The Grapes of Wrath Auditions

Los Altos Stage Company is holding open auditions for The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, adapted for the stage by Frank Galati.

All roles are open for this timely classic of American literature.

The Joad family is traveling from Oklahoma to California to escape the ravages of the Dust Bowl. Fiercely proud but reduced to poverty, volatile young Tom Joad grows increasingly impatient with the intolerance and exploitation the family encounters on their journey. The Grapes of Wrath is a soaring and deeply moving affirmation of the indomitably of the human spirit, and the essential goodness and strength which resides in the hearts and minds of the “common man” throughout the world. LASC’s production of The Grapes of Wrath is directed by Jeffrey Lo.

We are looking to create a large and diverse ensemble of actors and musicians and will need performers of all ages (children, young people, middle aged, and seniors). We are also interested in all ethnicities, backgrounds and gender identities to tell this story. This is a large and epic tale, and many of the roles require double casting, playing two or three characters throughout the play. We are also looking for people with musical talent – singing or playing an instrument.

Please note: Open auditions for LASC’s production of American Night: The Ballad of Juan José will be happening concurrently and the director for this production, Rodrigo García, will be in the audition room for your audition. Please indicate if you are also interested in being considered for this production and review American Night: The Ballad of Juan José audition notice for more information.

Performance dates: Wednesday through Sunday, April 11 through May 5, 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: Tuesday, August 21 from 6 – 10 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 February 18, 2019.

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 (Major Character Descriptions)

Tom Joad – The play’s protagonist, and Ma and Pa Joad’s favorite son. Tom is good-natured and thoughtful and makes do with what life hands him. He lives fully for the present moment, which enables him to be a great source of vitality for the Joad family.

Ma Joad – The mother of the Joad family. Ma is introduced as a woman who knowingly and gladly fulfills her role as “the citadel of the family.” She is the healer of the family’s ills and the arbiter of its arguments.

Pa Joad – Ma Joad’s husband and Tom’s father. Pa Joad is an Oklahoma tenant farmer who has been evicted from his farm. A plainspoken, good-hearted man, Pa directs the effort to take the family to California.

Jim Casy – A former preacher who gave up his ministry out of a belief that all human experience is holy. Often the moral voice of the novel, Casy articulates many of its most important themes, among them the sanctity of the people and the essential unity of all mankind.

Rose of Sharon – The oldest of Ma and Pa Joad’s daughters, and Connie’s wife. An impractical, petulant, and romantic young woman, Rose of Sharon begins the journey to California pregnant with her first child.

Grampa Joad – Tom Joad’s grandfather. The founder of the Joad farm, Grampa is now old and infirm. Once possessed of a cruel and violent temper, Grampa’s wickedness is now limited almost exclusively to his tongue.

Granma Joad – Granma is a pious Christian, who loves casting hellfire and damnation in her husband’s direction.

Al Joad – Tom’s younger brother, a sixteen-year-old boy obsessed with cars and girls. Al is vain and cocky but an extremely competent mechanic, and his expertise proves vital in bringing the Joads to California.

Connie – Rose of Sharon’s husband

Noah Joad – Tom’s older brother. Noah has been slightly deformed since his birth: Pa Joad had to perform the delivery and, panicking, tried to pull him out forcibly.

Uncle John – Tom’s uncle, who, years ago, refused to fetch a doctor for his pregnant wife when she complained of stomach pains. He has never forgiven himself for her death, and he often dwells heavily on the negligence he considers a sin.

Ruthie Joad – The second and younger Joad daughter. Ruthie has a fiery relationship to her brother Winfield: the two are intensely dependent upon one another and fiercely competitive.

Winfield Joad – Winfield is the youngest of the Joad children.

Floyd Knowles – The migrant worker who first inspires Tom and Casy to work for labor organization.

Muley Graves – One of the Joads’ Oklahoma neighbors.

Agnes Wainwright – The daughter of the couple who shares the Joads’ boxcar toward the end of the story. Agnes becomes engaged to Al, who leaves his family in order to stay with her.

Male Ensemble 1 – Will play multiple characters

Female Ensemble 2 – Will play multiple characters

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