AUDITIONS

Be a Part of the Show

Release your inner thespian and be a part of the Joe Jefferson Players family again or for the very first time! Auditions for upcoming performances are held approximately two and a half months prior to show dates. We welcome actors of all talents and ages as we cast for lead and supporting roles. With each audition, the director will provide expectations and requirements in advance, usually via our Facebook Events page, at least 3 weeks in advance of auditions.

Next Audition Opportunity: AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

Monday, October 30th & Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at JJP

The Joe Jefferson Players are holding open auditions for the third show of our 70th season, August: Osage County. We are friendly folks and we want everyone to do well. So whether you’re an old pro, or a first time auditioner, know that you are welcome!

August: Osage County
Written by Tracy Letts
Directed by Cathy Bouler

Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best New Play, August: Osage County centers around the Weston family, brought together after their patriarch, world-class poet and alcoholic Beverly Weston, disappears. The matriarch, Violet, depressed and addicted to pain pills and “truth-telling,” is joined by her three daughters and their problematic lovers, who harbor their own deep secrets, her sister Mattie Fae and her family, well-trained in the Weston family art of cruelty, and finally, the observer of the chaos, the young Cheyenne housekeeper Johnna, who was hired by Beverly just before his disappearance. Holed up in the large family estate in Osage County, Oklahoma, tensions heat up and boil over in the ruthless August heat. Bursting with humor, vivacity, and intelligence, August: Osage County is is both dense and funny, vicious and compassionate, enormous and unstoppable.

Tech Week/Dress Rehearsal: January 7-11, 2018

Show Dates: January 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 at 7:30 p.m. & January 14, 21, 28, 11 at 2:00 p.m.

Mandatory Set Strike Sunday January 28th following the performance

Feel free to download our Audition Form and come to the audition prepared!

Audition Form

Roles:

Available Roles:
Virginia Weston (Supporting): Female, 50-70
mother and matriarch, devious and cynical, suffering from mouth cancer, addicted to prescription drugs, mostly depressants and narcotics, experiences drug-induced episodes but is sharp-tongued and shrewd, aware of the family’s many secrets and not hesitant to reveal them for her own benefit.

Barbara Weston (Supporting): Female, 30-50
eldest daughter, mother of Jean and wife of Bill, though they are currently separated, a college professor, tries to gain control of her chaotic mother, dilapidated marriage, and pot-smoking 14-year old daughter, wants to save her marriage, but has intense need to control everything around her as it falls apart.

Ivy Weston (Supporting): Female, 30-50
middle daughter, stereotypical quiet librarian, mousy, only daughter to have stayed back home, teaches at local college, calm and patient exterior hides a passionate woman gradually growing cynical, secretly having an affair with her “cousin”, Little Charles, plans to move to New York with him.

Karen Weston (Supporting): Female, 30-45
youngest daughter, is newly engaged to Steve, whom she considers the “perfect man”, lives with him in Florida, planning to marry him soon, can talk of little but her own happiness even at her father’s funeral, chooses to lie to herself about her sleazy fiance.

Bill Fordham (Supporting): Male, 30-55
Barbara’s estranged husband and Jean’s father, a college professor, he has left his wife for a younger woman, one of his students, but wants to be there for his family, his marriage is disintegrating and his patience is slowly running thin.

Jean Fordham (Supporting): Female, ADULT WHO MUST APPEAR TO BE A TEENAGER
Barbara’s and Bill’s smart-tongued daughter, smokes pot and cigarettes, is a vegetarian, loves old movies and is bitter about her parents’ split, more naive than she would like to believe.

Keith Heidebrecht (Supporting): Male, 30-55
Karen’s fiancé, a Florida businessman (whose business, it is hinted, may be less than legitimate), not the “perfect man” that Karen considers him; sexually molests Jean after the two smoke pot together.

Mattie Fae Aiken (Supporting): Female, 45-65
Violet’s sister, Charlie’s wife and Little Charles’ mother, as jaded as her sister, constantly belittles her son and antagonizes her husband.

Charlie Aiken (Supporting): Male, 50-65
Mattie Fae’s husband and presumed father of Little Charles, a genial man, was lifelong friend of Beverly, struggles to get Mattie Fae to respect Little Charles.

“Little” Charlie Aiken (Supporting): Male, 25-40
son of Mattie Fae and Beverly but, like everyone else, believes Charlie is his father, unemployed and clumsy, his mother calls him a “screw-up”, is secretly having an affair with Ivy, his “cousin”.

Sheriff Deon Gilbeau (Supporting): Male, 35-50
high-school classmate and former boyfriend of Barbara’s.

Additional Roles:
Beverly Weston (Supporting): THIS ROLE IS NOT AVAIABLE
father and patriarch, an alcoholic and one-time world class poet, polite, soulful, melancholic and ultimately suicidal.

Johnna Monevata (Supporting): THIS ROLE IS NOT AVAILABLE
Cheyenne Indian woman, whom Beverly hires as live-in housekeeper shortly before he disappears, Violet is prejudiced against her, but she wins over the other family members with her cooking skills, hard work, and empathy, the silent witness to much of the mayhem in the house. is the most compassionate and morally grounded of all the characters, at times swoops in saving characters from despair and destruction.