Audition Information

Silver Spring Stage is holding auditions for The Book Club Play by Karen Zacarias, directed by Karen Fleming. Auditions will be held at Silver Spring Stage (10145 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD) on Monday, May 20 and Sunday, May 26, both at 7:30 pm.  No sign up – just come to one of the audition days. Callbacks, if needed, will be held on Wednesday, May 29. All roles are open and unpaid.

Casting 3 men (30s-40s), 3 women (20s-40s).  The role of Lily must be played by an African-American actress.  All other roles are open to race and ethnicity except for African-American.  Actors may also play the cameo roles of the Pundits. Ages are of the character, not the actor.

Please bring a hard copy of your resume and headshot, if you have, and prepare a contemporary comedic monologue or a funny story about yourself, no longer than two minutes. Auditions may also include cold readings from the script. Sides will be provided at auditions.

Please be prepared to list conflicts through October 12, 2019. Performance dates:  September 20 – October 12, 2019 (10 performances) Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm (September 29 and October 6).  Actors must be available during tech week (September 14-20) and for all performances. To save time, you may print out the audition form ahead of time.

There may be one or two rehearsals in June, but they will not start in earnest until after July 4. The general rehearsal schedule will be 3-4 times a week on both weeknights and weekend daytimes, depending on cast availability.

Silver Spring Stage is an all-volunteer community theatre.  Please direct any questions to bookclubplay@ssstage.org.

SYNOPSIS:
Loads of laughter and literature collide in this smart hit comedy about books and the people who love them. Ana is a Type A personality who lives in a letter-perfect world with an adoring husband, the perfect job and her greatest passion: Book Club. But when her cherished group becomes the focus of a documentary film, their intimate discussions about life and literature take a turn for the hilarious in front of the inescapable camera lens. Add a provocative new member along with some surprising new book titles, and these six friends are bound for pandemonium. The Book Club Play is a delightful new play about life, love, literature and the side-splitting results when friends start reading between the lines.

ROLES:
Ana  (Female, any ethnicity except black, mid 30s – early 40s) Leader of the book club.  Charming, sophisticated, controlling.  A columnist for a daily paper.

Rob  (Male, any ethnicity except black, mid 30s – early 40s) Ana’s husband.  Handsome, athletic, preppy.  Not a reader but loves the social aspect of the club.  

Will  (Male, any ethnicity except black, mid 30s – early 40s) Rob’s college roommate and Ana’s former boyfriend.  Conservative, well-read, well-dressed, unmarried.  Comes out as gay.

Jen  (Female, any ethnicity except black, mid 30s – early 40s) Will’s friend. Bubbly, smart, blurts out what’s on her mind. Unorganized and unmarried.

Lily  (Female, African American, 20s) Works with Ana.  Smart, sassy, great sense of humor.  

Alex  (Male, any ethnicity except black, 30s – 40s) Lives in same building as Jen.  Professor of comparative literature. New to the group. 

Any questions, please email us at bookclubplay@ssstage.org.

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