2019_20 Season Character Breakdowns

A Small Fire

By Adam Bock
Director: Sarna Lapine

1st Rehearsal 9/24/19 (Rehearsals in Philadelphia)
1st Preview 10/18/19
Opening 10/23/19
Closing 11/10/18

Synopsis:

Adam Bock’s meticulously crafted A Small Fire follows Emily Bridges, a woman used to running things – her construction business, her employees, her family. The seemingly happy life she and her husband John enjoy is upended when Emily suddenly and mysteriously starts losing her senses. As her senses of smell, taste, sight are slowly stripped away, Emily resolves to remain fully engaged with her community, relying on John to help her run her company and experience her daughter Jenny’s wedding. We witness how Emily’s relationship to being in control is acutely tested and watch as she learns to relate to her family in a new way.  Relationships shift in poignant and revelatory ways, culminating in a final scene that finds Emily intimately reconnecting with the husband whose endless devotions she had always taken for granted. A Small Fire was featured in PTC’s first See and Be Scene in 2017.  A Small Fire Script

SEEKING:

For auditions please pick one of the sides below. If you have trouble downloading the side try clicking on the scene on the page.

EMILY: (Female, early 40’s to late 60’s) tough, owns a construction company. Gruff and strong. Not sensitive. Doesn’t easily show emotion. Eventually loses all 5 of her senses, which causes her to transition throughout the play to a place of true outward appreciation for the people in her life. Must be an EXCELLENT physical actress with the ability to tell a story without speaking. THIS ROLE HAS BEEN CAST.

JOHN: (Male, early 40’s to late 60’s) Emily’s doting husband. A kind and loving father and husband. Doesn’t necessarily “wear the pants” in his marriage. Affectionate and warm but naive to some of the harsh realities of life. John- Side 1 John- Side 2 John- Side 3 John- Side 4 John- Side 5

JENNY: (Female, mid 20’s to mid 30’s) Emily and John’s only daughter. Very close with her father, but estranged from her mother because she truly doesn’t understand her. Young, strong, and slightly resentful. Jenny- Side 1 Jenny- Side 2 Jenny- Side 3

BILLY: (early 30’s to mid 40’s) a manager in Emily’s construction firm. Warm-hearted, loyal, and extremely wise. Lost his partner to HIV and it has changed him for the better. He is a strong source of comfort in some form to Emily and John throughout the play. Billy- Side 1 Billy- Side 2

For additional questions please contact Allison Fifield ([email protected])

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Everything is Wonderful

By Chelsea Marcantel

Director: Noah Himmelstein

1st Rehearsal 1/21/20 (rehearsals in Philadelphia)
1st Preview 2/14/20
Opening 2/19/20
Closing 3/8/20

Synopsis: 

When an Amish couple’s two sons are killed in a car accident, the family struggles to maintain their faith and cling to their way of life. In an act of unfathomable forgiveness, they take in Eric, the wayward young driver of the car. But Eric’s mistake cracks open the family’s dark history and brings home their eldest daughter, Miri, who was excommunicated five years earlier. Miri returns to find her family in shambles, the man who killed her brothers living in the barn, and the man who drove her away intent upon marrying her younger sister. Without a way forward, this insular community must seek to heal the deep wounds of the past, forcing everyone into a new kind of reckoning. Everything is Wonderful Script

SEEKING:

Please pick one of the sides from below. If you have trouble downloading the side try clicking on the scene on the page.

MIRI (Female) – 25 years old in the present. Smart, plain-spoken, independent. Left the Amish at the age of 20 and coped by building a hard shell around her heart. More like her mother than her father.Miri 2 Minute Side

ERIC (Male) – Late 30s-early 40s. Unemployed, confused, and adrift in the world. He is an addict, and there is a dark core at the center of him that he’s fighting very hard to keep buried. Deeply self-centered and self-loathing. Has a hard time finishing a sentence; when he changes directions midthought, that moment is indicated by (No…) in the script.Eric 2 Minute Side

ABRAM (Male) – 25 years old in the present. Strapping, polite, charming, and entitled. Clean-shaven, to indicate he is an unmarried Amish man. Miri’s childhood sweetheart, and also the reason she left the Amish. He is a very charming brute; the audience should like him. Abram 2 Minute Side

RUTH (Female) 18 years old in the present. MIRI’s youngest sibling, and a version of Miri as she might have been as a “good Amish girl”. Ruth is sweet and good, but not simple. Unintentionally funny in spite of herself. More like her father than her mother.Ruth 2 Minute Side

ESTHER (Female) – Late 40s-early 50s in the present. MIRI’s mother. A hard worker who suffers no fools and speaks her mind, and lives with a hereditary current of anger just below the surface. On the outside, she seems simple and perhaps submissive, but she has a core of steel.Esther 2 Minute Side

JACOB (Male) – (pron: YAK-ob) late 40s-early 50s in the present. MIRI’s father, an open and earnest man. Wears the distinctive short beard sans mustache that indicates a married Amish man. Believes the best way to make peace with the deaths of his children is actively working on forgiveness. The tragedy has made him desperate to reconcile with his oldest daughter. Jacob 2 Minute Side

For additional questions please contact Artistic Associate Allison Fifield ([email protected])

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The Wolves

By Sarah DeLappe
Director: Nell Bang-Jensen

1st Rehearsal 3/17/20 (Rehearsals in Philadelphia)
1st Preview 4/10/20
Opening 4/15/20
Closing 5/3/20

Synopsis:

A high school girls’ indoor soccer team. Just a few weeks until nationals. Nine young women, known by simply by their jersey numbers, push and train for their games while also navigating the trials and tribulations of their lives. From boys and social studies homework to the Khmer Rouge, abortion and anxiety disorders, The Wolves is about life, love, and loss on the astroturf. The Wolves Script

SEEKING:

Please prepare a brief contemporary monologue. Or if you are auditioning for Soccer Mom, her side is listed below.

#00: Female Identified 18+ to play 17; goalie. Intense performance anxiety, an extreme perfectionist, high achiever; seventeen; she is the heart of the team. 4.9 GPA, Editor in Chief of high school newspaper, leads model UN, plays cello in the state youth orchestra; before every game she vomits from anxiety, she is an amazing athlete; the pressure she puts on herself stems from her parents and the constant need to try to prove herself; she feels the weight of winning on her shoulders; actor must have strong soccer passing and kicking skills. Modest, quiet, and serious. Losing is not an option.

#2: Female identified 18+ to play 16; defense; innocent, unlucky, kind, petite person; sixteen; naïve, sheltered; she does not like gossiping about others; she is kind, humble, generous and often trying to reach out to those in need in a sincerely genuine way; she is a member of her Episcopalian church’s youth group; no cellphone or TV in her house; a limited world view that is now expanding; she is learning more about the injustices in the world and she is clinging to any “do-good” opportunity as she is unsure how to process all the bad; based on lived experience, she feels like the youngest of the group; she has suffered multiple concussions from soccer and wears headgear; actors with soccer experience is a plus.

#7: Female identified; 18+ to play 16;; striker; too cool for school; sarcastic, “fuck” is very much in her lexicon, thick eyeliner; “16 going on 21”; child of a bad divorce; daughter of a lawyer, who is always busy, always working; she hit puberty before all the other girls in her class; dating a college boy; she finds worth through her sexual value; she is dealing with a lot and at times we should feel pretty concerned for her well being; she’s tough, abrasive, you never want to be on her bad side, potentially the meanest girl of the group, but the audience empathizes with her and why she is acting out in the way she does; has problems with authority; actors with soccer experience is a plus. Smarter than she may seem. She knows she has flaws, she just doesn’t want to admit them.

#8: Female Identified; 18+ to play 16; defense; plays dumber than she is; sixteen; porcelain upbringing, in her own bubble, uses “omigosh” often; uses naiveté as a façade; clings to childlike essence, a baby doll; obsessed with making it to nationals in Miami; a crier, a whiner, a giggly, excitable girl; a less extreme version of Karen Smith (Amanda Seyfried) from Mean Girls; actors with soccer experience is a plus.

#11: Female Identified; 18+ to play 17; midfield; brainy, morbid, budding elitist, thoughtful; seventeen; she is super smart and knows it, but her sentences are still strung with “like”, perhaps this is purposeful as she thinks she will be more relatable and seem less like a know it all; she has an air of intellectual superiority; facts matter to her; doesn’t like to be wrong; she sincerely enjoys documentaries and is a columnist for the high school paper; both of her parents are therapists and very involved in her life; she tends to lead with morbid, dark, strange humor and interests; she has a more global view of the world than her teammates; actors with soccer experience is a plus. Young social justice advocate. Tries to play nice with others but also tries to hold herself to an intellectual standard.

#13 : Female Identified, 18+ to play 16; midfield; class clown, sincere love of sports, jock, bit of a “bro”; totally plays FIFA video games; sixteen; she is into being the “wacky one”; she likes being the life of the party, the fun one; the goof off; she refuses to take anything too seriously and loves to tease, poke fun at her teammates; sometimes, she goes too far which can get her into trouble; actors with soccer experience is a plus. Used to be best friends with #2 when they were kids. Smart, funny and genuinely a good person.

#14: Female identified; 18+ to play 16, Armenian-American; midfield. #7’s insecure sidekick; just switched to contacts; sixteen; her dad is Armenian; her teammates inappropriately speak about her being Mexican; she is besties with #7 and is trying to keep up with #7’s bad girl, cool vibe, until she finds her backbone and stands up for herself; she hates liars and the betrayal of her best friend is deeply felt; she has a firm understanding of right and wrong; an emotionally developed individual; her mom, Soccer Mom, is involved in her life; she has a great family, very involved in her life, all around good person who is mixed up in the journey of learning who they are and who are real friends; actors with soccer experience is a plus.

#25: Female Identified; 18+ to play 17; open ethnicity; defense; captain; classic (ex) coach’s daughter; seventeen; she is well respected by the team, a hard worker and a strong leader; at times she wants to join in on the fun and does but will suddenly back off to keep the girls at arms-length; she keeps them on track and loves a great pep talk; she isn’t afraid to police her teammates with language and behavior; she is exploring her sexual identity; actors with soccer experience is a plus; role does require a buzz cut, will wear a wig for majority of play; must be willing to shave head.

#46: Female identified; 18+ to play 16; open ethnicity; bench, later Striker; the new girl; awkward, different, just wants to fit in; sixteen; she is homeschooled and lives in a yurt with her new age, travel writer mom; she has traveled and lived all over the world. She loves bird watching; her nomadic lifestyle has left her with a lack of social skills and the understanding of American teen culture; while perhaps awkward to others, still is very self-possessed, endearing and even charming when she wants to be; she just wants to be friends with her teammates; actor must have sharp humor, can carry a tune and impressive soccer skills; actor must juggle a soccer ball for one minute or perform a similarly impressive soccer skill during the show.

Soccer Mom: Female Identified; Late 30’s- mid 50’s; open ethnicity; mom of #14; warm, generous, suburban mom who prides herself on her involvement in her kid’s lives; she never misses a game; she played soccer in her youth and has coached a few youth teams; she is the mom leading cheers and chants as the girls play; all the teammates know and love her; she is grappling with the process of grieving her daughter; she would rather console her daughter’s teammates than admit her tragedy; she is spinning fast to avoid thinking about her unthinkable loss; manic with grief; verbal dexterity is essential; no soccer experience necessary.Soccer Mom Monologue

For additional questions please contact Artistic Associate Allison Fifield ([email protected])