Chess

April 21 – May 13, 2018

Gallery Players announces auditions for CHESS; book by Richard Nelson, music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, lyrics by Tim Rice. Director: Mark Harborth, Music Director: Benjamin L. Jacob, Choreographer: Ryan Hendricks

AUDITIONS: Auditions will be held at Gallery Players, 199 14th Street in Brooklyn (between 4th and 5th Avenues). Take the F or G train to 4th Ave or the R train to 9th Street. Audition times are as follows:

Saturday, Feb 24 – 12:00 – 5:00pm – Open call

Tuesday, Feb 27 – 7:00 – 9:30pm – Open call

Wednesday, Feb 28 – 7:00 – 9:30pm – Open call

Saturday, March 3 – 1:00 – 5:00pm – Callbacks

Please prepare a 1-2 minute uptempo rock or pop song of your chosing, you may sing from the show if you like.

REHEARSALS: Rehearsals begin March 17, and will be held Tuesday – Friday evenings from 7 – 11pm; Saturday and Sunday 12 – 5pm. Mondays are OFF. CHESS is an Equity Showcase production (approval pending). As defined by Equity, “the Equity Showcase code is designed primarily to provide a theatrical environment where members may hone their skills and showcase themselves in the hope of securing future employment. There are no salaries, however, Equity members are entitled to reimbursement of travel expenses.”

BREAKDOWN:

ENSEMBLE – Seeking a large ensemble to play multiple roles throughout show. The Ensemble will be quite busy and individually showcased.

FLORENCE – strong belt voice (to E). Mid-thirties. Born in Hungary (so shouldn’t look like the “All-American Girl”); has been brought up in America since 1956. She is clever, theatrical, touching, vivacious, volatile. Frederick’s chess “second.”

FREDDIE – Rock tenor (to C). Mid-thirties. An American chess champion. A cross between Bobby Fisher and John McEnroe. Arrogant and temperamental, but a genius; his chess playing revolutionary. We need to see his artistry along with his danger and his obsessiveness.

ANATOLY – Baritone (to G sharp). Early forties. A Russian chess champion. Unexpectedly charming. He doesn’t seem a romantic hero at first, but becomes one through his personality. An intelligent, feeling, passionate man.

MOLOKOV – Bass (down to F sharp). Fifties. Not a fake, comic, stage Russian. Intellectually formidable. Seemingly a father figure to Florence. Anatoly’s chess “second.” An actor who sings well.

SVETLANA – strong belt voice. Late thirties. Anatoly’s wife. Domestic, wholesome, homey. A dramatic contrast to Florence – not a contemporary cosmopolitan woman.

WALTER – Bass – Baritone (down to G sharp). Fifties. A marketing agent. Seemingly respectable, substantial, trustworthy. An actor who sings well.

ARBITER – rock high baritone (up to A). Thirty to early forties. International businessman. Smooth, but with a quick temper.

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Saturday, April 21 @ 8:00pm
Sunday, April 22 @ 3:00pm

Thursday, April 26 @ 8:00pm
Friday, April 27 @ 8:00pm
Saturday, April 28 @ 8:00pm
Sunday, April 29 @ 3:00pm

Thursday, May 3 @ 8:00pm
Friday,  May 4 @ 8:00pm
Saturday, May 5 @ 2:00pm
Saturday, May 5 @ 8:00pm
Sunday, May 6 @ 3:00pm

Thursday, May 10 @ 8:00pm
Friday, May 11 @ 8:00pm
Saturday, May 12 @ 2:00pm
Saturday, May 12 @ 8:00pm
Sunday, May 13 @ 3:00pm