AUDITIONS: The Art Couple

written by Brendan Hunt (Absolutely Filthy)
directed by Lauren Van Kurin

FEBRUARY 16 - MARCH 17, 2018
(Possible extension to March 24)
Fridays & Saturdays @ 8pm, Sundays @ 7pm
Previews: Fri-Sat, Feb. 9-10 @ 8pm

Rehearsals begin approx. December 14

AUDITION DATES/TIMES:
Saturday, December 2, 10am-6pm
Sunday, December 3, 10am-5pm

LOCATION:
The Broadwater

1078 Lillian Way, Los Angeles, CA 90038
(see signs for specific stage)
- Directions -

Callback dates: Weds-Thurs, Dec. 6-7

ABOUT THE SHOW: A World Premiere production of THE ART COUPLE written by Brendan Hunt (Absolutely Filthy, Key & Peele)

THE ART COUPLE is an inclusive, body and age positive production and we highly encourage actors of color, LGBTQIA+ actors, and actors with disabilities to submit for all roles.

SYNOPSIS: In late 1888, Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh were roommates in the south of France for nine tempestuous weeks. They quickly found they were not a good match, their relationship quickly fell to pieces, and by the end, van Gogh had cut off his ear. In scholarly circles, they are often referred to as "The Odd Couple of Art."

This play imagines that Neil Simon, before he thought of Felix and Oscar, used Vincent and Paul as the subjects of his first draft of "The Odd Couple" and further imagines how Simon might have gone about writing it, with a little help from an unexpected Odd Couple of his own.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

* THE ROLE OF VINCENT VAN GOGH IS PRECAST. WE ARE LOOKING FOR A VAN GOGH UNDERSTUDY.

*SOME ACTORS WILL PLAY MULTIPLE PARTS. MOST WOMEN WILL PLAY MALE CHARACTERS AS WELL. FOR THE HISTORICAL FIGURES WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR EXACT PHYSICAL TYPES UNLESS SPECIFIED IN THE DESCRIPTION!

* THIS IS A WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTION AND THERE MAY BE SOME SLIGHT ALTERATIONS IN SUPPORTING ROLES AND WHICH ACTORS PLAY THEM DURING THE PROCESS.

NEIL SIMON:
Age Range 34 - 40

36 years old when we meet him in 1963. New York Jewish playwright and comedy writer. Urbane, witty, droll and intelligent, but susceptible to paralyzing (and hilarious) bouts of paranoia and neurosis. His first two plays have been Broadway hits and now he's desperate to prove he's a true artist, and not just a comedy writer. Has been paid a huge amount of money for a play he has not yet written, throwing him into an existential crisis when, at the end of his rope, he goes along with a sudden, random acquaintance's (Captain America) crazy plan to try to write the play over the weekend in the Catskills.

CAPTAIN AMERICA
Age Range 20 - 27

Early 20s. ("Captain America" is a nickname and NOT THE TYPE we are actually seeking.) Southern Californian, earnest, strapping, fresh off the bus. An urban cowboy, yet wise beyond his years like a young Peter Fonda or Sam Shepard. A laid-back actor/shaman whose soulful eyes and languid manner have him adapting quickly to the crazy, destitute world of the Greenwich Village bohemian scene of 1963. Within him lies the dormant passion to be a great writer... at least in part so he can make enough money to quit his job as a busboy. Discovering Neil Simon at a crossroads, he apparently impulsively devotes himself to the frustrated Broadway scribe's aid.

VINCENT VAN GOGH (U/S ONLY):
Age Range 28 - 36
Red hair and beard. A mad genius with a martyr streak, yet capable of flashes where he is as likable as Jack Lemmon. Wildly unlucky at love, but a romantic at heart. Susceptible to over-excitement, religious mania, and alcoholism. Has never sold a painting. Requires an actor with solid and confident comedic abilities.

PAUL GAUGUIN:
Age Range 38 - 45
A grounded yet combustible voice of reason, an everyman in the vein of Walter Matthau. New to painting after years as a merchant marine and a stockbroker. Confident about being a good artist, doesn't feel the need to go insane just to prove it. An amateur fencer, loyal friend and persistent dysentery sufferer. Has never sold a painting, so he moves to the a nothing town in the south of France to work with van Gogh. He will eventually become wildly and justifiably frustrated with this arrangement, especially when he learns that his paintings have finally started to sell back in Paris.

RACHEL / MADAME GINOUX:
Age Range 25 - 45.
Ideally dark hair and complexion but not a deal breaker.

RACHEL: In her 20s and a tough cookie. Effortlessly sexual. A sex worker at a brothel near the Yellow House in Arles, France, 1988, she is known to history as the woman to whom van Gogh gifted his dismembered ear. Subject of considerable affection and idealization by Vincent (on account of being very good at her job), once she receives his ear, all bets are off.

MADAME GINOUX: 40ish. Imperious, can switch from disdain to charm on a dime. The subject of the painting "L'Arlesienne." Proprietor of the night cafe in Arles just down the street from the Yellow House where Vincent and Paul cohabitate in 1988. Flirts with Paul, preferring his chivalry to Vincent's coarseness, but switches sides once she finds out van Gogh might be the superior artist.

GEORGE SEURAT / ARTIE / ROULIN
Age Range 28 - 39

GEORGE SEURAT: Arrogant, flush with recent and massive success, but a mama's boy at heart. The kind of new money who likes to repeatedly say how unimportant money is to him now. Has an effortless contempt for failures like Gauguin and van Gogh. Gets very angry when van Gogh tries to criticize, and then "improve" Seurat's masterpiece. Thinks he's going to live forever (he will die in two years).

ARTIE: 30s, New Yorker, the owner of the legendary night club, the Village Gate, which he rules in lassez-faire fashion. An early 1960's bohemian in a jazzman's wardrobe, not too bothered by rules. Sends Captain America on an important secret mission.

ROULIN: 30s. A bear of a mailman in 1888 who sings messages in the style of young Lou Reed. Sings one song. Guitarists a plus, but not required.

ANGELIQUE ALOUETTE / & (EITHER) TOULOUSE-LAUTREC OR AUGUST RODIN
Age Range 20-39

ANGELIQUE ALOUETTE: Brunette (but can wig it!) Witty, bawdy, flirty, delightful, just delightful. Cockney or English accent that matches the accent of her younger sister Toinette. She's the one who calls the shots in that relationship. An infectious giggler. A breath of fresh "Swinging London"-style air (though she's technically Belgian...and it's 1888). Puts the move on Gauguin in a very determined way. Part of a contortionist double-act with her sister in a traveling circus. Contortionists or gymnasts or acrobats a plus, but not required.
(Actress will play one of the following roles, tbd based on casting):

HENRI TOULOUSE-LAUTREC: 23. Diminutive. A high-class black sheep with great enthusiasm for life and mischief. Loves poker, but doesn't really know how to play. When confronted about taking a job making posters for a nightclub, has to evaluate whether he is still a true artist.

AUGUST RODIN: 48. Tortoise-like in the speed with which he acts, thinks, and plays cards; unless there's a suicidal Dutchman around, which tends to get him moving.

TOINETTE ALOUETTE & (EITHER) TOULOUSE-LAUTREC OR AUGUST RODIN
Age Range 20-39

20s-30s, Redhead (but can wig it!) Witty, bawdy, flirty, delightful, just delightful. Cockney or English accent that matches the accent of her older sister Angelique. Anything her sister suggests, Toinette will eventually go along with. An infectious giggler. A breath of fresh "Swinging London"-style air (though she's technically Belgian...and it's 1888). Sees something in Vincent that touches her innate kindness. Part of a contortionist double-act with her sister in a traveling circus. Contortionists or gymnasts or acrobats a plus, but not required.

(Actress will also play one of the following roles, tbd based on casting):

HENRI TOULOUSE-LAUTREC: 23. Diminutive. A high-class black sheep with great enthusiasm for life and mischief. Loves poker, but doesn't really know how to play. When confronted about taking a job making posters for a nightclub, has to evaluate whether he is still a true artist.

AUGUST RODIN: 48. Tortoise-like in the speed with which he acts, thinks, and plays cards; unless there's a suicidal Dutchman around, which tends to get him moving.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

We are looking for strong, versatile, comedic actors who will be comfortable with the varying demands of working on a World Premiere production.

For initial auditions please prepare:

A 1-2 minute comedic monologue of your choosing, preferably from 20th century American theater, in the vein of Neil Simon (or Nichols and May, Woody Allen, Moss Hart, George Kaufman, etc.)

At callbacks we will be doing scenes from the play.

PLEASE BRING A HEADSHOT & RESUME.

ABOUT SUBMISSIONS: Sacred Fools Theater is deeply committed to building a creative and dynamic theatre community that celebrates individuality and diversity and treats everyone with fairness and respect. We are committed to parity at all levels: on our stage, in our audience and within our leadership. We DO NOT cast exclusively from within the company and we welcome diversity in our submissions.

SIDES:

Sides will be supplied for callbacks.

SIGNUP INSTRUCTIONS:

* Choose three slots from the grid below.

* EMail your choices and your contact info - including your phone number - to . (If you are not a company member but were referred to this page, you must include a link to your website or casting database profile [or pic and resume] and a note indicating how you heard about us!)

* You will be contacted via EMail or phone to confirm your slot.

PLEASE NOTE: GUARANTEED SIGNUPS ARE FOR FULL COMPANY MEMBERS AND THOSE KNOWN TO THE PRODUCTION TEAM ONLY! ALL OTHERS, PLEASE SUBMIT VIA THE NOTICE ON ACTORS ACCESS AND NOW CASTING, AND WE WILL CONTACT YOU IF INTERESTED. DO NOT DOUBLE SUBMIT.

ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY NO LATER THAN SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26.

FOR COMPANY MEMBERS (excepting Associates): You are strongly encouraged to attend first call. If you are unable to attend any of the initial audition times due to scheduling conflicts, you may request to proceed directly to callbacks if you notify the producers by no later than Sunday, November 26 (but please make your request ASAP).

Choose three available slots from the grid below.

  Saturday, December 2
10:00am  
10:05am Marc Forget
10:10am  
10:15am Marz Richards
10:20am Peter Fluet
10:25am Jon Root
10:30am Adam Meredith
10:35am Amanda Blake Davis
10:40am Brandon Ruiter
10:45am Zachary Bernstein
10:50am Anthony Brown
10:55am Amber Rivette
11:00am Josh Weber
11:05am Tina Van Berckelaer
11:10am Kristin Studard
11:15am Eric Giancoli
11:20am Paul Walling
11:25am Emily Clark
11:30am Tim Kopacz
11:35am Corinne Chooey
11:40am Monica Catherine Baker
11:45am Thea Lux
11:50am Ray Paolantonio
11:55am Alex DeMaio
12:00pm Brendan Broms
12:05pm Jeffrey Nichols
12:10pm Laura Harrison
12:15pm Stasha Surdyke
12:20pm Michael Franco
12:25pm Mark McClain Wilson
12:30pm Aryiel Hartman
12:35pm Sarah Lesley
12:40pm Austin Falk
12:45pm Rafeal Clements
12:50pm Clayton Farris
12:55pm Andrew James Villarreal
1:00pm Matthew Foster
1:05pm Chad Reinhart
1:10pm Nathan Mohebbi
1:15pm Matt McVay
1:20pm Ryan Patrick Welsh
1:25pm Tyler Stilwill
1:30pm Ty Mayberry
1:35pm  
1:40pm Abby V. Eiland
1:45pm Wahayn Inello Clayton
1:50pm  
1:55pm  
2-3pm BREAK
2:50pm Aaron Anastasi
3:00pm Michael Shaw Fisher
3:05pm Jeff Blumberg
3:10pm Guy Picot
3:15pm Lawrence Novikoff
3:20pm Christy St. John
3:25pm Kristin Rogers
3:30pm Lauren Flans
3:35pm Kristin Towers-Rowles
3:40pm Charlotte Gulezian
3:45pm Stuart Todd Martin
3:50pm Jayda Berkmen
3:55pm Alejanndro Parron
4:00pm Ray Carsillo
4:05pm Joe Piccuirro
4:10pm Miatta Ade Lebile
4:15pm Lila Dupree
4:20pm  
4:25pm  
4:30pm  
4:35pm  
4:40pm Matt Rasku
4:45pm Amber Luallen
4:50pm Alina Phelan
4:55pm  
5:00pm Jessie Sherman
5:05pm Adam Meredith
5:10pm Jessica Borne
5:15pm Jaime Lyn Beatty
5:20pm Traina Pouncy
5:25pm Anna Lynne Garcia
5:30pm Flip Laffoon
5:35pm Ithamar Enrique
5:40pm Ilona Concetta
5:45pm J. Claude Deering
5:50pm Rowan Hall
5:55pm Angela Sauer
  Sunday, December 3
10:00am Sionne Elise
10:05am Alysha Brady
10:10am Robert Paterno
10:15am Sean Faye
10:20am Joe Mahon
10:25am Sierra Fisk
10:30am Roz Stanley
10:35am  
10:40am Matthew Rocheleau
10:45am Kimberly Alexander
10:50am  
10:55am Joseph Gilbert
11:00am Bella Cosper
11:05am Joel Scher
11:10am Natasha Elias
11:15am Jill Lover
11:20am Natalie Jean Beisner
11:25am Shannon Lee Clair
11:30am Christen Celeya
11:35am Kay Aston
11:40am Madelaine Heil
11:45am Crash Buist
11:50am Adam Burch
11:55am Brian Wohl
12:00pm Mercedes Manning
12:05pm Mark Elias
12:10pm Vince DonVito
12:15pm Mashka Wolfe
12:20pm Chris Connell
12:25pm Abbe Rowlins
12:30pm Joshua Bross
12:35pm George Caleodis
12:40pm Austin Falk
12:45pm Mac Hines
12:50pm Jason C. Daniels
12:55pm Nadia Protsenko
1:00pm Brad David Reed
1:05pm Kyla Schoer
1:10pm Cynthia Zitter
1:15pm Audi Finn
1:20pm Jonathan Kells Phillips
1:25pm Kristyn Chalker
1:30pm Cathal Eric Power
1:35pm Harmony Goodman
1:40pm Madeline Fair
1:45pm  
1:50pm Paul Turbiak
1:55pm Andrew Blackwood
2-3pm BREAK
2:55pm Reuben Uy
3:00pm Collin Lee Chute
3:05pm Ron Morehouse
3:10pm Karlie Blair
3:15pm Kristel Kovner
3:20pm Liesel Kopp
3:25pm Kyle Walters
3:30pm Ray Paolantonio
3:35pm Natalie Wetta
3:40pm Morgan McClellan
3:45pm Carla Betz
3:50pm Travis W. Goodman
3:55pm Ryan Harrison
4:00pm Erin Parks
4:05pm Lilly Holleman
4:10pm Marie-Francoise Theodore
4:15pm Claudia Wit
4:20pm Thomas Colby
4:25pm Jessica Martin
4:30pm Eric Keitel
4:35pm Ryan Gowland
4:40pm Shai Casey
4:45pm Heather Roberts
4:50pm Dylan Rourke
4:55pm Joe Hernandez-Kolski