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A Post-Electric Play
General Casting Info
Cast Size: 5f, 3m
Production Type: Full-Length Play with Music, Dark Comedy, Ensemble Cast
Director: Shannon Gingell
Music Director: TBD
Choreographer: Phil Pagano
Synopsis: Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play is an imaginative dark comedy that propels us forward nearly a century, following a new civilization stumbling into its future. After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors share a campfire and begin to piece together the plot of “The Simpsons” episode “Cape Feare” entirely from memory. 7 years later, this and other snippets of pop culture (sitcom plots, commercials, jingles, and pop songs) have become the live entertainment of a post-apocalyptic society, sincerely trying to hold onto its past. 75 years later, these are the myths and legends from which new forms of performance are created. A paean to live theater, and the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages, Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another.
Rehearsal and Production Info:
- Rehearsals tentatively scheduled for Wednesday evenings 7pm – 10pm and Saturday afternoons 1pm – 5pm each week, beginning Wednesday January 8th. There also may be occasions where the schedule differs from the norm slightly (ex. adding a Thursday rehearsal, meeting on a Sunday instead of a Saturday, etc.), due to conflicts or other circumstances.
- Rehearsal schedule is subject to change, based on final production team + cast availability, space scheduling, etc.
- When you arrive to audition, please indicate any foreseeable conflicts on your conflict sheet, and hand it in to the production team.
- Please plan to be called for all scheduled rehearsals unless otherwise indicated by the production team (ie. if you are told that you aren’t in the sections being worked on a given day, or if you have a prior approved conflict). A full, detailed rehearsal calendar will be shared once casting is complete, conflicts are reviewed, and the schedule is finalized.
- Performances will be March 12 – March 15, 2020.
- Walk-in auditions, on the evenings of Monday December 16th, 2019 + Tuesday December 17th, 2019 from 7pm – 9pm each night.
- Callbacks, by invitation only, on the evening of Thursday December 19th, 2019.
For the initial audition please prepare the following:
- Your choice of either a 1 – 2 minute contemporary monologue in the style of the show (comedy/dark comedy–a monologue from the show is fine, but not required) OR a 1 – 2 minute detailed recap/re-enactment of an episode of your favorite TV show (tell us the story in your own words, from memory).
- 32 bars/about 1 minute of a contemporary pop or musical theatre song of your choice. Please bring an accompaniment track (a speaker/aux cord set-up will be provided). Be prepared to sing your selection acapella as well.
Please arrive early to fill out your audition form and conflict sheet. Headshots and resumes gladly accepted, but not required.
For the callback (invitation only): We will email you by no later than Wednesday December 18th, 2019 to notify you if you are invited to callbacks. Be prepared for cold readings from the script, and potentially working on music selection(s) from the show as well. Sides and/or sheet music will be provided at callbacks. You may be asked to read for more than one role. Please come to callbacks in comfortable clothing.
We will email everyone who auditions with their final casting status, no later than Sunday December 22nd, 2019.
Character Descriptions (With approximate “stage age” range)
All roles are open. All roles are non-equity, unpaid.
Seeking strong character actors who are comfortable portraying multiple roles. All roles will require singing (both acapella and with music) and movement/choreography. Impressions of Simpsons characters, additional musical talents (beatboxing, playing instruments, etc.), and/or experience with stage combat/sword work a plus, but not required. While the play talks about “The Simpsons” extensively, you DO NOT need to be familiar with the show in order to audition.
Please note that anticipated Act II + Act III doubling is subject to change based on the vocal range, movement ability, etc., of the cast.
Matt (Male, Any Ethnicity, 20’s-40’s)
A Simpsons expert. An apocalypse survivor from New York who finds himself at the campsite with other survivors, and steps into the role of rallying the group’s spirits throughout Act I. A bit goofy, the type who does the voices when he tells stories. His wife is missing. Anticipated doubling: Homer (Act II + Act III), and may sing as part of the Act III opening “Shades of Springfield” Chorus as well.
Jenny (Female, Any Ethnicity, 20’s-40’s)
A Simpsons fan. An apocalypse survivor from Baltimore who has recently joined the group. Very opinionated, the type who could pinpoint every minor inaccuracy in the film adaptation of her favorite book. Anticipated doubling: Marge (Act II + Act III), and may sing as part of the Act III opening “Shades of Springfield” Chorus as well.
Maria (Female, Any Ethnicity, 20’s-40’s)
An apocalypse survivor whose home was destroyed. She is sweet and well-intentioned, often serves as the moral compass for the group, and puts on a brave face when she can. Tries very hard to fit in–was never a big Simpsons fan before all this, but has enough basic familiarity with the show to follow along with the group. Anticipated doubling: Lisa + 2nd FBI Agent (Act II) and Lisa (Act III).
Sam (Male, Any Ethnicity, 20’s-40’s)
A stoic survivor–the type who may have served in the military, and was an avid outdoorsman before everything happened. Very protective over the group’s safety, he seems to have a big heart beneath his hard exterior. Says little but hears everything. Anticipated doubling: Bart (Act II) and Scratchy (Act III). Will sing as part of the Act III opening “Shades of Springfield” Chorus as well.
Colleen (Female, Any Ethnicity, 20’s-40’s)
A survivor who suffered an especially traumatic experience before being taken in by the group. By Act II, she has taken over leadership of the group, and is serving as their performance troupe’s director–she seems the no-nonsense type who is comfortable running a room, someone who may have been a lawyer, or a manager at a prestigious company, before all this. Anticipated doubling: Itchy (Act III). Will sing as part of the Act III opening “Shades of Springfield” Chorus as well.
Gibson (Male, Any Ethnicity, 20’s-40’s)
A newcomer to the group in Act I. Seems a bit strange, and sometimes anxious and paranoid. A fan of Gilbert & Sullivan musicals and a second-hand Simpsons fan (by way of an ex-girlfriend)–the type of person who was into amateur theatre and did well at trivia. Anticipated doubling: Loving Husband + Sideshow Bob (Act II) and Mr. Burns (Act III). Will sing as part of the Act III opening “Shades of Springfield” Chorus as well.
Quincy (Female, Any Ethnicity, 20’s-40’s)
A survivor that has more recently joined the group when we pick up with them in Act II. Smart, attractive, confident, and quick–she is a compelling performer, brought into the group for her acting talent, to help the group’s troupe be more competitive in their new reality. Anticipated doubling: Business Woman + 1st FBI Agent (Act II) and Bart (Act III).
Nedra (Female, Any Ethnicity, 20’s-40’s)
The Chorus Leader of the Greek Chorus in Act III. She serves as the voice of story-teller and conscience. A keeper of knowledge, who brings an epic stage presence and reverence to the Act III performance.
**May also potentially be casting a couple performers as Ensemble/Shades of Springfield Chorus (18+, any gender, any ethnicity). These performers would perform as part of the Greek Chorus in Act III, portraying various archetypal roles inspired by Simpsons characters, with Nedra as their Chorus Leader. Additional musical talents (beatboxing, playing instruments, etc.), and/or previous dance/movement background would be a major plus for this role.