The Barn Theatre in Montville, New Jersey, will be holding auditions for the 2009 Tony award-winner “God of Carnage” by Yazmina Reza. The show is directed by Jeff Knapp. Auditions are Sunday and Monday, January 13 and 14, 2013 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. No callbacks, but there will be a read-thru with the cast on the evening of January 15.
All rolls are open. Performance dates are March 15 – April 7, 2013 (please note: there will be no performance on March 30, 2013 in observance of Easter).
Show description: It starts simply enough: one kid knocks another kid’s two front teeth out with a stick. It ends with parents at odds trying to come to grips with the events of the day as much as their own place in it and inflicting just as much carnage upon each other, though none of it, in this case, is physical. Their meeting starts like an easy superficial domestic comedy, but later (with the aid of some rum) veers into a darkly comedic territory where harsh truths are revealed, principles are questioned and who is going to clean up the mess? Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
Cast requirements (2 m, 2 w):
Veronica Novak (40s) – married to Michael, they have an eleven-year-old son named Henry. A writer, she works part-time in an art history bookstore. Dedicated and devoted to her children; with a judgmental, type “A” personality, she has a way of getting her way in most familial situations.
Michael Novak (40s). Married to Veronica. Owner of a wholesale company that sells household goods, Michael is a peace-maker on the surface but reveals himself to be uncouth and neurotic.
Alan Raleigh (40s). Married to Annette, they have an eleven-year-old son named Benjamin. A corporate lawyer, he is smart, quick, rational – but also rude and completely centered on his job.
Annette Raleigh (40s). Married to Alan; she works in wealth management. Often passive and polite, she and her husband enjoy an affluent life style. But her calmness erodes as she teeters on the edge of a panic attack.
Readings from the script will be provided. Sides for the auditions (page numbers from the Dramatists Play Service publication) are:
• pg 5-7 (thru Alan’s line “Excuse Me”)
• pg 11-12 (starting with Veronica’s line “So what does Benjamin have to say about it?” and ending on bottom of 12.)
• pg 24-25 (starting with Alan’s line “If anyone calls me a snitch…” and ending with Annette’s line “Me too” on bottom of 25)
• pg 31-33 (starting with Veronica’s line “Listen, Mr. Raleigh…” and ending with Michael’s line “Of course I believe it”)
• pg 41-43 (starting with Annette’s line “Let’s get out of here, Alan…” and ending with Annette’s line “Alan, let’s go! What are we doing, staying in this dump?”)
Please arrive within the first hour of the audition to register. All roles are available. Casting is open, and newcomers are welcome and encouraged. If you have any questions about the play or auditions, please contact the director, Jeff Knapp, at email@example.com
The Barn Theatre is located at 32 Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ, just minutes off Route 287, Exit 47. For more information or directions, call (973) 334-9320, or visit www.barntheatre.org