Calling All Fellow Thespians!

The Santa Fe Playhouse has an exciting year ahead – full of plays and characters beyond the “usual suspects.” If you would like to be considered for any of the shows in the 2020 Season, please come audition at The Playhouse, 142 East DeVargas. Auditions will be held the weekend of February 8 and 9, and again the weekend of February 15 & 16. Auditions will be held as an open call. Come anytime between 10 am and 6 pm with a monologue of your choice (contemporary or classic) prepared. If you are interested in auditioning for URINETOWN our musical, please come February 8, with your sheet music, when we have our accompanist. All in-town directors will be attending.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE A SPECIFIC TIME BLOCK PLEASE EMAIL ARTISTICDIRECTOR@SANTAFEPLAYHOUSE.ORG

BAD JEWS
By Joshua Harmon
April 9th – May 3rd

A fierce, biting comedy about family, faith, and what you choose to believe, when you’re chosen. 
The night after their grandfather’s funeral, three cousins engage in a verbal (and sometimes physical) battle royale over a family heirloom. In one corner is Daphna Feygenbam, a “Super Jew”. In the other is her equally stubborn cousin Liam, a secular and entitled young man. Stuck in the middle is Liam’s brother, Jonah, who tries to stay out of the fray. When Liam stakes claim to their grandfather’s Chai necklace a vicious and hilarious brawl over family, faith, and legacy ensues. 

SEEKING: 2m, 2f


DAPHNA FEYGENBAUM: Female, 22, Liam & Jonah’s first cousin: 2/3 body, 1/3 hair. Thick, intense, curly, frizzy, long brown hair. Hair that clogs a drain after one shower. Hair you find on pillows and in corners of the room and in your refrigerator six months after the head from which it grew last visited. Hair that could not be straightened even if you had four hours and three hairdressers double-fisting blow driers. Hair that screams: Jew.

LIAM HABER: Male, 25, Daphna’s cousin: his mother is the sister of Daphna’s father. Wire-rim glasses. U of Chicago Asian studies Ph.D. student. Former Fulbright scholar in Japan. Has as much of a sense of humor as an overdue library book.

JONAH HABER: Male, 21, Liam’s younger brother: Sometime-UVM sophomore. Less lanky than his brother. Less brainy. More brawn. More heart.

MELODY: Female, 24, Liam’s girlfriend: Short, stick-straight blonde hair. Which she wears with a barrette. To be extra cute. Mousy. She looks like someone who would have been abducted when she was nine but returned to her parents unharmed. Works for a non-profit.

URINETOWN: Musical
By Mark Hollmann & Greg Kotis
May 14th – June 7th

A musical satire of capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself.

Story:
In an attempt to regulate water consumption, the powers that be have outlawed the use of private toilets. The citizenry must use public, pay-per-use amenities owned and operated by Urine Good Company, a malevolent corporation run by the corrupt Caldwell B. Cladwell.

Amid the people, a hero decides that he’s had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!

Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Urinetown is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, Urinetown catapults the “comedic romp” into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.

SEEKING: 9m, 6f Gender Fluid casting (multiple role casting) & a five piece band. 

  • Bobby Strong Tenor C5-A2. The dashing young everyman who works for Miss Pennywise as the Assistant Custodian at the poorest, filthiest urinal in town; the eventual protagonist and romantic hero who starts a revolution, and falls in love with Hope Cladwell along the way.
  • Caldwell B. Cladwell –Baritone A2-G4. The evil president and owner of the Urine Good Company, a miserly moneygrubber who gleefully exploits the poor.
  • Hope Cladwell – Soprano A3-A5. Cladwell’s ravishingly beautiful daughter, torn between her love for her father and her new love for Bobby. Having just returned from the Most Expensive University in the World, she eventually joins Bobby as part of the Revolution.
  • Officer Lockstock – Bass/Baritone A2-A4. The principal narrator; a policeman in charge of finding guilty pee-ers.
  • Little Sally – Alto A3-E5. A precocious, thoroughly irreverent and very intelligent street urchin; the co-narrator who always outsmarts Lockstock, and constantly questions the play’s logic.
  • Penelope Pennywise – Mezzo Belt A3-C6.  The tough, jaded warden of the poorest, filthiest urinal in town. A shrewd, penny-scrounging cheapskate, Pennywise is a figure of authority and lives to maintain order at the public bathrooms, but harbors a surprising secret.
  • Officer Barrel – Baritone G2-F4. Lockstock’s partner. He harbors a surprising secret.
  • Mr. McQueen – Cladwell’s assistant. A sneaky man who will do anything to save himself.
  • Senator Fipp – Baritone C3-F4. A corrupt politician in Cladwell’s pocket. He also harbors a surprising, and slightly disturbing, secret.
  • Joseph “Old Man” Strong – Bobby’s rebellious father, whose refusal to pay the fee causes him to be sent to Urinetown.
  • Josephine “Ma” Strong – Soprano Bb3-D5. Bobby’s mother, a strong-willed old woman who is able to withstand the hard hand life has dealt her.
  • Hot Blades Harry – Baritone A2-F4, A dangerous and unpredictable rebel.
  • Little Becky Two-Shoes – Mezzo Bb3-F5. A young, pregnant woman. Harry’s “Mate”.
  • Soupy Sue – Alto/Tenor Bb3-B4. An affectionate member of the gang.
  • Tiny Tom – Baritone D3-A3. A confused man-boy.
  • Robby the Stockfish – A poor rebel.
  • Billy Boy Bill – A poor rebel.
  • Mrs. Millennium – Office worker who aspires to be Cladwell’s Head Secretary.
  • Dr. Billeaux – Baritone E3-A3. A scientist for Urine Good Company.

REYKJAVIK
By Steve Yockey
June 18th – July 12th  

A Queer perspective between men and women exploring the depth of humility, authenticity and grief. Ensemble, magical-realism, mystery-thriller, dark-comedy. 
In the city of Reykjavík, we eavesdrop on the intertwined lives of lovers, hospitality workers, partygoers, and ever a really handsome bird or two. This frank exploration of honesty in relationships offers a glimpse into a cold dark, magical, and sometimes violent world where everyone still hopes to find joy beneath the glow of the Northern Lights.

SEEKING: 4m, 2f

James: a young man, pretty and carefree, but his laissez-faire attitude comes from having lost a lot in life 
also Hank, a zealous, possibly immortal sex worker 
also Ebon, an optimistic and very romantic raven 

Debbie: a woman, probably psychic, Debbie is not her real name but 
she’s pretty chill about the whole “identity” thing 
also Lydia, a pretty chill hotel employee 
also Ambiance Sister, a magic presence, half of a whole 
also Ingrid, an upbeat, pretty chill international stalker 
also One of the Huldufólk (f), a “hidden person” 

Grigor: a man, murderous, patient, quiet except when passionately invested in “torch song” karaoke, possibly an invention 
also Leó, a very professional hotel employee 
also Aaron, unable to express himself 
also Man in All Black, silent “adult” hospitality 

Martin: a man, solicitous and very focused, he baits the hook, in love 
with his “good friend” Grigor, possibly an invention 
also Ross, a man, a quality planner and decision maker 
also Robert, a lonely customer too willing to believe 
also Man in the Down Coat, a mouthy drunk 

Peter: a man, a stoner, open-minded and that’s a good thing, 
the kind of guy who just lets things happen 
also Mike, a man, Ross’s boyfriend, a cocky tourist 
also Davey, deeply frustrated with his relationship 
also One of the Huldufólk (m), a hidden person 

Naomi: a woman, James’s sister, with a bright pink stripe in her thick braid, and a lot of regret, still uneasy after dying young 
also Lil, a hotel employee, not into her current gig 
also Ambiance Sister, a magic presence, half of a whole 
also Valerie, gun-shy about love, always on the move

ALL MY SONS
By Arthur Miller
October 1 – October 18

During the war Joe Keller and Steve Deever ran a machine shop which made airplane parts. Deever was sent to prison because the firm turned out defective parts, causing the deaths of many men. Keller went free and made a lot of money. The twin shadows of this catastrophe and the fact that the young Keller son was reported missing during the war dominate the action. The love affair of Chris Keller and Ann Deever, the bitterness of George Deever returned from the war to find his father in prison and his father’s partner free, are all set in a structure of almost unbearable power. The climax showing the reaction of a son to his guilty father is fitting conclusion to a play electrifying in its intensity.

A tremendously impressive drama that received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play.

SEEKING: 

Joe Keller Joe, 60, was exonerated after being charged with knowingly shipping defective aircraft engine cylinder heads (for Curtiss P-40 Warhawks) from his factory to the military during World War II, causing the deaths of 21 pilots. For over three years he has placed the blame on his partner and former neighbor, Steve Deever, although he himself committed the crime. When the truth comes out, Joe justifies his actions by claiming that he did it for his family.

Kate Keller (Mother) Kate knows that Joe is guilty but lives in denial while mourning for her older son Larry, who has been MIA for three years. She refuses to believe that Larry is dead and maintains that Ann Deever — who returns for a visit at the request of Larry’s brother Chris — is still “Larry’s girl” and also believes that he is coming back.

Chris Keller Chris, 32, returned home from World War II two years before the play begins, disturbed by the realization that the world was continuing as if nothing had happened. He has summoned Ann Deever to the Keller house in order to ask her hand in marriage, but they’re faced with the obstacle of Kate’s unreasonable conviction that Larry will someday return. Chris idolizes his father, not knowing initially what he has done.

Ann Deever Ann, 26, arrives at the Keller home having shunned her “guilty” father since his imprisonment. Throughout the play, Ann is often referred to as pretty, beautiful, and intelligent-looking and as “Annie”. She had a relationship with Larry Keller before his disappearance and has since moved on because she knows the truth of his fate. She hopes that the Kellers will consent to her marriage to Larry’s brother, Chris, with whom she has corresponded by mail for two years. Ann is the truth-bearer in the play.

George Deever: George, 31, is Ann’s older brother: a successful New York lawyer, WWII veteran, and a childhood friend of Chris’s. He initially believed in his father’s guilt, but upon visiting Steve in jail, realizes his innocence and becomes enraged at the Kellers for deceiving him. He returns to save his sister from her marriage to Chris, creating the catalyzing final events.

Dr. Jim Bayliss: Jim is a successful doctor, but is frustrated with the stifling domesticity of his life. He wants to become a medical researcher, but continues in his job as it pays the bills. He is a close friend to the Keller family and spends a lot of time in their backyard.

Sue Bayliss: Sue is Jim’s wife: needling and dangerous, but affectionate. She too is a friend of the Keller family, but is secretly resentful of what she sees as Chris’s bad idealistic influence on Jim. Sue confronts Ann about her resentment of Chris in a particularly volatile scene.

Frank Lubey: Frank, 33, was always one year ahead of the draft, so he never served in World War II, instead staying home to marry George’s former sweetheart, Lydia. He draws up Larry’s horoscope and tells Kate that Larry must still be alive, because the day he died was meant to be his “favorable day”. This strengthens Kate’s faith and makes it much harder for Ann to move on.

Lydia Lubey: Lydia, 27, was George’s love interest before the war; after he went away, she married Frank and they soon had three children. She is a model of peaceful domesticity and lends a much-needed cheerful air to several moments of the play.

ANNUAL MELODRAMA
By a group of anonymous local heroes
August 27th – September 20th 

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
By Anthony Nielson
November 27th – December 20th 

This hilarious and razor-edged comedy is about finding the true spirit of Christmas. 

Gary: Warehouse supervisor, divorcee, father of one
Simon: Gary’s employee. Spends Christmas with his mother 
Elf: An elf doing his best to keep Christmas spirit and himself alive. 
Cherry: A single mother, a hostess, a quick-talking, no-nonsense chick. 

BENCHWARMERS
BY Local and Fantastic Playwrights
January 14th – 31st

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