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Open Auditions for all my Sons at Westchester Playhouse

 

October 20, 2022

Kentwood Players will hold open auditions for ALL MY SONS by Arthur Miller on Saturday, November 12, from 9:30am – 12pm, and Sunday, November 13, from 6 – 9pm at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90045. Callbacks will take place on November 14, from 7 – 10pm by appointment only. This is a non-equity, all-volunteer production directed by Ben Lupejkis, and produced by Alison Boole and Colleen Okida for the Kentwood Players with rights secured from Dramatists Play Service, Inc. Performance dates are Friday, January 20 through Saturday, February 11, 2023, on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm.

The age-old capitalistic struggle of “profit over people” that prompted the infamous House Un-American Activities Committee to question playwright Arthur Miller’s patriotic loyalties is on full display in ALL MY SONS. In his Tony Award winning play, Miller creates a post-war American family in a tragic downfall of material greed, lies, love, and loss. It demands we examine our own ethical responsibilities to ourselves, our neighbors, and all at-risk sons (and daughters) of American conflict.

Those auditioning must be fully vaccinated, with mask wearing required indoors unless onstage. Please read the play before auditioning to become familiar with the characters and be prepared to read from the script. No appointments are necessary to audition; just arrive to allow time to sign-in and complete paperwork during scheduled audition times. Please bring a current headshot and resume as well as your calendar as a rehearsal schedule will be posted and you will be asked to note any conflicts. For more information and sides, please send an email to allmysons@kentwoodplayers.org.

Please consider taking the Metro K Line to Kentwood, exiting at the Westchester/Veterans station at Hindry and Florence, just a short one block walk from the Westchester Playhouse at Hindry and 83rd. More information at https://kline.metro.net/#welcome. Free street parking is available on 83rd Street and in the adjoining neighborhood, but not on Hindry Avenue, with left turns restricted on the corner of Hindry and Florence. So please read all traffic and parking signs carefully when you arrive to audition.

Character Breakdown:

All roles are open to all ages, genders, ethnicities, and physical abilities. Non-traditional casting will be observed. Please see playable ranges below.

Joe Keller (50 – 60) is the protagonist and patriarch of the Keller family. A heavy man of stolid mind and build, a businessman, but with the imprint of the machine-shop worker and boss still upon him. When he reads, speaks, or listens, it is with the terrible concentration of the uneducated man, a man whose judgements must come out of experience and a peasant-like common sense. A man among men.

Kate Keller (50 – 60) is Joe’s devoted and protective wife. She is a woman of uncontrolled inspirations and an overwhelming capacity for love.

Chris Keller (to play 32) is idealistic and believes in the ethos of Man. Like his father, solidly built, a listener. A man capable of immense affection and loyalty.

Ann Deever (to play 26) is the former fiancée of the missing brother. Invited back to the neighborhood by Chris. She has a gentle nature but, despite herself, is capable of holding fast to what she knows.

George Deever (to play 32) is Chris’ contemporary and Ann’s brother, but quite different in robustness and demeanor from Chris. A lawyer, he arrives with a purpose and damning information, but does his best to remain restrained and open-handed.

Jim Bayliss (40s) is a doctor unhappy with the daily practice of medicine. He’s a wry self-controlled man, an easy talker, but with a wisp of sadness that clings even to his self-effacing humor.

Sue Bayliss (40s) is rounding forty, a woman who fears she’s passed her attractiveness. Protective of the lifestyle a doctor’s life affords.

Frank Lubey (32 – 35) is a pleasant, opinionated man, uncertain of himself, with a tendency toward peevishness when crossed, but always wanting it pleasantly and neighborly.

Lydia Lubey (to play 27) is a robust, laughing girl of twenty-seven. She’s a very skilled homemaker.

Bert (8 – 10) appears twice in the first act. An inquisitive, energetic, and somewhat persnickety “neighborhood watch” member. May be played by a boy, girl, or non-binary child. In the play, the character will present as male.

Kentwood Players is a nonprofit theatre group dedicated to enriching, educating and entertaining our community through the transformative power of live theatre while creating an environment for inspiring human potential. As a 501C3 organization, donations to Kentwood Players are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. For more information about Kentwood Players including our current and future productions and auditions, please visit the Kentwood Players website at http://www.kentwoodplayers.org. You can also find Kentwood Players information on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

 

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