Dacha Theatre CASTING for The Master and Margarita - a new adaptation of Bulgakov’s novel

Dacha Theatre

About the project and the company

Seeking actors, physical theater performers and puppeteers!

Dacha Theatre is casting for our upcoming production of The Master and Margarita, an original English translation and adaptation of The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, created and directed by Dacha Co-Artistic Director, Mike Lion.

The show will run March 22nd – April 13th at 12 Ave Arts

 

ABOUT THE SHOW:

​The Devil went down to Moscow…1930’s Soviet era Moscow that is. The Master is missing. His novel about Pontius Pilate was rejected, and he himself has disappeared. To find her lover, Margarita must embark on a journey that will bring her into contact with a mysterious foreigner and his otherworldly crew. This gothic Soviet fairytale, full of magical realism, and satire of greed and corruption is a sometimes charming, sometimes bewildering, always hilarious ride through a strange, but all too recognizable world.

Dacha’s production will be a new high energy “tra-adaptation” (translation + adaptation!) of the novel full of physical theater, ensemble movement sequences, clowning, and puppetry.  

Using an original script as a starting point, this process will expand beyond the text to incorporate a movement devising period that borrows from Frantic Assembly, Clowning, mask work, Viewpoints, and more to find a physical language that can bring this sprawling novel to the stage. 

 

PRODUCTION SCHEDULE:
Rehearsals: January 23rd  – March 21st

(Exact schedule TBD based on actor availability, typically 3-5 days/week, weekday evenings and weekend afternoons.) Actors will receive a general schedule at the start of the process. Exact calls will be sent out at the start of each week. Rehearsal locations will be split between a few rehearsal spaces located in Capitol Hill, Ballard, TPS, and the International District

Tech: March 16th – 21st. (Full days Saturday 3/16 and Sunday 3/17, evenings March 18 – 21)

Shows: March 22 – April 13

Location: 12 Ave Arts

 

COVID-19 EXPECTATIONS

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 bi-valent booster prior to the rehearsal process beginning.

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

Performers will be unmasked for shows; audiences may be unmasked.

 

Who we’re looking for:

We are looking to cast a diverse ensemble of 12-14 actors, physical theater performers, and puppeteers to play the wide array of characters in the novel. 

 

AUDITION INFORMATION:

Auditions will run in Dacha’s group audition workshop format, and be followed by callbacks. Auditioners should plan to stay for the duration of the section they sign up for.

Tuesday, December 12th

6:00pm – 7:45pm

8:00pm – 9:45pm

Wednesday, December 13th:

6:00pm – 7:45pm

8:00pm – 9:45pm

Thursday, December 14th

6:00pm – 7:45pm

8:00pm – 9:45pm

 

Callbacks: Sunday, December 17th and Monday, December 18th

To sign up, please complete this audition form: 

Auditions are by approval only. We will reach out to you if we would like to see you by December 10th.

 

Auditions and Callbacks will take place at Theatre Puget Sound.

Location of Audition

TPS

Audition requirements

See above

Character breakdown / Project needs
Extended Character List
Many of the characters from the list below will be double cast or combined and the ensemble will function as a chorus taking on many different characters throughout the show.
Margarita
30s or 40s. What if instead of visiting Wonderland, Alice grew up in Soviet Russia and found herself in loveless marriage? Female
The Master
30s or 40s. Then an acutely perceptive author. Now a tortured soul.
The Devil’s Retinue:
Woland
Ageless. A Foreign Consultant? A German Professor? Satan
Koroviev
Ageless. Satan’s frontman. Also known as Bassoon. Puckish. Talkative. Any gender, Demon
Azazello
Ageless. Satan’s hitman. Fiery. Impulsive. Great with a gun. Any gender, Demon
Hella
Ageless. Satan’s maid. Seductive. Dangerous. She will drink your blood. Female or non-binary, Vampire
Behemoth
Ageless, but in cat years. Satan’s fool. Literally a giant black cat who drinks vodka and cracks jokes. Cat Demon, may be a puppet
Jerusalem:
Pontius Pilate
Older. The fifth procurator of the Roman colony of Judea. Plagued by migraines. Male
Yeshua of Nazareth
20s or 30s. A certain wandering philosopher preaching the goodness of all people. POC; Male or non-binary
Matthew Levi
20s. Tax collector-cum-apostle. Writes down everything Yeshua says. Questionable accuracy. Male or non-binary
Judas
20s. Down on his luck. And it gets worse. Male or non-binary
Afranius
Age unclear. Head of the Roman secret police. Any gender
Moscow:
Berlioz
30s or 40s. Not the composer. Chairman of one of Moscow’s premiere literary associations. Ugh. Any gender
Ivan "Homeless"
20s. A young poet. Bad. Writes under the pseudonym Homeless, to sound extra proletariat. Any gender
Natasha
20s or 30s. Margarita’s maid. Faithful. Saucy. Female or non-binary
Bosoy
Any age. Chairman of the tenants association. Basically a crappy landlord. Any gender.
Variety Theater Staff
Likhadeev - Incompetent, Rimsky - Overworked, Varenukha - Prickly, Announcer - Vaudevillian.
Others
Critics, Famous Dead People, Tram Drivers, a renown Doctor of Psychology, secret police agents, and so many more.
​Please note that the gender identities listed reflect those of the characters as conceived in the current draft. We will be considering actors of all gender identities for all roles.
Additional information
Preferred method of submission

Email

Audition/Interview dates

December 12 - 14

Pay type

Stipend

Audition location

Seattle WA

Pay type

Performers will be paid an honorarium in the range of $200-300 for the production. Performers will be paid an honorarium in the range of $200-300 for the production.

Submission instructions

Please complete this form to be considered for an audition slot: https://forms.gle/jLrHYwoT6Nw4YoZh9

Union Requirements

Non-Union

Equity Contract

Non-Union