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AUDITIONS

Monday, September 9th at 7pm-10pm

Tuesday, September 10th at 7pm-10pm

Callbacks: Wednesday, September 11th

You do not need to attend both nights of auditions.

Rehearsal Dates*
Starting
September 16th - October 31st.
Sunday-Thursday, Sunday 6-9pm and
weekday evenings 7-10pm.

*Please note, you may not be called to all rehearsals and schedule will be determined based on summer availability

Performance Dates
Nov. 1st-10th: Fri. & Sat. 8pm & Sundays 2pm

+ Sat. Nov. 9th 2pm Matinee

Audition Requirements:

Please bring a headshot and resume. Auditions will consist of readings (sides) from the show. All roles are open to actors of all ages, gender identities, races.​ 

Please note that The Heights Players is a non-profit theater and this is a non-equity production. All cast and crew volunteer their time and talent. The Heights Players is a membership organization, there is no pay or stipend for any role or position. There is a $20 membership fee, if cast.

The Heights Players is located at:26 Willow Place, bet. State & Joralemon Streetsin Brooklyn Heights. Click For Directions to the John Bourne Theater

Arcadia

by Tom Stoppard

Directed by: Noel MacDuffie

 

Synopsis: Called “the greatest play of our age” by The Independent, Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia dances back and forth across the centuries, discussing time, truth, love, literature, heat, science, the differences between Classical and Romantic temperaments – and the disruptive influence of sex on all other things we know about life. Arcadia takes place in a single room on the Coverly estate in two separate times: the Regency period and the present. 1809 finds a household in transition, where an Arcadian English garden landscape is being uprooted to make way for picturesque Gothic gardens, complete with hermitage.

 

Meanwhile, brilliant thirteen-year-old Lady Thomasina proposes a startling scientific theory that is only starting to be figured out more than 200 years later. In the present day, we find two competing scholars researching the world of the estate in the Regency Era. Hannah is intrigued by the identity of the hermit who inhabited the hermitage prescribed by the garden renovation, and Bernard has ideas about a bloody duel of passion that took place on the grounds, involving Lord Byron. What results is a play the New York Times called, “the perfect blend of brains and emotion, wit and heartache” in which everyone tries to puzzle over the meaning of the universe, and each, in his own way, is blindsided by the attraction that Newton left out of his equations.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

Please note that people of all races, gender identities, and abilities are encouraged to audition for this inclusive and collaborative production. We may also be casting Understudies for Lead Roles & Ensemble Swing Roles.

  • Thomasina Coverley –The smartest person in the room, at nearly 14 years old (and then, later, 17), she has a voracious intellect and yet also has an aspect of innocence to her. She is the oldest daughter of the house; thoughtful, aware, warm, lovely (without knowing it), and is “outside of time” (she makes sense in any time period). 

  • Lady Croom – Thomasina’s mother. Lady Croom is sharp, but not well-rounded educationally. She is strong-willed, stylish, attractive, and is the center of the room when she’s in it. Mid-to-late 30s.

  • Septimus Hodge – Thomasina’s tutor. He is a reasonable young man, in his 20s, with a good head on his shoulders, well-educated, a good & caring teacher to Thomasina, and a bit liberal with his affections. He is witty, attractive & willing to press his advantage in various situations.

  • Jellaby – Butler for the Coverly home, Sidley Park. He is officious, succinct and aware. 

  • Ezra Chater – A self-styled poet and lover; not a great one at either. He’s passionate, but unfortunately he’s also a fool. He is easily manipulated by others. His wife has been carrying on behind his back for many years.

  • Richard Noakes – The landscape designer. He likens himself to being a prophet of the “new aesthetic” that leans towards the gothic. He is a bit of a sycophant, but he’s an able craftsman & a likable gentleman. 

  • Captain Brice, RN – Brother of Lady Croom. He is a solid military man, who happens to be one of Chater’s wife’s lovers. It is under his auspices that the Chaters have been invited to Sidley Park. He is noble, loyal and ambitious. 

  • Augustus Coverly – Thomasina’s brother, fifteen. He is growing into the role of “man of the house” to take after his father. He is sure of himself, and full of himself, and as is often the case with teen-agers, has very little patience with adults.

  • Hannah Jarvis – An academic, studying the garden history of Sidley Park. She is sharp and serious, and a good researcher. She doesn’t have a large sense of humor, but she would not be considered humorless. She has a good moral compass and good instincts. She has already written a best-selling book, so she needs to be old enough for that to make sense. 

  • Chloe Coverly – Young lady of the house. Can be late teens or early 20s, she has a crush on Bernard. She is thoughtful, but not in an academic way. She is personable and open to new people and experiences.

  • Bernard Nightingale – An academic, probably in his thirties. He is in the early “still proving himself” stage of his career, and is therefore a bit too gung-ho. He has his hypotheses, and will find the nuggets of information that will help prove him right. He’s clever and personable, but not the best with people, occasionally saying the wrong thing.

  • Valentine Coverly – Young man of the house. A scientist himself, he is working on a problem that becomes relevant to the story. He is able to explain complex ideas well. He has a small crush on Hannah, but assumes that nothing will come of it. Age range: 20s-30s.

  • Gus Coverly – Youngest of the modern Coverly children. He is very emotional and curious, although for some reason does not talk. He has a big crush on Hannah. 

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