AUDITIONS

Yentl
Produced by Special Arrangement with International Performing Rights LTD on behalf of both Susan Schulman Literary Agency and Barbara Hogenson Agency
Based on Isaac Bashevis Singer’s short story “Yentl The Yeshiva Boy” and
Adapted for the stage by Leah Napolin and Isaac Bashevis Singer
Directed by Anthony Brown

SYNOPSIS:

Yentl is a play by Leah Napolin and Isaac Bashevis Singer. Based on Singer’s short story “Yentl the Yeshiva Boy,” it centers on a young girl who defies tradition by discussing and debating Jewish law and theology with her rabbi father. When he dies, she cuts her hair, dresses as a man, and sets out to find a yeshiva where she can continue to study Talmud and live secretly as a male named Anshel. Made popular by the Barbra Streisand film but this is not a musical.

CHARACTERS:

Yentl

(Female, Late 20s-Early 30s but believable as early 20s) Intelligent, highly charismatic, passionate, and resourceful to a fault. She is a scholar in a culture and time where female scholars just didn’t exist, and so disguises herself as a man in order to be able to study the Torah. She discovers that her true self is somewhere between a male and a female. Should look Jewish. Actress must be convincing as a man, comfortable with nudity, and strong with language. Ability to sing a plus. Familiarity with Hebrew prayers a plus.

 

Avigdor
(Male, Late 20s-Early 30s, but believable as mid 20s) Strong, passionate, sexy, highly intelligent, but playful and restless. When he is connecting with another person is when he is most alive. He begins as a leader, but young, and matures as the play goes on. Actor must be comfortable in his body, with nudity and strong with language. Ability to sing and/or play instruments a plus. Familiarity with Hebrew prayers a plus.

 

Hadass
(Female, 20s to 30s) Very feminine soft, gentle, wants only to please her family. Blonde hair. Familiarity with Hebrew prayers a plus.

 

Reb todrus, fulcha, laibish, the cantor, messenger, musician
(Male, 40s to Early 50s) A loving, dedicated father, with a sense of humor beneath his serious approach to his study and culture. A man whose warmth is apparent from the moment you see him and stays with his daughter for the rest of the play. Actor must be adept at playing several roles. Ability to sing and play instruments a plus. Familiarity with Hebrew prayers a plus. Looking for an actor who is a strong member of an ensemble.

 

Rivka, necheleh, chambermaid
(Female, 40s to 60s) A matchmaker, she is a fiercely committed to her job and doing her best for all the young people in her town. Warm, though she only has so much patience. Actress must be adept at playing several roles. Ability to sing and play instruments a plus. Familiarity with Hebrew prayers a plus. Looking for an actress who is a strong member of an ensemble.

 

Lemmel, yussel, wedding jester, dr. solomon, mohel, musician
(Male, 20s to Early 30s) Strong in his beliefs of the Jewish faith, wants to learn. Familiarity with Hebrew prayers a plus. Looking for an actor who is a strong member of an ensemble.

 

Reb nata the shammes, zelig
Strong in his beliefs of the Jewish faith, wants to learn. Familiarity with Hebrew prayers a plus. Looking for an actor who is a strong member of an ensemble.

 

Nehemiah, the rabbi, sheftel
Strong in his beliefs of the Jewish faith, wants to learn. Familiarity with Hebrew prayers a plus.
Looking for an actor who is a strong member of an ensemble.

 

Mordecai, feitl
Strong in her beliefs of the Jewish faith, wants to please. Familiarity with Hebrew prayers a plus. Looking for an actor who is a strong member of an ensemble. 

 

Shmuel, zisheh, musician
Strong in his beliefs of the Jewish faith, wants to learn. Familiarity with Hebrew prayers a plus. Looking for an actor who is a strong member of an ensemble. 

 

Moishe, gershon, chaim, musician
Strong in his beliefs of the Jewish faith, wants to learn. Familiarity with Hebrew prayers a plus. Looking for an actor who is a strong member of an ensemble.

 

Dovid, yitzhok, musician
Strong in his beliefs of the Jewish faith, wants to learn. Familiarity with Hebrew prayers a plus. Looking for an actor who is a strong member of an ensemble. 

 

Treitl, reb alter (Male, 40s to Early 50s) A man of means, he is comfortable enough that he cares more about his family being happy than with doing things the “right” way. He remains calm even as others get worked up. Actor must be adept at playing several roles. Ability to sing and play instruments a plus. Familiarity with Hebrew prayers a plus. Looking for an actor who is a strong member of an ensemble.

 

Raizeleh, avram
Strong in her beliefs of the Jewish faith, wants to please. Familiarity with Hebrew prayers a plus. Looking for an actor who is a strong member of an ensemble. 

 

Finkl, berel Strong in her beliefs of the Jewish faith, wants to please. Familiarity with Hebrew prayers a plus. Looking for an actor who is a strong member of an ensemble.

 

Zelda-leah, shimmel
Strong in her beliefs of the Jewish faith, wants to please. Familiarity with Hebrew prayers a plus. Looking for an actor who is a strong member of an ensemble. 

 

Frumka (Female, 40s to 50s)

Strong, passionate and superstitious, she is fiercely protective of her daughter and the life she will lead. Believes strongly in the “right” way of doing things. Actress must be adept at playing several roles. Ability to sing a plus. Familiarity with Hebrew prayers a plus. Looking for an actress who is a strong member of an ensemble.

 

Pesha
Strong in her beliefs of the Jewish faith, wants to please. Familiarity with Hebrew prayers a plus. Looking for an actor who is a strong member of an ensemble. 

 

Yachna

Strong in her beliefs of the Jewish faith, wants to please. Familiarity with Hebrew prayers a plus. Looking for an actor who is a strong member of an ensemble.

 

Zlateh
Strong in her beliefs of the Jewish faith, wants to please. Familiarity with Hebrew prayers a plus. Looking for an actor who is a strong member of an ensemble.

 

PERFORMANCES:

8th & 15th May at 7pm  

22nd May at 2pm & 7pm

Staged at John Lees Centre,15 Evan Street, Penrith.

AUDITION DATE:

Saturday, 19th December 2020

at John Lees Centre, Level 1, 15 Evan Street, Penrith
(by appointment only).

AUDITION DETAILS:

Applicants should note that reading the play prior to their audition would be highly advantageous.

An audition piece will be given to every auditionee.

It is expected that the auditionee will learn the lines of the audition piece and

present it on an agreed date with the director.
We are looking for high standard of performance for each of the roles.
A rehearsal schedule is prepared and will be given on first response to any enquiries made by an auditionee.
It is a clever idea to come to auditions in character, dress/shoes/hair,

anything that you feel is appropriate for the role you are seeking.

An audition piece will be sent out from Anthony once an audition time slot has been sorted.

For further information or to book an audition time,

please email Anthony at: rubyproductions99@gmail.com