Auditions

Contemporary, Life-affirming Theatre in Maine.

The Public Theatre is a Professional Equity Theatre (SPT category 9) producing an exciting selection of 4-6 contemporary plays each season.

We generally audition Equity actors from the New York, Boston and Maine talent pool, providing housing for those who are joining us from out of state. The Public Theatre is open to non-traditional casting and encourages minorities to submit for all projects.

Audition Information

The Public Theatre holds Equity Principal Auditions each season.

Auditions for specific roles are by appointment only and consist of readings from the script we are casting. Actors interested in being seen for specific roles in our season should submit as directed below.

See 2022-23 Season Character Breakdown, below.

Submissions

Please mail your photo and resume (or a note or postcard if you have previously auditioned for us) mentioning the role(s) you would like to be considered for to:

The Public Theatre
31 Maple Street
Lewiston, Maine 04240

Do-not email your picture and resume unless requested.

The Public Theatre is open to non-traditional casting and encourages minorities to submit for all projects.

 

Local Actors

Non-Equity Actors: please mail your headshot and resume as directed above for consideration throughout the season.

Equity Actors: See below for EPA. If you are unable to attend the EPA please mail your headshot and resume as directed above for consideration throughout the season.


2022-23 Season – Virtual LOCAL EPA Audition Information – Equity Members Only

AUDITIONS WERE HELD: July 25, 2022 – 9:30am – 5:30pm (lunch break 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm)

WHERE: Live audition via Zoom.

New York Auditions

Equity Actors: See below for EPA. If you are unable to attend the EPA please mail your headshot and resume as directed above for consideration throughout the season.


2022-23 Season – Virtual EPA Audition Information – Equity Members only

AUDITIONS WERE HELD: July 22, 2022 – 9:30am – 5:30pm (lunch break 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm)

WHERE: Live audition via Zoom.

2022-23 Season Breakdown

MORNING AFTER GRACE by Carey Crim

Director: Janet Mitchko

Contract Dates: August 29 – September 25, 2022

ANGUS: (CAST) Male 70, charismatic, intelligent, opinionated. Discovering his wife’s affair after her unexpected death, for comfort and revenge he sleeps with a total stranger at her funeral. Anger is easier for him than pain.

ABIGAIL: Female. 62. A grief therapist. Logical, practical, kind, empathetic. She tries her best not to swear. She is navigating life as a divorcee with rocked confidence having recently been traded in for a younger model.

OLLIE: Male. 68 African American. A successful former major league baseball player. Kind, witty, a self-described “bear”. He is a closeted gay man who hasn’t yet come out to his father. He is in a committed relationship and his ailing father may soon need to move in with them.

 

VICTORIAN LADIES’ DETECTIVE COLLECTIVE by Patricia Milton

Director: Christopher Schario

Contract Dates: October 17 – November 13, 2022

LOVEDAY FORTESCUE, 45-60. British dialect. A strong intelligent outspoken feminist. Victorian era expectations of women infuriate her. A former actress, she is still very dramatic at heart.

VALERIA HUNTER, 45-60. British dialect. A stubborn widow, she lives with her sister LOVEDAY running a lodging home for women. Were she still married, she would probably be considered “a mad cat lady” and locked in an attic. Although she may seem “weak” she is capable of violence. Eager to obtain the latest formula of opium tinctures.

KATHERINE SMALLS, late 20’s-30’s. African American or biracial (white/black). Born in Virginia, she is an American actress now performing on the London stage. A confident badass, she has tremendous spunk.

THE FOLLOWING THREE ROLES ARE PLAYED BY THE SAME MALE ACTOR. British dialect. 40-60.

  • POLICE CONSTABLE CRANE: a plodding London constable who shows deference but can become hostile if provoked.
  • JASBRY WARHAM-WYNN: an arrogant theatrical producer. A smarmy, upper class poseur.
  • TODDY, THE CAT’S MEAT MAN: a Cockney lower-class butcher. A misogynist with no filter.

 

We will be producing ONE of the following holiday shows:

A CHRISTMAS CAROL adapted by Christopher Schario

Director: Christopher Schario

Contract: November 28 – December 11, 2022

All AEA roles, SCROOGE, BOB CRATCHIT/MARLEY, XMAS PAST/MRS. CRATCHIT, are CAST.

Auditioning performers will be considered as possible replacements, if necessary.

This adaptation features a small cast playing multiple roles. All actors perform narration of Dickens’ text, as well as scene work in both British dialect and Standard American. Requires versatile playful actors, good with language.

OR

THIS WONDERFUL LIFE by Steve Murray

Director: Janet Mitchko

Contract: November 28 – December 11, 2022

ACTOR, male 30s to 50s, plays multiple characters of all ages and genders in this adaptation of the iconic holiday film

 

PILGRIMS MUSA AND SHERI IN THE NEW WORLD by Yussef El Guindi

Director: Christopher Schario

Contract Dates: February 13 – March 12, 2023

MUSA: mid20’s/early 30’s. Egyptian dialect. A good natured Egyptian immigrant working as a cab driver. His heart is torn between following the path his parents laid out for him and marrying his proper Muslim fiancé or following his attraction for a wildly improper and appealing New York waitress.

SHERI: early/mid 30’s. A quirky, chatty, somewhat neurotic but likable blue-collar, white American waitress. No filter on her thoughts, her mouth or her heart.

ABDALLAH: 30’s- 40’s. Sudanese dialect. A Sudanese immigrant. A pilgrim on Hajj. Incredibly grateful for the success America has given him.

TAYYIB: 20’s/early 30’s. Somali dialect. A Somali immigrant. Musa’s friend. Jaded and opportunistic, he has a wise-cracking sense of humor and sells suitcases on the streets of Manhattan.

GAMILA: mid 20’s. Musa’s American-born, Egyptian fiancé. Well educated and raised in the United States, she is a modest and modern Muslim woman. Kind, lovely, practical, honest and down-to-earth.

 

JEEVES AND WOOSTER IN ‘PERFECT NONSENSE’ by The Goodale Brothers

Director: Janet Mitchko

Contract Dates: April 3 – 30, 2023

BERTIE WOOSTER: mid 30’s-early 40’s. A joyful, childlike, exuberant, shallow, narcissistic, bachelor and aristocratic bon-vivant. Lucky he’s from money and has a loyal valet who can bail him out of trouble.

JEEVES: 40-60 Valet to Bertie. Unflappable. His job is to keep Bertie on the straight and narrow and knows it is a doomed enterprise.

HE ALSO PLAYS:

    • SIR WATKYN BASSETT: an intimidating silver-collector and former magistrate.
    • GUSSIE FINK-NOTTLE: a shy nerdy man who studies newts and is engaged to Madeline.
    • STIFFY BYNG: the scheming female ward of Sir Watkyn.
    • MADELINE BASSETT: Sir Watkyn’s excessively sentimental daughter


SEPPINGS: mid 30-60
, Butler to Aunt Dahlia.

HE ALSO PLAYS:

    • AUNT DAHLIA: an overbearing loud woman who employs Seppings.
    • RODERICK SPODE: an intimidating villain who works for Bassett.
    • BUTTERFIELD: a polite butler employed by Bassett.
    • CONSTABLE OATES: a local policeman
    • ANTIQUE-SHOP PROPRIETOR

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The Public Theatre

31 Maple Street
Lewiston, ME 04240

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