auditions for dramatic comedy "Trouble in Mind"

Burien Actors Theatre

About the project and the company

Burien Actors Theatre (BAT) is seeking 9 actors, 4 Black and 5 White, for a production of the dramatic comedy Trouble in Mind, written by Alice Childress.

ABOUT THE SHOW

A talented and experienced Black actress has been cast in Chaos in Belleville, an anti-lynching play set to open on Broadway. She had paid her dues throughout the years, playing stereotypical supporting roles in second-rate shows, and is ready for her star turn. Chaos in Belleville, written by a White playwright, might not be quite as enlightened a piece as she’s been hoping for — but that doesn’t mean it won’t sell out.

And selling out is the question at the heart of Alice Childress’s comedy-drama, set in 1957 on the stage of a Broadway theater. A cast of multigenerational Black actors rehearse under the purview of a White director and stage manager, and as the rehearsal process unfolds, theater conventions and racial politics collide.

Trouble in Mind is a surprisingly funny yet deeply piercing look at the entertainment industry, racism, identity and ego.

AUDITION INFORMATION

Auditions are online via Zoom on Thursday, Nov. 2 from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 4 from 1 to 5 pm. Audition appointments will last 15 minutes and will consist of cold readings from the script. Auditioners are also asked to prepare 16 bars of a song of their choice to sing acappella. Sides will be sent via email.

Callbacks will be Saturday, Nov. 11 from noon to 5 pm, in person in Burien. Actors will only be called as needed, and not for the entire time period.

To audition, please make appointment, and email resume and headshot (or a list of recent experience and a recent photo of you) to auditions@battheatre.org, or call 206-242-5180 and leave a message.

If you have a conflict with audition dates but would like to audition, let us know. We may be able to work something out. If you have access needs, please let us know. If there is anything that will help make you comfortable in our auditions, please ask.

SHOW SCHEDULE

Approx. Jan. 2-Feb. 2: Rehearsals will begin via Zoom and will move to in-person rehearsals in Burien. Exact schedule TBD based on actor availability, 3 to 5 days per week, on weekday evenings and weekend afternoons/evenings. Actors will receive general schedule by start of process. Exact calls with work plan will be sent out by start of each week.

Feb. 3-8: Tech will be in Burien in the Theater at Kennedy Catholic High School. Plan on full days Saturday, Feb. 3 and Sunday, Feb. 4, plus full evenings Feb. 5 through Feb. 8.

Feb. 9-March 3: Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm in the Theater at Kennedy Catholic High School.

COVID-19 EXPECTATIONS

BAT has established protocols to minimize losing rehearsals or canceling performances due to Covid. All members of the team must be fully vaccinated and have received at least one booster by the start of the rehearsal process. While not required, we strongly recommend receiving the current (fall 2023) booster prior to the rehearsal process beginning.

All members of the team will be required to test regularly and report any possible Covid exposures.

Everyone will be masked during in-person auditions and in-person rehearsals until we get near tech. Performers will be unmasked for shows, but audience will be masked.

BAT will provide masks and tests as needed. Masking and other Covid protocols will adjust as needed to meet government requirements and/or enhance safety.

OTHER INFORMATION

There is free parking onsite and nearby, plus rehearsal and show location is about 6 blocks from Burien Transit Center.

Directed by Jasmine Lomax.

Audition requirements

Auditions are online via Zoom. Audition appointments will last 15 minutes and will consist of cold readings from the script. Auditioners are also asked to prepare 16 bars of a song of their choice to sing acappella. Sides will be sent via email.

Character breakdown / Project needs
Actors do not have to be the age or sex indicated for a character, but must be able to portray them. Roles are race-specific, as racism is a central theme in this show in a historical context.
WILETTA MAYER
Black. Female-identifying. 30s to 60s. A middle-aged actress, attractive and expansive in personality. Must be able to sing. Wiletta has been an actor for 25 years, but never a star. Her strength and anger are rarely on the surface. But when she is pushed, her temper flares and we see a woman who can fight the world.
HENRY
White. Male identifying. Late 70s. A veteran of 50 years in show business, first as an electrician and now the doorman. He’s Irish and proud of it. A real character--somewhat garrulous, a bit deaf.
JOHN NEVINS
Black. Male identifying. 20s-30s. A novice actor making his Broadway debut. He is a college graduate aspiring to rise to the top of his profession. He tries to look self-assured, but it is evident that he is new to the theater and fighting hard to control his enthusiasm. John is charismatic and ready to play the game to get ahead.
MILLIE DAVIS
Black. Female identifying. 30s-50s. An experienced actor who is not afraid to speak her mind. She is an intelligent, politically active, and impeccably dressed woman who knows how to make an entrance. Like Wiletta, she has spent her career performing Black stock characters, and she readily voices her dissatisfaction. Although she knows what is right, she also knows what she needs to do to keep her job.
JUDY SEARS
White. Female identifying. 20s. A young energetic actor who recently graduated from Yale Drama School. This is her professional theatre debut, and she is eager to please. When we first meet her, she is emotional and unsteady; life scares her. While earnest and well meaning, her innocent belief in her “progressive” attitudes can make her seem cloying.
SHELDON FORRESTER
Black. Male identifying. 60s-80s. He must be able to carry a tune. Like Wiletta, he has learned from experience how to keep his head down, get along, and say the right thing. His way of getting by is to always be polite and not make waves
AL MANNERS
White. Male identifying. Late 30s-60s. The play’s director, a Hollywood film director who is making his Broadway debut. Confident, passionate, but patronizing in his manner. Underneath a veneer of kindness, he can be self-concerned, tactless and manipulative. Calculating. Can’t take criticism.
EDDIE FENTON
White. Male identifying. 25-40. The stage manager and good-hearted sidekick to Al Manners. In Act 1, he is easygoing. As he absorbs the conflict around him, he grows visibly nervous and drawn.
BILL O'WRAY
White. Male identifying. 30s-50s. A seasoned and lauded actor. The only cast member who finds steady work. When playing a part, he is dynamic and radiates strength and power. When he is only himself, he is a shadow of a man, appearing worried all the time.
Additional information
Preferred method of submission

Other

Audition/Interview dates

Auditions are Monday, Oct. 2 and Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 6 to 10 pm via Zoom. If you have a conflict with audition dates but would like to audition, let us know. We may be able to work something out.

Pay type

Stipend

Audition location

Burien WA

Pay type

350 350

Callbacks or second audition/interview?

Callbacks will be Saturday, Nov. 11 from noon to 5 pm, and will be held in person in Burien. Actors will only be called as needed, and not for the entire time period.

Submission instructions

To make an appointment, please email auditions@battheatre.org, or call 206-242-5180 and leave a message. Please send a resume and headshot (or a list of recent theater experience and a recent photo of you).

Union Requirements

Non-Union

Equity Contract

Non-Union