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Dominion stage's commitment to diversity

Dominion Stage celebrates the diversity found in our audiences, our community, and on our stage.  Our diversity is evident in the shows we select, the makeup of our organization, and in our casting.  If we have failed to make this clear in the past, we sincerely apologize.  

Factors that do NOT influence casting:
Factors that DO influence casting:
*unless play specifies required race

Audition Process

Auditions are usually two weeknights; pick one. Bring a resume and a headshot, but if you don't have these, we can take your picture and you can list experience on the audition form.  In the sign-in room, you'll fill out an audition form, and conflict calendar (dates you are not available for a rehearsal or performance).  There will be role descriptions, and "sides" or selected scenes from the script.  You'll be called in singly or in groups.  You may do a prepared monologue, or cold readings from the script, depending on what the director has requested. For musicals, you'll also be taught basic dance steps, and sing a song you've prepared in advance (please bring the sheet music).  Callbacks: Some actors will be "called back" for a second time, by invitation.  If you are not called back, this only means the director doesn't need to see you a second time. Casting: Actors who are cast will be notified by telephone.  Actors who are not cast will receive an email.  The date these calls and emails will be made will be clarified at the audition.

NOTE: If under 18, a parent or guardian must accompany you to the first audition.  Some shows may be limited to actors 18+.

Auditions for
Boston Marriage

BY David Mamet

Directed by Matthew Randall

AUDITIONS: Tuesday and Wednesday, November 1 and 2, 2022 7PM - 9:30PM
CALLBACKS (by invitation only): Thursday, November 3, 2022
AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD AT: THEATER ON THE RUN, 3700 SOUTH FOUR MILE RUN, ARLINGTON, VA

PERFORMANCE DATES: January 27, 28, February 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 2023
All performances at 8pm
Performances will be at: THEATER ON THE RUN, 3700 SOUTH FOUR MILE RUN, ARLINGTON, VA

Audition Process

Auditions will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 1 & 2, 2022 from 7:00 – 9:30 PM at Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive in Arlington. Auditions will be conducted on a first come, first served basis. Last sign-in will be at 9:00 PM. Auditioners will be asked to perform cold readings from the script, sides from which will be provided at the audition.

The best trio of actors will be cast, especially the pairing of Anna and Claire.  Open to all ages (20s minimum) and ethnicity.   

Bring an acting resume and headshot to your audition if you have them. Not having them will not disqualify you from being cast. We will need all conflicts listed at auditions, so check/bring your calendar and be prepared to list conflicts between November 7, 2022 and February 12, 2023 (Strike).

*We are committed to diverse, inclusive casting. We invite and celebrate all performers of varying ages, sex, ethnicities, disabilities, race, national origin, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Description of the Show

Celebrated playwright David Mamet’s Boston Marriage is a wickedly sharp drawing room comedy about two fashionable, upper-class women involved in a “Boston marriage,” a Victorian euphemism for a long-term, intimate relationship between two unmarried, financially independent women. The New York Post called the play “...one of the funniest American comedies in years... a wildly witty, biting satire about barely repressed desire, hostility between social classes, and decorous vulgarity.”

Roles & Character Descriptions

3W / 20s on up. 
No specific ethnicity; all are invited to audition.
Timeframe is very early 1900s. 

Anna
- Shares a romantic history with Claire.  Currently being kept in a stylish townhouse, by a married man unaware of her background. She is intelligent, sarcastic, acerbic, excitable. Anna and Claire speak in carefully-enunciated, Victorian-era American, likely perfected in finishing school. 

Claire
- Believes she has fallen in love, and calls on Anna, seeking a safe place to bring the (much younger) girl, for an afternoon tryst. She is intelligent, dry, sarcastic, nurturing, love-struck.   

Catherine -
Anna's Scottish maid whom the two ladies mercilessly taunt throughout the play. Actors reading for Catherine are asked to attempt a Scottish accent; a dialect coach will be available for the production. She is a country girl from a Scottish isle, lonely, overwhelmed, bullied by the two ladies.

Rehearsals

Rehearsals will be between November 7 and January 26, with breaks for Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Approximately 3 weekdays and some Saturdays, depending on actor and crew availability and conflicts.

Covid-19 Policy

All cast and crew must be fully vaccinated. Dominion Stage will follow any additional guidance provided by state and local authorities.

Performances

Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 P.M. There are no Sunday or Matinee performances unless noted.

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