Auditions


Auditions for This Random World and The Great Seduction to be held June 9

West End Players Guild will hold open auditions for the first two plays of its 2018-2019 season on Saturday, June 9, beginning at 12 noon in the theatre at the Union Avenue Christian Church, 733 Union Blvd. There is ample free parking at the back of the church. Auditioners should use the outdoor stairs to the basement entrance (it will be marked).

The plays to be cast are:

• Steven Dietz’s This Random World, directed by Renee Sevier-Monsey. This Random World will be presented in seven performances September 28-October 7. This Random World has roles for five adult women, age range 20s-70s, and three adult men, age range 20s-60s.. Rehearsals will begin in August. Auditions for This Random World will consist of cold readings from sides.

• Vladimir Zelevinsky’s The Great Seduction, directed by Steve Callahan. The Great Seduction will be presented in seven performances November 9-18. The Great Seduction has roles for three adult women, age range Teens-40s, and two adult men, age range 20s-40s. Auditions for The Great Seduction will consist of cold readings from sides.

Auditioners should bring a resume and head shot for each director for whom they wish to read. Inquiries (including inquiries for the directors) may be submitted by email to wepgmedia@westendplayers.org or by phone to 314/667-5686.

West End Players Guild is a non-Equity professional company. All actors will be paid a stipend.

Plot summaries,character descriptions and audition sides follow.

This Random World
(the myth of serendipity)

From Dramatists Play Service:

We want to believe that serendipity brings us together, but is that just a myth? Mining the comedy of missed connections, This Random World asks the serious question of how often we travel parallel paths through the world without noticing. From an ailing woman who plans one final trip, to her daughter planning one great escape and her son falling prey to a prank gone wrong, this funny, intimate, and heartbreaking play explores the lives that may be happening just out of reach of our own.

“…affecting…The characters are drawn with empathy and humor, and the cascading series of coincidences neatly illustrates the idea that, as the title suggests, we are all hostages to chance.” —NY Times.

“…succeeds on every level…It’s the sort of play you walk away from having fallen completely in love with every person on the stage…The play is also fast and funny, delivering constant comedy that comes from the characters and their foibles, including numerous instances of the laughter that comes from a place of painful self recognition.” —Arts-Louisville.com.

“…wistful and often very funny…Dietz’s premise holds power and grace. It makes us consider—as we constantly reassure ourselves with what is certain—how much we really do not know in any given situation.” —The Courier Journal.

This Random World premiered in April, 2016 at the Humana Festival of New American Plays. The West End Players Production will be a St. Louis premiere.

CAST OF CHARACTERS

Scottie Ward – a woman in her 70’s

Tim Ward – her son, 29

Beth Ward – her daughter, 38

Rhonda – Bernadette’s younger sister, late 20’s

Clair – Tim’s ex-girlfriend, 29

Gary – Claire’s ex-boyfriend, 30’s

A Man – 60’s/flexible

AUDITION SIDES:

Side 1 – Beth, Tim

Side 2 – Scottie, Bernadette

Side 3 – Claire, Gary

Side 4 – Rhonda, Tim

Side 5 – Beth, Gary

Side 6 – Scottie, Man

The Great Seduction
(increasingly freely adapted from
Mademoiselle de Belle-Isle
by Alexander Dumas)

The 18th-centry French sex farce Mademoiselle de Belle-Isle was one of Alexander Dumas’s most successful plays. First performed in France in 1839, it is today still drawing audiences who appreciate its clever and saucy wit.

Playwright Vladimir Zelevinsky has drawn on basic elements of Dumas’s plot and a short list of his characters to produce a witty and charming new play, which will have its world premiere on the West End Players stage.

The Duke of Richelieu loves the Countess de Bourbon… at the moment. The Countess is equally enamored of the Duke, but also has a wandering eye for the buff young chevalier Raoul. The Duke proposes a bet to Raoul – that the Duke can, within 24 hours, achieve an assignation with the next woman who walks into the room, whoever she may be. It’s a sucker bet. The Duke knows that the next young woman through that door will be the beautiful young Gabrielle, who has told the Duke she will do anything (“Anything?” “Yes, anything!”) for the noble gentleman who helps her get into the Bastille to see her imprisoned father. But what the Duke doesn’t know, until Gabrielle has entered, is that she and Raoul are betrothed, and she is unlikely to betray her intended. The plot then thickens, until it takes a surprising turn at the end that threatens to change everyone’s lives forever.

The costumes will be sumptuous, the dialogue rapid and ribald, and the laughter non-stop.

CAST OF CHARACTERS:

Mariette, a maid. Teens-30s

The Countess de Bourbon, older but still beautiful. 30s-40s

The Duke of Richelieu, not the cardinal, but his great-grand-nephew. 30s-40s

Raoul d’Aubigny, beefcake but sensitive. Sharper than his first impression. 20s

Gabrielle de Belle-Isle, an innocent. Ultimately the sharpest of the lot. Teens – 20s

AUDITION SIDES:

Side 1 – Raoul and Duke

Side 2 – Countess and Duke

Side 3 – Countess and Gabrielle

Side 4 – Countess and Mariette

Side 5 – Gabrielle and Raoul