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The Whale

by Stephen D. Hunter
Director: Ryan Q. McIntire

Performance Dates

  • April 14 – 16, 2016
  • April 20 – 23, 2016
  • May 4 – 7, 2016
  • May 11 – 14, 2016
  • Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8:00pm, and Sunday matinees at 2:30pm

 presented through arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Audition Dates

  • Monday, February 6, 7:00pm
  • Tuesday, February 7, 7:00pm
  • or by special appointment, email mcintire.ryan.q [at]

Rehearsal Schedule

  • Rehearsals will be scheduled in the evenings on weekdays (possible Sundays) and some weekend days.
  • Not all characters are called for all rehearsals, but actors should be prepared to be available.
  • Tech week requires all cast and crew (April 8th – 13th).
  • Please note any scheduling conflicts on your audition form at auditions or e-mail questions to contact at
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This is a Non-Equity, non-paid performance role.

If you have questions about the auditions, email contact at

Break a leg!


A six hundred pound recluse, hiding away from the world and slowly eating himself to death, is given one last chance at redemption.


Generic Theater is seeking NON UNION actors to fill 5 roles (see below). Headshots and resumes are encouraged but not required.  Be prepared to provide all scheduling conflicts through May 14. Auditions will consist of readings from the script.  If you have questions about the auditions or would like a copy of the audition sides you may contact the director at mcintire.ryan.q at


CHARLIE (Male, Mid 30s-Mid 40s)
Charlie is an english professor teaching online courses. He is morbidly obese, around 650lbs. He is looked after by his deceased lover’s sister, Liz. Recently Charlie has been trying to re-connect with his daughter, Ellie, in light of his failing health.

LIZ (Female, Mid-Late 30s)
Liz grew up in the Mormon church but rebelled and left early. She is bitter and protective of the memory of her dead brother, Charlie’s former lover. She is a nurse and takes care of Charlie. There is a kind of love there, but perhaps some resentment.

Elder Thomas comes to Charlie’s door because of his Mission for the Mormon Church. He develops a fascination with Ellie, and continues to visit as he tries to save Charlie’s soul and build a friendship with Ellie. He is young and conflicted, but still considers himself a true believer.

ELLIE (Female, 17)
The estranged daughter of Charlie, she lives with her mom. Very intelligent and outspoken, she is angry, mean, and combative. Ellie is blackmailing Charlie into writing her papers for school by agreeing to spend time with him. She hides her pain and vulnerability beneath years of anger, manipulation, and a knack for lying.

MARY (Female, Mid 30s-Mid 40s)
Charlie’s ex wife and Liz’s mother. Their marriage fell apart after the revelation that Charlie is gay. Mary feels something for the man Charlie was and the relationship they had. Mary is more hurt than angry.

Frequently Asked Questions

So you’re interested in auditioning and not sure what to expect. Here are some the more common questions we receive. If we do not have the answer to your question here on this website then please send us an email at contact [at]

Remember the most important thing about auditioning at the Generic Theater is that you have Fun.

How do I get the latest details or ask questions?

In the main audition description, there is typically contact information for the director or their designated preferred contact. But the best place to go is our Facebook page. “Like” us for any general updates:

More specifically, there is usually a Facebook event created for each audition, so that is a great place to go and ask questions, which we encourage as the answers will also help other people!

If all else fails, email our main address contact [at], but be advised occasionally there can be a delay if the team is busy; we’re volunteers!

Who can audition?

Ready for this… ANYONE can audition.

Do I need a head shot?

Headshots and resumes are strongly encouraged but not required.

What should I bring?

Most auditions are first come first serve. If pre-registration is an option, it will be noted in the description. Bring your headshot and resume (encouraged but not required), any sheet music for musical auditions, and a list of potential conflicts with you at the determined check-in time.

How do I prepare?

Electronic scripts are sometimes available for you to peruse; check above. If so, this will provide you an opportunity to get to know and understand the character(s) that you wish to audition for. We also encourage you to do a search online to better understand the script, and if you’re really serious, buy and read your own copy.

Please contact us using the information in the audition notice if you are interested in perusing a copy of the script.

What should I expect?

On the night of auditions, we ask that you arrive 15 minutes early to give you ample time to complete a short questionnaire. The questionnaire is designed to let our directors get to know you and your acting strengths.

Upon completing the questionnaire, you will be asked to wait in a designated waiting area until you are called into the theater to meet the director. The director may choose to speak with you one-on-one or with small groups. You will usually ‘cold read’ samples taken from the script. You may be asked to read multiple times with different groups of actors. For musicals or plays containing singing, you will be asked to provide a vocal sample; check above for details.

Auditions typically run for two days with a third day reserved for call backs, or in some cases for three days with a weekend callback. Call backs require additional readings from the script and may involve other actors.

This is a mere guideline into what you may expect during an audition. Auditions are conducted by the director, so dates and times may fluctuate. Please check the website for the current dates and times of the production you wish to participate.

The only hard rule we have at the Generic Theater is have FUN.

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