Anna in the Tropics, 2016. Photo by Gregg Le Blanc.

Auditions

Open Auditions

Ross Valley Players holds open auditions for every show we produce. To receive all audition notices, please click HERE. We welcome you to join our wonderful group of collaborators in making professionally-oriented, high-quality live theatre in Marin. We are the oldest continually operating theatre company on the West Coast. Wonderful Non-AEA actors come from throughout the Bay Area to play on our historic stage. Our houses our well-attended, parking is free and easy, and we offer a stipend. We have been nominated for and have received Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, Dean Goodman Awards, and Theatre Bay Area Awards.

Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson

Directed by Chloe Bronzan

Auditions:

For an audition appointment, please email Steve Price, Co-Executive Producer here

Friday 6/21/2019 – 7:00-10:00pm @ The First Church of Christ, San Rafael
Sunday 6/23/2019 – 7:30-10:30pm @ The First Church of Christ, San Rafael

The First Church of Christ, Scientist , 1618 Fifth Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901. Once you arrive at this address (street parking is available and free) and you’re facing the church, walk up the left side of the church to Mission Street and take a right. The next door on the right is the entrance. Call the producer, Heather Shepardson if you need help or you are running late. Heather’s number is 415.328.3006.
 
What to prepare and bring:

– Headshot/Resume

– Be prepared to read from sides.  A monologue is optional.

– List of all conflicts between 12/02/2019 (1st rehearsal) and 1/15/2020 (final dress) on Mon.-Fri. evenings and Sat.-Sun. days and evenings  (please prepare the list ahead of time)

Callbacks:

Saturday 6/29/2019 – 6:00-9:00pm @ RVP

Sides: (Click to download script here)

ANNIE, WILLIAMINA & PETER
Start: p. 29 “Where on earth is she going?”
End: p.30 “Thank you.”

HENRIETTA & MARGARET
Start: p.9, Top of scene.
End: p.12 “Still Wisconsin.”

PETER & HENRIETTA
Start: p.13, Top of scene
End: p.15 “We’d very much like you to stay.”

ANNIE & HENRIETTA
Start: p.31, Top of scene
End: p.32 “That chance.”

All ethnicities encouraged.

Plot Summary: When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for the women’s probing theories. As Henrietta, in her free time, attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take measure of her life on earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love. The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and earth.
Director’s Note: Although this play is set in an earlier time period, it need not be acted as such. The phrasing and humor of Lauren Gunderson’s dialogue are contemporary. 

Characters

 
  • Henrietta Leavitt (LEH-vit): 30s, brilliant, meticulous, passionate, driven– almost always wearing a period hearing-aid.
  • Margaret Leavitt: 30s, homebody, domestic, grounded, creative, sweet, Henrietta’s sister.
  • Peter Shaw: 30s, the head astronomer’s apprentice, oversees the work of the ladies, confident, curious, sometimes stubborn, a good-hearted person who is unaware of his privilege.
  • Annie Cannon: 40s, the leader, confident, straightforward, unapologetic, intelligent, grows into a firebrand.
  • Williamina Fleming: 50s, smart as a whip and fun, started off as the head astronomer’s housekeeper and was eventually promoted to do lab work, Scottish. 
 
Rehearsals (at RVP Barn Theatre):

12/2/2019 – 1/15/2020  (15-20 hours per week)
Sun.-Thurs. evenings 7:00-10:00pm
And, some weekend days, TBA

Tech Rehearsals:

Sat. 1/11/2020 – Sun. 1/12/2020 10:00am-10:00pm

Dress Rehearsals/Previews:

Mon. 1/13/2020-Thurs. 1/16/2020 Call Time 6:00pm

Performances:  

January 17 – February 9, 2020

Thurs. nights – 7:30pm
Fri. and Sat nights – 8:00pm
Sun. matinee – 2:00pm

Strike:

Sun. 2/9/2020, immediately following final performance

Entire Commitment:

12/2/2029 – 2/9/2020

Stipend:

Marin and Sonoma County residents – $100
Any actors crossing a bridge – $250

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

Directed by David Abrams

Auditions:

Saturday 9/14/2019 – 1:00-4:00pm @ Ross Valley Players
Sunday 9/15/2019 – 6:30-9:00pm @ Ross Valley Players

For an audition appointment, please call Bob Wilson at (415) 461-8927 

What to prepare and bring:

– Please print, complete and bring the audition sign up form with your headshot and resume attached.  Click here to download the sign up form.  Additionally, a list of rehearsal and performance dates is available so any conflicts can be noted

– Prepare to read from sides (click here)

Callbacks:

Wednesday 9/18/2019 – 6:30-10:00pm @ Ross Valley Players

Performances:  

March 6 – April 5, 2020

Thurs. nights – 7:30pm
Fri. and Sat nights – 8:00pm
Sun. matinee – 2:00pm

 
Plot Summary: The Glass Menagerie is a memory play, narrated by Tom Wingfield about his family, living in reduced circumstances in a Saint Louis basement apartment in the late 1930’s.  His father has long since abandoned them, leaving his mother, Amanda, and sister, Laura, with only Tom’s meager salary to support them.  Amanda is unwilling to forget her earlier life as a popular Southern Belle and tries to re-create that world for her very shy daughter by attracting “gentleman callers” to court Laura.
The Glass Menagerie was Williams’ first successful Broadway play and received a Drama Critics Circle award when it first appeared on Broadway in 1945. 
 
Characters
 
  • Tom Wingfield (25-40) – A would be writer who supports the family working in a shoe warehouse, a job he hates.  Tom has the clearest vision of reality of any character, but cannot break loose of family ties and dreams.
  • Amanda Wingfield (50-79) – Former Southern Belle clinging to memories of her past and her illusions for the future.  Unwilling to acknowledge the reality of the lives she and her children face.
  • Laura Wingfield (20-30) – The fragile, shy and slightly disabled (she has a limp) daughter of Amanda who lives in a world of illusion and lovingly collects glass figures of animals. 
  • Jim O’Connor (25-40) – Tom’s co-worker in the warehouse, a former high school hero who remembers Laura from that time.  Jim accepts Tom’s invitation to dinner and unwittingly becomes the “gentleman caller” Amanda so desires. 

All body types are encouraged to audition.