Audition Listings

Native Gardens: Florida Studio Theatre

Florida Studio Theatre, Richard Hopkins Producing Artistic Director, is accepting self-submissions for
the following show/role in the 2017-18 Season.
Native Gardens
by Karen Zacarias
(Rehearsals Begin Jan. 5, 2018; Runs Jan. 24, 2018 – Mar. 25, 2018)
Stately Gardens and cultures clash turning friendly neighbors into feuding adversaries. Pablo, a high
powered lawyer, and doctoral candidate Tania, his very pregnant wife, are realizing the American dream
when they purchase the house next door to community stalwarts, Virginia and Frank. But a disagreement
over a longstanding fence soon spirals into an all-out comic battle of taste, privilege, and entitlement. In
this battle of the backyard, no one comes out smelling like a rose.
TANIA DEL VALLE: (Female, 30s) Latina (from New Mexico), a pregnant doctoral candidate
who is determined to fix up her fixer-upper with a native garden. Bright, energetic, naturally
optimistic, wants to co-exist with the neighbors but she is fiercely protective of her ideas and
values.
PABLO DEL VALLE: (Male, 30s) Latino (he is, in fact, Chilean), an ambitious and successful
attorney trying to make partner by “fitting in” and hosting a BBQ for the entire firm in his
unkempt backyard. Smart, argumentative, generally tolerant and willing to overlook a lot until he
is pushed over the edge by the Butleys.
VIRGINIA BUTLEY: (Female, 55-65) White (from Buffalo), the bread-winner and only female
executive working for a large defense contractor in the DC area. Friendly, civil, smiles a lot, but
her opinions are well engrained and she will fight ruthlessly to protect her turf. Prone to making
offensive statements — for the most part, unknowingly.
FRANK BUTLEY: (Male, 55-65) White (from New England), a gentle and sensitive soul who
has devoted himself to his pristine English garden in his retirement. Beta to his wife’s Alpha.
Friendly in a steady WASP-ish way, wants to get along with the neighbors but cannot embrace a
native garden next door. Becomes indignant easily. Finds his courage when the chips are down.
Please submit via email by 4pm on November 27 to:
James Ashford
Casting & Hiring Coordinator
Florida Studio Theatre
casting@floridastudiotheatre.org

Florida Studio Theatre is an established LORT D regional theatre in Sarasota, FL. Great artistic
environment. Florida Studio Theatre is committed to developing a work environment that is reflective of
a diverse world. Actors from any and all diverse background are encouraged to audition.

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How To Use A Knife: Florida Studio Theatre

Florida Studio Theatre, Richard Hopkins Producing Artistic Director, is accepting self-
submissions for the following show/role in the 2017-18 Season.
How To Use A Knife
by Will Snider
(Rehearsals Begin Dec. 29, 2018; Runs Jan. 19, 2018-Feb. 2, 2018)
In the chaos of a Wall Street restaurant kitchen, Chef George is trying to stay sober. In between
yelling at a pair of trash-talking line cooks and a pot-smoking busboy, he befriends Steve, an
East African immigrant. Set during busy dinner shifts and filled with unforgettable characters,
How To Use A Knife bursts with grinding suspense, energy, and surprise. All Roles Available
STEVE: (Male, 50-55) Rwandan, born in Uganda, black; speaks with an East African
accent; he is the dishwasher in the restaurant, was well educated at home, is carefully
spoken, wise, carries himself with dignity; he’s reserved and rather elegant but with
strong opinions; has sadness, but the sadness is deep; he controls it; he is tactical; he has a
sense of humor and deadpan; hides his pain with a smile; slow to anger; any anger he has
is tactical; he doesn’t yell.
GEORGE: (Male, 45-55) American, a New Yorker; a trained chef, a recovering alcoholic
and drug addict picking up his first job since getting sober manic, cynical, sarcastic,
patronizing, intelligent, blustery, angry, self-hating: a bull in a china shop and liable to
move from casual shit talking to screaming to apologizing all in the same breath; a
natural leader and knows it, as do the employees; overweight and tall, is a strong
presence in his kitchen who takes pleasure in yelling.
MICHAEL: (Male, 35-40) American, white; a hustler; owns the restaurant and is a self-
made man; a ball of energy; has great attack; very fast talking; blunt; rude; funny;
pompous, foul mouthed; a mover and a shaker; he Is of a new generation of cooks who
think they’re rock stars; not a frat boy; would pick a nice bottle of wine and is maybe
okay yes fine, is sexy.
CARLOS: (Male, 30-35) Guatemalan, speaks fairly good English with an accent and
must speak Spanish as well; cook at the restaurant; intelligent and circumspect, keeps the
more volatile Miguel under control; very much in control of his job and himself, walks a
fine line between impudence and respect concerning his employers; a good manipulator;
keeps his place but is very good at veiled sarcasm; he’s playing the long game.
MIGUEL: (Male, 25-35) Guatemalan; speaks only Spanish for much of the play; the
other cook; fast-talking and sarcastic, even insulting, though his barbs are all in Spanish
so he is saying pretty much whatever he wants; sharp sense of humor and appreciates his
own cleverness; the holy fool of the kitchen; others think he’s crazy; he’s not.

JACK: (Male, 20-30) American, white; a nice white kid just graduated from a good
college; not traditionally handsome, short maybe or with some acne scars, shouldn’t look
like a damn Kennedy; the busboy and runner of food; wants to be a writer but doesn’t
know what to write about; bides his time with this lousy job; sincere and open to
direction; wants to be cool; wants to joke around.
KIM: (Female, 30-40) INS investigator; educated, competent, no-nonsense.

Please self-submit via email by 4pm on November 27 to:
James Ashford
Casting & Hiring Coordinator
Florida Studio Theatre
casting@floridastudiotheatre.org

Florida Studio Theatre is an established regional theatre in Sarasota, FL. Great artistic
environment. This show in under the Experimental Contract with Actors Equity.
Florida Studio Theatre is committed to developing a work environment that is reflective of a
diverse world. Actors from any and all diverse background are encouraged to audition.

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Constellations: Florida Studio Theatre

Florida Studio Theatre, Richard Hopkins Producing Artistic Director, is accepting self-
submissions for the following show/role in the 2017-18 Season.
Constellations
by Nick Payne
(Rehearsals Begin Feb. 2, 2018; Runs Feb. 23, 2018- Mar. 9, 2018)
A simple encounter between a man and woman leads to a spellbinding romantic journey. What
happens next defies the boundaries of the world we think we know – infinite possibilities and the
difference between choice and destiny. All Roles Available
ROLAND: (Male, mid 3o’s-40, Any Ethnicity) Charming, laid-back beekeeper; warm
and open, with a good sense of humor, earthy and likable.
MARIANNE: (Female, mid 30’s-40, Any Ethnicity) Fiercely intelligent scientist dealing
with a terminal illness; though she’s a serious professional working in the top 1% of her
field, she has a quirky, head-in- the clouds quality; friendly, warm, and quick-witted,
comedic chops

Please self-submit via email by 4pm on November 27 to:
James Ashford
Casting & Hiring Coordinator
Florida Studio Theatre
casting@floridastudiotheatre.org

Florida Studio Theatre is an established regional theatre in Sarasota, FL. Great artistic
environment. This show in under the Experimental Contract with AEA.
Florida Studio Theatre is committed to developing a work environment that is reflective of a
diverse world. Actors from any and all diverse background are encouraged to audition.