Metamorphoses Auditions

Gallery Players announces auditions for the upcoming production of Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman. Director, Barrie Gelles; Producer, Cathy Cosentino / Gallery Players; Composer, Nehemiah Luckett; Choreographer, Barrie Gelles. Non-Equity only, one-time stipend of $100. Submit by Sunday, July 14.

The show runs September 14-29 for a total of 12 performances. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8pm with additional matinees on Saturday (2pm) and Sunday (3pm). Rehearsals begin Saturday, August 10, evenings and weekends (possibly some weekdays depending on actor availability). All auditions, rehearsals, and performances at Gallery Players, 199 14th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215.

Seeking 14 Cast Members

We are looking for actors who can play multiple roles. All roles are open to all actors. Performers of all races and ethnicities, all genders and gender expressions, all cultural heritages/backgrounds, all body types as well as disabled and non-disabled performers are encouraged to submit. We are seeking an inclusive, diverse cast.

Audition Information

Actors should prepare:

  • a video recording of a 1-2 minute monologue in the style of the show (contemporary but lyrical). Actors can use a contemporary piece, a classical piece if it has a contemporary translation, or even song lyrics or a poem.
  • Optional: actors may include 16 bars of a song (contemporary ballad or folk song), sung a cappella is preferred.

 

All submissions must be received by 11:59PM on Sunday, July 14.

 

Please complete our digital audition form to submit your video, headshot, and resume HERE

Callbacks will be held, in person, at the theater on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21. Script sides and other requirements will be sent via email as necessary. Dance/movement auditions will take place at callbacks as well as select acapella singing auditions.

Character Breakdown for Metamorphoses

We are looking to cast an ensemble of actors to tell transformative stories and, therefore, the description of the ensemble is more important than the description of the archetypal characters. Every actor will be double cast in three or more roles (46 parts played by 14 actors). Furthermore, every actor will be appearing in several transition scenes that take place throughout the production. We are looking for actors who are excellent movers and work well with devised narrative movement pieces. We are looking for some singers, musicians, and dancers for certain scenes/roles. The play is not being staged in a pool of water – instead, there will be movement pieces set to original compositions and stage magic to create the stories. Though the characters are based on ancient myths, the play is contemporary, and the interpretation of each of the characters is likewise contemporary.

Most of the characters can be interpreted as any gender and played by an actor of any gender. Characters marked with an asterisk (*) are recurring characters. The same actor will play them in all scenes. In addition to the list below, there are other narrators, humans, deities, and spirits in the play.

Characters in order of appearance:

      Narrators (many)
      Woman by the Water
      Scientist
      Zeus*
      Three Laundresses
      Midas
      Midas’s Daughter (to be played by an adult)
      Silenus
      Bacchus
      Ceyx
      Alcyone
      Hermes*
      Aphrodite*
      Iris
      Sleep
      Erysichthon
      Ceres
      Spirit of the Tree
      Erysichthon’s Mother
      Poseidon
      Hunger
      Orpheus
      Eurydice
      Hades
      Vertumnus
      Pomona
      Cinyras
      Myrrha
      Nursemaid
      Apollo
      Phaeton
      Therapist
      Eros
      Psyche
      Q & A
      Baucis
      Philemon

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Metamorphoses
What does it mean to be human? How do we understand our place in the world? What does it mean to truly change? These are the questions posed in this sensational, Tony-winning play. Taking inspiration from Ovid’s famous tales, Mary Zimmerman adapts ancient myths into modern day stories using contemporary language, delightful humor, and breathtaking moments of sincerity. Filled with theatrical magic, Metamorphoses promises epic stories that change everything, perhaps even you.