AUDITIONS

Auditions

Auditions for 21-22 Season
 

Sweat

Written by Lynne Notting
Directed by Chris Egging

Show dates: February 17-20, 2022

Auditions:
 

Monday, December 6
6-8:30 p.m.
Lipkin Theatre

 

Audition will consist of cold readings from the script. Sign in upon your arrival.

 

The story:
 

Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, Sweat tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat.

 

Cast breakdown (all parts are available; minimum age of 16):

 

Tracey - Tracey is a middle-aged white woman of German descent; she’s Jason’s mother and Hank’s widow. In 2000, Tracey and her best friends, Cynthia and Jessie, have worked at Olstead’s Steel Tubing in Reading, PA, for over 20 years. They spend most of their downtime in the local bar socializing with one another and with Stan, the bartender (who often flirts with Tracey and playfully references their past sexual encounter). 

 

Oscar - Oscar is a young Colombian American man; he’s the busboy at the bar in Reading, PA, where most of the play’s scenes takes place. In 2000, as the only Latinx character in the story, 22-year-old Oscar is viewed as an outsider.
 

Stan - Stan is a white man of German descent in his fifties. In 2000, he’s the bartender at the bar in Reading, PA, where most of the play takes place. Stan became the bartender after losing part of his leg in an accident at Olstead’s Steel Tubing mill, where he worked (like previous generations of his family did) for 28 years. Now, Stan serves as a beloved friend, confidant, and wise sage for his regular customers.

 

Chris - Chris is a young African American man; he’s Cynthia and Brucie’s son and Jason’s best friend. In 2008, Chris and Jason are 29 years old and have just been released from eight-year prison sentences for assaulting Oscar, a busboy at the bar in Reading, PA, that they frequented. 

 

Brucie - Brucie is an African American man in his forties; he’s Chris’s father and Cynthia’s estranged husband. In 2000, nearly two years after being locked out from the textile mill where he works, Brucie has become addicted to drugs and has resorted to stealing from Cynthia, which leads her to kick him out. Now, Brucie feels hopeless and purposeless as he attends rehab and accepts union handouts.

 

Jason - Jason is a young white man of German descent; he’s Tracey and Hank’s son and Chris’s best friend. In 2008, Jason and Chris are 29 years old and have just been released from eight-year prison sentences for assaulting Oscar, a busboy at the bar in Reading, PA, that they frequented. 

 

Jessie - Jessie is an Italian American woman in her forties; she’s a close friend and coworker of Tracey and Cynthia. In 2000, Jessie and her friends have worked at Olstead’s Steel Tubing in Reading, PA for over 20 years. The women spend most of their downtime in the local bar socializing with one another and with Stan, the bartender. Having gone to work at Olstead’s straight out of high school and given up her dreams of traveling the world to keep working and get married, Jessie is now divorced and dissatisfied with her life.

 

Evan - Evan is an African American man in his forties; in 2008, he’s Chris and Jason’s parole officer after they’re released from their eight-year prison sentences. Evan encourages Chris and Jason to be straightforward with him and to open up about their struggles reintegrating into society and coping with guilt as ex-convicts. However, he also has no patience for nonsense.

 

Cynthia - Cynthia is a middle-aged African American woman; she’s Chris’s mother and Brucie’s wife. In 2000, Cynthia and her best friends Tracey and Jessie have worked at Olstead’s Steel Tubing in Reading, PA, for over 20 years. They spend most of their downtime in the local bar socializing with one another and with Stan, the bartender. Cynthia has been estranged from her husband, Brucie, since he got locked out of his textile mill and became addicted to drugs.

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