New Jersey Stage

Sunday, February 20, 2011

East Lynne Theater Company auditions for its summer/fall season 2011

(CAPE MAY, NJ) -- East Lynne Theater Company will have two audition days of open calls for Equity actors: the full-day of auditions in NYC is an AEA required call and the four-hour day in Cape May, NJ is a non-required call. On Saturday, March 19 from noon to 4:00 PM, the call will be at the theater's venue, The First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St., Cape May, NJ. Sign-up for this non-required audition begins at 11:30 AM and continues through 3:55 PM. On Friday, April 15, from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM, the required call will be at the Actors' Equity Audition Center, 165 West 46th St., 2nd Floor, NYC. Sign-up for this audition begins at 8:30 AM, and continues through 5:25 PM. Lunch break is from 1:00-2:00 PM. At both auditions, non-union actors will be seen as long as no Equity actors are kept waiting.

The company operates under an Equity SPT 3 Contract with rehearsals beginning on Monday two weeks before the opening-performance week, and a Wednesday through Saturday night performance schedule, with one exception, which is noted below. Rehearsals for all shows will be in Cape May. Artistic Director, Gayle Stahlhuth, who is directing all three productions, will be at both auditions. Actors are asked to audition with a brief humorous monologue, or read from "The World of Dorothy Parker." Sides for this production for all four roles will be available at the auditions. Visually-impaired performers may request an advance copy of the sides by e-mailing A reader will be provided for those auditioning with sides.

The Equity Stage Manager is already hired for the season, but "Dulcy" is required to have an Equity ASM. The ASM will be paid an extra $10 a week above the usual ASM's salary for taking on a small role in the production as well as the duties of an ASM.

Seeking actors for the following: "He and She," a seven-character 1920 Broadway comedy/drama by Rachel Crothers running from June 15-July 23 about the dilemma of a career woman who is a wife and mother; "The World of Dorothy Parker" (World Premiere) running from July 27-Sept. 3, adapted by Gayle Stahlhuth for a cast of four, compiled of humorous and touching tales and poems including "A Telephone Call," "Here We Are," and "The Lovely Leave" all by the famous Algonquin Round Table wit; and "Dulcy," the 1921 Broadway comedy by George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly about a woman who believes she can solve every problem, running from Sept. 21- Oct. 15, with a cast of eleven. (Note: for “Dulcy” there will be no performance on Wed. Oct. 5, but an added performance on Sun. Oct. 9 at 7:30 PM.)

A complete breakdown of all the roles may be found at The Actors' Equity Association website or through ELTC’s at The East Lynne Theater Company is committed to nontraditional casting and equal employment opportunities. Actors wishing to mail pictures and resumes should mail to the office: 121 Fourth Ave., West Cape May, NJ 08204 – and not to the church. To learn more about the company, go to


"He and She:" TOM HERFORD – a successful sculptor, very much in love with his family, age range 40ish; ANN HERFORD – a successful sculptor who loves her family, age range late 30s-early 40s; DAISY HERFORD – Tom's sister who works for him as a secretary and is in love with Keith, very practical and romantic at the same time, age range late 20s-early 30s; MILLICENT HERFORD – Tom and Ann's daughter, beautiful, full of life, and believes she’s ready to fall in love, age 16; DR. REMINGTON – Anne's father, a physician who is kind, but concerned about Ann having a career and being a wife and mother, age range 60ish; KEITH MCKENZIE – Tom’s assistant, pleasant, in love with Ruth, but wants to marry a woman who doesn’t have a career, age range mid-30s; RUTH CREEL – a friend of Anne's, a successful magazine editor who would like to marry Keith if she can keep her career, age range mid-30s.

"The World of Dorothy Parker:" WOMAN 1 and MAN 1 - perform together in "Here We Are" and play the couple in "The Lovely Leave,: age range 20-30; WOMAN 2 - performs "A Telephone Call" and is a foil for Man 2, age range 40-55; MAN 2 – the narrator for "The Lovely Leave," a foil for Woman 2, and has several solo poems, age range 40-55. All four actors must have excellent ensemble comic timing, move well as there will be dancing, and be adept at poetry and rich language.

"Dulcy:" DULCINEA SMITH – a newlywed who, in trying to help people, gets them in trouble (in humorous ways), age range 25-35; GORDON SMITH – her husband, businessman, smart, very in love with his wife, age range 25-35; WILLIAM PARKER – Dulcy's brother, a young man in love, age range 25-35; C. ROGER FORBES – businessman, age range 50-60; MRS. FORBES – Roger's second wife, age range 35-40; ANGELA FORBES – Roger’s daughter, adored by William, age range 20-25; TOM STERRETT – believes he’s doing everything right to get ahead in the business world, the type who would do anything to please the boss, age range 25-35; SCHULER VAN DYCK – aristocrat with the feeling of never having worked a day in his life, age range 30-40; VINCENT LEACH – a successful writer, friend of the Smith's, age range 30-40; HENRY (or HENRIETTA) – the Smith's servant, with a past, age range 40-50; and BLAIR PATTERSON – a lawyer, age range 45-55.