As we think about trying to cast the next apartment play, we’re realizing we don’t know the best way to go about it. The best way to go about seeing actors. The theater we’re interested in making is pretty weird stuff. It’s not for everybody. Maybe we need to create an audition process that’s entirely our own – a la the Neo-Futurists. They’ve crafted a way of holding auditions that tells them exactly what they need to know about potential future company members.
We get so stuck sometimes in conventions that we keep doing it all just the way we learned it: have a dramatic and comedic and classical monologue ready to go, two minutes, thank you, and cold readings at callbacks. But the sole purpose of an audition is to get to know a performer you don’t yet know (or, maybe, to see how certain performers work together – how they might participate in an ensemble). We should create a getting-to-know-you method that suits our needs as a company that’s interested in the wacky, the site-specific, the nonlinear, the playful, the ensemble-created.
What might an audition like that look like?