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by Lisa Loomer
- August 23 – September 15
- Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8:00pm, and Sunday matinees at 2:30pm
- REQUIRED: All cast & crew rehearse Tech Week, which is Mon., Aug. 12th (7pm – 10:30pm), Wed., Aug. 13th (7pm – 10:30pm), Sat., Aug. 17th (12pm – 6pm) Sun., Aug. 18th (12pm – 6pm), Mon., Aug. 19th (6pm – 10:30pm), Tues., Aug. 20th (6pm – 10:30pm), Wed., Aug. 21st (6pm – 10:30pm), Thurs., Aug. 22nd (6pm – 10:30pm).
- Rehearsals will be scheduled around cast availability but are typically Sunday – Wednesday evenings [7:00pm – 9:30pm] and Saturdays mornings [10:00am – 2:00pm].
- If you have any scheduling conflicts during the rehearsal dates, please note them on your audition form at auditions.
- E-mail questions to contact [at] generictheater [dot] org
Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion, is still fiercely debated over forty years later. In this incisive play, acclaimed writer Lisa Loomer cuts through the headlines and rhetoric to reveal the divergent personal journeys of lawyer Sarah Weddington and plaintiff Norma McCorvey (“Jane Roe”) in the years following the fateful decision. In turns shocking, humorous, and poignant, ROE reflects the polarization in America today while illuminating the heart and passion each side has for its cause.
Generic Theater is seeking NON UNION actors of all ethnicities to fill a cast of at least three men, eight women and 1 girl to portray all roles (see below). Headshots and resumes are encouraged but not required. Auditions will consist of readings from the script.
Those auditioning are asked to provide all conflicts they may have through September 15, 2019.
NOTES from the DIRECTOR:
Roe is written to be a dramatic account of personalities and events involved in the landmark case Roe vs. Wade. This is an emotionally charged topic for
many most all people. Actors from ALL perspectives of this highly charged topic are welcomed and encouraged to audition. The rehearsal process will not include any debates about topics or issues. Our job is to tell the story as written by the author.
This script is so newly developed you probably cannot find a copy, and, if you do, it may not be the most recent version. So, we’ll tell you the script doesn’t draw any conclusions. It doesn’t make anyone wrong or bad. It doesn’t steer the audience one way or the other. It tells a behind the scenes and in the headlines story of what happened to the parties involved leading up to the case and and in the aftermath. It’s some pretty compelling stuff.
As directors we feel strongly that a reason we as a society are still passionately arguing about this topic is because no one is listening to one another. It is important to us that in telling this story each perspective is heard and honored.
We hope to see you at auditions!
Important age note: Several actors play their characters at different ages of their life. For example, in Act I they are in their 20s. In Act II, they are in their 40s. In these cases actors who are somewhere in between, or look somewhere in between, will most likely be cast. Actors would do well to experiment with projecting age differences through their physicality during auditions.
Dialect note: The lead characters are Texas natives and have a southern twang. Dialect coaching will be provided.
Rehearsal note: The child actor will be released from rehearsals for which she is called by 8:30pm. During tech week she will be released no later than 10:00pm, but possibly as early as 9:30pm. We expect the show run time to be approximately 2 hours. Release time for performance dates are expected to be at approximately 10:00pm for evening performances.
If you have questions about the auditions or the rehearsal process, email the director at canthonyrobinson [at] gmail [dot] com.
Times & Locations
- Monday, July 1, 7pm – Scope Ex Hall Lobby*
- Tuesday, July 2, 7pm – Scope Ex Hall Lobby*
- Wednesday, July 3, 7pm – Generic Theater**
- or by special appointment, email contact [at] generictheater [dot] org
- Callbacks: Saturday, July 6, 10am – Generic Theater**
*Scope Exhibition Hall Lobby – The Scope Ex Hall Lobby is located just inside the mouth of the Scope Parking Garage. Enter the garage, go through the ticket gate, within 15′ look to your RIGHT and see a line of glass doors. There will be signage. Enter one of those doors to get to the auditions.
**Generic Theater – Enter the Scope Parking Garage. Drive down to the lower parking level. At the end of the ramp you can either turn left or hit a wall. Turn LEFT at the end of the ramp. Drive down until you reach another wall. Again, you can either turn left or hit the wall. Turn LEFT. See the double doors to the theater on your right.
Notes About the Audition
SARAH WEDDINGTON – (White, 30’s) – A feminist, a great lawyer, charming, brilliant, ladylike, private, and quite composed. In real life, blond and beautiful Texan with big hair. Actor plays the character in her 20’s in Act One, 40’s in Act Two, and a few scenes in her 60’s.
NORMA MCCORVEY – (White, 30’s) – A funny, angry, hard drinking and drugging, lesbian Texan, desperate at heart. In real life, Norma is short, and they called her “Pixie.” Actor plays the character in her 20’s in Act One, 40’s in Act Two, and a few scenes in her 60’s.
CONNIE GONZALEZ / OFELIA – (Hispanic, 40’s) – An actor who can play a strong, even handed lesbian with enormous patience and few words who is loyal, loving, and maybe even wise; and a quiet, humble, but thoughtful housekeeper. Actor plays the one of the characters in her 40’s in Act One, and in her 60’s in Act Two.
MALE ACTOR 1 – FLIP BENHAM / NORMA’S DOCTOR / ETC. – (White, 40’s, 50’s, early 60’s) – An actor who can play a good-looking, passionate, fiery, folksy, dead earnest, preacher; a brusque and superior doctor; and, be able to etch other distinct characters as called for in the script.
MALE ACTOR 2 – HENRY MCCLUSKEY / JAY FLOYD / MICHAEL MANHEIM / ETC. – (White, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s) – An actor who can play a compassionate, closeted gay, adoption lawyer; a slimy Hollywood TV producer; an affable, if not brilliant, lawyer; and, be able to etch other distinct characters as called for in the script.
MALE ACTOR 3 – JUSTICE BLACKMUN / HENRY WADE / ETC. – (White, 60’s) – A strong, flexible actor who can play someone who is deliberate to a fault, torn, and thoughtful; someone charming and in control; and, be able to etch other distinct characters as called for in the script.
FEMALE ACTOR 1 – ROXANNE MILLER RODRIQUEZ (Afro Latina or African American, 20’s) – College student, working class, bright, emotional, a truth seeker.
FEMALE ACTOR 2 – AILEEN / BARBARA / FLO – (African American, 30’s) – An actor that can play a down to earth, working class, lesbian nurse; a well-educated, no nonsense feminist; and, be able to etch a different feminist who is funny but powerful.
FEMALE ACTOR 3 – HELEN / LINDA COFFEE / ETC. – (White, 20’s) – An actor who can play a budding feminist who is eager to get it right; and, be able to etch other distinct characters as called for in the script.
FEMALE ACTOR 4 – JUDY / ETC. – (White, 20’s) – An actor who can play a strong, early second wave feminist; and, be able to etch other distinct characters as called for in the script.
FEMALE ACTOR 5 – MOLLY / MARY – (White, 50’s) – An actor who can play a middle class, housewife who is flirting with feminism; a poor, bit tawdry and mean drunk; and, be able to etch other distinct characters as called for in the script.
FEMALE ACTOR 6 – WAITRESS / KATE MICHAELMAN / PEGGY – (White, 30’s/40’s) – An actor who can play a variety of distinct characters as called for in the script.
CHILD ACTOR 1 – EMILY (White, age 7-9) – Ronda’s daughter, a feisty angel.
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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] generictheater.org. 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?
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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] generictheater.org, 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?
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