The Inheritance Broadway LLC
New York, NY
Call Type: EPA
$2095/week current minimum
Playwright: Matthew Lopez
Director: Stephen Daldry
Associate Director: Justin Martin
Casting Directors: Jordan Thaler & Heidi Griffiths
Casting Associate: Rebecca Feldman
Producer: The Inheritance Broadway LLC General
Manager: RCI Theatricals
Production Dates in 2019 or 2020 – TBA
EPA Procedures are in effect for this audition.
An Equity Monitor will be provided.
Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition.
Always bring your Equity Membership card to auditions.
Equity actors for various roles. See breakdown.
YOUNG MAN 2/JASON #1. Male. Early 30’s. Any ethnicity. To play multiple roles, including: JASON #1 – high school science teacher, bookish and sweetly nerdy. The kind of person who doesn’t speak at parties until they’ve had a couple of drinks and then you can’t shut them up. He has the ability to look at an argument from every possible angle. He is a steady ship on increasingly stormy seas. He often takes on the role of peacemaker
YOUNG MAN 3/YOUNG HENRY Male. Early/mid 20’s. Any ethnicity. To play multiple roles, including: YOUNG HENRY – appears as a memory or the shadow of the adult Henry Wilcox. Traumatized by what he witnesses during the mid-1980’s, at the start of the AIDS epidemic, he moves through the world cautiously, with his emotional guard resolutely up. The only person who can pierce his defenses is Young Walter, with whom he has fallen hopelessly, desperately in love.
YOUNG MAN 4/YOUNG WALTER Male. Early/mid 20’s. Any ethnicity. To play multiple roles, including: YOUNG WALTER – appears as a memory or the shadow of the adult Walter Poole. We also encounter him at the start of the AIDS epidemic. A deeply feeling, intensely loyal, innately principled young man. Outwardly, he is as gentle as a cherry blossom. Inwardly, he’s steel-spined and indestructible. Whereas the epidemic almost crushes Henry, it reveals Young Walter’s true strength and resolve.
YOUNG MAN 5/TOBY’S AGENT. Male. Mid/late 20’s. Any ethnicity. To play multiple roles, including: TOBY’S AGENT – budding young power agent at one of the big agencies. Thrives on protein shakes and hot yoga. Not without compassion for Toby but increasingly frustrated by his client’s erratic behavior. Knows how to gently pet with one hand and cut throats with the other.
YOUNG MAN 6/TRISTAN. Male. Early 30’s. African-American. To play multiple roles, including TRISTAN, an ER physician who spends his days dealing with trauma of all kinds. He is calm under pressure and knows how to diffuse the most volatile situations. He can be droll and wickedly funny when he wants to (and he often does). He can also expertly dissect thorny, seemingly impossible problems with reasoned, blazingly intelligent thinking. His observations are never like speeches—instead, they are examples of a dazzling mind at work, working out problems in real time.
YOUNG MAN 7/JASPER. Male. Early 30’s. White. To play multiple roles, including JASPER, a “social justice entrepreneur,” who works in the political realm as a movement influencer. He is wickedly smart if also a little self-righteous and blind to his own privilege. He has a good heart and good intentions. When we meet him, he’s an amiable doofus with boyish charm who hasn’t really matured past the age of 22, which is the average age of most of his boyfriends. The 2016 election hardens him in unhealthy ways. He becomes prone to pronouncements over analysis and develops an ideological rigidity and inflexibility that causes his relationships to fracture.
YOUNG MAN 8/JASON #2. Male. Early 30’s. Any ethnicity. To play multiple roles including JASON #2, a first-grade teacher who often treats the world as if it were his classroom. Big-hearted, joyful, and deliriously idiosyncratic. Jason will often hijack a serious conversation with his decidedly out-of-the box thinking. The fact that he is able to coherently argue his somewhat baffling points of view is evidence not only of his fertile imagination but also his rock-solid intellect. Jason is a perceptive and compassionate man who possesses the ability to understand the emotional stakes of any situation—eventually.
BOY. Male. 9-10 years old to play younger. Any ethnicity. Non-dialogued.
For understudies and future replacements only:
E.M. FORSTER/WALTER POOLE. Male. 50s. White. As E.M. FORSTER—the eminent British author of Howards End and Maurice. A spiritual and literary guide to a group of young men attempting to tell the story of their lives. Straight-laced. Proper. Occasionally playful and even joyfully wicked. Having grappled with his dishonesty and cowardice in life as closeted gay man fearful of exposure, in death he is a teacher who learns just as much as his pupils about life in the modern world. As WALTER POOLE—Gentle. Honest. Henry’s partner. A haunted man possessed of tremendous compassion but also tremendous emotional caution. He survived the AIDS epidemic by sacrificing himself to the needs of others and now he seems to be half in this world, half in the spirit world—in the process, it seems, of becoming a ghost. His friendship with Eric, temporarily revives him, and gives meaning to the end of his life. Note: As this doubling covers both British and American characters, the role(s) requires an actor extremely deft with both accents.
HENRY WILCOX. Male. 50s. White. A gay billionaire Republican real estate developer. Walter’s partner. Charming, fiercely intelligent and emotionally inaccessible. He survived the AIDS epidemic by closing himself off to needs of others. In trying to ignore his trauma he has live a life completely divorced from his emotions, from joy, from connection to others. But the desire for happiness does not come without cost—and he is forced to finally face his past.
MARGARET. Female. Late 60’s +. Any ethnicity. A haunted woman. The mother of a young man
who died of AIDS in the mid-1980 and who she was estranged from, she has spent her life atoning for her personal failings. Flinty, pugnacious, no-nonsense. She is tasked with caring for Walter’s house and, by extension, all its secrets as well as some of her own.
YOUNG MAN 1/ADAM McDOWELL/LEO. Male. Early 20s. Any ethnicity. As ADAM—Charming. Wide-eyed child of privilege. Physically attractive. Naturally seductive. He hides these qualities beneath a veneer of innocence and inexperience but beneath the surface, he’s calculating and methodical. He’s too skilled a manipulator to ever be caught at it. Underestimate him at your peril. As LEO—A guarded, damaged young man but underneath his messy exterior, he’s a young man aching for connection and kindness. A sex worker now, intermittently homeless and in the throes of addiction, Leo trusts no one because his life has taught him this is the only way to survive. Possessed of a first- class mind that has been undernourished by years of neglect.
YOUNG MAN 9/ERIC GLASS. Male. 30s. Any ethnicity. Deeply compassionate. Tender. Loyal. Undervalues himself and doesn’t realized how special he is. Tested along the way by heartbreak and loss, he uses these disappointments as fuel to build the growing fire inside him. Doesn’t know that he’s the lead of this play. Once he does and makes a decision to act bravely and decisively, he discovers he has the ability to change the world to an extent far greater than anyone knows.
YOUNG MAN 10/TOBY DARLING. Male. Late 20s/Early 30s. Any ethnicity. A raging whirlwind of
ambition, sex appeal, self-regard, self-doubt, and ultimately self-destruction. Charming. Verbose. Funny. Sharp-tongued. A self-made man who charges through life as if he were indestructible—ultimately discovering that he is not. He knows the glory of tremendous heights and the devastating lows of self-annihilation. A star that burns too brightly and is extinguished too quickly. He can delight you and appall you, make you swoon one minute and break your heart the next. All of his bluster is to cover the fact that he is the most fragile character in the play.
Pearl Studios NYC (500)
500 8th Ave
New York, NY 10018-6504
4th floor (check with lobby upon arrival in case of last minute studio changes)
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Lunch 1:30 to 2:30
Please prepare one SHORT (no more than two minutes in length) contemporary monologue. Bring picture and resume.