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Auditions for Doctor Cerberus - May 2nd & 3rd

Doctor Cerberus

By Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

 

Directed by

John Kastner

 

Coming of Age-Family-Horror-Comedic Drama

4 - 6 men (with doubling), 1 woman: 5 - 7 total

 

In this coming-of-age dramedy, 13-year-old Franklin Robertson is just trying to survive life in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. in the mid-1980s. He's overweight. He's sexually confused. He doesn't have friends. His overworked parents don't understand him. His jock older brother torments him nonstop. He'd rather write stories than go on dates (not that he could get a date). His great comfort comes from the Twinkies he eats and the horror movies he watches every Saturday night at midnight, on a black-and-white TV set in his basement, introduced by the horror host Dr. Cerberus. In fact, Franklin feels certain that Dr. Cerberus can save his misfit life…

 

The real horrors of the play aren’t the films that Franklin is obsessed with, but rather the daily terror of living in a family on the verge of imploding, as well as the twin global fears that dominated much of the 1980s: the threat of nuclear war and the fear of AIDS.  “So, this family is trying to figure out their relationship with one another in a crazy time at the same time as this kid is trying to come to terms with his own issues,”  playwright Aguirre-Sacasa says.

 

"In its darkest moments, DOCTOR CERBERUS sails into the deep waters of theater's favorite sea of tragedy, dysfunctional-family drama, and you realize what a cunning trick the playwright has performed: slipping a heartrending tragedy into the sleeve of a domestic comedy." —Orange County Register.

 

"Ever since Oedipus, the theater has known that there's nothing like family to spook us out. And home is certainly where the horror is in this sweet and canny portrait of the artist as a young fanboy…Doctor Cerberus takes you back to the moment all of us had to make a run for it, fleeing the ghost of an adolescent self, taking off into the unknown."  —LA Times.

 

Director John Kastner is looking for actors that would welcome the challenge of portraying multiple ages in the life of a family and the multiple characters revolving around them in the Indiana premiere of this award-winning drama:

 

-FRANKLIN ROBERTSON – desperately wants to be Dr. Cerberus’ assistant. 

Ages from 13 to 24, transforms from a “husky” teen (played by actor in his 20’s)

 

-LAWRENCE ROBERTSON – his dad; works as an accountant. 

Ages from late 30’s to late 40’s (with a brief flashback to 21)

 

-LYDIA ROBERTSON – his mom; works in a bank; she had dreams.

Ages from late 30’s to late 40’s (with a brief flashback to 21)

 

-RODNEY ROBERTSON – his older, jock-ish brother and a pain in the butt. 

Ages from 17 to 28 (played by actor in his 20’s)

 

-DOCTOR CERBERUS / RICHARD BENNICK - late-night horror show host and the TV personality who plays him

 

-Other non-Robertsons (played by one or two versatile actors…) –

MR. WONG (a neighbor),

COACH STAPP (school’s insane phys ed teacher),

MR. WALSH (Franklin’s senior-year English teacher),

SEAN FITZSIMMONS (Rodney’s hot jock friend) and

UNCLE JACK (Lydia’s younger brother). 

 

Auditions: May 2 & 3, 2016   7-9pm

At The Broadway United Methodist Church, 609 E. 29th St, Indianapolis 46205

 

Show dates:  July 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 & 24, 2016

Rated PG-13 for some adult language and themes.

 

Perusal copies of the script are available at the Glendale branch Information Desk and Central Library Arts Division Info Desk of the Indianapolis Public Library.

 

For additional information, contact John Kastner at 317-750-6454.

 

Encore Association Seeks Judges - Deadline May 1st

Wanted - The Encore Association is looking for a few good men and women to serve as judges for the 2016-2017 season. If you have worked onstage and behind the scenes, we need you.

We invite you to go to the Encore Association web site and download an application, then fill it out and send by May 1st to:

Encore Association

P.O. Box 53073

Indianapolis, Indiana 46253

If you've ever wondered how a show wins Encore awards, become a judge and see. We encourage you to apply by May 1st!

 

THE 46TH ANNUAL ENCORE AWARDS

STAGEWORTHY PRODUCTIONS

CONGRATULATES ITS WINNERS & NOMINEES

 

The winners were announced at the Awards and Scholarship Ceremony on Monday, October 26, 2015 at the Toby at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

 

CATCH A FALLING STAR

BEST DIRECTOR OF A COMEDY – DOUG DAVIS

BEST LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY – KRISTEN WILSON

BEST MAJOR SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY – STEVE DEMUTH

BEST MAJOR SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY – TANYA HAAS

BEST MINOR SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY – DANIEL CLYMER

BEST SET DECORATION OF A COMEDY – JOHN KASTNER & DOUG DAVIS

BEST SET DESIGN OF A COMEDY – JOHN KASTNER & DOUG DAVIS

BEST LIGHT BOARD OPERATOR FOR A COMEDY – DOUG DAVIS

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN FOR A COMEDY – JOHN KASTNER

BEST SOUND BOARD OPERATOR FOR A COMEDY – JOHN KASTNER

BEST SOUND DESIGN FOR A COMEDY – JOHN KASTNER & KRISTEN WILSON

 

NEXT YEAR’S MAN OF STEEL

BEST DIRECTOR OF A DRAMA – JOHN KASTNER

BEST MAJOR SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA – BRIAN JEFFRIES

BEST MAJOR SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA – KYRSTEN LYSTER

BEST MINOR SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA – THOM JOHNSON

BEST COSTUMES FOR A DRAMA – KAREN WEBSTER

BEST SET DECORATION OF A DRAMA – JOHN KASTNER

BEST SET DESIGN OF A DRAMA – JOHN KASTNER

BEST LIGHT BOARD OPERATOR FOR A DRAMA – MIKE SMILEY

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN FOR A DRAMA – JOHN KASTNER

BEST SOUND BOARD OPERATOR FOR A DRAMA – JOHN KASTNER

BEST SOUND DESIGN FOR A DRAMA – JOHN KASTNER

 

2014 - 2015 Judge’s Special Award

Matthew Wardwell and John Kastner for the creation of the integral and plot-advancing original artwork & video in Next Year's Man of Steel at StageWorthy Productions.