A New Brain

The Gallery Players, Brooklyn’s Premiere Off­-Off Broadway theater in it’s 51st season announces auditions for upcoming AEA showcase (approval pending) production of A New Brain, music and lyrics by William Finn, book by William Finn and James Lapine.

Director Barrie Gelles; Producer Justine McLaughlin /The Gallery Players; Music Director Sobina (Yi-Hsuan) Chi; Choreographer Barrie Gelles

Rehearsals begin Saturday December 16, evenings and weekends (possibly some weekdays depending on actor availability), with a week off between Dec.24-Jan.1. Runs January 27 ­through February 18,Thursday- Saturday nights and Saturday and Sunday matinees. All auditions, rehearsals, and performances at The Gallery Players, 199 14th Street, Brooklyn.

Open call auditions for all characters on Monday, Nov. 27 from 7-10pm and Sunday, Dec. 3 from 1-4pm. Sign-in will open half an hour before each audition and sign-in will close thirty minutes before the end of each audition. AEA priority. No submissions necessary for open calls; just show up. Callbacks will be on Sunday, Dec. 10 from 12pm-5pm.

Actors should bring 16 bars of a musical theatre song. Bring sheet music in the correct key, no lead sheets. Dance auditions, when applicable, will take place at callbacks.
All roles open.

Seeking 12 Cast Members.
All roles are open to all actors. We are looking to audition Arab, Asian, Black, Latino/a/x, Multi­-Racial, Native, Pacific Islander and White, Female­-Identifying, Male­-Identifying, and Gender-Non-Conforming performers, of all abilities, for all roles.

Character Breakdown for A New Brain

Note: All characters make up the ensemble and play multiple roles as needed. All characters sing in the ensemble songs which are lush with complex harmonies and featured solos.

Gordon Micheal Schwinn – character is male. A musical theatre composer who is struggling to find balance between his desire for an artistic career and his need to compose songs for a children’s television show in order to make a living. In a long term relationship with Roger but, as with all of his relationships, Gordon remains guarded and cynical. Faced with an actual mortal crisis, Gordon reexamines his life through brain tumor related hallucinations, moments of panic, coma-induced musical theatre dreams, and euphoric revelations. Character age – 35-40.

Homeless Lady – character is female. A person, like any of us, who has fallen prey to a series of circumstances that have left them jobless, homeless, but not quite hopeless. She is blunt and speaks her mind because what else has she got to lose.

Rhoda – character is female. Rhoda is Gordon’s agent and as such they have developed a friendship of circumstance. She is driven, on the go, and a would-be power player. Rhoda is relentless to a fault but profoundly loyal. Character age: 30-40.

Waitress – character is female. Brimming with effervescence and enthusiasm. She performs her role as a waitress with panache. She may or may not be an underemployed actor.

Mr. Bungee – character is male. The creator and star of a live-action children’s television show, Mr. Bungee is a middle-aged small time mogul with an inflated sense of self. His television persona is a giant anthropomorphic frog which is equal parts ridiculous and terrifying. He has hired Gordon to write songs for the television show. Character age: 55-70.

Richard, a nurse – character is male. A kind and compassionate nurse who is genuinely concerned about the patients. He sings “Poor, Unsuccessful, and Fat,” a comic lament about the life he is not quite living. Richard is very likable, but does not particularly like himself.

Nancy D., a nurse – character is female. A tough and efficient nurse who’s bedside manner is not her best skill. She is confident and does not hide her self-assurance. Nancy does not mince words or opinions, and she doesn’t have time for this.

Dr. Jafar Berensteiner – character is male. A brilliant brain surgeon who, like most surgeons, is to the point. Dr. Berensteiner is very good at what he does and honest about the risk inherent in the procedure.

The Minister – character is male. A minister who visits the hospital to offer comfort and counsel to those who need it. His warmth contrasts with the inherent coldness of the surgical wing of the hospital.

Roger Delli-Bovi – character is male. Open hearted, vivacious, and dreamy, Roger is probably a pisces. Roger believes in love but is not a cock-eyed optimist. He is a committed partner who knows that relationships take work. And it is that fierce commitment that keeps him fighting to get through to Gordon. Character age – 35-40.

Mimi Schwinn, the mother – character is female. A Jewish mother with a flair for the dramatic, Mimi is benignly narcissistic at times. Make no mistake about it though, she is a good mother and loves her son and all that he is. Her children are her life’s work and her greatest joy, but they are grown and rarely need her anymore. Character age: 57-65.

Ensemble – 2 additional performers to portray additional characters, perform in all group numbers, and serve as swings/understudies for the named roles.


2017-18 Season Staffing Opportunities

The Gallery Players, Brooklyn’s premier, award-winning Off-Off Broadway theater, is seeking Designers and Staff for their 51st Season which includes: Annie (Sept 16 – Oct 8), The Elephant Man (Oct 28-Nov 12), It Shoulda Been You (Dec 1 – Dec 17), A New Brain  (Jan 27 – Feb 18), Plaza Suite (Mar 10 – Mar 25), Chess (Apr 21 – May 13) and the 21st Annual Black Box New Play Festival (May 31 – June 17). We are seeking talented and resourceful Designers for Set, Costumes, Lighting, Props and Sound. We are also accepting resumes from capable Company Managers, Stage Managers and Asst. Stage Managers for all shows. Interested Designers must be capable of executing their design with help from a volunteer staff and Gallery’s resources. There is a small stipend for all positions. Send materials ASAP to designstaff@galleryplayers.com.

We are seeking enthusiastic, hard-working, talented, self-starting people who are willing and able to work in an Off-Off Broadway setting. The Gallery Players operates under the Equity NYC Showcase code.

Company Managers will be expected to focus on the actors from the audition process through closing. They would handle duties such as running auditions, script distribution, press packets, comps, hiring crew, etc., making sure that each show meets our high standards.

Designers: Unlike most Showcase companies, Gallery has its own stock of platforms, walls, wood, doors, costumes, props, etc. We have almost all brand new lighting instruments with color scrollers and some intelligent lights, and a brand new digital sound board. It is a very intimate space that allows for the re-imagining of shows both large and small to suit the space. Though Gallery does have volunteers to help with everything from building and hanging to ushering and concessions, it is ultimately the designer’s job to make sure the design is executed.

Stage Managers and Assistant Stage Managers can be either Equity or Non-Equity.

Please indicate which shows particularly interest you.

The Peanut Gallery



Taught by professional theatre artists, the PEANUT GALLERY is devoted to musical theatre, personal expression, and self confidence. Children will learn the basics of singing and dancing, as well as what it means to participate and contribute to a group. Through story-telling, theatre games, art projects and performance, and with the guidance of the talented instructors, kids will not only have fun but will increase their own expressiveness and positive self image. During one spectacular week of Peanut Gallery, they will create and perform their own original show with songs from Broadway musicals on the stage of Gallery Players 99 seat theater!



Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 2:00pm*

Week 1 (Entering Grades 1-3) July 17-21
Week 2 (Entering Grades 1-3) July 24-28
Week 3 (Entering Grades 4-6) July 31-Aug 4
Week 4 (Entering Grades 4-6) Aug 7-11

*Please drop off your child no earlier than 8:45am, and pick up no later than 2:15pm.

End of session performance times to be announced.

Bring your own lunch. Water will be provided.


Tuition for one week of PEANUT GALLERY:
Early Bird Registration $299 (Before April 30th)
General Registration: $325
After Care: $150
*Mon-Thurs only, 2pm-6pm subject to interest and availability

TO REGISTER, please complete our 2017 application and mail with payment to:
Gallery Players | Attn: Peanut Gallery | 199 14th Street | Brooklyn, NY 11215

Alternatively you can email peanuts@galleryplayers.com the following information:

  • Child’s name
  • Grade in fall 2017
  • Age
  • Parent name
  • Street address including city/state/zip
  • Phone
  • Email address
  • Which week(s) you are registering for
  • Method of payment

Upon receipt we will email you instructions on how to pay for your registration online (use the code PGTWEET on or before April 30th for early bird discount) or by check.

We reserve the right to cancel classes if enrollment is too low to run. In this case, we will give you two weeks notice and a full refund.

Seeking House Managers

House Manager positions available

The House Manager oversees all audience-related tasks, including the operation of the box office and concession stand by volunteer ushers and the opening and closing of the house, as well as processes cash intake and evening reports. Needed for performances only, plus training. Performances are Thu-Sat at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm. (The last two Saturdays of each production have 2pm and 8pm perfs.) Looking for an individual who can commit to a minimum of 4 performances. Small stipend pay available.
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If interested please e-mail letter of interest and/or resume with HOUSE MANAGER in the subject line to volunteer@galleryplayers.com.

Volunteer at the Gallery Players

Be a part of the Gallery Players by volunteering! There’s a lot that you can help with, and there are some great benefits. Here’s what we need: Moncler outlet

  • Set Building/Painting Volunteers (previous experience not required; lunch provided)
  • Box Office Volunteers (free show admission included)
  • Concessions Volunteers (free show admission included)
  • Raffle and Mailing List Sign-Up Volunteers (free show admission included)
  • Audition Monitors (free Thursday show admission included)
  • Postcard Distribution Volunteers (free Thursday show admission included)

To inquire about any of these volunteer positions, please e-mail volunteer@galleryplayers.com.