Join us for Stanford Summer Theater (SST)'s 15th Season, He's Funny That Way! -- Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett, featuring productions of Wilde's comic masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Bay Area theater legend Lynne Soffer, and Samuel Beckett's Happy Days, directed by SST Artistic Director Rush Rehm.
Stanford Summer Theater sponsors a festival every summer presenting professional live theater, an academic symposium, and a free film series for Bay Area audiences.
Actor rehearsals begin June 18, 2013. Earnest plays Thursday-Sunday, July 18 through August 11 (four weeks) in Stanford's Pigott Theater, and Happy Days plays Thursday - Sunday August 15 - August 25 (two weeks) in Stanford's Nitery Theater.
SST offers non-graduating Stanford undergraduates VPUE positions from 8 to 10 weeks, at $600 a week, beginning June 17 and running (maximally) through August 25, 2013.
In addition to actors, we're looking for an Executive Producer, a Publicity Director, a Ticketing and Box-Office Producer, and a Film Series/Outreach Producer, plus positions as Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager, Costume Design Assistant/Costume Run, and Technical and Stage Design Assistant. We have 12 full time (ten-week positions). Those interested in non-actor positions should also contact email@example.com to set up an interview.
The roles in The Importance of Being Earnest that are available are:
- Algernon Moncrieff
- Jack Worthing
- Gwendolyn Fairfax
- Cecily Cardew
- Lane/Merriman (one actor)
Those auditioning should be prepared to (1) memorize and present ONE monologue (selected from the "Monologues" document available for download to the right), and (2) read from the sides provided, also available for download to the right.
In the case of the character "Lane/Merriman," there is no monologue to learn. Simply prepare the appropriate side to read during the audition.
The directors are also auditioning for the role of "Willie" in Beckett’s Happy Days, and will consider all interested male actors for that role. There are no specific monologues or sides for "Willie;" your audition for The Importance of Being Earnest is sufficient for the directors' consideration.
Wilde’s Earnest calls for high style, bold, and seemingly larger-than-normal-life behavior, but that size and style must be melded with believability and truth. These characters are fabulous, large, "extended" ones, but they must also be true, real, committed human beings. Each one truly believes every word they utter even when uttered for effect. A perfect British dialect is not critical at the time of the audition, but you must demonstrate some ability/facility/ease in Standard British as it will be required for the production. Bring us your best attempt to the audition.
You will not be asked to present your own monologue.