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OPEN AUDITIONS: Majestic Readers’ Theatre Company presents If I Forget



If I Forget

By Steven Levenson

Director: Robert Leff

Open Auditions: Must be submitted by 5:00 PM, Tuesday January 5th

Rehearsal Timeframe: January - February 12th

Performances: To be streamed February 27th and 28th



The Majestic Theatre (a division of the City of Corvallis Parks and Recreation department) is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and to creating a safe place for actors of all backgrounds to explore their craft. We are particularly eager to work with artists of color and other artists from marginalized communities. All auditions are free and open to the public. This audition is for an amateur, volunteer production. The Majestic Theatre staff and volunteers do not discriminate on the basis of age, national origin, race, gender, ethnic background, disability, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation.


SHOW TYPE

Majestic Readers’ Theatre Company - This show will be primarily rehearsed via Zoom but will include in-person tech rehearsals and filming dates on the Majestic Theatre mainstage in-person with COVID-19 precautions over a one week period. Participants will be required to come to the theater for the filming unless arrangements are made. The performances will be presented via Vimeo and will utilize the Pick What You Pay $10-20 online ticket system. A link and a password will be sent to all ticket holders and will be provided to cast and crew.


SHOW SYNOPSIS

In the final months before 9/11, liberal Jewish studies professor Michael Fisher has reunited with his two sisters to celebrate their father’s seventy-fifth birthday. Each deeply invested in their own version of family history, the siblings clash over everything from Michael’s controversial scholarly work to the mounting pressures of caring for an ailing parent. As destructive secrets and long-held resentments bubble to the surface, the three negotiate -- with biting humor and razor-sharp insight -- how much of the past they’re willing to sacrifice for a chance at a new beginning. IF I FORGET tells a powerful tale of a family and a culture at odds with itself.


FROM THE DIRECTOR Robert Leff

On a basic level, IF I FORGET, is about adult children dealing with the failing health of a parent. At the same time, the characters are wrestling with the idea of what it means to be a Jew in the 21st century. Levenson does not take a side and nothing is resolved at the end. The characters are complex and interesting. Steven Levenson also wrote the book for DEAR EVAN HANSEN.


PREPARATION NOTES

Please pick the side for the character you are auditioning for, record it with your cellphone or webcam and email to docral@proaxis.com. I am looking for seven actors who work well together. Auditions videos must be submitted by 5:00 PM on Tuesday January 5th. If needed, I will arrange a time to hear you read with other people. If you want to be considered for more than one role, please also record that character's side.


In addition to your video, please list no more than three of your best or most recent performing roles including the play title and what theatre. Also, please list your height and the age range you can portray, your cell phone or landline number and your email address.

Zoom Rehearsals begin Jan. 11th and will be 3-4 times a week. Actors will be called only when needed. All actors are needed for Tech Week at the Majestic, Feb. 8 - 12. IF I FORGET will be streamed Feb. 27th and 28th.

SHORT VIDEOS OF THE ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6XstQPtNlg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r37lhV7XJiQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvKMSZ1Dopw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOriLdHr0mM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGoQj4iIhWM



CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS


NONE OF THE CHARACTERS HAVE AN ACCENT.


LOU FISCHER

Character Age: 75

Character Race: White

Character Ethnicity: Jewish

Desired Actor Gender: Male

Lou appears in 4 of the 10 scenes, In the second act, he sits in a chair and doesn’t speak.

A Jewish WWII veteran, proud of his family and Jewish heritage. Now retired, he is the landlord of a store that has been in the family over 100 years. His wish is to pass on this legacy to the next generation, but his children have other plans for the store.


HOLLY FISCHER

Character Age: 48

Character Race: White

Character Ethnicity: Jewish

Desired Actor Gender: Female

Holly appears in 9 of the 10 scenes.

Lou's oldest daughter. Jewish, but only goes to synagogue a couple times a year. Her dress and manner reflect a lifestyle that comes with being married to a successful lawyer. She thinks highly of herself, is brash, and freely speaks her mind, often times at the expense of others. Despite all this, she means well and genuinely cares for her family.

MICHAEL FISCHER

Character Age: 45

Character Race: White

Character Ethnicity: Jewish

Desired Actor Gender: Male

Michael appears in 9 of the 10 scenes.

Lou's son. Cynical, self-centered, slightly neurotic, and a workaholic. A Jewish Studies professor who happens to be an atheist. Seeking tenure, he writes a manuscript about the Holocaust and dedicates it to his father. When his father does not acknowledge the dedication, Michael becomes uneasy, adding to his already strained relationship with his family.

SHARON FISCHER

Character Age: 39

Character Race: White

Character Ethnicity: Jewish

Desired Actor Gender: Female

Sharon appears in 7 of the 10 scenes.

Lou's youngest daughter. Jewish. Sentimental and proud of her heritage. A kindergarten teacher and Lou's primary caregiver. Strongly resents her siblings for being too consumed in their own lives to help deal with their ailing father's welfare. Tired of unfair treatment by her older siblings, she stands up for herself

and their threats against the family’s legacy.

ELLEN MANNING

Character Age: 43

Character Race: White

Character Ethnicity: Non-Jewish

Desired Actor Gender: Female

Ellen appears in 7 of the 10 scenes.

Michael’s wife. Not Jewish. Kind, calm, and the voice of reason when tensions arise between Michael and his siblings. Supportive of her husband’s career, but eventually realizes the stress of his work may be too much for their relationship to handle.

HOWARD KILBERG

Character Age: 51

Character Race: White

Character Ethnicity: Jewish

Desired Actor Gender: Male

Howard appears in 5 of the 10 scenes

Holly's husband. Joey’s stepfather. Jewish. A corporate lawyer. Bit of a pushover and foolish, but his intentions are noble. Not fully welcomed into the family by his in-laws, he awkwardly inserts himself in conversations to feel included. When the family does acknowledge him, they are usually looking to him for financial support.

JOEY OREN

Character Age: 16 (I will consider males,16-23, who can pass for 16)

Character Race: White

Character Ethnicity: Jewish

Desired Actor Gender: Male

Joey appears on 5 of the 10 scenes. He comes in and goes out in most of them.

Holly’s son. Jewish. At times he is bored because his cousins are not there. He cares about his family.

SIDES

LOU - This was 1947. In Washington, the blacks, they couldn’t go into any of the department stores. At Haberman’s, we had good merchandise, we carried what they wanted, we had fair prices, and we didn’t care what color you were. It didn’t matter to us. The Habermans were German. They’d been in Washington for two generations already. My family, we were Russian, right off the boat. So we were. . .they looked down on us. They were snobbish. That’s OK.

HOLLY - Everyone says, “interior decorator,” “interior design.” I thought let’s do somethings different. Let’s do something fun. “Spaces and Places.” Isn’t that fun? But, it’s going to be very upscale. Very concierge. And this architect, we’ve been really getting into the plans. Especially since, when Dad got sick, I thought — um, hello? Wake-up call. We can’t keep waiting on this. I know how much he loves that Spanish family, but you’re talking about, we need someone living here with him, taking care of him? Well, guess what? He needs someone in that store who’s going to pay real money.

MICHAEL - The Holocaust has been used, the idea of the Holocaust, to distort American Jewish life, and discourse, and culture, since the 1960s. Until today, now it’s now, I mean go into any synagogue in America, the Holocaust is now the centerpiece of Jewish life. The lynchpin that binds us together is suddenly, it’s not culture anymore or food or religion — it’s certainly not religion, with the number of American Jews that actually practice their religion — it’s the six million. And we’ve been manipulated, all of us, our entire lives, to feel constantly victimized, constantly afraid.

SHARON - I just spoke to Rod again. He says, they’re all pulling for you, down at the store, the whole family. Eduardo wanted to come and bring you flowers. I said, Ed, what is Dad going to do with flowers? He doesn’t need flowers. What he needs is, he needs somebody who can actually, he needs people here helping him, that’s what he actually needs. Ed said, but aren’t you helping him? I said yes. He said, well what about everybody else? I said, everybody else? Who’s that? Oh, you mean my siblings? Oh, they’re busy, I said. They’ve got very busy, very important schedules, apparently, so. I’m just still, I know I sound like a broken record, but I’m still just a little unclear on what Holly has better to do right now.

ELLEN - Well, Michael’s teaching three classes in the fall, and then on top of that his new book is coming out in a few months, which is what’s making him really, he’s obsessing over it. Every detail. The new book, is actually, this one is a lot less academic. Which, we’re hoping it’s more accessible than his usual writing. Sells more copies. Which is, you know any copies.

HOWARD - I gave someone my credit card. I don’t know why I even…we’d talked for hours online, I mean hours and hours. We meet a couple of times. She was, she had a hard life. She was from one of those. . .Estonia or Lithuania or…She wasn’t a . . . a call girl or…she’d gotten involved in some things she wanted to get out of, but she was, they lock you into these things you can’t get out. So I said — I was so stupid. I was so freaking stupid, Mike. I told her, I gave her my card number, I said do what you gave to do, then get it back to me.

JOEY - He has no long speeches. Please use Lou’s Side.


Submit your audition materials by 5:00 PM, Tuesday January 5th by emailing docral@proaxis.com


Send a recording of the side for the character you are auditioning for, and if you want to be considered for more than one role, please also record that character's side.


In addition to your video, please list no more than three of your best or most recent performing roles including the play title and what theatre. Also, please list your height and the age range you can portray, your cell phone or landline number and your email address.

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