Open Theater Auditions
Open auditions are held for each Allens Lane Theater (ALT) production. ALT encourages and practices non-traditional casting. Callbacks may be scheduled at the director's discretion.
If you would like to add your resume and headshot to our talent file, which is available to all directors, please send to ALT, 601 West Allens Lanereet, Philadelphia, PA 19119.
Auditions may be attended by other directors for the purpose of observing potential talent for future productions.
Keely and Du by Jane Martin, Audition Notice
Directed by Scott R. Grumling (By The Water) and T. Patrick Ryan (26 Pebbles)
Characters (2F, 2M, 3 Extras M or F) Male and female actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to audition
- Keely (Female Lead, Any Race, Age 21-30): Pregnant rape victim seeking abortion; She’s not ready to have children and may resent the child if carried to term.
- Du (Female Lead, Any Race, Age 65+): Right to life activist that would give up her life to ensure the safety of Keely and her unborn child; she could be anybody’s grandmother
- Walter (Male Supporting, Any Race, Age 40-55): Zealously religious right to life activist that is the head of Operation Retrieval; can be prone to anger when things don’t go his way.
- Cole (Male Featured, Any Race, Age 21-35): Keely’s Ex; Keely’s pregnancy is a result of Cole raping her; he is prone to anger & violence; has been “saved” by the members of the pro-life Operation Retrieval
- Extras (Two Orderlies and a Prison Guard (M or F, Any Race, Any Age)
The Story: Keely, a pregnant rape victim is kidnapped by a right-to-life organization and brought to a secret location where they will hold her until her last trimester, when she will be released. Du (an elderly woman and member of the organization) has the responsibility for overseeing Keely and making sure that she is well attend to during her “imprisonment”. Upon her release in the third trimester, Keely will have no choice and must carry the child to term and either raise it as her own or give it up for adoption. A primary focus of the play is the delicate and surprising development of the relationship between two diametrically opposed women (both in principle, age, and background). Also the issue of forgiveness—forgiving those who wrong us or who don’t understand or won’t listen—and even forgiving ourselves for actions that we engage in that are for all intents and purposes inevitable, especially when our freedom of choice has been removed, is a primary focus.
Audition Dates: by appointment only; walk-ins will be seen as time permits; Monday, October 21st 7:00 PM – 9:45 PM; Wednesday, October 23rd 7:00 PM – 9:45 PM; callbacks, Sunday, October 27th 6:00 PM – 8:45 PM.
Show Dates (9): March 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 2020 at 8 PM; March 8, 15, 22, 2020 at 2 PM.
Audition Location: Allens Lane Theater, 601 West Allens Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19119.
Audition Format: Readings from the script; 1-2 minute (maximum) monologue for those auditioning for the roles of Keely or Du.
Pay: A stipend will be paid at the end of the run.
Contact: To schedule an audition time Email your headshot and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions can also be directed to that Email address.
Other Information: Those auditioning for the roles of Keely and Du should have minimal rehearsal conflicts between the dates of December 1st and March 5th. Rehearsals will generally be held three days per week between the dates of December 1st and March 5th, depending on cast availability. The rehearsal schedule will be flexible for December holidays. Please bring your calendar to the audition and be ready to make note of ALL conflicts you have during the period of December 1st and March 5th.