Audition For Selling Dead C***’s Stuff to Fund Our Artistic Dreams!

Audition Instructions: 

We’re so excited you’re interested in audition for this project! We anticipate casting an ensemble of 6-8 actors, and are holding auditions until we cast on Oct. 3. If you see this audition late, or no time slots work for you, reach out and we’ll find a time/way to meet with you!

Our audition instructions below might feel a little intimidating, but rest assured, we’re really just looking forward to seeing you perform and getting to know what sparks your interest. If you’re struggling with the audition prep, just pick your favorite prompt and set a timer for 30 mins. Then bring in what you’ve managed to put together!

Contact Jacob at (408)427-7636 or Vanessa at (630)210-2771 with any questions!
We’ll have two rounds of auditions: a solo audition/interview, and a group callback. We’ll share  an audition form with you in advance of the first round. 
First Round Auditions 
Your first audition will be a 15 minute time slot with two components: 
  1. First, we’ll just have an informal chat with you about your experience with performing and art-making. We just want to get to know you! You can anticipate a range of silly to serious questions. Maybe things like: What’s a song you hate? How do you feel about dairy? What drew you to theater-making in the first place? 
  2. Then, we’ll ask you to share an example of your own work. Bring in a piece (original or using source material) that is in response to one (or more!) of the  prompts  on the next page. Your piece can be a monologue, a song, a dance, a performance, a staged dream, a painting, a piece of writing, recorded material…. We just ask that it involves a performance component. If you’re not sure how to develop the “performance component,” feel free to bring in the piece itself, and we can work on it with you! Your piece can be as short as 1 minute or as long as 6 minutes and does not need to be memorized, though ideally you’ve had a chance to practice before the audition. (Again, the piece you bring in can totally just be a monologue or a song, the way you’d prepare for any other audition. If you’re having trouble coming up with something, reach out to Vanessa or Jacob and they can help brainstorm ideas. Or  come to our audition workshop on Sep. 25th,  where we’ll help  you come up with your audition piece!)

Prompt #1 -  What is in your attic/basement/storage locker? Under your bed? What would it be like to dig that stuff up? What would you do with it if you had to use it right now? 

Prompt #2 -  What was your favorite outfit you’ve ever worn? What did it look like? What did it feel like? What did it sound like? What did it smell like? How did you feel wearing it? 
Prompt #3 -  To paraphrase Robert Wilson, if you put a baroque clock  on a baroque commode, it is not very interesting, but if you put a  computer  on top of a commode, you will see both items more clearly. What two disparate items would you place together? What are they doing in the same space? 
Prompt #4 -  What is an item you own that you would (or have) denied is yours if (or when) someone found it? Is it embarrassing? Shameful? Silly? Why? Would you feel different about it in a different context (with other people or in another place)? 
More info on the process and on callbacks is available in the attached audition packet!
Audition Materials: 
PDF icon audition_packet_-_sdcs.pdf (.pdf - 211.38KB)
Audition Times: 
September 26, 2021 - 8:30pm
September 28, 2021 - 6:00pm
September 28, 2021 - 6:15pm
September 28, 2021 - 6:30pm
September 28, 2021 - 6:45pm
September 28, 2021 - 7:00pm
September 28, 2021 - 7:15pm
September 28, 2021 - 7:30pm
September 28, 2021 - 7:45pm
September 28, 2021 - 8:00pm
September 28, 2021 - 8:15pm
September 28, 2021 - 8:30pm
September 28, 2021 - 8:45pm
September 29, 2021 - 6:00pm
September 29, 2021 - 6:15pm
September 29, 2021 - 6:30pm
September 29, 2021 - 6:45pm