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Audition Dates for Spring 2022 Stage Center Theatre Productions

Stage Center Theatre welcomes all actors from the University community at all experience levels. Below are the audition dates, times and locations for this year, so please mark your calendars! Auditions for spring will be held via self-tape ("Tiny Beautiful Things" and "Babel") or Zoom ("Babel"). Please read the following carefully:

"Babel" Zoom Auditions

  • 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15
  • Tuesday, Nov. 16: Callbacks and self-tape submission deadline

"Tiny Beautiful Things" - Self-tapes only

  • Friday, Nov. 19: Self-tape deadline

Instructions to audition for "Babel"

Zoom auditions for "Babel" will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15 in five-minute slots by appointment only. The Zoom link will be provided once an appointment is set. Please email neiuauditions@gmail.com to select your slot. Then follow the instructions below to prepare:

  1. Initial auditions will be held via your choice of Zoom (live) or via self-tape (recorded). If you'd like to audition via Zoom, please email neiuauditions@gmail.com to schedule an appointment slot.
  2. As you email to request your appointment, please review the casting breakdown below on this page. Select the character for which you are most appropriate and for whom you'd like to audition. We will then provide you with sides (short cuts of scenes from the play or from multiple plays) via a Google Drive link for you to prepare in depth in advance. See the Audition Sides and Monologues section below for instructions.
  3. Unable to join us on those dates/times or prefer to self-tape? You may submit a self-tape audition to the team. Follow the above instructions for material and then submit a video audition to neiuauditions@gmail.com. Please make sure that the audio is clear and that the background is neutral and solid (like a plain wall or a solid-color sheet. Self-tapes ideally should be shot either from the shoulders up, close-up format or in three-quarters length from the knees up based on your space and preference. If using a phone to record, please record horizontally.

Instructions to audition for "TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS" 

  1. Initial auditions will be held via "self-tape" recordings of your work that will be shared with the director.  
  2. Follow the below instructions in Steps 3 and 4 for material and then submit a video audition to neiuauditions@gmail.com. Please make sure that the audio is clear and that the background is neutral and solid (like a plain wall or a solid-color sheet. Self-tapes ideally should be shot either from the shoulders up, close-up format or in three-quarters length from the knees up based on your space and preference. If using a phone to record, please record horizontally.
  3. Prepare a 60-90 second contemporary monologue from a play written in 2000 to the present. Please email a-goldstein@neiu.edu if you need monologue assistance. Additionally, we have included in our audition drive several monologue options appropriate for the shows that are currently casting. Please email Adam for the link.
  4. If you don't have a monologue or feel more comfortable working on a scene, never fear! We will provide you with sides (short cuts of scenes from the play or from multiple plays) via a Google Drive link for you to prepare in depth in advance. See the Audition Sides and Monologues section below for instructions.

Casting Breakdowns for Spring 2022

"Babel" by Jacqueline Goldfinger 

Playwright's casting note: The story takes place in a future society where racial, ethnic and gender bias has been generally replaced in mainstream culture by genetic bias. It is possible to chart and judge the genetic code of every individual before birth. As such, the casting is very flexible.

  • ANN, a female in her 20s-30s, Jamie’s wife, high-strung, innocent, naive, a woman of color.
  • JAMIE, a male in his 20s-40s, Ann’s husband, affable, friendly, apologetic.  (NOTE: THE STORK MASCOT is played by the same actor who plays Jamie, has the voice of a young Harvey Fierstein. Any race and ethnicity
  • RENEE, a female in her 20s-40s, Dani’s wife, nurturer, sensitive, confused, conscience of the play. Any race and ethnicity.
  • DANI, a female in her 20s-40s, Renee’s wife, has senior executive determination, competitive, decided, abrupt, judgmental, strong and sure. Any race and ethnicity.

Playwright’s character note:

When in doubt 
Choose compassion 
Choose faith 
Choose belief 
Choose laughter 
Choose love

"TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS" BY NIA VARDALOS AND CHERYL STRAYED

  • SUGAR (AKA Cheryl Strayed) - Female-identified, experienced/wise/mature - plays 30s/40s
  • Letter Writer #1 - Availability for any age/gender identification/performance - needs to be a good listener/storyteller/expressive/open/energetic
  • Letter Writer #2 - Availability for any age/gender identification/performance - needs to be a good listener/storyteller/expressive/open/energetic
  • Letter Writer #3 - Availability for any age/gender identification/performance - needs to be a good listener/storyteller/expressive/open/energetic