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featured-seminar2Seminar

By Theresa Rebeck
Directed by Elina de Santos

Open Call Auditions
Mon, June 27 at 7:30pm and Tue, June 28 at 7pm

If you’d like to skip the open call and schedule an audition appointment, then send your headshot and resume to casting01@chancetheater.com by June 24. Smaller group appointments are made in 30-minute increments, starting at 8pm each night

 

Location:
Chance Theater,
5522 E. La Palma Ave.,
Anaheim, CA 92807.
Click here for directions.
Prepare:
Two contrasting one minute contemporary monologues

Bring:
Headshot and resume.

Rehearsals:
Begin August 8. Weekday evenings and weekends.

Performances:
At Chance Theater, on the Cripe Stage
September 23 – October 23, 2016
Fri 8pm, Sat 8pm & Sun 3p

TBA Thu 7:30p

Payment:

$400 total for the production run of 16 performances

Synopsis:
“Writers in their natural state are about as civilized as feral dogs”… so says Leonard, an indiscriminately relentless teacher who believes he wrote the book on what makes an author great. When four aspiring novelists sign up for his private writing class, they have no idea that they are about to get the schooling of their lives. From Pulitzer finalist Theresa Rebeck, comes a provocative comedy with a vicious bite that uses unwavering wit to peel back the layers of a hopeful artist and reveal the scarred humanity beneath.

Character Descriptions: 

Leonard:
Male, 50s, Any Ethnicity

Charismatic, fierce, brilliant, complicated, celebrity writing teacher. He takes no prisoners. Leonard deftly shreds the egos of his students. He’s contemptuous of much around him yet he appreciates beauty and honest writing. Past caring what people think of him, he is haunted by self-loathing.

Kate:
Female, Mid 20s to early 30s, Any Ethnicity

Bennington educated, child of affluent New Yorkers, defensive, prickly feminist. She’s been working on the same short story for years, ever since she received praise for it at college. Leonard’s evisceration of her writing ultimately prompts her talent to emerge. She has survivor skills born of her intelligence not her privilege.

Douglas:
Male, Late 20s to mid 30s, Any Ethnicity

The most successful of the four students– and, not coincidentally, best connected. He can actually write, but is constantly accused of “name dropping.” He ranges from insufferable to surprising dimension over the course of the play.

Izzy:
Female, Mid 20s to early 30s, Asian

The requisite sexpot, opportunistic, and confident. Deemed a good writer from the beginning, she is at the center of the group’s romantic conflicts. Even though she is beautiful she doesn’t suffer from “pretty girl syndrome”. She knows what she wants. She’ll get it.
Note: Role requires brief nudity.

  • The role of Martin has been pre-cast