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Equity Principal Auditions for Bill W. and Dr. Bob (updated with sides)

Saturday, August 17: Auditions for Bill W. and Dr. Bob by Samuel Shem and Janet Surrey.
Director: Sandra Taylor.
City Equity Theatre Artistic Directors: Alan Gardner and Jonathan Fuller.
Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French.

Auditions will be held throughout the day, with a lunch break from 12pm-1pm, at Birmingham Festival Theatre (1901 1/2 11th Ave S, above Golden Temple). Non-Equity talent will be seen as time permits.

Contract: Small Professional Theatre Tier I
AEA minimum: $220/week

First rehearsal date: September 3, 2013
Runs September 27-October 6, 2013 at the Virginia Samford Theatre.

Seeking local Equity actors, men and women. Call (205) 951-3029 after August 12th for an audition appointment, or email cityequitytheatremail@gmail.com.

Also reading local non-Equity actors, men and women, for whom Equity Membership Candidate (EMC) points can be made available. Actors of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend.

Bring resume and photo. AEA members: always bring your Equity card to auditions.

Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Sides will be made available online at cityequitytheatre.org.

Breakdown: BILL WILSON
30’s – 40’s. Tall, lanky with a commanding presence. A brilliant stockbroker, Bill is described as “someone who could talk a dog off a meat wagon.” Alcoholic who, through his struggles and association with Dr. Bob, founds the first 12 step program. Vermont born. (OFFER OUT)

DR. BOB SMITH
50’s. Also Vermont born. Witty and wry in his down home way. A surgeon, who is also a desperate drunk and, with Bill Wilson, founds Alcoholics Anonymous.

LOIS WILSON
30’s-40’s Petite, attractive, self-possessed, slightly older than Bill. A long suffering wife who has been put through he ringer by her husband, but ultimately sticks by him and helps with the 12-step program’s beginnings.

ANNE SMITH
A short, solid no-nonsense woman mid 50’s. Very religious, and equally as long-suffering as Lois. Helps with the-12 step program’s beginnings.

MAN
30 – 50’s, to play various supporting roles.

WOMAN
30’s – 50’s to play various supporting roles.

UPDATE: Sides added, in .pdf format.

News

Bill W. and Dr. Bob, September 27-October 6

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City Equity Theatre, Birmingham’s longest-running professional Equity theatre company, will bring Samuel Shem’s and Janet Surrey’s critically-acclaimed Bill W. and Dr. Bob  to the Virginia Samford Theatre for a limited two-week run opening on September 27, 2013. Heralded by critics and theatre-goers alike for its humor, humanity, and grace, this story about the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) stands as a testimonial to the healing power of community and the resilience of the human spirit. Described by actor Martin Sheen as “the miraculous story, beautifully told, of the men who named the disease and created the cure,” Bill W. and Dr. Bob has been seen in 35 states and in Canada, England, and Australia; CET’s upcoming production, an Alabama premiere, will be presented as part of National Recovery Month.

New York stockbroker Bill Wilson becomes a miserable drunk following the market crash of 1929. Dr. Bob Smith, an Ohio surgeon, has been a closet drunk for 30 years, often performing surgery while hungover and high on sedatives. Through a seemingly-fated series of events, the two men meet on Mother’s Day, 1935, and establish a bond that makes sobriety possible for them both. Based on the conviction that “the only thing that can keep a drunk sober is telling his story to another drunk,” and with the invaluable support of their wives, Lois Wilson and Anne Smith (eventual co-founders of Al-Anon, the internationally-known support group for friends and families of problem drinkers), Bill and Bob labor to prove that their approach can work for other alcoholics. Illuminating the struggles and setbacks in developing their 12-step program for recovery, the play concludes on the brink of their success—a success that led Aldous Huxley to praise Bill Wilson as “the greatest social architect of our century,” and earned Wilson a place on Time magazine’s list, “Time 100: The Most Important People of the 20th Century.”

Bill W. and Dr. Bob  will mark City Equity’s 17th production since its inception in 2006, furthering the company’s mission to bring exciting, new, socially resonant work to Birmingham audiences with a professional commitment to quality in interpretation and execution. This production will be directed by Sandra Taylor, most recently seen onstage in the role of Violet Weston in City Equity’s August: Osage County.

Bill W. and Dr. Bob  will run September 27-28 and October 2-6 at 7:30 pm, with matinee performances on September 29 and October 6 at 2:30 pm. All performances will play on the main stage at the Virginia Samford Theatre at Caldwell Park, 116 26th Street South. Tickets are $30 for center section seating, $25 for side section seating, with student ticket discounts TBD; tickets may be purchased online through virginiasamfordtheatre.org, or by phone at 205-251-1206. Student tickets are $10, available with a valid student ID on a walk-up basis exclusively (no reservations, please). For more information on City Equity Theatre, visit cityequitytheatre.org.

(With respect to the Traditions of AA, performance of this work does not imply affiliation with nor approval or endorsement from Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.)

Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French.

Auditions, News

First-pass non-Equity auditions at Birmingham Festival Theatre

BFT 2013-2014 Season Auditions
Plus First-pass Non-Equity Auditions
for City Equity Theatre

DATE & TIME:
Saturday, August 3, 10:00 am – noon
Sunday, August 4, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

PLACE:

Birmingham Festival Theatre, 1901 1/2 11th Ave S Birmingham

HOW TO PREPARE:
Adult actors of all ages and ethnicities are encouraged to attend. Actors will have up to 3 minutes to offer a single or 2 contrasting monologues. An additional few minutes will be available for directors’ questions. Please bring 3 copies of your resume and a head shot, if available—two copies of your head shot if you seek consideration by both BFT and CET. This is a great opportunity to be seen by several different directors and audition for several shows at the same time. You may be called back at another time to read again for one or more specific shows.

Pending rights acquisition and finalizing arrangements with our partners and venues, CET will be looking at talent for the following upcoming productions:

  • Bill W. and Dr. Bob  by Samuel Shem and Janet Surrey
  • The Seafarer  by Conor McPherson
  • A Steady Rain  by Keith Huff
  • The Collected Works of Billy the Kid  by Michael Ondaatje

For more information on BFT’s season, visit their audition listing online or on Facebook.

We look forward to making further announcements soon!