AUDITIONS: Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 6:00 pm and Tuesday March 1 at 7:00 pm.
CALLBACKS: Wednesday March 2, 2022 7:00 pm (by invitation only)
PERFORMANCES: May 13, 2022 thru June 4, 2022 (Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees, plus some possible Thursdays)
Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, SWEAT tells the story of a group of friends in Reading, Pennsylvania. They have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching struggle to stay afloat. SWEAT was the winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Most characters work, used to work, or want to work at the factory, and are seen in the years 2000 and 2008.
Cynthia. 45/53. Black Female. After two decades on the factory floor, she is promoted to management.
Tracey. 45/53. White, Female. Her close friendship with Cynthia is strained after Cynthia’s promotion.
Chris. 21/29. Black, Male. Tracey’s son and Jason’s best friend. Aspires to college and a new life.
Jason. 21/29. White, Male. Cynthia’s son and Chris’s best friend. Wants to ride his cycle and have fun.
Jessie. Early/late 40s. White, Female. Used to dream, now mostly just works and drinks.
Stan. Early/late 50s. White, Male. After a serious injury on the factory floor, he now tends bar and listens.
Oscar. Hispanic (Colombian), Male. 22/30. Busses tables at the bar but hopes someday to work at the factory.
Brucie. 40s. Black, Male. Cynthia’s estranged husband. Two years on strike from another plant. An addict.
Evan. 40s. Black, Male. A parole officer who can in turns be compassionate, angry and exhausted.
Sides from the script can be read by Members Only at https://www.elmwoodplayhouse.com/members/member-audition-info/. Sides will also be made available at the audition. All roles available. Newcomers are especially welcomed. Crew and other volunteers are also needed for the event. Every auditioner must be fully vaccinated, and proof of vaccination and ID must be presented at auditions. During rehearsals, all actors must wear masks when they are not onstage. Visit https://www.elmwoodplayhouse.com/covid19 to read the theater’s current COVID policies and safety measures. For more information or directions, call 845-353-1313.
You may also wish to read our Twelve Commandants of Auditioning post.
Elmwood Casting Policy
Elmwood Community Playhouse is a Non-Equity theater and cannot cast members of Actors Equity. Casting of actors in roles is done on the basis of acting skill and ability demonstrated during the audition process, as well as on the actor’s appropriateness and suitability (physical, vocal, mental, emotional) for available roles. We are committed to providing equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in all aspects of our organization. Except in plays where race, gender, or age is an issue, casting is decided on the basis of ability. Any member of the community or any invited guest artist regardless of race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, or special need is invited to participate. Non-traditional and equal-opportunity casting is encouraged. If, in the opinion of the director, a suitable cast cannot be selected from those who have auditioned, auditions may be extended beyond the original schedule, or else specific individuals may be invited to fill the need(s). Elmwood has an open door casting policy, meaning you do not need previous experience with us to be cast. We often cast performers the first time they audition for us. Elmwood maintains a “no pre-casting” policy, meaning all roles are available during the time a show is auditioning. If you have a part that you are interested in, make note of it on your audition form or speak to the director. Anyone cast in a show must become a member of the Elmwood Playhouse. Elmwood Playhouse maintains an “open auditions” policy. All are welcome to “try out” for a show or a particular part in a show. Dates for upcoming auditions are listed on the web site, and announced in the members’ newsletter. Some casting processes may involve two dates for primary auditions, and one date for callbacks. You will be asked to fill out an audition form, and if you have a head shot &/or resume, definitely bring it along, but it is not necessary for our audition process. Come prepared to list all your schedule conflicts from the day of auditions through the closing performance of the show.
Elmwood Playhouse produces: Six “main stage” shows a year. Involvement in these generally requires an average of 2-3 nights a week rehearsal for approx 8 weeks, and 12 to 20 performances over a period of 4 to 6 weeks. Actual schedules will vary by show. A variety of “one performance” workshops for the monthly membership meetings, generally the first Monday of the month and open to the public. Special event performances throughout the year. This gives a broad range of opportunities for actors of varied skills and backgrounds to get on stage, whether you’re looking for a leading role or a small part to “get your feet wet”. Our shows run four to five weekends, occasionally with benefit performances during the week.
If you are cast…
All cast and crew personnel are required to become members of Elmwood Community Playhouse and are required to attend strike, which is held the Sunday after the final performance. By taking part in a production, you also allow that images of yourself captured by Elmwood Community Playhouse during their activities (including but not limited to rehearsals, productions and special events) through video, photo and/or digital camera, to be used solely for the purposes of Elmwood Community Playhouse promotional materials/publications and web site, and waive any right of compensation or ownership thereto. As is true in the professional world of theatre and dance, if the director or choreographer believes that a cast member’s participation in a production is unsatisfactory, it is his/her right to replace the person. A professional attitude and commitment to productions are expected at all times.