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A Day at the Rusty Arms (Auditions)
February 1-9, 2021

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A Day at the Rusty Arms
Audition times:
Beginning February 1, 2021
Synopsis:
A Day at the Rusty Arms, written by Susan Erickson and directed by David Richard Jones. Zoom auditions will occur beginning February 1 and may be scheduled by contacting director Jones at djones@unm.edu. In-person, socially distanced callbacks may be scheduled if necessary. The production will be recorded in March for distribution in April.
Looking for:
Auditioning for the role of Franny: one woman, 50s-60s. Downloadable sides are listed below.
Location:
Zoom Video Communications
Format: By appointment. Contact the director, David Richard Jones, at djones@unm.edu.
Callbacks:
In-person, socially distanced callbacks may be scheduled if necessary/
Rehearsals start: The production will be recorded in March for distribution in April.
Contact for further information: Tthe director, David Richard Jones, at djones@unm.edu.

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Hunker Down (Auditions)
April 7-11, 2021

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Hunker Down
Audition times:
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 7-9pm
Sunday, April 11, 2021 3-5pm
Synopsis:
Bari and Kevin are longtime neighbors who have been sheltering-in-place, each at their own home, during early May 2020. When Bari tries to visit in person, Kevin turns her away, but agrees to a video call. Scene 1 is that video call. Scene 2 occurs three weeks on an early morning video call. Scene 3 is three days later, also on a video call.
Looking for:

One man and one woman, both 50s-70s:

BARI: Single woman, widowed, age 50s-70s, neighbor of Kevin. Quirky, extroverted and leaning towards flamboyant. She's become fearful from weeks of sheltering-in-place. She yearns for in-person connection.

KEVIN: Single man, widowed, age 50-70s, reclusive curmudgeon, who finds most people annoying. Neighbor of Bari. He's comfortable being alone and enjoys being contrary. Unconsciously, he now longs for in-person social contact, but he's too invested in his "introvert identity" to admit this to Bari or himself.

All auditions will be on Zoom. Once you sign up for a 15 min. slot, you will be sent a zoom link and sides to review. Ideally, we will be pairing the characters for the audition slots however, you may end up reading with an assistant.

Location:
Zoom Video Communications
Format: By appointment. Click a time on the schedule below to sign up for a date and time.
Callbacks:
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 from 7:00-9:00 pm
Downloadable sides:
No. Title Character list Need password
1 Bari & Kevin Scene 1 Bari, Kevin No
2 Bari & Kevin Scene 3 Bari, Kevin No
3 Bari Scene 1 Bari No
4 Kevin Scene 3 Kevin No
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New Mexico Shakespeare Festival (Auditions)
May 22-June 15, 2021

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New Mexico Shakespeare Festival
Audition times:
Extended through June 15
Looking for:

We are still reading people for these roles past the dates listed on previous audition notices.Twelfth Night O Lo Que Quieras is continuing to look for actors for the roles of Sebastian and Ensemble in this wonderful show. Due to the year-delay caused by the ongoing COVID pandemic, not every performer who signed on to work last year has been able to do so in 2021. While this is completely understandable, it does leave us in a position of needing to fill in their roles as soon as possible.

Auditionees may choose to audition over Zoom or In-person. In either case, please contact the Festival Stage Manager, Donna Marie Barra (dmb0857@aol.com) to schedule your appointment.

At in-person auditions, masks must be worn and safe distancing will be practiced at all times.

What to Bring/Prepare

Please send via email a headshot (or a selfie or photo of yourself from the shoulders up) and resume (or short description of your experience with performing). Ms. Barra will send you sides (scenes or monologue from the play) to prepare after you schedule your audition.

If you are auditioning for Twelfth Night O Lo Que Quieras, you may also choose to perform a poem of your choice (English or Spanish). If you play an instrument, please have something prepared to play.

Roles

The directors are seeking men, women, and gender nonconforming actors ages 15-60. Actors of the Global Majority (BIPOC) are especially encouraged to audition.

Roles available:

Hamlet

  • Bernardo
  • Priest
  • Ensemble
Twelfth Night O Lo Que Quieras
  • Sebastian
  • Ensemble

Specific Twelfth Night O Lo Que Quieras Breakdown:
Seeking performers of all kinds for ensemble. Actors, musicians, or spoken word artists of all genders or size. Artists of the Global Majority (BIPOC) are especially encouraged to audition. Especially interested in Latinx/e artists with Spanish and Spanglish speaking skills (all levels).

Location:
Zoom (Online) or The Vortex Theatre, 2900 Carlisle Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110 (In Person)
Format: By appointment. Please contact the Festival Stage Manager, Donna Marie Barra (dmb0857@aol.com) to schedule a Zoom or In-person appointment.
Rehearsals start: July 5, 2021 (Hamlet) and July 12, 2021 (Twelfth Night O Lo Que Quieras)
Contact for further information: The Festival Stage Manager, Donna Marie Barra (dmb0857@aol.com)

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Entrances and Exits: A Theatre Love Story (Auditions)
January 15, 2022

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Entrances and Exits: A Theatre Love Story
Audition times:
Saturday, January 15, 2022 9am-12 noon
Synopsis:

Entrances and Exits: A Theatre Love Story
By: Alaina Warren Zachary
Directed by: Tim Crofton

The world premier of this two-hander about a life in the theater will be performed at The Vortex Theatre at the end of March 2022 for a three weekend run.

Looking for:
We are seeking a 60+ actor to play Max, the male lead. The female lead has been cast.
  • Auditions will involve readings from the script and will be held in-person at The Vortex.
  • Please wear a mask and bring proof of vaccination.
Location:
The Vortex Theatre, 2900 Carlisle Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110
Format: By appointment. Cold readings from the script. Appointments can be made online below.
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AUDITIONS: Entrances and Exits: A Theatre Love Story

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New Mexico Shakespeare Festival 2022 (Auditions)
January 22-23, 2022

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New Mexico Shakespeare Festival 2022
Audition times:
Saturday, January 22, 2022 12:30-5pm
Sunday, January 23, 2022 12:30-5pm
Synopsis:
Productions for The New Mexico Shakespeare Festival 2022:

King Lear by William Shakespeare
Directed by Debi Kierst

As You Like It by William Shakespeare
Directed by Julia Thudium

Performances: August 5, 2022 through September 3, 2022

Director's Description of King Lear.
King Lear has ruled for many years. As age begins to overtake him, he decides to divide his kingdom among his children, living out his days without the burden of ruling a kingdom. A proud man, he allows vanity to cloud his judgment, believing that he can relinquish the crown, but enjoy the same authority and respect he has always known. He misjudges his daughters completely, and as a result, the kingdom is thrust into chaos and the king into madness. The play is about families—about fathers and daughters, fathers and sons, sisters and their husbands and lovers, brothers natural and unnatural. Ordinary jealousies, demands for love, sibling rivalries, desire for money and power, and petty cruelties are all taken to the extreme. It has been considered by many to be Shakespeare's crowning artistic achievement.

Director's Description of As You Like It.
The play is being set in in its own time, Arden time. In this version, the mythical forest of Arden is where magic reigns and impossible things happen every day. This show will be filled with music and movement, laughter and most especially joy, joy for the audience and joy for the players. This show will have a lean script and a tight ensemble. If you're not onstage speaking your lines, you may be onstage being a sheep, a musician or a fairy. Anything is possible! We are looking for actors and actor/musicians who want to be in the room, who are willing to try anything and partner with me to create a joyous, raucous festival of a production. To hear the kind of music and fun I'm talking about, listen to Natalie MacMasters "David's Jig" and "Mother Nature".

Looking for:

The role of King Lear has been cast. All other roles are open. Actors of all ages are welcome. Actor/musicians will be needed for As You Like It.

What to Bring/Prepare
Please prepare a monologue of up to two (2) minutes from a play by Shakespeare. You may, but are not required to, choose a monologue from King Lear or As You Like It. We are interested in your ability to speak the text, and make choices with it. If you do not have a piece prepared at the audition, sides will be provided but prepared monologues are referred.

Location:
The Vortex Theatre, 2900 Carlisle Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110
Format: By appointment.
Rehearsals start: June 2021
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AUDITIONS: New Mexico Shakespeare Festival 2022

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Trevor (Auditions)
February 15, 2022

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Trevor
Audition times:
Tuesday, February 15, 2022 6:30pm
Synopsis:

Trevor by Nick Jones
Directed by Pete Parkin

Inspired by true events, Trevor is a subversive comedy about fame, success, and the lies we tell ourselves in order to keep people from taking away an erratic, 200-pound chimpanzee. At the center of this hilarious and heart-wrenching play are two individuals fighting against a world unable to understand their love: Trevor, a chimpanzee who once performed in commercials with the likes of Morgan Fairchild, and his owner Sandra, who swears he would never hurt a fly...at least not on purpose. A moving exploration of family, flawed communication, and humor. It explores central questions about the keeping of animals in captivity, the expectations placed on us by others, whether 'normal' equates to 'right,' the nature of love, the fear of inadequacy. It is deep and masterful piece of theatre from a skilled writer. The trick of wrapping serious questions in sugar coated comedy is not new, but rarely has a writer handled it better than Nick Jones.

The play has a planned live opening on April 22, 2022 for a 3 week run.

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Looking for:

The chimpanzee characters will not be in monkey suits. They must be capable of excellent physical acting. All actors must be fully vaccinated.

TREVOR
An 11 year old chimpanzee whose on camera commercial career is fading. And he doesn't like it.
SANDRAM/dt>
A 56 year old widow and Trevor's Mom.
ASHLEY
33, the next door neighbor, she fears for her young child.JIM
The county Sheriff. 40ish.
OLIVER
Another chimp, known to be quite successful, and often well dressed. He is first seen in a white tuxedo.
JERRY/P.A
20-30 The doubling is not for convenience, but serves to illustrate how these characters are interchangeable in Trevor’s mind. Non White
MORGAN FAIRCHILD
50's, or so. Blond starlet. Likes to laugh.
Location:
Zoom Video Communications
Format: Online Zoom meeting by appointment. To schedule, contact the director at peteparkin3@gmail.com.

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New Mexico Shakespeare Festival 2022 (Auditions)
February 26-27, 2022

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New Mexico Shakespeare Festival 2022
Audition times:
Saturday, February 26, 2022 12:30-5pm
Sunday, February 27, 2022 12:30-5pm
Synopsis:
Productions for The New Mexico Shakespeare Festival 2022:

King Lear by William Shakespeare
Directed by Debi Kierst

As You Like It by William Shakespeare
Directed by Julia Thudium

Performances: August 5, 2022 through September 3, 2022

Director's Description of King Lear.
King Lear has ruled for many years. As age begins to overtake him, he decides to divide his kingdom among his children, living out his days without the burden of ruling a kingdom. A proud man, he allows vanity to cloud his judgment, believing that he can relinquish the crown, but enjoy the same authority and respect he has always known. He misjudges his daughters completely, and as a result, the kingdom is thrust into chaos and the king into madness. The play is about families—about fathers and daughters, fathers and sons, sisters and their husbands and lovers, brothers natural and unnatural. Ordinary jealousies, demands for love, sibling rivalries, desire for money and power, and petty cruelties are all taken to the extreme. It has been considered by many to be Shakespeare's crowning artistic achievement.

Director's Description of As You Like It.
The play is being set in in its own time, Arden time. In this version, the mythical forest of Arden is where magic reigns and impossible things happen every day. This show will be filled with music and movement, laughter and most especially joy, joy for the audience and joy for the players. This show will have a lean script and a tight ensemble. If you're not onstage speaking your lines, you may be onstage being a sheep, a musician or a fairy. Anything is possible! We are looking for actors and actor/musicians who want to be in the room, who are willing to try anything and partner with me to create a joyous, raucous festival of a production. To hear the kind of music and fun I'm talking about, listen to Natalie MacMasters "David's Jig" and "Mother Nature".

Looking for:

To reduce the time you will be at the theater doing paperwork, once you sign up you will be sent an Audition Form to complete. You may return this form, along with a resume and headshot either electronically to Donna M. Barra, Festival Stage Manager at dmb0857@aol.com, or bring these items to your audition appointment. For those of you who have already submitted your headshot and resume, we thank you, and there will be no need to resubmit.

The role of King Lear has been cast. All other roles are open. Actors of all ages are welcome. Actor/musicians will be needed for As You Like It.

What to Bring/Prepare
Please prepare a monologue of up to two (2) minutes from a play by Shakespeare. You may, but are not required to, choose a monologue from King Lear or As You Like It. We are interested in your ability to speak the text, and make choices with it. If you do not have a piece prepared at the audition, sides will be provided but prepared monologues are referred.

Location:
The Vortex Theatre, 2900 Carlisle Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110
Format: By appointment.
Callbacks:
Monday, February 28, 2022
Contact for further information: NMSF Stage Manager: Donna M. Barra at dmb0857@aol.com
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References to Salvadore Dalí Make Me Hot (Auditions)
March 19-20, 2022

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References to Salvadore Dalí Make Me Hot
By José Rivera
Directed by Miguel Martinez
Audition times:
Saturday, March 19, 2022 10am-4pm
Sunday, March 20, 2022 10am-4pm
Synopsis:
References captures a few critical days in the lives of Gabriela, a lonely army wife, and her husband Benito, who has just returned from the field. The small cast and setting belie the play's historical depth, as it comes on the tail of the First Persian Gulf War. To a modern audience, Benito's insistence that the war is over is ironic and his echoes of PTSD are painfully relevant today. Benito and Gabriela also evoke the specific relationship between the Latino communities and the U.S. Army, adding another layer to Rivera's work. Most centrally, however, remains the question of their marriage. Can you live with someone who's lost what you fell in love with? Can you expect someone to stay as what you know when you've changed, too?
Looking for:
Gabriela, Latina/indigenous late 20s - early 30s
Bonito, Latino/indigenous late 20s - early 30s
Martin, Latino/ indigenous "young" (teens)
Cat, any age
Coyote, any age
Moon, any age

Roles open to non-conventional/non-gender specific casting. Sides will be provided.

Location:
The Vortex Theatre, 2900 Carlisle Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110
Show dates: June 3-26, 2022 - Fri-Sat 7:30pm; Sun 2pm
Contact for further information: director Miguel Martinez at 505-203-5731 or prpyrat@yahoo.com.

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Winter Tales (Auditions)
October 15-16, 2022

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Winter Tales
Directed by Paul Ford
Audition times:
Saturday, October 15, 2022 1-4pm
Sunday, October 16, 2022 1-4pm
Synopsis:

A cast of both young people and adults will offer a performance of stories, fables and fairytales of winter, the holidays, and a few other inventions to make you laugh and think. A joyous treat for the whole family.

This story-theatre presentation uses a number of different stories and poetry—and historical portraits of celebrations from around the world—in a delightful production that celebrates the winter and its holidays. Great for the entire family and matinee performances on Saturday afternoons at 2 p.m.!

 

Director Ford says, "I'm delighted to work with this exceptional cast as they create new versions of these old tales. The production will be a joyful, funny and warm addition to every audience member's holiday experience"

Looking for:
Actors ages 15 and up of all ethnicities
Location:
University Heights United Methodist Church, 2210 Silver Ave. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Format: By appointment. Auditions will be in an active workshop format. Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to stay for at least 45 minutes.
Show dates: December 2-18, 2022 - Fri 7:30pm; Sat 2pm & 7:30pm; Sun 2pm
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AUDITIONS: Winter Tales

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The Yellow Boat (Auditions)
November 19, 2022

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The Yellow Boat
By David Saar
Directed by RayRey Griego
Audition times:
Saturday, November 19, 2022 11am-2pm
Synopsis:
The story of The Yellow Boat is a glorious affirmation of a child's life and the strength and courage of all children. This dramatization is based on the true story of David and Sonja Saar's son, Benjamin, who was born with congenital hemophilia and died in 1987 at the age of 8 of AIDS-related complications. A uniquely gifted visual artist, Benjamin's buoyant imagination transformed his physical and emotional pain into a blaze of colors and shapes in his fanciful drawings and paintings. Ray Rey is a well-known theatre artist and has successfully directed this play some years ago at Albuquerque High School.
Looking for:

The Yellow Boat has 40 characters played by an ensemble of 8 to 10. Seeking to cast 8 to 10 actors from age 16 up with multiple ethnic, cultural, gender, and disabilities. We will be casting with the intent to cast two actors in each named role and giving each actor 6 performances and playing Chorus characters for the other 6 performances. Casting will be decided by Monday, November 28th.

Roles:

Benjamin: from age birth to 8. Prefer to be played by someone from 16 to 29. Willing to play this role some nights and to be in the chorus others. Male preferred but can be played by non-binary person.

Mother: Benjamin's mother. Prefer to be older than the Benjamin cast. Willing to play this role some nights and to be in the chorus others. Female.

Father: Benjamin's father. Prefer to be older than the Benjamin cast. Willing to play this role some nights and to be in the chorus others. Male.

Joy: Hospital's child life specialist: Prefers someone older than the Benjamin cast, but not a requirement. Willing to play this role some nights and to be in the chorus others. Female preferred but can be played by non-binary person.

Eddy: Benjamin's best friend. Prefers to be 16-29. Willing to play this role some nights and to be in the chorus others. Male, Female or Non-Binary.

Chorus: doctors, parents, children, and creating the imagination. These roles should also play named characters. Gender, age, and sexuality is not required.

Location:
The Vortex Theatre, 2900 Carlisle Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110
Format: Cold readings and workshop style Auditions. Please arrive early to fill out paper work, get sides, and get directions. We are looking for team building, ranges, creativity, and styles that will fit the show requirements.
Callbacks:
Sunday, November 20th from 11am to 2pm
Show dates: March 16-April 2, 2023 - Thu-Sat 7:30pm; Sun 2pm

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Lava (Auditions)
November 12-27, 2022

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Lava
By James Fritz
Directed by Kendra Rickert
Audition times:
Saturday, November 12, 2022 1-4pm
Sunday, November 13, 2022 1-4pm
Synopsis:

Lava revolves around a catastrophic event and its effect on survivors. It has humor, warmth and healing. Kendra Rickert is a LA-trained, Albuquerque-based director.

The play explores the difference between being tangibly sad due to the loss of a loved one as opposed to a general sadness that one feels as a result of all the massive problems occurring in the world. Why are some people able to express why they are sad while others can't and is one more valid than the other? How, as friends, as family, and as a community can we support each other in our times of grief? What is it to be a true friend to someone who is suffering? Lava brings up all these questions in a way that will delight the audience with its humor and joy. I am impressed with how well James Fritz has been able to weave humor into such serious subject matter as collective world trauma.

Looking for:

Four actors capable of British accents are needed:

RACH (24-35 years old)
Rach is from a small English town. She is full of life and joy. Witty, compassionate, verbose, and caring, she may be overly idealistic but not without a cynical sense of humor. She has a strong desire to take care of people and she decides to help her coworker/friend/crush find his voice again, a task which becomes a great test of her patience.

Those auditioning for Rach prepare: Side #1. You might be asked to see these monologues as well: #2, #3, #4.

VIN (24-35 years old)
Vin is from a small English town. He has lost the use of his voice. It is unclear why. He is the center of the play, despite being unable to express himself verbally. Vin is on stage the whole time but only speaks in the last scene. He is clever, funny, cynical, sensitive, and feels crippled now without the use of his voice. He doesn’t trust that anyone will understand what he is going through, though he longs for connection.

Those auditioning for Vin prepare Jamie's monologue #8 or prepare a one minute contemporary monologue.

JAMIE (24-35 years old)
Jamie is a Londoner who was actually there when the asteroid hit and through this tragedy lost his mother.  He is expressive and able to communicate his emotions with little effort. He connects with people easily and gains the sympathy of everyone around him. He is a great guitar player and singer which is another contrast to Vin's silence. He is charming, empathetic, and a little overbearing.

Those auditioning for Jamie prepare: Side #8. Also play something on guitar.

VICKY (45-65 years of age)
Vin's mom. Vicky struggles to help Vin deal with his anxiety condition and she tries to find ways to help him speak again. All the while, she struggles not to take her son's lack of communication personally. She is funny, charming, and empathetic.

Those auditioning for Vicky prepare Side #5. You might be asked to see these monologues as well: #6, #7.

Location:
University Heights United Methodist Church, 2210 Silver Ave. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Format: By appointment. Download sides on this page.
Show dates: February 9-26, 2023 - Thu-Sat 7:30pm; Sun 2pm
Downloadable sides:
No. Title Character list Need password
1 Side 1 RACH Monolog RACH No
2 Side 2 RACH Monolog RACH No
3 Side 3 RACH Monolog RACH No
4 Side 4 RACH Monolog RACH No
5 Side 5 VICKY Monolog VICKY No
6 Side 6 VICKY Monolog VICKY No
7 Side 7 VICKY Monolog VICKY No
8 Side 8 JAMIE JAMIE, RACH No
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