Albany Civic Theater announces auditions for:
How I Learned To Drive
by Paula Vogel
Directed by Evan Jones
Audition dates: May 16 & 17, sign ups will begin at 6:30pm at Albany Civic Theater
Performance Dates: Preview Performance on 9/8, Opens 9/9 and runs Friday, Saturday, Sunday until 9/25
Rehearsals will begin in mid to late June.
THE STORY: A wildly funny, surprising and devastating tale of survival as seen through the lens of a troubling relationship between a young girl and an older man. HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE is the story of a woman who learns the rules of the road and life from behind the wheel.
PLEASE NOTE: This play deals with very sensitive subjects including child abuse and sexual assault. All auditioning must be comfortable performing in a play with these themes.
Seeking 5 performers of any ethnicity for the following roles:
Lil’ Bit: Lead, Female, 30-45 physically around 35, but plays the character from age 11 to present
day. Was described at age 12 as having a body that looked 20. In part due to a traumatic event at age 11, in some ways she has grown up much quicker than she should have, but at the same time often portrays a typical teenager. Has a very complicated relationship with her uncle. Must be able to transition to and from different periods in her life easily. Also should be versed in performing both comedic and dramatic
Uncle Peck: Lead, Male, 35-55 physically around 45, but plays the character from age 38. A good-looking and charismatic man. A former alcoholic and Marine veteran who will not open up about his troubles. Can be both a great comforter and a cause of great discomfort. Has a very complicated relationship with his niece. Must be able to portray this character through highs and his lows.
Female Greek Chorus Member: Supporting, Female, 25-45 to play Lil’ Bit’s mother, Aunt Mary, and classmates. In addition, serves as part of this play’s interpretation of a Greek Chorus. Must be able to be able to transition from bluntly hilarious to painfully serious.
Male Greek Chorus Member: Supporting, Male, 25-45 to play Lil’ Bit’s grandfather, a high school classmate, waiter, and a young man Lil’ Bit encounters on a bus. In addition, serves as part of this play’s interpretation of a Greek Chorus. Comedic timing is essential, as well as the ability to seamlessly transform from one character to another.
Teenage Greek Chorus Member: Supporting, Female, 18-30 to play Lil’ Bit’s grandmother, a high school classmate, and directly narrates as Lil’ Bit. In addition, serves as part of this play’s interpretation of a Greek Chorus. Has arguably the widest age range of characters in the show. Her roles can be both incredibly vulgar and brightly innocent.
Auditions will consist of reading from audition sides.
If you have any questions, please reach out to director Evan Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org