Auditions for The Shape of Things

Elmwood Playhouse in Nyack, NY will be holding auditions for its upcoming production of The Shape of Things, written by Neil LaBute and directed by Omar KozarskyThe Shape of Things is a modern love story that follows the relationship between Adam and Evelyn. The play raises questions about the boundaries between creation and destruction.

AUDITIONS: Monday February 20, 2023 at 7pm and Tuesday February 21, 2023 at 7pm

CALLBACKS: Thursday February 23 2023 at 7pm (by invitation only)

PERFORMANCES: Friday May 12, 2023 thru Saturday June 3, 2023 (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays with possible Wednesday and Thursdays)

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
How far would you go for art? For love? These are some of the questions asked in this modern day Pygmalion. After a chance meeting, Evelyn and Adam become embroiled in an intense love affair. Under Evelyn’s influence, Adam goes to great lengths to improve his appearance and character — with both positive and negative results. The Shape of Things, which originally starred Paul Rudd and Rachel Weisz in both the stage and film versions, challenges the audience’s ideas about art, relationships and love itself.

CAST REQUIREMENTS: (2 males, 2 females)
ADAM – (Male 20s): “A diamond in the rough,” grad student; has the potential to be more attractive but a bit shy and unsure of himself. A very likable guy.

EVELYN – (Female 20s): Art school grad student; strong, opinionated, rebellious. She is both clever and determined. Attractive, but not necessarily “pretty.”

JENNY – (Female 20s): Pretty, polite, intelligent (but not witty); her life is perhaps a bit sheltered. Engaged to Phillip.

PHILIP – (Male 20s): Traditionally handsome, cool and even cocky; “charming” (at least he thinks he is). Engaged to Jenny.

Note: This production contains some adult situations and language.

For additional information please email shapeofthings@elmwoodplayhouse.com

Sides from the script will be made available at the audition. All roles available. Casting is open to all ethnicities, races, and gender identifications. Newcomers are especially welcomed. Crew and other volunteers are also needed for the event. Visit www.elmwoodplayhouse.com/covid19 to read the theater’s current COVID policies and safety measures. For more information or directions, call 845-353-1313 or visit www.elmwoodplayhouse.com/auditions

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Elmwood Casting Policy

Elmwood Community Playhouse is committed to providing equal opportunity to all and we strive for nondiscrimination in all areas of our organization. We are a non-Equity playhouse and therefore cannot cast members of the Actors Equity Association.

Elmwood Playhouse has an open auditions policy for every role in every show. Any member of the community is invited to audition, regardless of race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation or identity, age, or special need. In accordance with our Code of Conduct policy, Elmwood Community Playhouse is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all our functions.

Actors do not need previous experience on the Elmwood stage to be offered a role. Many actors have been offered a role after the first time they audition. Further, Elmwood maintains a no pre-casting policy. All roles are available during the initial audition.

Dates for upcoming auditions are listed on our website, on social media, and announced in the members’ newsletter. If, in the opinion of the director, a suitable role cannot be cast from those who have auditioned, auditions may be extended beyond the original schedule, or specific individuals may be invited to audition to meet the needs of the production.

Upon arriving at the audition space, all actors will be asked to fill out an audition form. While not required, actors are encouraged to bring a headshot and/or suitable resume. If there is a specific role in a show that is of interest, please identify it on the audition form so the director is aware. Please be prepared to list all schedule conflicts from the day of audition through the closing performance of the show.

All casting decisions are made on the basis of the actor’s skill and ability demonstrated during the audition(s), as well as upon the actor’s appropriateness and suitability (physical, vocal, mental, and/or emotional) for the available roles. Certain circumstances, such as in plays where race, gender, or age are core to the show, may influence casting choices, however, casting is solely decided based on skill and ability.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to audition. All performers cast in a show must become a member of Elmwood Playhouse.

Acting Opportunities

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.