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The Curious Incident of the
Dog in the Night-Time
A play by Simon Stephens, based on a novel by Mark Haddon
A Comedy of Tenors
By Ken Ludwig
Upcoming audition for two PTC productions:
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is the 2015 Tony Award winner for Best Play and will be directed by PTC Artistic Director Karen Azenberg. Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain and is exceptional at math, but he is ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. His determination to solve the murder of his neighbor’s dog sends him on a journey of discovery, one that has us rooting for him at every turn.
A Comedy of Tenors is the hilarious sequel to Lend Me a Tenor and will be directed by Guest Director Wes Grantom. The characters from Lend Me a Tenor are back – this time in Paris, on the eve of a star-studded concert where three famous tenors are scheduled to perform together. Of course, everything that can go wrong does, including clandestine love affairs, romantic misunderstandings and enormous operatic egos threatening to cancel the entire concert.
Audition and Callback Dates:
Open Call on May 11, 2017, 1-5:00 p.m. (1-2:00 p.m. is reserved for AEA only)
Curious Incident… callbacks will be by invitation on on May 12, 2017.
A Comedy of Tenors callbacks will be announced at a later date.
Rehearsal and Performance Dates:
Curious Incident… will rehearse from August 21 to September 14, 2017, and performance dates are September 15 – September 30, 2017.
A Comedy of Tenors will rehearse from September 25 to October 19, 2017, and performance dates are October 20 – November 4, 2017.
All auditions will be held in Room 245 at Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre. Each audition slot is three minutes. Sides will be provided one week prior to audition. A headshot and resume are recommended.
Auditioners must come in to sign up on the callboard in Room 325 at the Roy W. and Elizabeth E. Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre. The sign-up sheet will be posted on May 4, 2017.
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Character Breakdown
Christopher Boone – Actor must be over 18 but able to play 15. Incredibly intelligent but shy and mistrusting of strangers, Christopher feels things deeply but doesn’t know how to express or articulate them. He has a brilliant mind, can be fixated on certain topics, and thinks in a highly logical way. This helps him excel in math and science, but because he perceives language literally, he does not understand sarcasm or metaphors. He notices things in minute detail yet has difficulty understanding social and emotional cues and has difficulty empathizing with others. This lack of understanding often makes the world seem frustrating and frightening to him, and he can become agitated and even violent when he has to deal with too many overwhelming external stimuli. From a diagnostic point of view, he is probably on the autism spectrum and exhibits some behavior that might be characterized as having Asperger’s Syndrome, though what is most important is that he is different. Actor must be physically very fit and agile and must weigh less than 150 lbs.; English accent.
Siobhan – age 30-40. Christopher’s teacher and mentor, the only person in Christopher’s life with an understanding of his situation. She strives to teach Christopher how society works and how to behave within its guidelines. Constantly negotiating around Christopher’s anger, she is professional, warm, caring, calm, gentle and self-possessed, and she is also sensitive to his strained relationship with his father. She often serves as the narrator of Christopher’s story and of his feelings; English or Irish or Welsh accent.
Ed Boone – age 35-50. Christopher’s father; estranged from his wife, Judy and struggling as a single parent trying to raise his son the best he can. A working class man. Proud, gruff and brusque, he is unable to convey his emotions and feelings but loves his son deeply. He is a good man, but there is a lot on Ed’s shoulders when he first enters the play in pain and near breaking point, though he does not openly express it. He has trouble communicating with Christopher, who often frustrates him. And though he’s naturally practical and much more patient in dealing with Christopher than Judy, a difficult situation can make him lose it, sometimes violently. A plumber and heating engineer by trade, naturally good with his hands; English accent appropriate to working middle class.
Judy Boone – age 35-45. Christopher’s mother; estranged from her husband, Ed, after having an affair with her neighbor Roger. She works as a secretary and is a working class woman with a tough exterior who has no support system to raise her son and blames herself for her inability to cope with him effectively. She has had a hard life and had to fight for things, which she is ready to do, as she is feisty and doesn’t take anything lying down. Loving, yet impatient, she has felt very alone in her situation with Christopher, and it frustrates her to a point of absolute desperation. She wishes she knew how to truly reach and care for Christopher. Independent, lonely and proud, she doesn’t easily ask for help and has never had the proper social resources to help her; English accent appropriate to working middle class; should be physically trim.
Looking for strong versatile actors to play multiple roles – various ages and ethnicities, however MUST be agile and physically fit. English dialects of various classes is a plus:
Mrs. Shears/Mrs. Gascoyne and others – age 40-55
Mr. Shears/Duty Sergeant and others – age 40-55
Mrs. Alexander and others – age 55-70
Reverend Peters and others – 40-60
Policeman/Mr. Thompson and others – 25-35
No. 40/Punk Girl and others – 20-35
A Comedy of Tenors Character Breakdown
Saunders, Male, late 50s, any ethnicity – High-strung American producer. He’s had success but worked very hard for it and it shows.
Max, Male, 30s, any ethnicity – Rising American opera singer and former assistant to Saunders. Smart, level-headed and quick with a joke.
Maria, Female, early 50s, Italian – Stunning wife to one of Italy’s most famous opera singers. Big personality, explosive temper. Italian accent.
Tito/Beppo, Male, 50s, Italian – Tito is one of Italy’s most famous opera singers. Regal in appearance, fiery in nature. Has a bit of a diva complex and is a horribly jealous person. Italian accent. The same actor plays Beppo, a bellhop – joyous and full of life, as down to earth as Tito is regal. Strong tenor.
Mimi, Female, 20s, Italian-American – Bright-eyed star hoping to be discovered. She is the daughter of Tito and Maria and while they still think of her as their little girl, she is definitely coming into her own. America accent.
Carlo, Male, 20s, Italian – Dashing, young opera impresario who is in love with Mimi but seen as a threat to her father’s career. Speaks English very well. No detectable Italian accent and must be a strong tenor
Racon, Female, late 40s, Russian – Famous Russian opera singer, former lover to Tito, a very intense and passionate woman. Russian accent; must also sing well.