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Open Book holds season general auditions 05/20

May 06, 2019

Open Book’s Season Looks Like This

The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, Sept 13-Oct 12, 2019
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Nov 15- Dec 14 , 2019
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Jan 24- Feb 22, 2020
This Random World: The Myth of Serendipity, April 17- May 16, 2020
Marjorie Prime, June 26 – July 25, 2020

Open Book Theatre

: 2019-2020 Season


Auditions will be held Monday May 20th 8:15-10:30 pm
and Tuesday May 21st, 6:30 pm-10pm


To schedule an appointment:

We encourage everyone to audition, even if you’ve worked with Open Book before. If you’re unable to attend the auditions you may send a headshot and resume with a letter of interest and ALL CONFLICTS  to: openbooktheatrecompany@gmail.com or mail to Open Book Theatre, 1621 West Road, Trenton, MI 48183.

Appointments are required.  Please sign up for a time slot here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090D4CA9A82EA02-open1

The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence

Sept 13-Oct 12, 2019

By Madeleine George, Dir. TBA

Watson: trusty sidekick to Sherlock Holmes; loyal engineer who built Bell’s first telephone; unstoppable super-computer that became reigning Jeopardy! champ; amiable techno-dweeb who, in the present day, is just looking for love. These four constant companions become one in this brilliantly witty, time-jumping, loving tribute (and cautionary tale) dedicated to the people—and machines—upon which we all depend.


Note: all roles play multiple characters in multiple time periods.

Watson, 25s-45s. Loyal, overconfident and disarmingly intimate. A century’s worth of Watsons, determined to improve the lives of others: Dr. Watson, sidekick to Sherlock Holmes. Thomas A. Watson, sidekick to Alexander Graham Bell. Watson, the supercomputer that beat Ken Jennings on Jeopardy! Josh Watson, an amiable guy who fixes computers.

Merrick, 30s-50s. Ambitious, calculating and passionately heartless. Bumbling modern politician. Brilliant Victorian inventor with a troubled love life.

Eliza, 25-45. Brilliant, needy and tenaciously inquisitive. Brilliant visionary programmer with a tumultuous love life. Plucky mid-century radio host. Victorian damsel in distress.

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

Nov 15- Dec 14, 2019

By Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, Dir. Sarah Hawkins

A sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice set two years after the novel ends, MISS BENNET continues the story, only this time with bookish middle-sister Mary as its unlikely heroine. Mary is growing tired of her role as dutiful middle sister in the face of her siblings’ romantic escapades. When the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, an unexpected guest sparks Mary’s hopes for independence, an intellectual match, and possibly even love.


Note: while all characters in Miss Bennet will be speaking with a British RP dialect, it will not be required for the general audition.  (it will be required at the callback)

Mary Bennet – 20-30s. Finally coming in to her own, she is no longer the plain, boring girl she once was. She is intelligent, curious, and lively, but her family only sees her as a future spinster. She does not suffer fools. She wants to live.  (Proficiency in piano is a plus, but not a requirement)

Arthur de Bourgh – 20-30s. A studious, unsociable, only child who has never been around women or large families. He is a loner who prefers books to people. He has recently inherited a large estate and has no idea what to do next.

Elizabeth Darcy – 20-30s  married to Mr. Darcy. Confident, charming, and witty. She makes a fun and surprising lady of the house. She is best friends with her sister Jane.

Fitzwilliam Darcy – 30-40s. A loving, generous, and smart husband. He is quiet and vigilant and thus sees what others often miss. He knows what being lovelorn is like.

Jane Bingley – 20-30s, married to Mr. Bingley. She is 7 months pregnant with her first child and is sweet and optimistic as ever. The kindest heart in the house.

Charles Bingley – 20-30s. Gracious, happy, and ever focused on the love of his life, Jane. A good friend and always ready with a smile.

Lydia Wickham – 17-25. Flirtatious, youthful, self-centered. Her marriage to Mr. Wickham is a sham but she will not admit this. She is the person you want to have at your party: energetic, engaging, unstoppable.

Anne de Bourgh – 20-30s   Only daughter of the late Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Lived in her mother’s very large shadow, never having to ask for anything or speak for herself her entire life. Judgmental and impatient, just like her mother.

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

Jan 24- Feb 22, 2020

By Terrance McNally, Dir. Wendy Katz Hiller

A critical and popular success, this bittersweet comedy combines poignancy and laughter as it traces the unlikely romance that begins to develop between two middle-aged “losers.”


NOTE: this play contains mature sexual content

Johnny: Late 40’s. From the script: “Johnny’s best feature is his personality. He works at it. He is in good physical condition.”

The role of Frankie has already been cast.

This Random World: The Myth of Serendipity

April 17- May 16, 2020

By Steven Dietz, Dir. Krista Schafer Ewbank

We want to believe that serendipity brings us together, but is that just a myth?

Mining the comedy of missed connections, THIS RANDOM WORLD asks the serious question of how often we travel parallel paths through the world without noticing. From an ailing woman who plans one final trip, to her daughter planning one great escape and her son falling prey to a prank gone wrong, this funny, intimate, and heartbreaking play explores the lives that may be happening just out of reach of our own.


Scottie Ward: Female, 70+ –  she is private, quite withheld, intelligent, dry-witted, formal, but not a classic matriarch; she is sassy, feisty, enjoys a full, enriched world beyond the knowledge of her children.

Tim Ward: Male, 29 – his girlfriend has broken up with him, his work is not going well, he is trying to figure things out, at his sister’s suggestion he puts a fake obituary into the paper and then can’t seem to take it back

Beth Ward: Female, 38 – Scottie’s daughter, generally obsessed with controlling her life, and her death; her defense is her best offense, she is appealing, likeable.

Bernadette: 30s Scottie’s aide, she is competent, reserved, but has energy and determination

Rhonda: late 20s Bernadette’s young sister, has become mystical since her mother’s passing, wants to believe in more than just this life.

Claire: 29 –  Believes in ghosts, misses her past

Gary: 35-45 –  A little self-righteous.  Wants to live his best life, now.

A Man: flexible age – mysterious.  confused.

Marjorie Prime

June 26 – July 25, 2020

by Jordan Harrison, Dir. Wendy Katz Hiller

It’s the age of artificial intelligence, and 85-year-old Marjorie — a jumble of disparate, fading memories — has a handsome new companion who’s programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? In this richly spare, wondrous new play, Jordan Harrison explores the mysteries of human identity and the limits — if any — of what technology can replace.


Director’s Note: Don’t be too concerned about the ages mentioned in the script. I may be casting somewhat younger. I have noted my ranges in parentheses.

Marjorie: 85 (60’s-80’s) A strong woman who is fighting dementia and the losses she has experienced in life. Friendly with Walter and Jon, she has a more complicated relationship with her daughter, Tess.

Walter: 30ish (20’s-30’s) Walter is a “prime”: a very realistic interactive hologram of Marjorie’s husband (at a younger age). For the vast majority of the play we should be unable to tell that he’s anything but a kind, friendly, helpful human. On occasion he will give himself away when asked something he hasn’t been programmed to know, but this is very matter-of-fact, not ashamed or apologetic.

Jon: 55 (40’s-50’s) Tess’s husband and Marjorie’s son-in-law. Helpful and concerned. Very much in love with his wife. Has a dry sense of humor.

Tess: 55 (40’s-50’s) Marjorie’s daughter and Jon’s wife. Not really sure about the new technology being used. Struggles with her relationships–particularly with her mother and adult children. Cares deeply about others and later in the play deals with her own depression.


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.

No. Compensation is $550 stipend

Rehearsal schedules are at the discretion of the director, but generally start 5 weeks before opening and are held evenings and weekends.

Callbacks for specific shows will be held:

The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence: Sunday, June 2, 8-10pm

Miss Bennet: Tuesday, June 4, 7pm

Frankie and Johnny:  Tuesday, June 18, 7pm

This Random World: Sunday, June 2, 6-8pm

Marjorie Prime: Monday, June 17, 7pm

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