GENERAL AUDITION INFORMATION AND POLICIES
Auditions for Theatre Northwest productions are open to IU Northwest students, regardless of academic major. In addition, auditions are open to members of the Gary area community. In the case that two actors are equally suited to a role, preference will be given to the IU Northwest student.
No previous theatre experience is required to audition.
Students majoring or minoring in theatre are required to present a 60 second monologue at auditions to be considered for casting.
Rehearsals are held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6-9 pm for up to 8 weeks prior to opening. Additional weekend rehearsal times will be added as opening approaches. Those auditioning must be available for a majority of the rehearsals and must declare rehearsal conflicts before being cast.
Auditions are generally held at the beginning of each semester for all Theatre Northwest productions unless otherwise noted.
Theatre Northwest’s production of
A psychological drama by Henrik Ibsen adapted by Jon Robin Baitz in 2002
Who: ANYONE! Auditions for Theatre Northwest productions are open to IU Northwest students, regardless of academic major. In addition, auditions are open to members of the community. No previous theatre experience is required.
When: Monday, September 14, 6-7pm Monologue auditions (majors/minors only), 7-9pm Open Auditions
Tuesday, September 15, 6-9pm Callbacks (actors unable to attend on Jan 28 are welcome to attend)
Where: Theatre Northwest On Grant (3660 Grant Street, Gary), three blocks west of campus next to Arts on Grant and AutoZone.
How to Prepare: Wear comfortable clothes (soft clothing, athletic shoes) and be prepared to read from the following cuttings from the script:
Scene A - Miss Tesman and Berta - pgs 8-9
Scene B - Hedda and Mrs. Elvsted - pgs 22-24
Scene C - Hedda, Dr Tesman and Brack - pgs 27-29
Scene D - Hedda and Lovborg - pgs 44-46
Scene E - Hedda and Brack - 57-60
Scene F - Lovborg, Mrs. Elvsted and Hedda - pgs 60-62
Scene G - Hedda and Dr Tesman - pgs 67-69
Synopsis: The play takes place in the new residence of George and Hedda Tesman, Christiana, Norway in the late 1890s. Fresh from their honeymoon trip abroad, George (a stuffy history professor) and Hedda (the most popular and sought after woman in town) arrive to their lavish new home. Surrounded by a fawning admirers and pressured to have children and domesticate, Hedda is an intelligent and capable woman trapped and powerless.
Roles (7 roles, 4 women and 3 men):
Hedda (Gabler) Tesman – The Daughter of a wealthy general who has recently died. Popular, attractive, intelligent, but bored, lonely and growing desperate at the way her life is progressing. Senior Theatre Major, Amanda Tomczak as her T490 Capstone Project, will play this role.
Dr. George Tesman – A stuffy academic who recently received his doctorate in history. He is very good at organizing and categorizing data, but not so good at understanding his wife. He has gone deep into debt in order to buy luxuries for his wife to live in with the expectation of starting a new job at the University.
Miss Julia Tesman – George’s elderly aunt who cares for her dying sister in their nearby home. She is thrilled that George is married and eager for a new baby in the family, but is worried that Hedda is “too expensive” for her nephew.
Mrs. Thea Elvsted – Wife of the Commissioner Elvsted, but has run away to follow Lovborg, with whom she is in love. She has been Lovborg’s partner in writing his two new books, but fears that he may return to drinking at any moment.
Judge Brack – A powerful older man and close friend of George and Hedda. Although he is a very respected man in public, behind closed doors he has “decadent” tastes.
Eilert Lovborg – A historian whose recent book has gotten a lot of attention and put him in competition with Tesman for a University post. Also a former suitor of Hedda, an jealous of her marriage to Tesman. Finally, a recovering alcoholic, whose will power is hanging by a thread.
Berta – A lifelong employee of the Tesman family, she serves as the housemaid for the new estate.
**ALL ROLES can be played by ANY actor regardless of age or race.**
CREW POSITIONS: There are always opportunities to be involved backstage at Theatre Northwest. We are looking for those with interest and/or experience with stage management, costumes, properties, lighting, set construction and painting. Contact Tim O’Donnell, Technical Director, firstname.lastname@example.org.
REHEARSALS: Rehearsals will be held Monday –Thursday, 6-9 pm, between September 17 and November 4. Additional weekend rehearsal times will be added as opening approaches. Those auditioning must be available for a majority of the rehearsals and must declare rehearsal conflicts before being cast.
PERFORMANCES: Performance Dates: Nov 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 at 7:30pm, as well as Nov 8 at 2:30pm.
CLASS CREDIT: You can receive academic credit for your involvement with this show by registering for 1 credit of T168 THEATRE PRACTICUM. Contact Kathy Arfken, Assoc. Professor of Theatre, email@example.com for more information.
OTHER QUESTIONS: Contact Mark Baer, Asst. Professor of Theatre, firstname.lastname@example.org
Audition dates: January 19 and 20, 6-9pm
All other information TBA