Script Review: January 28, 2019

Audition: February 10, 2019

Epic Proportions

by Larry Coen and David Crane
Directed by Jeremy Sony
Stage Manager Sara Weaver

Synopsis

Set in the 1930s, this comedy tells the story of two brothers who go to the Arizona desert to be extras in the huge Hollywood Biblical epic "Exeunt Omnes". Before you know it, Phil is directing the movie, and Benny is starring in it. To complicate matters further they both fall in love with the same woman, not to mention the gladiator battles, the Ten Plagues and a cast of thousands.

Meet the Director

Jeremy Sony has worked on close to 20 productions and projects at Curtain Players in various capacities as an actor, director, writer, and designer; this will be his third main stage directing assignment following AACTFest and OCTA award-winning productions of Darkside and The Guys. On stage, you may have seen him in Curtain Players productions including Inventing Van Gogh, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, and Greetings!, and more recently in the Simply Staged reading of his play Sleepy Hollow: The Lost Chapter. Sony has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Playwriting from Ohio University. His plays have been staged locally at Curtain Players, MadLab, Available Light, and LTOB. Sony is a Curtain Players past president and currently serves as a Trustee on the CP Board of Directors.

Performance Dates

May 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, & 18, 2019 at 8:00PM
May 5 & 19, 2019 at 2:00PM

A Curtain Panels audience talkback follows the May 5 matinee.

When

Where

Script Review takes place at:
Westerville Public Library
126 S. State St., Westerville, OH 43081

Auditions and performances take place at:
Curtain Players Theatre
5691 Harlem Road, Galena, OH 43021

What to Expect at the Script Review

Curtain Players offers a script review session for each of its productions as a help for actors seeking roles, but attendance is not required to audition. The event is an opportunity for actors to become acquainted with the community theatre organization, to discuss the play with the director, and to ask questions about the audition process, rehearsal period, and production plans. Those interested in working behind the scenes are also invited to attend.

The director will have many of the audition sides to be used at auditions available for preview at this script review.

What to Expect at Auditions

Curtain Players conducts open auditions for its productions. Roles are not cast in advance. Casting decisions are made by the director and a casting committee comprised of a member of the theatre board, a general member of the organization, and individuals of the director's choosing.

For this production, initial readings will be cold reads from the script. Every effort will be made to give actors equal chances to read. Resumes and head shots are helpful but not required.

Curtain Players has donated two copies of the script to Westerville Public Library for general circulation.

Curtain Players conducts one evening of auditions for each production. In the event that someone wishing to audition is not available to attend on the appointed date, an early audition may be requested of the director. The early audition will be granted solely at the director's discretion, subject to availability of the casting committee.

Requests for an early audition for Epic Proportions must be made no later than Monday, January 28 (by the script review).

Questions related to the audition process may be directed to production@curtainplayers.org.

Rehearsals

A detailed, yet flexible, rehearsal calendar will be available at the script review and auditions (the final calendar will be determined upon casting). Until then, here's a general timeline for this show's rehearsal process and performances:

A table-read / table-work night (and company organization meeting) will be scheduled the week of February 24.

Blocking rehearsals will begin the week of March 3, likely at Friendship Village of Columbus (off 161).

Rehearsals will typically run Monday - Thursday 6:30pm - 9:00pm. Not all actors will be called to every rehearsal, and some rehearsals may have separate call times for different actors depending on scene work needs. We will endeavor to optimize our time together and be efficient with our scheduling.

Rehearsals move into the Harlem Road playhouse the week of April 8.
Set build will take place the weekend of April 13 & 14.

Rehearsals will be suspended for the Easter holiday from Friday April 19 - Sunday April 21 (though set build/painting may take place on April 19 & 20 for those available).

Rehearsals will resume 4/22.

If needed, additional set painting / scenic work will take place April 27.

Tech rehearsals will begin 4/28.

Schedule of Tech week & Performances (please note these dates as they are required for all cast and run crew):

  • Sunday, April 28 - Tech Sunday
  • Monday, April 29 - Dress rehearsal
  • Tuesday, April 30 - Dress rehearsal w/photos
  • Wednesday, May 1 - Final Dress
  • Thursday, May 2 - Preview Performance (w/ audience)
  • Friday, May 3 - Opening Night
  • Saturday, May 4 - Performance
  • Sunday, May 5* - Matinee Performance & Talkback
  • Friday, May 10 - Performance
  • Saturday, May 11 - Performance
  • Friday, May 17 - Performance
  • Saturday, May 18 - Performance
  • Sunday, May 19 - Final performance & Strike**
*Note that due to Mother's Day falling on May 12, we will have our first matinee during opening weekend (and not perform on Mother's Day)
**Everyone is required to stay after the final show to assist with strike.

Character Descriptions

The show is designed for 8 actors to play about 30 characters (and a cast of thousands). The script calls for 3 men and 1 woman to play four of the roles, and 4 cast members (flexible casting) to play everyone else. Any ages listed below are approximate and pulled from the script; looking for people to play in these ranges.

We are casting 8 actors for this production (note, these roles are divided among the actors as they were in the Broadway run of the show):

  • Benny Bennet – (Man - casting for 20s-30s) Small town guy with big Hollywood dreams; an extra looking for his big break, a bumbling sidekick type who wants to be the hero. (NOTE: must comfortable with kissing and sword fighting).
  • Phil Bennet – (Man - casting for 20s-40s) Benny's older brother, looks "like a character out of Grapes of Wrath"; organized and sensible. The kind of guy things generally go well for. (NOTE: must be comfortable with kissing and sword fighting)
  • Louise Goldman – (Woman - casting for 20s-40s) Dresses neat, organized, an actress from Alaska who ended up Assistant Director in Charge of Atmosphere Personnel; a great mix of sweet and feisty, she's tougher than she looks. (NOTE: must comfortable with kissing and mild stage combat)
  • D.W. DeWitt – (Male - casting 40s +) Older, experienced, maybe eccentric director, goes a bit Heart of Darkness, but funny.

NOTE: The following four FLEX ACTOR roles are grouped as they were originally on Broadway; as the script lists them as flexible casting, roles offered may shift according to cast breakdown. Overall, it's important to note that these roles require the ability to embody multiple characters and really run with that. We'll use costuming, mannerisms, posture, voice work, etc., to find ways to create distinct characterizations for this cast of thousands.

  • Flex Actor #1: Jack Kramer (driven assistant director) – Also plays Conspirator, Roman General, Egyptian, Guard, Brady, Gladiator
  • Flex Actor #2: Shel Silverman (stressed production designer) – Also plays Conspirator, Extras, Egyptian, Guard, Executioner, Gladiator
  • Flex Actor #3: The Queen (a.k.a. Estelle, the lead actress) – Also plays Conspirator, Extras, Egyptian Dancing Girl, Cochette the costume designer
  • Flex Actor #4: Octavium (a.k.a. Wally, a Julius Caesar type) – Also plays Slavemaster, Extras, Egyptians, Queen's Attendant, Cochette's Assistant, Gladiator (NOTE: must be comfortable with stage falls, falling down stairs, and mild stage combat.)