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July 03, 2021

Open Book Theatre is holding general auditions for its forthcoming season.

The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley

The Lifespan of a Fact

Too Heavy For Your Pocket

Open Book Theatre

: 2021-2022 Season


July 21, 7PM-10PM


To schedule an appointment:

visit our sign up at : https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050449a4af22aaff2-season

for male and female adult actors.

Open Book is committed to the practice of race-transcendent and color-conscious casting: in plays where race is not dictated by the needs of the script artists of all race and ethnicity will be considered for all roles.  For plays where race is dictated by the script we will be conscious of casting correctly.


We are an LGBTQIA friendly theater. We encourage trans and non-binary actors to audition for any roles they feel comfortable and willing to portray.


Intimacy – some roles in our season require some onstage, physical intimacy (mostly kissing).  You will be asked at auditions about your comfort with intimacy.

The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley

Nov 11 – Dec 19, 2021

By Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon,  Directed by Sarah Hawkins Rusk

This production will use Received Pronunciation (British) dialects.

Mrs. Reynolds: 50-60s.  The housekeeper at Pemberley.  Knows all and sees all, has been on staff since Darcy was a child.  A mother figure to the household.

Brian: 20-30s. A footman, in love with technology and inventions, sincere and earnest, perhaps a bit arrogant.

Cassie: 20s.  The new housemaid, a village girl, an orphan who came from less than nothing. The opportunity to work at Pemberley means security she has never had, and she takes this job very seriously.  She is sometimes maybe too eager, a bit headstrong.

Fitzwilliam Darcy: late 20s-30s.  Master of Pemberley

Elizabeth Darcy: 20s-30s.  Mistress of Pemberley.

The roles of George Wickham and Lydia Wickham have already been cast.




The Lifespan of a Fact

March 18 – April 16, 2022

by Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell. Based on the book by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal, Directed by Kez Settle

Jim Fingal- male identifying in mid 20s – any ethnicity – Harvard Graduate, English major- academic type; extremely high IQ, meticulous. Earnest and steadfast. Confident but not arrogant.

John  D’Agata- male identifying early 40s any ethnicity – world renowned essayist with an artistic flair for story telling. Not afraid to bend the ‘rules.’ Frustrated by structure and boundaries; considers these trivial and frustrating when they get in the way of the  bigger picture.

The role of Emily Penrose has been cast.



Too Heavy for Your Pocket

May 13 – June 1 , 2022

By Jiréh Breon Holder, Directed by Lynch Travis

Bowzie Brandon – Black, early 20s, smart, “a trip”

Sally-Mae Carter – Black, early 20s

Tony Carter- Black, early 20s, a hard man with a soft smile, the brawn to Bowzie’s brains

Evelyn Brandon – Black, early 20s, a singer

*All characters in this show sing in a casual, social way as part of the script. Only Evelyn is “a singer”.

Actors should prepare 2 contrasting monologues, no longer than 3 minutes total length.  Please bring a headshot and resume and be prepared to give conflicts.


$550 stipend

At the discretion of the director. Shows typically begin rehearsing appx. 5 weeks before opening.

Each show will run for 5 weeks, a minimum of 15 performances. Performances Friday and Saturday at 8, Sundays at 2 (possible Sunday extension times: 7pm) and the final weekend we have a Thursday, 8pm.

The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley    Nov 11 – Dec 19, 2021

The Lifespan of a Fact    March 18 – April 16, 2022

Too Heavy for Your Pocket     May 13 – June 1 , 2022

Per Open Book Policy, all performers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (2 weeks post final shot) by the time in person rehearsals begin.  For auditions we will be checking Vaccination cards. Anyone not fully vaccinated will be asked to mask and social distance, except when actively auditioning.


For general auditions actors should prepare 2 contrasting monologues, no longer than 3 minutes total length.  Please bring a headshot and resume and be prepared to give conflicts. You may be also be asked to read sides at the general auditions.

We encourage everyone to audition, even if you’ve worked with Open Book before. If you’re unable to attend the auditions you may submit a video audition, as well as a digital  headshot and resume with a letter of interest and ALL CONFLICTS  to: openbooktheatrecompany@gmail.com


Callbacks for specific shows will be held later in July or August


Directors Sarah Hawkins Rusk (The Wickhams) and Kez Settle (The Lifespan of a Fact) will be present at auditions, as well as Artistic Director Krista Schafer Ewbank. Auditions will be recorded for director Lynch Travis (Too Heavy for your Pocket).  Because of the COVID shutdowns, several shows in our season are rescheduled with previously cast actors, and therefore are fully or partially cast.


More information and FAQ can be found at http://openbooktheatrecompany.net/auditions-2019-2020/

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