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Now casting: Fountain Theatre world premiere ‘Human Interest Story’

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The Fountain Theatre is now casting roles available in the world premiere of the new play, Human Interest Story, written and directed by Stephen Sachs.  The timely  drama examining homelessness and ethics in journalism is scheduled to open February 15, 2020.

Newspaper columnist Andy Kramer is laid off when a corporate takeover downsizes the City Chronicle. In retaliation, Andy fabricates a letter to his column from an imaginary homeless woman named “Jane Doe” who announces she will kill herself on the 4th of July because of the heartless state of the world. When the letter goes viral, Andy is forced to hire a homeless woman to stand-in as the fictitious Jane Doe. She becomes an overnight internet sensation and a national women’s movement is ignited. A funny and riveting tale on the ethics of American journalism, homelessness, the worship of celebrity and the need to tell your own story.

Now Casting the Following Roles:

BETTY FRAZIER/JANE DOE
35 to 45 years old, Black/African American female. Laid-off elementary school teacher Betty Frazier has been homeless two years. She becomes an overnight media sensation as the fictitious Jane Doe. Strong-willed, compassionate, deep feeling, smart, nobody’s fool. She has come from the hell of darkness and is now reaching for light. Fiercely fighting to be seen and be heard, she discovers her own voice. The one she always had.

MILLER/BAUMAN
Caucasian male. Seeking a versatile actor to play many roles including Miller, a cold-blooded, ruthless newspaper editor, and Bauman, a scheming far-right political campaign aide.

HERNANDEZ/MORAN
40 to 50 years old, Hispanic male. Seeking a versatile actor to play many roles including Hernandez, an ardent by-the-book newspaper Assistant Editor, and Moran, a polite sturdy bodyguard.

NAKESHA/TV HOST
35 to 50 years old, Black/African American female. Seeking a versatile actor to play many roles including Nakesha, a hard-working impassioned school principal and TV Host, a razor-sharp intellectual black feminist.

Rehearsal starts Monday, January 6th, 2020. The production runs February 15 – April 5, 2020.  Contract: AEA 99-Seat. Auditions: November 11 -22, 2019.

Email headshot & resume: casting@fountaintheatre.com

Now Casting: Fountain Theatre and East West Players partner on ‘Hannah and the Dread Gazebo’

HANNAH prelim logo FT no titleThe Fountain Theatre, in association with East West Players, are seeking actors to play Korean & Korean­ Americans in the Southern California Premiere of Hannah and the Dread Gazebo by Jiehae Park, directed by Jennifer Chang. This whimsical and poignant play opens July 13 at the Fountain Theatre.

STORYLINE: Hannah is two weeks away from becoming a board-certified neurologist when she receives a strange package from her grandmother, who may—or may not—have just ended her life in a most flamboyant fashion. The mystery leads Hannah and her family on a surreal, funny, heartbreaking adventure back to their roots in South and North Korea and the forbidden Demilitarized Zone that divides them. This startling new comedy twists together creation myths and family histories to explore what it means to walk the edge between.

Producers: The Fountain Theatre in association with East West Players           Playwright: Jiehae Park                                                                                                     Director: Jennifer Chang

NOW CASTING:

HANNAH – 28 to 36 years old, East Asian female. about to become a board-certified pediatric neurologist. Control freak.

FATHER – 45 to 55 years old, East Asian male. professor. Keeps It Together for the Family. Emotionally clueless. Must speak Korean.

MOTHER – 48 to 56 years old, East Asian female. In a deep depression that she is hiding from her family, Gardening fanatic and HGTV addict that her family isn’t necessarily aware of. Comedic and playful sensibility a must.

TRICKSTER – 30 to 60 years old, East Asian female. Plays the following characters: Voice/Grandma/Mrs. Lee/Old Man In Coat/Official/Nurse/Mr. Kwon/Kim Jong II/Grandmother Tiger trickster-lost-soul-friend-voice-of-god. May or may not have been here since the beginning of the world. Possible memory loss. Must speak Korean.

DANG – 20 to 26 years old, East Asian male. Recent graduate and professional slacker. Has-a-band-sort-of. Good kid. Guitar playing a plus.

GIRL – 19 to 26 years old, female. Activist in search of a cause. Used-to-have-a-band-sort-of. Blunt. Comedic sensibility a must. Musical Instrument a plus.

Audition Date: 5/21/2019
Callback Date: 5/24/2019
Rehearsal Dates: 6/10 – 07/09
Preview Dates: 7/10 – 7/12
Opening Date: 07/13/2019
Closing Date: 09/01/2019

Contract/Pay Rate: AEA 99-Seat Agreement/$12 per hour for all rehearsals and performances.

Email headshot & resume: casting@eastwestplayers.org

NOW CASTING: West Coast Premiere of Tennessee Williams’ ‘Baby Doll’ at Fountain Theatre

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The Fountain Theatre is now casting the West Coast Premiere of a new stage adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ Baby Doll, adapted by Pierre LaVille and Emily Mann from Williams’ screenplay. Not yet seen in Los Angeles, Baby Doll premiered at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ, 2015. The upcoming Fountain production will open July 16, directed by Simon Levy.

Producers – Stephen Sachs and Deborah Lawlor
Director – Simon Levy
Stage Adaptation – Pierre LaVille and Emily Mann, based on Tennessee Williams’ screenplay
Casting – James Bennett
Previews 7/13-7/15
Opens: 7/16
Runs: Friday-Monday thru 8/28
Casting Director: James Bennett
Interview Dates: April 18-20, 2016
Callback Dates: April 23, 2016
Start Date: May 30, 2016
Pay Rate: AEA 99-Seat Code, $200 rehearsal stipend, plus $25.00/performance

STORY: 1950s, Mississippi. Dilapidated plantation mansion. Comedy/Drama. 19-year-old married virgin, “Baby Doll” Meighan, must consummate her marriage the next day on her 20th birthday, as long as her middle-aged husband, Archie Lee Meighan, upholds his end of the bargain: to provide her with a comfortable life. But Archie Lee is having a lot of problems, with his finances, his wife, and his cotton gin business. After Archie Lee spitefully burns down his neighbor’s gin to save his failing business, his rival, Silva Vacarro, arrives to seek revenge. There he meets Baby Doll, who becomes instrumental in his erotic form of Sicilian revenge. What ensues is a complex mix of desire and desperation, with Baby Doll as both player and pawn. Williams’ unconventional depiction of gender roles, adultery, and female sexuality is as steamy today as it was in the 1950s.

SEEKING:

[“BABY DOLL” MEIGHAN]– LEAD – female,open ethnicity, able to play 19; Southern; wife of Archie Lee; she’s a fascinating contradiction: childlike; still sleeps in a crib; innately sexy and seductive, but still a virgin; charismatic; turns heads wherever she goes; naïve but also coy; uneducated but smarter than she seems.

[ARCHIE LEE MEIGHAN]– LEAD – male, ethnicity, 40s-50s; Southern; owner of failing cotton gin; unshaven, dirty; often comically baffled by Baby Doll and life in general; easily overwhelmed; a closet alcoholic, which can make him abusive; a product of deep-seated Southern prejudices; desperate to be a success and impress Baby Doll and consummate the marriage.

[SILVA VACARRO] – LEAD – male, ethnicity, 30s; Sicilian immigrant who’s lived in the South for a while; successful owner of rival cotton gin; dark, the “foreigner”; attractive, sexy; enjoys toying with Baby Doll and Archie Lee; he doesn’t like to lose.

Submissions accepted via Breakdown Services and Actors Access

Or email headshot & resume to: casting@fountaintheatre.com  

NOW CASTING: The Los Angeles Premiere of new comedy/drama ‘My Manana Comes’

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Director: Armando Molina 
Playwright: Elizabeth Irwin 
Producer: Stephen Sachs 
Rehearsals: start on/about March 1 
Perf Dates: April 9 – June 5 
Performances: Sat 3pm & 8pm, Sun 3pm, Mon 8pm 

STORYLINE: Four busboys in the kitchen of an upscale restaurant learn the hard way how to deal with pay cuts that could jeopardize their dreams for a better life, their dignity and their friendship. Fast-paced, hip and funny, the play brings to colorful life the camaraderie, sharing of dreams, competition and traitorous backstabbing that climaxes with a powerful dramatic turn at the end. Immigration, the minimum wage crisis, rights for undocumented workers, and citizenship lie at the center of this fast-moving, funny and powerful new LA premiere that examines the true meaning of ”home” and how far we’re willing to go to get there. 

NOW SEEKING: 

[PETER] – African American, 25-35, lives in Harlem. The confident crew leader and firecracker-in-chief, quick-witted, high-spirited, veteran of the place, ambitious, driven, seems to have a bead on how every aspect of the business runs. Painfully aware that his managerial skills far surpass his current position. Teases and bucks up his teammates, keeps a watchful eye, a natural storyteller and mimic. His energetic demeanor belies his worries over keeping his young daughter happy and safe. He is cool, in command, seemingly unshakeable. Until … 

[WHALID] – 25 -35, third-generation Mexican American. A brash, trash-talking jokester from Brooklyn whose work ethic is decidedly more lax. Cocky, wisecracking, handsome. He is so well assimilated that he thought he was Puerto Rican until he was a teenager. Busing tables is just a stop on the way to becoming an EMT. Or something. 

[PEPE] Mexican, 20s, from the drug-running city of Juarez only three months ago.  Simple-minded illegal worker. Eager to learn and please, restless, vulnerable. Naive and happy in his new life and sending as much as he can to his brother in Mexico, yet prone to blowing his pay on nightclubs and new clothes.   

[JORGE] Mexican, 25 – 30, been at the restaurant the longest. Peter’s right-hand man and best friend on the job. Serious, single-minded, simmering with a quiet intensity, lives frugally so he can faithfully send money back home to someday build a house for his wife and children in Puebla. Reserved, level-headed, a quiet maturity, deliberate. A strong, deep, quiet sense of judgment. 

This casting notice is also appearing on Breakdown Services and Actor’s Access.

To submit via email: casting@fountaintheatre.com

Now Casting: Two Young Actors for LA Premiere of Award-Winning Play “I and You” at Fountain Theatre

I AND YOU imageThe Fountain Theatre is now seeking two young actors for the lead roles in the funny and heartfelt award-winning new play I and You by Lauren Gunderson, directed by Robin Larsen.

STORYLINE: Caroline is sick and hasn’t been to school in months. Anthony suddenly arrives at her door bearing a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman’s ‘Leaves of Grass’ and an urgent assignment from their high school lit teacher. As these two let down their guards and share their secrets, the poetry assignment unlocks a much deeper mystery that has brought them together. Winner of the 2014 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award and finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Playwrighting Prize, I AND YOU is a funny and haunting play about youth, life, love, and the strange transcendent connections between us all.

Director: Robin Larsen
Writer: Lauren Gunderson
Producers: Stephen Sachs, Deborah Lawlor                                                           Associate Producer: James Bennett
Rehearsals start Feb 9, 2015
Previews: April 2 – 10
Runs: April 11 – June 15, 2015, TH-SAT
8pm, SUN 2pm
Casting Director: Stephen Sachs
Auditions start 1/28/15
Opens: April 11, 2015 – June 15, 2015
Pay Rate: 99-Seat Plan. There is pay.
Location: Fountain Theatre, Los Angeles

Seeking two strong, trained, skilled young stage actors who can carry a play.

ANTHONY – 17 years old. African American. High school basketball player. A team player, a nice guy. Wise beyond his years, inquisitive and open. He is serious about his studies, and when he likes something (jazz music), he’s all in. Cute, but doesn’t know it, not really good around the girls.

CAROLINE –  17 years old. Ethnicity open. She is sick, has been on and off since she was a little girl. She is waiting for a liver transplant, but doesn’t look ill, just frumpy. She doesn’t go out, her connection to the outside world is social media. She is cynical, over it, does not let a stray feeling near the surface, which masks a vulnerable core. She has an artist’s soul.

Submit electronically: Actors Access and  Breakdown Express

or mail headshot & resume to:

FOUNTAIN THEATRE
ATTN: I AND YOU
5060 FOUNTAIN AVENUE
LOS ANGELES, CA 90029

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Casting Call: “Voice Actors” for World Premiere of New Deaf/Hearing Version of “Cyrano”

The Fountain Theatre is seeking “voice actors” for our upcoming co-production of Cyrano with Deaf West Theatre. Simon Levy directing.

Need strong actors [Men, 40’s-50] with vocal training, emotional depth, comic timing.  Don’t need to know sign language. Rehearsals start Feb 28. 

The world premiere of a new play written and directed by Stephen Sachs, Cyrano is a modern day reimagined deaf/hearing version of  “Cyrano de Bergerac”,  adapted from the Edmond Rostand classic. Acclaimed deaf actor Troy Kotsur will star as Cyrano. The project is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

STORYLINE: The setting is present day. Cyrano is a brilliant deaf poet in a modern day city. He is hopelessly in love with a beautiful hearing woman, Roxy. But she doesn’t understand sign language and instead loves his hearing brother, Chris. Can Cyrano express his love for Roxy with his hands – the source of such deaf pride and shame? Or must he teach Chris to “speak his words” for him, to woo her? ASL becomes the language of love in this modern sign language spin on a classic love story.

Seeking VOICE ACTORS for the following roles:

CYRANO: [Lead] male, 45. A lover of language, passionate, poetic, expressive, dynamic. A virile force of nature with a lyrical, romantic heart. Seeking a powerful stage actor with classical theatre training. Strong vocal technique, expressive speaking voice. Precise comic timing and a deep emotional well. To be a “voice actor” to vocally interpret role on stage with signing deaf actor.
CHRIS: [Lead] male, 50, an aging rocker. Cyrano’s brother. Drinks too much, not too bright, but big of heart. Haunted by inner pain and insecurity. Seeking a strong stage actor with trained vocal skill and an emotive voice. Good comic sense and emotional depth. To be a “voice actor” to vocally interpret role on stage with signing deaf actor.
BILL: male, 50,  Cyrano’s close friend. Kind, gentle, wise, warm-hearted. Likable and easy-going with a wry sense of humor. Has deep affection for Cyrano but not afraid to set him straight when needed. Seeking a strong stage actor with vocal skill and good comic timing. To be a “voice actor” to vocally interpret role on stage with signing deaf actor.

To submit for audition, email: FountainTheatre1@aol.com