Auditions for 1984
Adapted by Robert Owens, Wilton E Hall, Jr , and William A Miles, Jr.
From the novel by George Orwell
Audition Date: Saturday, January 21, 10am-1pm and Sunday, January 22, 1:30pm-4:30pm
Callbacks: (by invitation only) Sat. January 28, 1:30pm-5:30pm
Audition Location: The NEW Playhouse Workshops – 3218 Calle Marie, Unit B
Production Dates: Rehearsal – February 15-March 29
Performances – March 30-April 16, Thursday-Sunday
Pay: $60 stipend
In Attendance: Director: Robyn Rikoon
Artistic Director: Vaughn Irving
Auditions by appointment. To secure an audition slot, please send an email to email@example.com with your preferred time and date. Auditioners will be asked to prepare short sides from the script. More info will be sent after you schedule an appointment. Actors without an appointment will be seen as time permits.
Synopsis: Based on the classic novel by George Orwell, 1984 takes place in a dystopian future in which everyone lives under the watchful eye of Big Brother. Behavior, speech, and even thought are monitored to keep the populous safe from “enemies of the state.” This story, written in 1949 and adapted into a play in 1962, is as relevant today as the day it was written.
Cast of Characters:
Loudspeaker Voice: Does all the announcements in the play. The constant sound in the world of Big Brother – essentially is the voice of the government. — Played by either a man or woman. Strident.
Syme: Timid yet Scholarly person, hesitant and self-effacing in manner. Sweet in their own way. — Played by either a man or woman. Works in the Ministry of Truth creating “Newspeak” dictionaries.
Parsons: Parsons is a Jovial, stupid and unpleasant looking woman approaching middle age. She is a child-hero and the mother of Gladys. Works in the Ministry of Truth.
Winston Smith: An Intelligent young person who disagrees with much of what he encounters in life but is too careful and aware of the situation to express these feelings. Neat. Curious but cautious. Remembers the past. Works in the Ministry of Truth — Played by either a man or woman.
Messenger: Teen-age girl, advantageous and cunning.
Coffee Vendor: Teen-age girl, buoyant and bright.
First Guard: These are O’Brian’s guards. Ever-present. M or F
Second Guard: O’Brian’s Guard. Ever-present. M or F
O’Brian: An Inner Party member. Male. 30-50 yrs. Commanding, coarse, humorous and brutal. In spite of his formidable appearance, he does have a certain charm of manner.
Julia: Manner is prim and diffident at first. She is however, passionate and a Romantic. Lovely, endearing, naive. Relentless. Works in the Fiction Department at the Ministry of Truth.
Gladys: A 14 year old girl. A member of the children’s Spies organization. A Big Brother zealot. A whippersnapper. Very intimidating for a 14 year old.
Landlady: An unkempt old woman. She still speaks in “old speak” and remembers much about the “ancient times”. She is a proletariat. Must be comfortable with dialects.
Waitress or waiter: A Rather slovenly type. Disheveled/unkempt/messy.
Goldstein is the voice of the revolution. Kind and commanding. Possible V.O Possible Film Work.
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