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THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER will be directed by Brian Zelinski.

Auditioners will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet prior to auditions; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by visiting SunsetPlayhouse.com. You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.

 

Auditions: Monday, July 23 – Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Callbacks: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 (if necessary)

Rehearsals: Monday, July 30 – Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Performances: Thursday, September 6 – Sunday, September 23, 2018

 

Read further for a synopsis and character descriptions.

Scripts are available for check-out at the box office for a

$10 cash deposit.

Box Office hours are Tuesdays 1 pm – 7 pm

Wednesdays-Fridays 1 pm – 5 pm & Saturdays 1 pm- 4 pm

Contact Ann Mather at amather@sunsetplayhouse.com or 262-782-4431, ext 221 if you have any further questions or if you plan to arrive later than 8:30 pmfor auditions.

 

Synopsis

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest W. Stanley are thrilled when Sheridan Whiteside, a brilliant, witty, and widely beloved radio celebrity, accepts their invitation to dinner on his tour through their little town of Mesalia, Ohio. As he leaves their home, he slips on their doorstep, breaking his hip, and a tumultuous six weeks of confinement follow. The Stanley living room is monopolized by the quick-tempered invalid, ex-convicts are invited to meals, and transatlantic calls bring a $784 phone bill. The arrival of strange gifts from his friends further destroys domestic tranquility.

 

Character Descriptions

Male Characters

 


RICHARD STANLEY (ages 18-25)
 Grown son of Earnest and Daisy, photographer, wishes he could travel and take pictures.

 

JOHN (age 40+) Butler who has been around awhile

 

MR ERNEST W STANLEY(ages 40-60) Rich factory owner, uptight, and put out by the audacity of his guest.

 

DR BRADLEY (age 50+) Whiteside’s local doctor, who diagnoses his injuries by looking at the wrong x rays. He is also a late-blooming author who tries to get Whiteside to read his book, Forty Years an Ohio Doctor.

 

SHERIDAN WHITESIDE (age 40+) A middle-aged, Falstaffian-girthed celebrity. He is a critic, lecturer, and radio personality, the intimate friend of anyone worth knowing. He is an egomaniac who “would see his mother burned at the stake if that was the only way he could light his cigarette.” His cruel wit and penchant for aggressive repartee make him a great comic character, insofar as humor often depends on other people’s misery or discomfort. That he is obviously impossible to live with is amply demonstrated when he disrupts, through his presence, a conservative upper-middle-class household in a small town in Ohio. Most of the time, he acts the consummate tyrant, but a few isolated acts of genuine kindness make him human, although not redeemable. For all of his sins, he remains disdainfully unrepentant.

BERT JEFFERSON (ages 20s-40s) The owner and editor of the Mesalia Journal. He is “an interesting looking young man” who has written a producible play. He naïvely and ambitiously allows himself to be lured by the chance of making it to the big time, even if it means the sacrifice of personal happiness.

 

PROFESSOR METZ (age 30+) “A strange-looking little man,” an entomologist who once lived for two years in a cave with nothing but plant lice. The first of three eccentrics to visit Whiteside during his convalescence, he arrives bearing a gift–a colony of ten thousand roaches.

 

BANJO (ages 30s-50s) A famous Hollywood comedian, a grown-up adolescent. He is as loony off-screen as on (the Marx brothers all wrapped into one) but he good-heartedly allows himself to be the means by which Maggie can retrieve her happiness.

 

SANDY (age 20s) a labor-organizer in Mr. Stanley’s factory, big strong lad.

 

BEVERLY CARLTON (ages 30s-50s) English thespian, songwriter, musician. A Noël Cowardish character who dashes around the world composing and writing plays and being devastatingly charming. His latest comedy, he says, is the best since Molière. He breezes in to visit Whiteside and wish him a “Merry Christmas. He stays about a quarter of an hour, using part of the time to regale him with a number from his new revue. Maggie enlists him in an attempt to lure Jefferson away from Lorraine Sheldon, trying to counter Whiteside’s attempt to break up her romance. (pianist preferred, not required)

 

4 Men, ages 20s-40s, to play multiple smaller & non-speaking roles, including:

Westcott (the head radioman)
Luncheon Guests (prisoners)
Mr. Baker (guard)
Expressman
Radio Technicians
Deputies
A plainclothesman
4 – 6 boys, ages 9-12 

Female Characters

 

MRS DAISY STANLEY (ages 40-60) Always trying to play the hostess and keep her husband from flying off the handle.

 

MISS PREEN (ages 30+) Frantic Nurse attending to Whiteside, not enjoying the task. A spinsterish, humorless prude, she becomes the constant butt of his insults and name-calling, to which she reacts with routine indignation.

 

JUNE STANLEY (ages 18-25) Grown daughter of Earnest and Daisy, wants to get married to Sandy who is starting union trouble at the factory.

SARAH (age 40+) Housekeeper who has been around awhile

 

MRS DEXTER (age 30+) Visiting society friend of Mrs. Stanley

 

MRS McCUTCHEON (age 30+) Visiting society friend of Mrs. Stanley

 

MAGGIE CUTLER (ages 20s-40s) Whiteside’s executive assistant, very businesslike most of the time, but also a romantic who falls in love with Bert Jefferson. Whiteside’s private secretary and chief interference runner for the past ten years. In her thirties, she is sarcastic and cynical, and she knows where the bodies are buried. After she meets Bert Jefferson and goes ice skating with him, she decides that the fast lane with Whiteside is infinitely less preferable than conventional delights of domesticity. The fear of losing a good secretary prompts Whiteside to try to destroy the relationship, but her seriousness about her love induces him to help her achieve her goal.

 

HARRIET STANLEY (age 50+) Earnest Stanley’s eerie sister, floats in and out when Whiteside is alone.

 

LORRAINE SHELDON (ages 30s-40s) a snobby actress, young and beautiful, the vicious epitome of the glamorous, brainless, superficial superstar. Whiteside lures her to Ohio by telling her that Jefferson’s play has a marvelous part for her. She thus unwittingly lets herself be used to break up the romance between Jefferson and Maggie. Seducing a man for benefit is, for her, all in a day’s work.

 

**Rehearsal times are subject to change based on availability of cast but are generally 5 nights a week from 7:00 pm -10:00 pm.

 

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Stage Combat: Dueling Arts International

Some of the greatest climactic moments in theater are centered on violence.  In order to safely perform these moments, actors must train under a fight director.  These series of classes focus on teaching techniques for creating the illusion of violence in a theatrical setting.  They emphasize physical awareness, dynamic acting choices, fitness, and partnering.  There will be the opportunity to test for Level 1 Certification for the class weapon through Dueling Arts International.

Rapier and Dagger – In the early 16th century as the popularity of dueling increased and the efficiency of large heavy armors decreased, an off handed weapon began to be employed for defense; the dagger being the most popular for its ease of carry and offensive capabilities.  Combatants will be challenged to integrate both sides of their bodies in dynamic choreography where they will be able to attack and defend at the same time. Weapons will be provided.

If interested in registering for this course, please click here.
Instructor: JJ Gatesman
Fee: $250

No Prerequisite               

Monday, July 23rd             5:30 – 7:30 PM
Wednesday, July 25th      5:30 – 7:30 PM
Monday, July 30th             5:30 – 7:30 PM
Wednesday, Aug. 1st       5:30 – 7:30 PM
Tuesday, Aug. 7th             5:30 – 7:30 PM*
Wednesday, Aug. 8th       5:30 – 7:30 PM
Monday, Aug. 13th            5:30 – 7:30 PM
Wednesday, Aug. 15th    5:30 – 7:30 PM
*Please note class will be held on Tuesday, August 7th due to instructor availability.


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Milwaukee-based independent filmmaker casting for triptych of short films about meat. These films are intended as three standalone stories, each with a different creative direction. Actors selected for roles will play different characters for each piece. Principal photography is scheduled for summer 2018. Actors must be willing to eat meat on camera.

 

1 male, 20s/30s

1 female, 20s/30s

Actor couples with established chemistry are highly encouraged to submit materials.

 

Please send your headshot and resume to casting@bartolifilm.com for consideration.


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Hey everyone.

 

Tony Wood here, the Combat Theatre veteran and author of A Cudahy Caroler Christmas and Holiday Hell, as well as numerous short films and one-act plays. I’m seeking to collaborate with a composer to try and turn my new, full length play into a musical.

 

Martha and the Dark is a new, two-act fantasy written for young audiences. Inspired by Roald Dahl, The Wizard of Oz and The Phantom Tollbooth, it’s the story of a heroic girl setting out into the world to find her lost brother.  Accompanied by a handful of odd and outlandish characters, Martha has to save her brother before he becomes prisoner of the evil Administrator, a vile woman whose goal is to cover the entire Universe in The Dark.

 

Although light-hearted, funny and fatastical, at the heart of Martha and the Dark is a tale of loss, depression and addiction. And how we all need to turn to those we love to guide us through.

 

If interested, a sysnopsis can be supplied as well as the finished play. We can collaborate face-to-face, through the internet, or a little of both.

 

And of course, with any personal project—no money. Although I do have a relationship and three plays published with playscriptsinc.com, the online play publishing company.

 

I would certainly split any future rights and residuals with the composer.

 

Interested? Email me at: tony@smokingmonkey.net

 

Thanks!

 


psyche

The next exciting original play written and directed by JJ Gatesman, The Beauty of Psyche, is a modern re-imagining of the myth of Cupid’s abduction of Psyche. A cast of 4 actors will use puppetry, stage illusions, and physicality to tell this epic story. Features original music by Amanda Hull and Cole Heinreich.

Rehearsals will run August 21st through September 1st

The first act of the play will be presented at the Milwaukee Fringe Festival on August 26th

The Arcade theater (in the UC) will host the show on weekends September 6th through 22nd

Sign up for a time slot @:
https://signupgenius.com/go/20f084aafa62ba1f58-thebeauty

Characters:

Actor 1-
Psyche: A fiery young woman of intelligence and drive.
-must have basic singing ability

Actor 2-
Boy/Eros: A god who finds himself feeling human emotions and rebelling from the norms of his people
-must have basic singing ability

Actor 3-
Pan: A puckish god of the earth who helps Psyche find her way
-Puppetry

Father: Psyche’s father, a worried, superstitious man manipulated by the gods

Actor 4-
Rose- The goddess of Love, she views Psyche as a rival to her beauty, extremely jealous, loves her son Eros desperately
-Puppetry

Unseen-God of the underworld, a formal mortal turned god against her will


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We are thrilled to offer upcoming Adult Acting classes this summer at The Milwaukee Rep! Please visit our website to register: https://www.milwaukeerep.com/Engage–Learn/Business–Adult-Training/Adult-Classes/


BASIC ACTING I: INTRODUCTION TO PERFORMANCE

This intro class is designed for non-professionals from all occupations interested in developing essential skills (such as confidence, focus, creative and critical thinking, etc.) while sharpening their basic acting skills. Classes will encourage students to use their imagination, body, and voice to explore specific techniques used to enhance any stage performance. Special attention is given to preparing a contemporary monologue. Participants of the entire Basic Acting series (I, II and III) will receive a signed Certificate of Participation at the end of Basic Acting III.

Instructor: Joshua Krause
Class fee: $150
Prerequisite: None
Next session: July 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13, 20 from 5:30-7:00pm

ACTING FOR THE CAMERA I

This fast-paced class will not only introduce students to the fundamentals of acting onscreen, but also help students get started in a time when everyone has the power to create and share their film work. Topics explored and developed may include script and character analysis, basic acting techniques, networking, auditioning, and talent expectations for social media, micro-budget, and professional film projects. Whether you are a filmmaker as a hobby or an eager amateur that wishes to turn professional, this course will help direct your passion to the best starting point.

Instructor: Thomas Adisi
Class fee: $175
Prerequisite: None
Next session: Wednesdays: July 18, 25, August 8, 15, 22 from 5:30–7:30pm

STAGE COMBAT: DUELING ARTS INTERNATIONAL

Some of the greatest climactic moments in theater are centered on violence.  In order to safely perform these moments, actors must train under a fight director.  These series of classes focus on teaching techniques for creating the illusion of violence in a theatrical setting.  They emphasize physical awareness, dynamic acting choices, fitness, and partnering.  There will be the opportunity to test for Level 1 Certification for the class weapon through Dueling Arts International.

Rapier and Dagger – In the early 16th century as the popularity of dueling increased and the efficiency of large heavy armors decreased, an off handed weapon began to be employed for defense; the dagger being the most popular for its ease of carry and offensive capabilities.  Combatants will be challenged to integrate both sides of their bodies in dynamic choreography where they will be able to attack and defend at the same time. Weapons will be provided.

 

Instructor: JJ Gatesman
Class Fee: $250
Prerequisite: None
Next session: Mondays & Wednesdays: July 23, 25, 30, August 1, *Tuesday, August 7*, 8, 13, and 15 from 5:30-7:30 pm.
Note: Please note class will be held on Tuesday, August 7th due to instructor availability.

 

ACTING FOR THE CAMERA II

Acting for the Camera II focuses on developing more deeply the key technical skills introduced in Acting for the Camera I. Through individually tailored, real-world material, the instructor will lead you through commercial, theatrical, slate, interview, and monologue work. The class will devote time each week to honing on-camera practice and critique in the five major areas listed above. The goal of this class is to give each student a stronger sense of developed skill, confidence, industry preparedness, and a slew of marketable reel material. Please contact Auburn Matson with a brief summary of your qualifications if you have any questions about your eligibility for this course.

 

Instructor: Thomas Adisi
Class Fee: $200
Prerequisite: Acting for the Camera I
Next session: Mondays: September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

 

 

AUBURN MATSON | Education Administrator | Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Patty & Jay Baker Theater Complex | 108 East Wells Street | Milwaukee, WI 53202
414-290-5393 tel | 414-224-9097 fax | amatson@milwaukeerep.com

Website: www.milwaukeerep.com | Facebook: www.facebook.com/milwrep | Twitter: twitter.com/milwrep

 


Much

West Bend Theatre Company is currently looking for an actor (age 35+) to fill the role of Leonato for their 1980s version of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. This role is open to both men and women. Rehearsals begin 7/2 and performances are 8/23-8/26. If you or someone you know may be interested in the role, please contact the director, Adam Czaplewski, via Facebook messenger, or send an email to adamcza3@gmail.com


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General Auditions for Cabaret Milwaukee’s 2018-19 Season

 

Cabaret Milwaukee Presents our Fourth Full Season of originally written & produced cabaret entertainment blending theatre, live music, vintage news, comedy, and old time radio drama. Structured as a live radio variety show, a long form radio play is presented as a straight play with scenes interspersed between performances by the shows comedians, jingle singers, tap dancers, and crooners all steeped in the era which the show is set.

Our 2018-19 Season will be a re-imagined mounting of our very first trilogy, “The Jealous Revolver,” written by Jackie Benka. “The Jealous Revolver,” is a noir detective drama set in the a sleazy speakeasy in the seedy streets of prohibition era Milwaukee. Love, vengeance, bullets, and booze stimulate this stories intrigue.

We are thrilled to be presenting all three shows this season in The Astor Bar & Grille at The Astor Hotel 901 W. Juneau. Also new to production this year: Cabaret MKE will be recording one show from each episode for later radio broadcast.

PERFORMANCE DATES

The Jealous Revolver, Episode 1
August 31, September 1, 7, 8, 14,15

The Jealous Revolver, Episode 2
November 2, 3, 9,10, 11,16,17

The Jealous Revolver, Episode 3
February 14,15,16, 22, 23, March 1, 2

General Season Auditions for our 2018-19 season will be this coming July 7th and 8th. We are looking for stage actors of all types as well as performers talented in singing, dancing, imitations, or perhaps some other surprising talent!

Depending on the character’s through line, actors for the Play portion may be asked to participate in one, two, or all three productions throughout the season in the same role. Rehearsals will commence one month prior to opening and scripts will be made available as soon as casting is announced.

Non Traditional Casting Will be Considered
Hired Performers will receive a Rehearsal Stipend & Profit Sharing.

AUDITIONS
July 7th from 12pm-6pm
July 8th from 1pm-7pm

Sides will be provided at auditions for cold readings.

Singers, please prepare 2 songs that show off your vocal range, including at least one jazz standard from the 30’s-40’s. Songs may be sung a capella or you may bring a device to play recorded accompaniment on.

To Set up an audition please email Amanda at: cabmkeproduction@gmail.com
Please include your headshot, resume and availability on the audition dates and times in the email.

CAST OF CHARACTERS, EPISODE I
Vivian (20-40)
Joey (20-40)
Stella Kartaley (30-50)
Tony Kartaley (30-50)
Vick (30-50)
Anna (20-40)
Jean (20-40)
Marco (30-50)

CAST OF CHARACTERS, EPISODE II
Vivian (20-40)
Joey (20-40)
Stella Kartaley (30-50)
Tony Kartaley (30-50)
Anna (20-40)
Elliot (30-50)

CAST OF CHARACTERS, EPISODE III
Joey (20-40)
Stella Kartaley (30-50)
Deluca (30-50)
Anna (20-40)
Elliot (30-50)
O’mally (20-40)

We look forward to seeing you at auditions!
Josh Bryan- Artistic Director
Amanda J Hull- Managing Director


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                                                                                                For further information, contact:

Marcee Doherty-Elst 414-617-0132

marcee@theaterred.com

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Theater RED teams with Untitled Productions for I’ll Eat You Last

Barbra Streisand’s agent dishes all things Hollywood at The Kimpton Journeyman Hotel

 

MILWAUKEE, May 1, 2018 – For the opening of their 2018 season, Theater RED joins with Untitled Productions for their inaugural production, another Milwaukee premiere. Written by John Logan, directed by Untitled Productions’ Eric Welch (of K’Eric’ters fame) and starring Theater RED Co-Founder Marcee Doherty-Elst, “I’ll Eat You Last” marks the beginning of a sixth season for Theater RED, following smash hit collaborations, “Bonny Anne Bonny” with Wisconsin Lutheran College, and “A Chorus Line” with Cardinal Stritch University’s Arts @ Stritch Program and Milwaukee Opera Theatre.

 

“I’ll Eat You Last” invites audiences to a private suite in the early 1980s where original Hollywood super-agent Sue Mengers waits to receive a fateful call from Barbra Streisand, her biggest client and most devoted friend. As she lounges in her famous caftan, indulging in illicit intoxicants and explicit gossip, the world begins to crumble around her. With the toppling of her once-mighty celebrity empire as the Streisand linchpin is removed, so too crumbles the seemingly invincible vision of Old Hollywood.

 

The limited run of I’ll Eat You Last will last three nights: Friday, June 29th and Saturday, June 30th, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 1st, 2018 at 3:00pm. All performances will take place at The Kimpton Journeyman Hotel, located at 310 E. Chicago St. Milwaukee, WI. The hotel offers refreshments before, during, and after the show. There will be no intermission. Running time is around 75 minutes. Tickets are $20 and will be available in late May at www.theaterred.com with special ticket packages also available online.

 

About Theater RED: Founded in 2013 by local actors Christopher Elst and Marcee Doherty-Elst, Theater RED is a registered LLC that produces theatre in southeastern Wisconsin. Each production addresses three founding tenets: substantial roles for women, growth in craft for artists, and new works by promising playwrights. www.theaterred.com

 

About Untitled Productions: A new theatrical production company, Untitled Productions focuses on bringing rare, mostly unseen, and glamorous work to the already booming Milwaukee theatre scene. Untitled Productions focuses on bringing to Milwaukee both brand new works and musical classics revived for contemporary audiences.