Other Desert Cities
Audition Dates October 15-16 2017 , 7:00pm, Carmel Community Playhouse
Performance: January 26th-February 11th
- Jim Lamonte, Director
- Risa Krauter,Producer
- Jon Robin Baitz, Writer
- Type: Drama
2 Men, 3 Women
•Brooke Wyeth - Brooke is the central character. She has now recovered from a serious clinical breakdown which led to her being hospitalized and for which she is still taking medication. She has written a tell-all memoir about her family, specifically about her older brother Henry. Brooke and Henry were very close and she found her brother’s death incredibly difficult. She loves her family and doesn’t know if she can publish her book without their approval. She is also similar to her mother, as she doesn’t like any weakness though she doesn’t admit this to herself.
•Polly Wyeth - Polly is Lyman’s wife and mother to Brooke and Trip. She is elegant, outspoken and very smart. She is also controlling, calculating and observes people’s behavior. She has strong conservative views and is a believer in tough love, though members of the family feel that she is often harsh and makes people nervous. She is confident and says that she ‘knows who she is’. Polly also feels that she is constantly supporting other people, particularly her sister Silda who is a recovering alcoholic. She is a realist and fiercely dedicated to her family’s survival.
•Lyman Wyeth - The head of the family, Lyman is a sturdy man and a strong believer in American traditions and values. Lyman used to be a movie actor but then turned to politics and became an ambassador of the Republican Party. He communicates his opinions in a more diplomatic way than Polly. He is overprotective and worries for Brooke since her breakdown. He often tries to relieve moments of tension within the family, though shocks Brooke a few times when he rallies against her
•Silda Grauman - Silda is Polly’s sister. She is a recovering alcoholic and is currently staying with Polly and Lyman. Silda stands up to her sister several times, pointing out how harsh she is. Silda has helped Brooke to write her memoir and provided her with more detail about Polly and Lyman. Silda encourages Brooke to publish her book in the face of Brooke’s doubts. However, she does not tell Brooke that when Henry turned to her for help she was too drunk to be able to do anything. Silda has a volatile but loving relationship with her sister.
•Trip Wyeth - Trip is Brooke’s brother, roughly ten years her junior. He is a bright, funny man and is a TV producer. Caught in the middle between Brooke and his parents he wants to protect Brooke and believes she has the right to publish whatever she wants but also understands why their parents are pushing back. Baitz has stated that Trip’s way of surviving is to adopt a ‘let it go, it’s all fine’ attitude which is partly the reason why he is constantly called upon to make peace between Brooke and Polly. Trip feels that he has always lived in the shadow of his older brother Henry whom he never knew. He also isn’t actually as happy as he seems.
Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother, and her aunt. Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family's history—a wound they don't want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it.
Ragtime Version 2
Audition dates December 5th, 6th 2016 , 7:00pm, Carmel Community Playhouse
Performance: April 13-29th
- Doug Peet, Director
- Risa Krauter, Producer
- Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (composer/lyricist) and Terrance McNally Playwright
- Type: Farce Comedy, some mild adult language
- Length: 2 Acts, Approximately 80-90 minutes
Booker T. Washington the dominant figure in the Black community of the United States at the turn of the century Gender: Male, Age: 45 to 55, Vocal range top: E5, Vocal range bottom: C4
Ensemble - To play Citizens of New Rochelle and Harlem, Coalhouse supporters, reporters, and various other supporting roles
Coalhouse a proud, sophisticated man who fights to live within his social boundaries and then rebels against them when even that is not good enough, Gender: Male, Age: 25 to 35, Vocal range top: B5, Vocal range bottom: G3
Emma Goldman the Russian born radical anarchist in early 1900's New York City, Gender: Female, Age: 30 to 40, Vocal range top: D5, Vocal range bottom: E3
Evelyn Nesbit the beautiful vaudeville performer, famous for the murder of her high profile lover by her rich husband, Gender: Female, Age: 18 to 25, Vocal range top: D5, Vocal range bottom: B3
Father Rich. Conservative. Staunch in his ways but not intentionally unkind., Gender: Male, Age: 30 to 45, Vocal range top: F5, Vocal range bottom: A3,
Grandfather mother's conservative father. A retired professor. Irritated by everything, Gender: Male, Age: 50 to 65
Henry Ford an American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company, Gender: Male, Age: 35 to 45, Vocal range top: F5, Vocal range bottom: D4
Houdini the famous magician who immigrated to America and made a name for himself largely as an escape artist, Gender: Male, Age: 25 to 35, Vocal range top: G5, Vocal range bottom: C4
J.p. Morgan the rich, famous financier, Gender: Male, Age: 60 to 65
Little Girl Tateh's daughter, a young Latvian girl in a new home, Gender: Female, Age: 7 to 10, Vocal range top: D5, Vocal range bottom: C4
Mother A strong, kind woman who defies social norms to do the things she feels are right, Gender: Female, Age: 25 to 35,Vocal range top: E5, Vocal range bottom: G3
Sarah A washwoman who is adopted into Mother's home when Mother finds Sarah's baby in the garden, Gender: Female, Age: 18 to 25, Vocal range top: F5, Vocal range bottom: G3
Sarah's Friend A friend of Sarah's who attends her funeral, Gender: Female, Age: 18 to 25, Vocal range top: D5, Vocal range bottom: D3
Tateh A haggard, Latvian immigrant who dreams the "American Dream" for himself and his daughter, Gender: Male, Age: 30 to 40, Vocal range top: F5, Vocal range bottom: A3
Willie Conklin A racist volunteer fireman who destroys Coalhouse's car, Gender: Male, Age: 25 to 40, Vocal range top: F5, Vocal range bottom: D4
Younger Brother Mother's younger brother who has his heart broken by Evelyn Nesbit and joins Coalhouse in his protests towards discrimination. He is a young man in search of something., Gender: Male, Age: 20 to 30,Vocal range top: F5, Vocal range bottom: B3
Based on E.L. Doctorow's distinguished novel, Ragtime. Ragtime Version 2 explained https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EC8qQboWOwo
At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing… and anything is possible. Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together -- that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician -- united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Together they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America.
The Tony-winning score is just as diverse as the melting pot of America itself, drawing upon many musical styles from the ragtime rhythms of Harlem and Tin Pan Alley to the klezmer of the Lower East Side, from bold brass band marches to delicate waltzes, from up-tempo banjo tunes to period parlor songs and expansive anthems. A truly unique and powerful portrait of America, Ragtime is sure to inspire actors and audiences alike!
Is He Dead?
Audition Dates April 15-16 , 7:00pm, Carmel Community Playhouse
Performance: June 8th-24th
- Mark Tumey, Director
- Jan Jamison, Producer
- Mark Twain Writer, adapted by David Ives,
- Type: Comedy
- 7 male, 4 female
- Jean-François Millet/Widow Daisy Tillou
- Bastien Andre, art dealer and moneylender
- Marie Leroux, Millet's girlfriend
- Papa Louis Leroux, Marie's father
- Cecile Leroux, Marie's sister
- Hans von Bismarck ("Dutchy"), Millet's friend
- Phelim O'Shaughnessy, Millet's friend
- Agamemnon Buckner ("Chicago"), Millet's friend
- Madame Caron, Millet's landlady
- Actor in several small comic roles
Jean-Francois Millet, a young painter of genius, is in love with Marie Leroux but in debt to a villainous picture-dealer, Bastien Andre. Andre forecloses on Millet, threatening debtor's prison unless Marie marries him. Millet realizes that the only way he can pay his debts and keep Marie from marrying Andre is to die, as it is only dead painters who achieve fame and fortune. Millet fakes his death and prospers, all while passing himself off as his own sister, the Widow Tillou. Now a rich "widow," he must find a way to get out of a dress, return to life, and marry Marie.
Audition dates June 10, 11 2018 , 7:00pm, Carmel Community Playhouse
Performance: August 3 - 19
- Courtnie Janikowski, Director
- Dee Timi, Producer
- Caroline Smith, Writer
- Type: Comedy
- Length: 120 minutes
2 Men, 2 Women
DOLLY BIDDLE - 50s; a little cherub of a woman, prone to overweight but always going at top speed. She indulges herself with anything life has to offer whenever possible – even if it’s not good for her!? – and her creative imagination knows no bounds. She is intensely proud of her son Stephen, loves to dispense advice along with recipes for cabbage rolls and borscht and hates Isobel Lomax with an intensity usually reserved for detonating nuclear devices.
STEPHEN BIDDLE - 30s; a nervous, prematurely balding but decent young man who actually enjoys producing low-budget cable TV shows, even when his Mom is the star. Bright and capable, if somewhat shy, but always reluctant to confront Dolly on her many shortcomings. He’s not a fighter - he’d rather be a lover, but nobody’s asked him yet.
ISOBEL LOMAX - Thinks Martha Stewart could learn something about homemaking from her. She trained at the Cordon Bleu and enjoyed a successful career, including her own show “Busy Izzy”. Isobel likes people to think she has a much classier background than reality supports; she would never go out without being properly accessorized. At heart, she is a bright funny and articulate woman who has come to terms with the choices she made early in life.
ROB THE CAMERA GUY (or ROBERTA THE CAMERA CHICK) - Non-speaking role (except for one line!). Rob is a young “Goth” inspired person; Stephen is a little afraid of him/her. He/she cleans up the sets, resets props, carries the portable camera around during the “live broadcasts” and despite his/her appearance, is generally extremely efficient and precise. (Can be played by an actual ASM or production assistant.)
Isobel Lomax and Dolly Biddle are two "mature" cable-access cooking show hostesses who have hated each other for 30 years, ever since Larry Biddle dated one and married the other. When circumstances put them together on a TV show called The Kitchen Witches, the insults are flung harder than the food! Dolly's long-suffering TV-producer son Stephen tries to keep them on track, but as long as Dolly's dressing room is one inch closer to the set than Isobel's, it's a losing battle, and the show becomes a rating smash as Dolly and Isobel top both Martha Stewart and Jerry Springer!