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Sweat

AUDITIONS: March 18 or 19, 2024

AUDITIONS:
6:00-8:00 pm on Monday or Tuesday, March 18 or 19
CALLBACKS: March 20
Ages 13-adult

AUDITION INSTRUCTIONS

Each audition is approximately 7 – 10 minutes. They will enter the audition room individually, state their name and the name and/or origin of their monologue, take a beat and then perform for the panel. After their monologue is completed, they should say thank you and answer any questions the panel may have.

1. Please prepare a monologue or scene excerpt from any related work, lasting approximately 1 – 2 minutes. The piece should showcase your versatility, emotional range, and character depth. A theatre resume is preferred, but not required.

(These monologues are available for any cold read:  Monologues)

2. Click on the Audition Form button and fill it out, listing all conflicts. Conflicts will not prohibit you from being cast, but will assist us in creating a schedule that works for everyone.

3. Check out the link with our Tentative Rehearsal Schedule. This will be adjusted after the show is cast.

4. Sign Up for your Audition Slot

5. Callbacks:  Those requested for callbacks will be emailed at the end of the second audition day and asked to prepare one of the callback selections for the desired role. (Callback selections)

Character Descriptions

Tracey – Tracey is white, in her forties, and of German descent. Opinionated and proud of the work her family has done, she has been working at Olstead’s factory for over twenty years, following her father and grandfather. She is best friends with Cynthia until she feels betrayed by Cynthia after the latter’s promotion. Though she claims to not care about race, Tracey sometimes makes racially insensitive comments. She is Jason’s mother. 

 
Cynthia – Cynthia is Black and in her forties, and she has been working at the plant as long as Tracey has. She is ambitious and applies for the promotion that moves her up to a managerial position. This puts Cynthia in a difficult spot when management wants to cut wages and Cynthia finds herself pitted against her friends. 
 
Jessie – Jessie is white and friends with Tracey and Cynthia. She struggles with alcohol addiction, always drinking much more than the others at the bar. When she was young, she wanted to travel the world, but she ended up getting a job at the plant and has never left. 
 
Jason – Jason is Tracey’s son, who is in his twenties. He is outgoing and often teases his best friend, Chris. His anger at losing his job at the factory causes him to get into a fight with violent consequences. In jail, Jason becomes a white supremacist. 
 
Chris – Chris is Cynthia’s son and Jason’s friend; like Jason, he is in his twenties. He works at the factory but has aspirations to go to college. He is saving up money for school when the strike happens and he becomes involved in a fight with Jason that lands him in jail. 
 
Brucie – Brucie is Chris’s father and Cynthia’s estranged husband. He has fallen on hard times and becomes involved with drugs, although he starts a rehab program. It is revealed that his addiction issues are related to his being fired from his factory job after his union was pushed out. 
 
Stan – Stan is a former steel worker who became a bartender after getting injured at the plant. He is white, in his fifties, and friendly. Stan tries to break up the fight between Jason and Oscar and unfortunately suffers a brain injury while doing so. 
 
Oscar – Oscar is a Colombian American man who works at the bar. Always considered an outsider and not afforded many job opportunities, he crosses the picket line when the plant offers more than what he makes at the bar. This causes a fight with Jason. By 2008, he has become the manager of the bar and takes care of Stan. 
 
Evan – Evan is Chris and Jason’s parole officer in 2008, when they get out of prison. He helps the two young men confront their feelings about what happened. Evan, who is Black, can be forceful in drawing forth information and is unflappable in the face of Jason’s racist remarks.

The Audition Sign Up Link opens to DreamWrights Members Feb. 19th.
This link will open to the General Public two weeks prior to auditions.
You can become a member today and get the link early! It’s only $25 per person.

If you are offered a role in the production, the production support fee of $20 (members) or $30 (non-members) is due on or before the Information Night. The fee may be paid by cash, credit card, or check payable to DreamWrights. Scholarship funds are available to cover all those in need. For scholarship assistance, please contact Ann Davis at annd@dreamwrights.org.
These fees directly support the costs of mounting the production.

5 PERFORMANCES:
May 3, 4, 10 & 11 at 7:00 pm 
May 5 at 3:00 pm

Sweat takes place in the nearby factory town of Reading, PA where we witness a group of friends sharing drinks, spilling secrets, and finding humor in their collective struggles.  As layoffs manifest picket lines, friendships fracture as these co-workers fight for relevance, equity, and equality in this new age automation. Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and nominated for 3 Tony Awards including Best Play.

“…passionate and necessary…a masterfully depiction of the forces that divide and conquer us…”      -Time Out New York 

In advance: General Seating $14
Reserved Seating $18
At the door: $2 more per ticket

Gallery opens one hour prior and Theatre doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance.