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Open Auditions: The Importance of Being Earnest

Open Auditions:
Sunday & Monday, February 16 & 17, 2020, at 7:00 pm

At the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
619 South Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601

The Importance of Being Earnest
By Oscar Wilde
Directed by Andrea Young

Performance dates: April 3 – 19, 2020

Don’t be shy, you were born to be a star! Join us at open auditions for The Importance of Being Earnest on February 16 & 17, 2020.

A trivial comedy for serious people, this Oscar Wilde classic features protagonists that maintain fictitious personas to escape their social obligations. Satirizing the carelessness with which people treat serious institutions like marriage, this subversive story will appeal to a wide range of malcontents and ne’er-do-wells.

Auditions will be held at 7:00 pm on Sunday & Monday, February 16 & 17, 2020, at the theater– 619 South Main Street in the Baird Hardware complex, next door to Akira Wood and across from Heartwood Soundstage.

No prepared monologues required– expect cold readings from a provided script. The full text of the play can be read here. British dialects are welcome but not required.

Performance dates are Fridays through Sundays, April 3 – 19, 2020.

Available Roles:

John Worthing – Male, Also called Jack. Masquerading as Ernest
Algernon Moncrieff – Male, Friend of John and Gwendolyn’s cousin
Rev. Canon Chasuble – Male, Rector on the Worthing Estate
Merriman – Male or Female, Algernon’s servant
Lane – Male or Female, Servant at the Worthing Estate
Lady Bracknell – Female, Gwendolyn’s mother and Algernon’s aunt
Gwendolyn Fairfax – Female, Algernon’s cousin and courted by Jack
Cecily Cardew – Female, Jack’s ward
Miss Prism – Female, Governess for Cecily.

Ages and genders are flexible, at the discretion of the director. All races, colors, sizes, genders, gender-identities and experience levels welcome! Although this IS an audition, we’re not judgmental, and we hope you feel welcome here and have a great time. If cast you will be compensated by the roar of applause and the joy of being part of the Acrosstown family.

We look forward to seeing you at auditions for The Importance of Being Earnest!

About the ART:

Founded in 1980, the ART develops new talent, plays, audiences and ideas while also celebrating and revivifying the great plays of the past. The ART provides a safe place where people of all ages, genders, races, and beliefs can create unsafe theater– thinking people’s theatre– theater that transforms.

We continually respect, and challenge:

  • ourselves as actors, designers, artists and visionaries to achieve more,
  • our audiences as living, thinking and feeling human beings to engage more,
  • other local theaters and arts organizations to collaborate more,

…and by doing so, help nurture and develop Gainesville, Florida into the center of arts and culture in North Central Florida.

As a 501c3 non-profit organization, the ART is especially dedicated to providing multi-cultural opportunities to the members of our community. The theater is open to all and presents experiences for which there are no other venues in the area. It is also entirely volunteer-staffed and operated.