American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose Auditions

Los Altos Stage Company is holding open auditions for the South Bay Premiere of American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose by Richard Montoya.

Hailed as a “boisterous, rollicking, surreal…journey into American history” by the Mail Tribune during its sold-out run at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Night: The Ballad of Juan José draws equally from pop culture and Shakespeare to mint a new kind of history play. Playwright Richard Montoya has crafted a provocative comedy about one man’s dream of becoming an American. LASC’s production of American Night is directed by Rodrigo García, Artistic Director of Teatro Visión.

Please note: Open auditions for LASC’s production of The Grapes of Wrath will be happening concurrently and the director for this production, Jeffrey Lo, will be in the audition room for your audition. Please indicate if you are also interested in being considered for this production and review The Grapes of Wrath audition notice for more information.

Performance dates: Wednesday through Sunday, January 24 through February 17, 2019 Wednesday-Saturday performances start at 8pm. Sundays start at 3pm.

Audition date: Saturday, August 18, from 10am-1pm.

Where: The Bus Barn Theatre, 97 Hillview Ave, Los Altos CA, 94022

Callbacks: Monday, August 20 from 6 – 9 pm. Callbacks will be held in Room 15 of the Hillview Community Center (97 Hillview Ave, Los Altos, CA 94022)

Rehearsals: Weekly, Sunday through Thursday, from 6pm-9pm (Sundays) and 7pm-10pm (Monday-Thursday). Rehearsals begin December 3, 2018.

Actor Stipend: $450 for rehearsals and performances.

Audition requirements: Please prepare a two-minute contemporary monologue. Please bring hard copies of your headshot and resume.

Please forward all questions and audition timeslot requests to Gary Landis, Executive Artistic Director, at garylandis@losaltosstage.org

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

Juan Jose – A Mexican citizen preparing for the US Citizenship test.

The following characters will double as multiple smaller roles (For this production, LASC is interested in seeing actors of all ethnicities and backgrounds for all ensemble roles.)

Male Ensemble 1 – Marachie Band/ Crooked Cop #1/ Cuoto/ Kyle The Bear/ Mexican Man/ Hobo 2 (Lefty)/Bob Dylan/ Another Man In Audience/Ice/Man In Turban/ Shark/ Farm Hand/ Juan Corona/Ronnie Burke/ Rabbi

Male Ensemble 2 – Marachie Band/ Crooked Cop #2/ Border Patrol Officer/ Teddy Roosevelt/Dona Tencha/ Hobo 1 (Pancho)/ Foley Man (Mr. Kishi)/ Man In Audience/ Sherriff Joe/ Sumo Wrestler/ Cuban Radio/ Abelardo (Juan Jose’s Father)/ Sect Woman 1/ Neil Diamante

Male Ensemble 3 – Skinny Tie 2/ Harry Bridges/ Nicholas Trist/ Lewis (Explorer 2)/ Man In Robe/Announcer/ Madrigal Singer/ Ice/ Fidel Castro/ Abe Lincoln

Male Ensemble 4 – Skinny Tie 1/ Johnny/ Calvary Officer/ Calvary Officer Blanchard/ Asian Man In Audience/ Ice/ Game Show Host/ Sect Woman 3/ West Virginia Coal Miner

Male Ensemble 5 – Ben/ Saint Adrian/ Padre/ Hop Ling/ Madrigal Singer/ Jackie Robinson/ Postal Worker/ African American Audience Member 1/ George Washington/ Sect Woman 2/ Statue Of Liberty

Female Ensemble 1 – Marachie Band/ Lydia/Cuevas/ Sakajawea/ Riala (Mexican Woman)/ Ralf Lazo/ Joan Baez/ Young Latina In Audience/ Ice

Female Ensemble 2 – Mrs. Finney/ Calvary Officer/ Clark (Explorer 1)/ Woman In Robe/ Cavalry Officer Seguin/ Woody (Singer)/ Anglo Woman In Audience/ Ice/ Spokes Model/ Shark

Female Ensemble 3 – Viola/ Border Patrol Officer/ Madrigal Singer/ Emit Till/ African American Audience Member 2/ Ice/ Ben Franklin/ Celia Cruz

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