I LOVE A PIANO Cast List
Alex - Michael Ehlers*
Auditions for male and female actors (Equity and non-equity) will be held on Sunday December 8th at 7pm for Farmers Alley Theatre's upcoming production of "Clybourne Park.” The auditions will be held at the Farmers Alley Theatre rehearsal space (formerly Brown and Brown recording studios).
If you are unable to attend, video submissions will be accepted. Please send the video clips to the same email address.
Rehearsals start January 13, 2014, and performances run: February 7, 2014 through February 23rd, 2014 with a possible holdover through March 2nd, 2014. All actors are paid - Equity minimum salary is $291/week (SPT Tier 3) with Health and pension. Non-Equity salary is $200/week. Travel and housing provided for out of town actors.
The show will be directed by Awoye Timpo - Credits include: Araby (La MaMa), Rhinoceros (Novisi), Chasing the Bird (Joyce Theater), In the Continuum (Juilliard), Tears of Anatolia (Columbia), Ruined (WMU). Workshops/readings: Joe’s Pub, Leviathan Lab, 52nd Street Project, Lark, Partial Comfort, Culture Project, Emerging Writers Group. Artistic Director (Novisi Productions). Previous work: Associate Artistic Director (Shakespeare on the Sound), Van Lier Directing Fellow (Public Theater), Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, LCT Directors Lab. Film/TV: Harlem 125.
Character list and descriptions:
For the roles of "Jim/Tom/Kenneth" – Seeking White Male Actor - 30s/40s:
*Jim (Act 1) – A young minister and friend of Bev and Russ. Attempts to guide and mediate, but misses the mark and is ineffectual.
*Tom (Act 2) – Lena and Kevin’s lawyer.
*Kenneth (Act 2) – Bev and Russ’s son, whom we only hear about in the first act. He fought in the Korean War and when he returned, he was accused of war crimes. He committed suicide in the upstairs of the house in Clybourne Park.
For the roles of "Bev/Kathy" – Seeking White Female Actress in her 40s/50s:
*Bev (Act 1) – Married to Russ. Typical suburban housewife. Naïve, uninformed and in denial about many of the relationships in her life.
*Kathy (Act 2) – Steve and Lindsey’s lawyer. Betsy and Karl’s daughter.
For the roles of "Albert/Kevin" – Seeking a Black Male Actor in his 30s:
*Albert (Act 1) – Francine’s husband. A well intentioned man who tries to help others.
*Kevin (Act 2) – Married to Lena. A friendly, easy-going man, though he loses his temper when he hears Steve insulting Lena.
For the roles of "Russ/Dan" – Seeking a White Male Actor in his 50s:
*Russ (Act 1) – Bev’s Husband. Moody. Tends to lose temper. A smart but emotionally repressed man. Due to a tragedy, he has become detached and distant towards friends and family.
*Dan (Act 2) – A friendly and talkative construction worker on the house. He finds the trunk in the backyard.
For the roles of "Betsy/Lindsey" – Seeking White Female Actress in her 30s/40s:
*Betsy (Act 1) – Karl’s wife. She is eight months pregnant and deaf. She struggles to keep up with the conversation, especially as things get confrontational.
*Lindsey (Act 2) – Married to Steve and pregnant. Concerned about being politically correct. She and Steve are buying the house in Clybourne Park. They want to tear it down, start from scratch, and rebuild the home bigger than before.
For the roles of "Karl/Steve" - Seeking White Male Actor in his 40s:
*Karl (Act 1) – Married to Betsy, Karl Lindner is the only character who also appears in Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, when he visits the Youngers in an attempt to buy them out and prevent them from moving to Clybourne Park. He speaks as a man who believes without a doubt that he is right, and never wavers while attempting to reason with everyone else about what he wants.
*Steve (Act 2) – Lindsey’s husband. He is not as concerned about being PC as his wife and is the one to bring all the tension to the surface.
***Please note: An actress has already been cast to play the roles of "Francine/Lena"
Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, CLYBOURNE PARK is told in two acts, in the same Chicago house 50 years apart. This timely new play begins in 1959 with a white family selling their home to a black family: the first to move into the neighborhood. 50 years later, a white couple looks to buy the same house in what has now become an all-black neighborhood. Filled with surprising humor and raw emotion, CLYBOURNE PARK is one theatrical experience that is sure to be that genuine piece of art that moves its audiences and starts conversations.
Farmers Alley Theatre is a professional theatre based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. We are Southwest Michigan's first and only year round Equity Theatre Company. We are currently in the midst of our sixth season and we are establishing ourselves as Western Michigan's Premiere professional theatre. Several notable Broadway performers have traveled to work in our intimate 100 seat theatre including Barbara Marineau (Beauty and the Beast), Lauren Kennedy (Spamalot, Side Show), Michelle Duffy (Leap of Faith), Trey Ellett (Rent), Ann Sanders (Leap of Faith, Allegiance), Scott Coulter (renowned cabaret singer) and Teri Bibb (Phantom of the Opera) to name a few. Visit our web site to learn more about us at www.farmersalleytheatre.com
Clybourne Park audition scenes