe his painful past is resolved and that is or can be a man who does the right thing.
ANN MARIE - Late 60s - mid 70s. The Helmer’s nanny. Honest, loyal, chatty, blunt and big-hearted.
EMMY - Nora’s and Torvald’s daughter. An old soul. Wise and mature in many ways, but still 18 with a romantic at heart.
Contract dates: April 15 thru May 12, 2019
ELEANOR BANNISTER - Late 60’s-70’s. Never married, she is a retired schoolteacher currently living by herself on her deceased parents’ farm in a small Texas town. Self-sufficient intelligent, strong-willed, stubborn, controlled, dignified, respected and intimidating, she is usually unflappable, but her feelings for Abel and the possibility of experiencing a love she once imagined for herself has deeply unmoored her. South Texas dialect (CAST. Auditioning performers will be considered as possible replacement.)
ABEL BROWN - Late 60’s-70’s. A charming itinerant handyman; he has a kind of awakening, “horse-whisperer” effect on the people he meets. Calm, self-possessed, perceptive, wise and effortlessly magnetic with a twinkle in his eye; he possesses the same qualities as a con man. (CAST. Auditioning performers will be considered as possible replacement.)
GRACE BODELL - Mid 60’s-70’s. Eleanor’s neighbor and friend. A world-class small-town busybody and widow. Loyal, good hearted and protective, she comes on strong but is easily rattled. South Texas dialect (CAST. Auditioning performers will be considered as possible replacement.)
EUGENE CLAYMIRE - Late 30s – early 40’s. One of Eleanor’s former students, he is now a local police officer. Sweet, earnest and well intentioned, he is not the sharpest tool in the shed. Although his insights and observations seem simple, they are surprisingly wise. South Texas dialect.