Friend of a Friend Auditions

PRODUCTION: FRIEND OF A FRIEND: Tales of the Underground Railroad

PRODUCER: Capital Repertory Theatre, 111 N. Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12207

CONTRACT: TYA/EQUITY Will see non-AEA actors – All actors receive EQUITY contract.

DATES: Reh starts 2/7/19, first perf 2/25/19; last perf 3/15/19. (Day off: Sundays)

SALARY: $600/wk.

HOUSING: upgraded company, private, very nice 1-bedroom apartment (no sharing) within walking distance of Capital Rep.

TOUR DESCRIPTION: Day trips only within 90 m radius, no out of area overnights.

SYNOPSIS: This original docu-play, developed by theREP, uses archival documents to bring to life the impact of the Fugitive Slave Act in New York’s Capital Region. The stories tell the struggles of local African American heroes including Solomon and Ann Northup, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth and publishers, Stephen and Harriet Myers and the role of the Underground Railroad.

NOTE: Actors play multiple roles in this fast-paced, 1-hour piece that is one of the most popular of theREP’s “On the Go” school touring productions.


(1) F- African American, mid-late 20s to play all female roles including Ann Northup, Harriet Myers, Sojourner Truth and more. Physical and verbally versatile. Some singing (hymns, folk tunes)

(1) M – African American, mid-20-30s to play Solomon Northup (12 Years a Slave), Stephen Myers and others. Physically and verbally versatile. Some singing. (Hymns/folk songs)

Submit In person:

Thursday, January 31, 2019 Capital Repertory Theatre

2PM-5PM 111 N. Pearl Street

Albany, NY. 12207

Bring: headshot/resume stapled, 2 prepared contrasting short monologues to show versatility. Bring 1 verse of hymn or folksong to be sung without accompaniment or self-accompanied with guitar, banjo, etc.. No appointment necessary.


Submit: by tape – accepted now until 5PM, Jan. 31, 2019.

Send headshot/resume with 2 contrasting short monologues to show versatility and 1 verse of hymn/folksong sung without accompaniment or self-accompanied with guitar, banjo, etc. Email materials to:


Capital Repertory Theatre, 111 N. Pearl St., Albany, NY 12207
Non-Union Actors
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 2PM-7PM


Producer: Capital Repertory Theatre, 111 N. Pearl St., Albany, NY 12207

Production: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, adapted by Lee Hall, based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard

Director: Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill

Music Director: Josh D. Smith

Choreographer: Freddy Ramirez

Production Dates:

Rehearsal starts: March 3, 2019
Previews: April 5-7
Opening night: April 9
Closes: May 12

Performance schedule: Tues-Thurs 7:30 PM, Fri/Sat 8 PM, Sat, 3 PM, Sun, 2 PM, Weds. Mat 2 PM: Apr 17, 24, May 1.
Student matinee:  April 11,  and May 1,2,8 at 10:30 AM

Synopsis: Based on the Academy Award-winning motion picture, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE is a play-within-a-play depicting how the young Will Shakespeare was inspired to write ROMEO & JULIET. Faced with writer’s block, Will gets advice from the likes of his tavern mates, producer, loan shark, Queen Elizabeth and rival Philip Marlowe. When Will falls in love with the beautiful Viola de Lesseps, disguised as a young actor to play Romeo, sparks fly, along with swords, witty dialogue, song, bawdy humor and all reason.

Note about music: There are many songs in SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE that are performed by the entire cast. Actors should be confident singing – much like in a choir. Reading music a plus – experience in singing harmony important.

People with animal allergies please note: There is a dog in the cast of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE. Actors will come into contact with the dog on and backstage.

Seeking: 8 Non-Union Actors of all ages to create an ethnically, racially, sexually diverse ensemble. Actors play more than one part – and are part of the ensemble that sings, makes sound effects, etc.

Sam/Ensemble – Sam is the young man who plays Juliet – until his voice changes right before the show is scheduled to start

Frees/Wabash/Heavy 1/Ensemble – versatile actor, Wabash is a tailor who has a stammer off stage but not on stage, physically strong

Nurse/Ensemble – versatile comedienne, Viola’s nurse

Peter/Proteus/Ensemble – versatile actor with stage combat, dance or acrobatic experience

Nol/Valentine/Ensemble – versatile actor to play Henslowe’s assistant

Edmund Tilney/Sir Robert deLesseps/Ensemble** – versatile actor who is the Queen’s censor; also plays Viola’s father

John Webster/Ensemble – a bit of a weasel, sneaky and conniving, a young person who likes the sight of blood (went on to become the great playwright of gore, John Webster)

Ned Alleyn/Lambert/Ensemble** – versatile actor to play the famous leading man, Ned Alleyn. Conceited, confident – but knows a good play when he sees it – nobody’s fool. Stage combat required.

** part might be played by an Equity actor

TO AUDITION: Email headshot/resume to, and make an appointment here. (January 22nd, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. only!) 


  • A printed out headshot with resume stapled to it
  • 1 minute memorized Shakespearean monologue from the play of your choice.
  • Prepare a song (with no accompaniment) a folk song, hymn or madrigal.
  • Please select something that shows off your voice.
  • If you play guitar, lute or flute, please bring it along to play.

There is a modest weekly per diem provided to non-union actors to cover meal and travel expenses. Actors may enroll in the Equity Membership Candidate program; EMCs receive weekly work points.

HOUSING/TRANSPORTATION: Non-Union actors must have local housing and transportation to/from all rehearsals and performances.