Auditions: Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Audition Breakdown: Picasso at the Lapin Agile at Williams Street Rep

Show Title: Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin
V/T: Williams Street Repertory
Contract: Non-Union/Union, AEA CAT contract
Pay Rate: $/wk
Location: Raue Center for the Arts
26 N. Williams Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Founding Artistic Director: Richard Kuranda
Director of Production: Mike Vandercook
Casting Director: In-house
Audition Dates: June 6, 2016:  12:30p-3:30p
Callback Date: TBA

WSRep, now entering its 6th season, is a nonprofit theater located in the heart of the US about 50 min Northwest of Chicago in the wonderful town of Crystal Lake, Illinois. WSR is dedicated to its mission to tell diverse stories within a repertory model of production that adds to the cultural richness of the community and our region.  WSR is now casting for its upcoming 2016-2017 Season.

To sign up for an audition:

  1. email your headshot, resume (in PDF format) to casting@wsrep.org – Please put your name in the subject line
  2. Click on the link below and go to Signup Genius to sign up for a specific time slot.

Please Prepare:

  1. 1 minute contemporary comedic monologue
  2. 1 side of your choice (provided for download in character breakdown)
  3. Please submit by June 5th

Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin  (casting most parts and understudies)
Director: Joe Lehman

It features the characters of Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso, who meet at a bar called the Lapin Agile in Montmartre, Paris. It is set on October 8, 1904, and both men are on the verge of an amazing idea when they find themselves at the Lapin Agile, where they have a lengthy debate about the value of genius and talent while interacting with a host of other characters.

Character Breakdown:

Freddy: (30s-40s) owner and bartender of the Lapin Agile; everyman; seems simple but capable of great understanding; great non-verbal communicator; down to earth

Gaston:  (60ish) Connoisseur of women, now past his prime but still trying.  Humorous, wise and utterly French.  Prostate troubles

Germaine:  (30’s-40’s) Waitress, Freddy’s long term girlfriend.  Worldly wise, smart, strong; not a glamorous lady, yet undeniably sensual.  Voluptuous, earthy and witty.

Albert Einstein: (25-ish) The not-yet famous scientist, currently a patent clerk, approximately one year before publishing The Special Theory of Relativity.  Aware that he is always the smartest person in the room but wry not smug about it, vulnerable as any when it comes to looking for connection

Suzanne/Countess/Female Admirer (Early 20s) young in energy too, sexy, street savvy, but vulnerable to the artistic type and not nearly so knowing as she makes herself out to be; plays Countess and Female admirer as well so ability to create distinct characters necessary. The Countess:  Intellectual, noble; patron and love interest for Einstein. Female Admirer:  The ultimate fan girl, almost swooning with excitement.

Pablo Picasso: (20s) – the Spanish painter in early form, swagger, assurance and sensitivity, a cocky and insecure artist, 3 years before he paints the work that some say launches cubism, easy way with words and women but a vulnerable side too

Sagot: (30s-50s) Picasso’s art dealer – intellectual with no patience for fools, cutting but not contemptuous

Charles Dabernow Schmendiman: (20s-30s)  An up and coming business man; he thinks very highly of himself and his potential; Imagines that he is the next genius to define the new century, energetic and brashly over-assured

The Visitor (Elvis): (25ish) – soft southern dialect, effortless charm, aw shucks and humble sensitivity, everyone wishes they could be him or with him, at least 6’0” preferred

Freddy sides
Einstein sides
Gaston sides
Germaine sides
Picasso sides
Suzanne sides
Sagot sides
Schmendiman sides

Dates:
Rehearsal Dates: 08/08/16 – 09/15/16 (Mon-Thurs & Sun from 6p-10p)
Tech Dates: 09/11/16 – 09/15/16 (Sun 7 out of 8.5, Mon-Thurs 6p-10p)
Opening Night: 09/16/16 (Fri, Sat, & Sun Matinees)
Closing Night: 10/23/16