Jack Goes Boating is an unconventional story of friendship and love among the unsung, blue collar, every day people just trying to get by. Clyde and Jack are limousine drivers working for Jack’s uncle in NYC. Clyde is as much mentor as friend to the bumbling, socially awkward, dreadlocked Jack, teaching him basic social skills, how to dress and how to talk to women. Jack wishes he could be as effortless and smooth as his friend. Clyde and his wife, Lucy, decide Jack needs to meet a woman and fall in love. They set him up with a friend from Lucy’s work at a funeral home, the strange, chatty, but equally awkward Connie.
Jack works hard learning to cook and to swim in an all out effort to impress Connie as their tentative romance progresses. In the meantime, Clyde and Lucy’s marriage, which seemed so solid, begins to show cracks of jealously, boredom, and infidelity.
All roles are open and ALL ETHNICITIES are encouraged to audition!
Generic Theater is seeking NON UNION actors to fill roles (see below). Headshots and resumes are encouraged (but not required). Those auditioning are asked to provide all conflicts they may have through February 18, 2018.
What to bring:
If you have questions about the auditions, reach out to kathyjstrouse [at] yahoo.com.
Jack: 40’s, large framed, shy, socially awkward, given to anxiety, which is relieved somewhat by constantly listening to his favorite song, “Rivers of Babylon”. A bit of a sad sack, and some might say a pothead. Sports the beginnings of dreadlocks. Jack looks up to Clyde, welcoming his lessons on how to dress, talk to women, and even swim.
Clyde: 40’s, the essence of smooth, the total opposite of Jack. He cares for his friend, and together with his wife, Lucy, they try to find a girl for Jack. Clyde enjoys his various drugs and a seemingly good marriage, but as Jack and Connie grow closer, cracks in Clyde’s and Lucy’s relationship show us the Othello side of the laid back Clyde.
Lucy: Late 30’s – early 40’s, attractive, sexy, passionate and restless. She enjoys getting high from time to time, but thinks Clyde overindulges, which tries her patience. We sense she wants something more than this little life. In the past her searching led her to a two year long affair with an assistant chef.
Connie: 40’s, as shy and awkward as Jack, but where Jack’s shyness is expressed in brief, short sentences, Connie’s leads her to chatter nervously. She is often the victim of the unwanted attention of strange men, or at least she says she is…..
Rehearsals will begin November 13th and are expected to be scheduled Monday – Thursdays 7:00 – 10:00pm, Sundays 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Not all actors will be called to all rehearsals until tech week.
Tech week, requires all cast and crew the following dates/times:
Saturday, Jan. 6th, 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Sunday, Jan. 7th, 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Monday, Jan. 8th, 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Tuesday, Jan. 9th, 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Wednesday, Jan. 10th 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Thursday, Jan. 11th 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Please note any scheduling conflicts on your audition form at auditions or email questions to kathyjstrouse [at] yahoo.com.
Upcoming Auditions Are…
January 15, 16, 17, 2018 @ 7:00pm – The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane – Directed by Christopher Bernhardt
April 2, 3, 4, 2018 @ 7:00pm – Hand To God by Robert Askin – Directed by Matthew Friedman
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.
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] generictheater.org, but be advised occasionally there can be a delay if the team is busy; we’re volunteers!
Ready for this… ANYONE can audition.
Headshots and resumes are strongly encouraged but not required.
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.
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.
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.