Auditions for Dead Man's Cell Phone

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Auditions for Dead Man’s Cell Phone

Dean Man’s Cell Phone
Written by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Scott Ford

Performance & Rehearsal Information

January 11–27, 2019  (11 performances)

First read-through tentatively scheduled for scheduled for Monday, November 19th

Full performance schedule and show description can be found here

Potential rehearsal schedule can be downloaded here.

Note on Diversity and Inclusive Casting

Actors of all races and ethnicities are strongly encouraged to audition. Lyric Arts is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the casting of its productions and, therefore, urges actors of diverse backgrounds and those from underrepresented groups to audition.

Open Call Auditions

Monday, August 13
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 14
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Doors open for registration 15 minutes prior to audition start time.
Final registration accepted 30 minutes before the end of auditions.

Callback Auditions

Monday, August 20

Audition Preparation

Dead Man’s Cell Phone is a magical and astute little play by Sarah Ruhl.  A woman, Jean, sitting in a café answers the ringing cell phone of the recently expired man at the next table.  That fateful decision begins an odd and highly theatrical journey of love, connection, compassion, and morality as she encounters a handful of extraordinary characters - those closest to the dead man. Jean’s is a quest chock full of humor and heart and heartache. At its core, the play is about the absurdity of our attempts to connect with one another superficially and the power that comes from being fully present for each other.  We are looking for actors with brazen creativity and a willingness to unleash the inner oddball.

Please prepare a two-minute contemporary monologue.  You may also be asked to read from the script.

You can download or fill out our standard audition form here.

Character Descriptions

Jean, a woman:  From her initial decision to answer the phone she is driven by curiosity and kindness.  A little bohemian and awkward.  Quirky, likable, empathic, genuine.  30s

Gordon, a dead man:  A charismatic man of questionable ethics, Gordon was/is a catalyst for strong emotions in those who orbited closely around him.  Among other challenges this actor will tackle a four-page monologue. 30-45.

Mrs. Gottlieb:  Gordon’s mother:  An outspoken and pampered woman without much of a filter.  A touch extravagant in manner and dress.  She is not shy about her grief.  Lacks empathy.  50-70.

Hermia:  Gordon’s widow.  Had a moral revulsion to Gordon’s work, but misses him more than she imagined she might.  Sexually frank after she’s had a few cocktails.  30-50.

Dwight:  Gordon’s younger brother.  Sells stationary.  Overshadowed by Gordon in life and death.  An appealing nerd.  Unaware of his own quirky charms.  25-45

The Other Woman (doubles as The Stranger):  Gordon’s mistress.  An international woman of mystery.  A film noir femme fatale type.  Skilled with a tube of lipstick.  The Stranger is a shady and dangerous foreigner.  Both roles require dialects.  25-45

Additional Information

  • Stipend paid.
  • All auditions are held at Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, 420 E Main St, Anoka 55303.
  • Auditioners will be seen in the order they arrive. No appointments are necessary.
  • Please come prepared with headshot (or other non-returnable current photo) and résumé, if available.
  • Please arrive with a calendar outlining all possible conflict dates between the first read-through and the final performance. (No conflicts for tech week or performance dates will be accepted.)
  • Age ranges listed in character descriptions signify the age of the character to be played.
  • All other questions about auditions—including those regarding audition conflicts—should be sent to our auditions e-mail.