Tuesday, May 15, 2007


2007 - 2008 Season General Auditions

Audition Date: Friday June 15th and Saturday June 16th
Audition Time: Fri: 2-5 and 6-9; Sat: 10-1 and 2-6
Audition Location: Herberger Theater Center - Rehearsal Hall 222 E Monroe Phoenix, AZ 85004
Casting Protocol: By Appointment Only, 602-253-6701 x100
Headshot and Resume: Required
Callback Time/Location: Throughout the season - based upon generals
Character Breakdown:
The Lieutenant of Inishmore - 7M / 1W
The Pursuit of Happiness - 3M / 2W
A Christmas Carol - Multiple Roles
The Busy World is Hushed - 2M / 1W
Speak Spanish To Me - 2M / 2W
Prepare: 2 contrasting monologues of no more than 4 minutes in length. A song may be substituted for one monologue but be advised that a piano, accompianist or playback device will not be provided. Please bring headshot/resume stapled together.
Rehearsals Begin: August 21, 2007 - May 11, 2008
Run Dates: See Website for Show Specific Information
Payment: AEA - Equity Contract
Crew Needed: Always looking for over hire and run crew.
Additional Info: Actors Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to non-traditional casting. Artists of all color are encouraged to audition.
Primary Contact: Louise Howaniec
Contact Title: Office Manager
Contact Phone: 602-253-6701 x100
Contact Email: lousie@actorstheatrePHX.org

Anyone interested in auditioning must provide a recent headshot and resume at the time of the audition and prepare two contrasting monologues totaling no more than four minutes combined. Musical theatre artists may substitute 16 bars of music for one monologue. All auditions are by appointment only on the dates announced.

Children are used in the production of A Christmas Carol only unless otherwise announced, and auditions are held separately. Parents or guardians with children under the age of 16 interested in auditioning, should first send a headshot and resume to Actors Theatre no later than October 1, attention: A Christmas Carol/Casting.

Call the Actors' Equity Association Hotline at 888.266.1731 x108 or visit www.durantcom.com.

Please send a current headshot and resume to:
Actors Theatre
PO Box 1924
Phoenix, AZ
Attention: Casting

Monday, May 14, 2007

Saying Goodbye to The Pillowman

by Kane Anderson

It's always weird at the end of the show. Sometimes as an actor I feel like I have reached all I wish to explore with a role. Sometimes I feel like I've reached all I can stand of other actors. Sometimes it's just been many many weeks and I want a break and to catch up on what's happened on Heroes! But this production has been a pleasure throughout. I could keep doing it (y'know, were I not leaving for Moscow). It is with a heavy heart I say goodbye to The Pillowman.

Some might say "But, Kane-you had a lot of downtime for the show, right?" (Uh...there are no small roles, only small paychecks. Thank you.) This show just sticks with me. Not just because of the fascinating arguments for and against the responsibilities of the artist. And not just because I see brilliant performances from some amazing actors who challenge me to be better each night. But because it is a good play with great people. And, to be honest, it's going to be hard to go back to doing theatre where I don't get to crucify little girls. It's like a drug-once it is in your system...

But seriously, Matthew, April, Christian, Cale, Jon, Oliver, Kerry & Hannah have been great to work with. I will miss Christian's funk music playing before the show. I will miss Cale's somewhat obsessive compulsive dental hygiene (flossing flotsam landed on me nightly). I will miss Cory (our FX guy) showing me how to make creative wounds between scenes. I will miss our little stylist Hannah giving a very imperturbable Kerry advice on how to do her hair for the show (the green highlights didn't make the cut). I will miss Jon vividly enacting out the "Little Jesus" story...a lot. I will miss Oliver giving me great career advice and sharing some truly "fierce" personas. I will miss our great costume mistress Emily doing my laundry. Gods, will I miss Emily doing my laundry!

Anyway, all the best to everyone at Actors Theatre who made The Pillowman a great experience. Hope to see you all again soon! (Really, Matthew, I can work anytime...please call me. Please. I work cheap.)

Be well, my Pillow-peeps!


PS I won't miss paying Hannah every time I swear. I'm in grad school at ASU. So I swear a lot. That's why I finally just paid up front. It was cheaper at the bulk rate. =)

Monday, May 7, 2007

On Finals & Controversy

by Kane Anderson
May 4th, 2007

So today I took my last two finals. If you haven't had to combine two graduate school finals together in one day, I suggest avoiding it. They burn.

Anyway, I was asked why my blogs are so complementary of my castmates. Well, the first answer is that it would be grossly unprofessional to post blogs that are mean and heartless and sardonic on the Actors Theatre blog (but ask about my personal blog if you like that sort of thing). The second and perhaps more genuine answer is that I do truly like and respect everyone in this cast and crew. As intern guy, I have that unspoken inferiority complex that any minute my colleagues may snap their fingers and ask me to fetch them coffee (just try it Cale...) but that's just my own madness. Everyone here has been great. So there.

What has been weird-for me at least-is the reaction some people have to The Pillowman. Yes, it's got a mature audiences label and some controversial issues arise. And sometimes this has led to discussion about the responsibilities of the artist. Should we be hyper-conscious about the social implications of our chosen productions? Should we worry about the reactions stemming from what we present (or represent!) onstage?

I don't think so.

I'll spare you the arguments from Plato and Aristotle but I think we can make art for art's sake. In the play, writer Katurian suggests that the only duty of a storyteller is to tell a story. And it's true. With The Pillowman, we are bringing a story to an audience. And it's not a story like you have heard before. That's a rare contribution to make as an artist. What is exciting about Actors Theatre is that they tackle some wild topics without hesitation. This company hungers to tell stories that are sometimes confrontational, sometimes unpopular and sometimes bizarre but all of the plays are good stories that are worth sharing. Next season features more daring work-and some of may make The Pillowman seem tame. I believe that what an audience takes from my work is hopefully some entertainment and some new thoughts about the world around them. Any story that can do both is worth sharing.