All Penn students are welcome and encouraged to audition for Theatre Arts Program productions. You do not need to be a major to audition for an acting role or to participate on the staff of any of our productions. Theatre Arts productions are open to the entire Penn community.
One Act Play Festival
Auditions for our Spring 2014 One Acts Festival plays, THE ROAD TRIP and PRINCESS will take place in the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, January 18 from 3pm-6pm. You may audition for both productions at this time. Both auditions will be held in the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street. Click here for more information on these plays.
Princess: Auditions for Princess, the Penn Plays Fellowship winner, will be held in room 221. This room is on the stage level--after entering the Annenberg Center from the Annenberg Plaza entrance, take the elevator or stairs to SL and turn right. You'll see room 221 directly to the right. Please see below for more information on the Penn Plays Fellowship.
Princess, a 28-year-old who acts much younger, is matched by her parents to the man of her dreams. When things suddenly escalate and she realizes her happily ever after is entirely out of her hands, just as it was for her sister, she rebels to take back control.
The roles: (three women, three men)
Father...50s (m) Confident, cheery, knows what's best
Princess....28, apparent age fluctuates between 7 and 17 (f) Bright, energetic
Mother...late 40s (f) Caring, concerned, cheery exterior
Max...32 (m) Handsome, strong, controlling
Derella...early 30s (f) Loyal to her sister Princess, protective, an unhappy mother
Dr. Parker...late 30s/early 40s, flexible age (m) cooky, silly, corny joker, in control when necessary
The Road Trip: Auditions for The Road Trip will be held in room 511. This room is on the Upper Mezzanine Level (UM). From the main lobby, either take the elevator or stairs up one level. Room 511 is on the west side of the building. Play information:
Unsatisfied with their lives, friends Kim and Julie drive away from their high school in search of adventure. On the road the two girls discover themselves and each other as road games turn into an unexpected insight into their lives. Jump in the back seat and follow these two girls as they put their friendship on drive.
The roles (two women):
Kim: A teenager. Quiet, scared, intuitive. She is visibly anxious.
Julie: A teenager. Angry, scared, self-conscious. She is hiding something.
Both plays: Audition materials from the plays will be provided at the audition--there's no need to prepare audition materials beforehand. Theatre Arts auditions are open to the entire Penn community of students, staff and faculty.
Please check back for more information on specific casting information.
Auditions for Theatre Arts Spring Production: WELL by Lisa Kron
Lisa Kron seems to be everywhere this fall: She has been featured in the New York Times no fewer than four times in the last two months. A performer and playwright, she has recently written the book for the musical Fun Home, which is now playing at the Public Theater—she is also performing at the Public in The Good Person of Szechwan. And this spring, she’ll be featured here at Penn in our production of her autobiographical 2006 play, Well.
An ensemble of six will perform in this metatheatrical play that the lead character describes as: “a multicharacter theatrical exploration of issues of health and illness both in the individual and in a community.” The work has also been described as “a surprising and riotously funny play that ultimately acknowledges the heartbreaking challenge of true empathy, even toward those we love the most.”
Well will be a Theatre Arts 350 project, to be performed February 28-March 2, 2014.
Auditions will be held in Annenberg Center Room 511 at the following times:
Thursday, December 5 from 7 – 9 p.m.
Friday, December 6 from 2 – 4 p.m.
Callbacks, if needed, will be held by appointment on Saturday afternoon, December 7th.
One of the issues the play explores about “community” is the subject of racial integration. Accordingly, this production seeks specifically the following ensemble members, who ideally will be “traditional” undergraduates:
1 black man
1 black woman
1 white man
2 white women
(Note: The role of “the mother,” Ann Kron, will not be auditioned at this time.)
No preparation is needed for auditions; if you are interested but unable to be there on the 5th or 6th, please contact Dr. Rose Malague: firstname.lastname@example.org
Students are also welcome to work backstage in any number of production roles--many require no experience. For more information visit tech opportunities.
Staff positions currently open:
Assistant Stage Manager
Some design and assistant design positions
Please contact Eric Baratta if you are interested.