Equality Productions announces virtual auditions for its upcoming online-only production of GOD OF CARNAGE by Yasmina Reza. The play won the Tony Award for Best Play and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy and runs about 90 minutes. A playground altercation between eleven-year-old boys brings together two sets of parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters.
Auditions will be held on Sunday 5/3 between 2-4P and Monday 5/4 between 7-8P. Rehearsals will be scheduled based on the director’s and cast’s availability with an expected performance date in late May.
Auditions, rehearsals, and performances will be on-book and conducted from your home in Zoom meetings. For the Zoom meetings, please use a laptop or PC/MAC with a webcam and external mic or headphones, though a smartphone with earbuds will also work.
Email the director Richard Zenk (firstname.lastname@example.org) by May 1:
- choose one character for your audition,
- your resume and headshot,
- the audition times/dates you are NOT available, and
- your weekday evening and weekend conflicts between 5/6 and 5/31.
In return, you will receive the script and the audition sides with the confirmation of the date and time of your audition.
ROLES (characters’ stage ages 30-55)
Veronica Novak – At first she seems like the most benevolent of the bunch. Instead of resorting to litigation regarding her son’s injury, she believes that they can all come to an agreement about how the other couple’s son should make amends for his attack. She is a writer and tries to maintain civility and decorum but can also be judgmental and domineering. Of the four principles, Veronica exhibits the strongest desire for harmony.
Michael Novak – At first, Michael seems eager to create peace between the two boys and perhaps even bond with the Raleighs. He is quick to agree with the Raleighs, even making light of the violence, commenting on how he was a leader of his own gang during his childhood. He is a hardware store salesperson. He is uncouth, makes racial comments, and regresses to Neanderthal.
Annette Raleigh – She considers herself part of the elite class. She is constantly on the brink of a panic attack. In fact, she vomits twice during the course of the play. Unfortunately, the pressures of motherhood and household have eroded her self-confidence. Annette feels abandoned by her husband who is eternally preoccupied with work. Annette is the most physically destructive of the four characters.
Alan Raleigh – He might be the most stereotypical character of the group in that he is modeled after unethical lawyers. He is the most openly rude because he frequently interrupts their meeting by talking on his cell phone. His law firm represents a pharmaceutical company that is about to be sued because one of their new products causes dizziness and other negative symptoms. He claims that his son is a savage and doesn’t see any point in trying to change him. He seems the most sexist of the two men, often implying that women have a host of limitations.