Season 24 Auditions

SEASON 24 AUDITIONS

MAD COW THEATRE is excited to present our upcoming 24th season by celebrating the passion of being alive!

Mad Cow Theatre is seeking professional actors with strong dramatic and comedic skills for Season 24 productions. All roles are paid. AEA performers and Mad Cow work together under an Equity OAT contract.

ROLES + PRODUCTIONS

See Rock City 

By Arlene Hutton

 

We are casting the roles of Mrs. Gill and Mrs. Brummett at this time.

 

Mrs. Gill – Female, 40s - 60s. She is May’s mother who owns the home of the setting. Her husband pursues hobbies in the shed, and her son Charlie was just called back up for the military. She loves to cook and copes with wartime deprivation creatively. She is wise and patient. 

 

Mrs. Brummett – Female, 40s - 60s. She is Raleigh’s Baptist mother. She is disappointed in her son’s ambitions and the lack of grandchildren. She doesn’t believe in Raleigh’s epilepsy and thinks he is just lazy. A firm disciplinarian, she spanked her children. Deeply opinionated, she is not well educated but wants to do the right thing.

American Mariachi 

By José Cruz González

 

Note: Some actors play multiple roles.

 

Lucha Morales - Female, early to mid 20s, Hispanic. Bilingual. Vocal range: G3 - D5. Born in the United States, Lucha is a Mexican American young woman. Bilingual. She is the daughter of Amalia and Federico Morales. She struggles with her father’s expectations and dreams of one day becoming a nurse. She is the primary caregiver for her mother. She loves to sing and learns to play the violin.

 

Hortensia “Boli” Pérez - Female, early to mid 20s, Hispanic. Vocal range: G3 - G5. Boli is a Mexican-American woman who works as a hotel maid and later at a cannery. She is Lucha’s cousin. Boli is hungry to learn about the world. She is  fiercely loyal to and protective of her family and friends. She loves to sing and learns to play the guitar. 

 

Amalia Morales - Female, late 40s - early 50s, Hispanic. Bilingual. Vocal range: G3 - G5. Amalia is the Mexican-American mother of Lucha and wife of Federico. She is battling early-onset dementia and is mostly lost in the past except for a few  moments of lucidity. She sees and speaks to her deceased aunt, Tía Carmen. She used to play the violin, and she sings beautifully. 

  • She doubles as Doña Lola, an eccentric elderly lady who loves having her hair styled in the salon. 

 

Federico Morales - Male, late 40s - early 50s, Hispanic. Bilingual. Vocal range: A3 - D4. He is a middle-aged Mexican immigrant who came to the United States as a young man. He is Lucha’s father and Amalia’s husband. He works as a cook by day and performs as a professional mariachi by night and on weekends. He is not coping well with his wife’s illness and is haunted by the actions of his past. As a result, he has largely closed himself off from the world. 

  • He doubles as a choir member. 

 

Isabel Campos - Female, late 20s - early 30s, Hispanic. Bilingual. Vocal range: G3 - D6. She is Mexican-American and Mateo’s wife. She is shy and struggles to speak up for herself. Singing is her greatest passion, and she is part of her church choir. She learns to play the trumpet.

  • She doubles as a party guest.  

 

Mateo Campos - Male, late 20s - early 30s, Hispanic. Bilingual. Vocal range: E3 - A4 or G2 - A3). He is Isabel’s husband, and he struggles with the traditions of  “macho” culture and his love for his wife. 

  • He doubles as Drunk Uncle, Choir Member, Holy Roller Singer/Triangle Player/El Muchacho (guitar), and René and Rubén, Soyla’s twin cousins. René loves women, and he loves to dress them.  Rubén is always looking for a deal and complains when he doesn’t get it. 

 

Gabby Orozco - Female, mid 20s, Hispanic. Vocal range: G3 - B4. She is of Mexican-American descent and a born-again Christian. She lacks confidence, style, and experience in the world. Her Spanish isn’t so good either. She works as a baker at El  Águila Panadería. She sings and plays the electric bass at her church. She learns to play the guitarrón. She actively searches for guidance and companionship. 

  • She doubles as Berta, Drunk Uncle’s Wife, and Choir Member.  

 

Soyla Reyna - Female, early to mid 40s, Hispanic. Bilingual. Vocal range: G3 - G5. Born in Colombia, she immigrated to the U.S. as a young woman and is now the owner of Salón Superior de Soyla. She is always well put together. Savvy about the world, she is opinionated, self-sufficient, sexually confident, and supportive of the younger women. She sings beautifully and learns to play the vihuela.

  • She doubles as Party Guest, Sister Manuela, Nun, and Female Holy Roller 

Singer/Tambourine Player.

 

Mino Avila - Male, 40s - 60s, Hispanic. Bilingual. Vocal range: E3 - A4 or G2 - A3. He is Lucha’s Mexican godfather. He used to be close to Federico, but they haven’t spoken in years.  A mariachi, he is very wise, a music historian.He is a soft-spoken and humble man with a broken heart. He repairs music instruments in his garage. He plays guitar or vihuela.

  • He doubles as Padre Flores and Holy Roller Youth Pastor/Singer.

 

NOTE: Mariachis play live and underscore throughout and may also play Choir Members, Holy  Roller Band (acoustic guitar), and Los Muchachos. The  minimum mariachi instruments are violin, trumpet, guitarrón, and vihuela. Tía Carmen can be played as a calavera and should be a mariachi (violin).

 

Indecent 

By Paula Vogel

 

Note: All actors should be able to use Yiddish pronunciations.  

 

The Stage Manager, Lemml - Male, 30s - 60s, any ethnicity. He is our guide through the play. He appears as “a dusty figure in an old suit." He used to be a tailor in Balut. He speaks Yiddish. His American name is Lou. He is simple, truthful, and devoted. 

 

The Ingénue, Chana Mandelbaum - Female, 17 - 30s, any ethnicity. “All the brides, all the  grooms, the writers, the socialists. So ardent in their beliefs, so passionate in their lovemaking.” 

She also plays:

  • Rifkele - In GoV, she is the daughter, 17, pure and beautiful. 
  • Madje Asch - She is the young version of the playwright’s young bride. 
  • Elsa Helms - She is a Jewish actress in Berlin, 1907. She plays Rifkele. 
  • Immigrant - She transitions to America Chassid kick-line. She performs the song “Vat ken you makh?”
  • Ruth/Reina Popeska - In the 1922 NYC English version, she is cast to play Rifkele but has  language issues. She is Dine’s lover and is fired by Schildkraut. 
  • Virginia McFadden - She replaces Ruth/Reina in the English version. She is inexperienced on stage but portrays lesbian passion convincingly. She attended Smith. She is not Jewish and is eager to upset her family in North Carolina. 
  • Bagelman Sister - She is half of the 1938 singing duet. She performs “Bay mir bisti sheyn'' at Grossinger’s Catskills Resort during the interlude between 1923 and 1938. 

 

The Ingénue, Avram Zederbaum - Male, 20s - 30s, any ethnicity. “All the brides, all the  grooms, the writers, the socialists. So ardent in their beliefs, so passionate in their lovemaking.”

He also plays: 

  • Sholem Asch - He is a 23-year-old playwright who is idealistic and passionate about presenting  his community as they really are. He takes over reading Manke at Peretz.
  • Immigrant - He transitions to America Chassid kick-line and performs the song “Vat ken you makh?”
  • Morris Carnovsky - He is an actor in the American English version. In GoV, plays Shloyme, one of the pimps. He also helps with the translation. His real life bio can be found at:  

https://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and maps/carnovsky-morris 

  • Eugene O’Neill - He is a renowned American playwright. He wanted to defend GoV in court but was unable to due to script changes.
  • John Rosen - He is a Yale scholar who translates GoV and wishes to produce it in Connecticut. He comes to elder Asch as he prepares to leave America. 

 

The Middle, Halina Cygansky - Female, 30s - 40s, any ethnicity. “Members of the troupe who are in their prime… They play all of the vamps and all of the vice, the scarred, and the schemers.” She sings in German “Ich hab noch einen Koffer in Berlin.” 

She also plays: 

  • Manke - In GoV, she is a prostitute in her twenties, the beauty of Yekel’s stable.
  • Immigrant - She transitions to America Chassid kick-line. She performs the song “Vat ken you makh?”
  • Freida Niemann - In 1907 Berlin, she is a legendary actress who is not Jewish. She speaks Yiddish. 
  • Dorothee Nelson/Dine - In the 1922 NYC English version, she is cast to play Manke. She is Reina’s lover. 
  • Dr. Hornig - She is the 1923 doctor brought in to diagnose Sholem in New York. 
  • Bagelman Sister - She is half of the 1938 singing duet. She performs “Bay mir bisti sheyn'' at Grossinger’s Catskills Resort during interlude between 1923 and 1938. 

 

The Middle, Mendel Schultz - Male, 30s - 40s, any ethnicity. “Members of the troupe who are in their prime… They play all of the vamps and all of the vice, the scarred, and the schemers.” 

He also plays: 

  • Nakhmen - He attends a reading at the Peretz home. He is Lemml’s third cousin. He reads the role of  Manke the prostitute. Later in the play (1939-41), he appears, speaking multiple  languages and invoking his relationship with Asch in a failed effort to get himself and The Aratat Theatre Troupe out of Europe. 
  • Immigrant - He transitions to America Chassid kick-line and performs the song “Vat ken you makh?”
  • Harry Weinberger - He is a producer at the Greenwich Theatre. He announces potential Broadway show at Apollo Theatre and participates in rewriting scenes. 
  • Officer Benjamin Bailie - He is a member of the 4th Precinct Vice squad who arrests the actors and producer of the Broadway production for obscenity. 
  • Rabbi Joseph Silverman - He preaches at Temple Emanu-el condemning GoV after the  play is closed down. 

 

The Elder, Vera Parnicki - Female, 40s - 60s, any ethnicity. “Founding members of our troupe.  They play all of the fathers and mother, the sagest of our character, or the ones who remain fools at any age.” 

She also plays: 

  • Sarah - In GoV, she is the mother, a smart and ambitious ex-prostitute. 
  • Mrs. Peretz - She carries a vial of medicine to Mr. Peretz. 
  • Immigrant - She transitions to America Chassid kick-line and performs the song “Vat ken you makh?”
  • Esther Stockton - She is a middle aged actress in the US English version. She plays Sarah. 
  • Madje Asch - She is an older version of the playwright’s wife. 

 

The Elder, Otto Godowsky - Male, 40s - 60s, any ethnicity. “Founding members of our troupe.  They play all of the fathers and mother, the sagest of our character, or the ones who remain fools at any age.”

He also plays: 

  • Yekel - In GoV, he is the brothel owner and a father. 
  • Mr. Peretz - In Warsaw, he holds the first reading of the play in his home, during which he reads Yekel. He is dedicated to creating a Yiddish renaissance but is overwhelmed by GoV. 
  • Rudolph Schildkraut - He is a legendary stage actor in 1907 Germany. He both plays Yekel in Berlin and produces the play. He stays with the show. He is a dignified man.
  • Immigrant - He transitions to America Chassid kick-line and performs the song “Vat ken you makh?”
  • Bartender - He serves drinks to Lemml/Lou and O’Neill at the Hell Hole.
  • Judge McIntyre - He provides the verdict in the 1923 obscenity trial.
  • Sholem Asch - He is an older version of the playwright who has become disillusioned, anxious, and depressed about the state of the Jewish people in Europe. He is shocked at the alterations made to the play for Broadway. 

 

The Band: 

  • Mayer Balsam - Male, any age, any ethnicity. He plays the clarinet. He also plays Isaac
  • Nelly Friedman - Female, any age, any ethnicity. She plays the violin. 
  • Moriz Godowsky - Male, any age, any ethnicity. He plays the accordion. He also plays Lazar, who is assigned but refuses to read Rifkele at Peretz home.

Hurricane Diane

By Madeline George

 

Carol Fleischer - Female, 39, any ethnicity. She works in the compliance division of a pharmaceutical company. She has a big smile and big fantasies. She is concerned about curb appeal and loves her lawn very much. She hates permaculture. Her philosophy is “natural but neat, special but one hundred percent typical.” She is married to Bill. Ultimately, she becomes Diane’s nemesis.

 

Pam Annunziata - Female, 40s, any ethnicity. She has strong emotions and is unrestrained in her expression of them. She loves DIY and is always prepared for a crisis. She easily gets flipped out by the deer that come into the neighborhood, particularly because of the diseases they carry. She is married to Anthony, and they have sex every day, a policy instituted a year ago. She is pure of heart.

 

Renee Shapiro-Epps - Female, 40s, POC. She is an editor for HGTV magazine. She works out but is experiencing imbalances in her body: intolerances, injuries, and aging. She lived in a permaculture commune back in the day. She was a lesbian in college and proud of it. She is now married to Dan and has sex once a week. 

 

Beth Wann - Female, 30s, any ethnicity. Her husband recently left her, and she is in the middle of getting her divorce. She is petite, hesitant, and apologetic. While she appears vulnerable, she is physically strong. She clenches when she meditates, and she displays a wolf-like aggression in her spin class.

 

Diane - Female-identifying or gender non-conforming, 30s - 40s, any ethnicity. “May be played by any butch person who does not identify as male. The character is a butch dyke but the actor need not be—casting can run the spectrum of non-cis-male performers (Author’s Notes).” Diane is a “butch charm factory” with that combination of swagger and stillness particular to masculine-of-center women. She is a manifestation of Bacchus/Dionysus who wants to restore the natural world. She is very articulate.

 

Mad Cow Theatre is a 501(c)(3) arts organization funded by The State of Florida, State of FL Division of Arts & Culture, The Downtown Development Board, The Florida Theatrical Association, Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program, and members of the Central Florida community just like you. Mad Cow Theatre is a proud member of  MBA Orlando and the Downtown Orlando Partnership.