The Santa Paula Theater Center, 125 So. 7th Street (corner of 7th and Main St.), Santa Paula announces auditions for the first show of its Main Stage Season, THE HUMANS by StephenKaram. THE HUMANS will play at the Center from Feb 1st- March 10th 2019 with performances on Friday and Saturday Eves at 8 pm and Sunday Matinees at 2:30. Auditions will be held on Sunday Morning, Nov. 25 from 11am -1p and Monday Evening, Nov. 26 from 7-9. No appointments necessary, cold readings from the script, non-equity production. THERE IS NO PAY. Jessi May Stevenson directs and inquiries about auditions and play may be directed to her at jessimaystevenson@me. Rehearsals will begin immediately, but on a limited basis due to the holidays.
The Humans was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play. Karam’s play is a study of the things that go bump in the night — our fear of poverty, love, religion, loneliness, aging, infidelity, illness, and the slow death of the middle class. Stephen has created a world in which we see deeply complicated people at both their best and their worst, sharing an immense capacity for humor and the immense tolerance for pain required to keep moving forward in any ordinary life. They navigate these fears while turning to each other for comfort, reassurance, and answers none of them are equipped to handle.
CAST OF CHARACTERS - ALL ROLES OPEN:
Deidre: Female, 50-60's
Erik’s loyal wife, devoted mother to Brigid and Aimee; with silent strength, she clings wholeheartedly to traditions, familial duty, and the Catholic faith; the institution of marriage is sacred to her; she very much wishes her family shared this sentiment.
Erik: Male, 50-60's
a middle class Irish Catholic, practical to a fault and very set in his ways; he has sacrificed a great deal over the years in order to provide a good life for his family, but his recent confession has upset the comfortable world he knows; he is trying desperately to reconnect with his wife and cling to his increasingly distant daughters.
Momo: Female, 70-80's
Erik’s mother, grandmother to Brigid and Aimee; has been afflicted with dementia; for the most part, she remains passive and disconnected but has episodes where she becomes manic and aggressive.
ETHNICITY: All Ethnicities
Aimee: Female, 30's
Erik and Deirdre’s eldest daughter; both self-conscious and self-deprecating, her career as a lawyer once held great promise; now, her physical and emotional health both suffer; she is deeply, quietly sad and in intense pain following a breakup from her long-term girlfriend.
Brigid: Female, 20's
Erik and Deirdre’s youngest daughter; a musician and composer with an artistic (mercurial) nature and frustrated that she is bartending and collecting unemployment and not able to pursue her career; a bit spoiled, upbeat most of the time; she loves her parents but is embarrassed by their provincialism; in spite of that, she still seeks their approval and wants them to love her new apartment and her boyfriend.
Richard: Male, 38
A worldly wise graduate student, Richard comes from a wealthy family and has never wanted for anything; despite their age difference, he truly loves Brigid and yearns to be accepted by her family.
The Humans sides (taken from the Dramatist Play Service script)
Pg 11-15- Momo, Erik, Deidre, Brigid, Aimee
Pg 50-51- Aimee (omit other lines, done as a monologue)
Pg 78-83- Richard, Brigid, Erik, Aimee, Deidre
Pg 92-95- Deidre, Brigid, Richard, Aimee, Erik
Pg 107- Erik, Momo