Season 18 Plays, Dates, and Available Roles

THE PRICE

By Arthur Miller
Location: City Stage at Union Station
Director: Dennis Hennessy
Run: May 25th to June 12th, 2022

***THE PRICE has been cast.***

 

SPIDER’S WEB

by Agatha Christie
Location: The Goppert Theater at Avila University
Director: Darren Sextro
Run: July 13th to July 31st, 2022

Clarissa, wife of a diplomat, is adept at spinning tales of adventure but when a murder takes place in her drawing room she finds live drama much harder to cope with. Desperate to dispose of the body before her husband arrives with an important politician, she enlists the help of her guests. Hilarity ensues when they are interrupted by the arrival of a wry detective.

Available roles, with playwright and director’s descriptions…

SIR ROWLAND – 50s-60s, male. Clarissa’s godfather. Distinguished and charming.
JEREMY WARRENDER – 30s, male. An elegant young man.
PIPPA HAILSHAM-BROWN – reads 12-15, female. Henry’s daughter, Clarissa’s stepdaughter.
ELGIN – 30+, male or female, any ethnicity. The household’s butler or cook.
OLIVER – 30s or 40s, male. An attractive man with villainous intent.
HENRY HAILSHAM-BROWN – 40s, male. Clarissa’s husband, a mild-mannered diplomat. (This actor will also play CONSTABLE JONES.)
INSPECTOR LORD – 40s or 50s, male. Experienced but occasionally befuddled, performatively “in charge.”

All available roles in SPIDER’S WEB can be played by actors of any ethnicity, and will require British dialects.

***The roles of Clarissa, Birch, and Mildred Peake have been cast.***

ABOUT ALICE

By Calvin Trillin
Location: City Stage at Union Station
Director: John Rensenhouse
Run: August 10th to August 28th, 2022

***ABOUT ALICE has been cast.***

DOT

By Colman Domingo
Location: City Stage at Union Station
Director: TBA
Run: September 7th to September 25th, 2022

The holidays are always a wild family affair at the Shealy house. But this year, Dotty and her three grown children gather with more than exchanging presents on their minds. As Dotty struggles to hold on to her memory, her children must fight to balance care for their mother and care for themselves. This twisted and hilarious new play grapples unflinchingly with aging parents, midlife crises, and the heart of a West Philly neighborhood.

Available roles, with playwright’s descriptions…

DOTTY – African American. Female. Sixty-five years old.
SHELLY – African American. Female. Forty-five years old.
JACKIE – Caucasian/Jewish. Female. Forty years old.
DONNIE – African American. Male. Forty years old.
ADAM – Caucasian/Latin/Arab. Male. Forty years old.
AVERIE – African American. Male. Thirty-five years old.
FIDEL – Kazakh/Central Asian. Male. Mid-to-late twenties.

 

SMART PEOPLE

By Lydia Diamond
Location: City Stage at Union Station
Director: TBA
Run: January 11th to January 29th, 2023

Four highly educated friends gather on the eve of Barack Obama’s 2008 election to attempt to navigate the tough questions about race, and examining their biases through a lens of their backgrounds and their education.

Available roles, with playwright’s descriptions…

VALERIE JOHNSTON – 24, female, African American. Recently graduated A.R.T. Acting MFA
BRIAN WHITE – 36-42, male, White. A professor at Harvard and a neuropsychiatrist. Studies patterns of racial identity and perceptions.
GINNY YANG – 34-40, female, Chinese and Japanese American. No accent. Only speaks English. A respected tenured professor of psychology at Harvard. Studies race and identity among Asian American women.
JACKSON MOORE – 28, male, African American. Harvard Med School. Surgical intern on rotation.

Audition Information

Season 18 GENERALS – AEA and Non-Equity Auditions

KCAT is enthusiastically encouraging VIDEO SUBMISSIONS for this round of generals, with limited in-person audition slots available for fully-vaccinated non-Equity actors.

In-Person Audition Location: City Stage at Union Station
In- Person Audition Dates: 

January 16, 5:00pm – 10:00pm (by appointment)
January 17, 11:00am – 3:00pm and 5:00pm – 10:00pm (by appointment)

Video Submission Deadline: January 16

Materials: Two contrasting monologues, no more than four minutes total

EQUITY ACTORS: At this time, AEA does not permit in-person Generals for union actors due to the ongoing pandemic. Please follow the VIDEO submission guidelines below!

NON-EQUITY ACTORS: If you would like to attend these Generals in-person, you may request an appointment by emailing auditions@kcactors.org with the subject line “General Audition Request” and your headshot & resume attached. Please see below for our in-person health and safety requirements!

AEA actors and non-Equity actors who cannot or do not wish to audition in person may submit a VIDEO AUDITION instead, by emailing a video file or link (along with your headshot and resume) to auditions@kcactors.org. Your video should begin with a brief introductory slate, including your full name. Please use the email subject line “General Audition Video Submission.” The deadline for video submissions is January 16.

At our in-person Generals, PROOF OF FULL VACCINATION must be provided upon arrival, and a mask must be worn at all times except while you are performing. Please practice physical distancing in all theatre spaces, and we encourage you not to arrive unnecessarily early or linger at the theatre after your audition.

Please be aware that KCAT is promoting a fully vaccinated workplace. All employees are required to be fully vaccinated prior to first day of employment and will maintain social distancing and sanitation protocols during rehearsals and performances.

Kansas City Actors Theatre is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and conscious casting, and we encourage performers of all races and ethnicities, gender identities, sexualities, abilities, and ages to audition for our productions. Please let us know if you require special services, assistance, or disability-specific modifications to fully participate.