The Verge is hopping! There are FOUR audition opportunities coming up! Be sure to scroll ALL THE WAY DOWN!
By John Cariani
AUDITION DATES: April 30 or May 1, 7-9PM. PLEASE CONTACT co-director liam mayer with questions or if you can’t make those dates (firstname.lastname@example.org).
ROLES BEING CAST: 6 Adult Males, 4 Adult Females, 6 Interchangeable. All races, ethnicities and experience levels welcome.
PERFORMANCE DATES: Friday and Saturday evenings, June 15-23.
REHEARSAL DATES: Rehearsal will kick off the second week of May and run weekday evenings and weekends through opening.
HOW TO PREPARE: Come to Verge Theater (2304 N. 7th Ave., Unit G) anytime between 7 and 9PM on the 30th or 1st! When you arrive, we will give you a script, pair you up with another actor, let you rehearse it briefly and then read it for everyone.
SPECIAL NOTE: This show is being presented under the banner of Verge Theater: New Opportunities Workshop. We are actively encouraging people with little or no experience to audition and/or join the crew — or, if experienced, to learn something new while they're here. So if you've been waiting for a sign to try your hand at theater, THIS IS YOUR SIGN.
THE STORY: On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.
REVIEWS FOR ALMOST, MAINE: “ALMOST, MAINE is a series of nine amiably absurdist vignettes about love, with a touch of good-natured magic realism…witty, romantic, unsentimental. A beautifully structured play, with nifty surprise endings (most but not all of them happy).” —The New York Times
“Sweet, poignant, and witty. Nearly perfect. ALMOST, MAINE’s charm is real. [It] packs wit, earns its laughs and, like love, surprises you.” —New York Daily News
“Mega-hit ALMOST, MAINE lands somewhere between Norman Rockwell and Our Town. Unabashedly unhip. There is no pretense of an edge here—the show offers a sweetness and decency that’s become rare at the theater. At this point, it’s a welcome breath of fresh air.” —New York Post
The Gun Show
By E.M. Lewis
AUDITION DATES: SATURDAY, MAY 5, 12:30-2:30PM. PLEASE CONTACT DIRECTOR WILL DICKERSON TO SIGN UP FOR A 10-MINUTE SLOT (WDICKERSON@MAC.COM).
ROLES BEING CAST: 1 Adult Male of any race/ethnicity.
PERFORMANCE DATES: Friday and Saturday evenings, September 7-23. (Yep, we’re casting now for this amazing September show!)
REHEARSAL DATES: Rehearsal schedule will be established post-casting. The actor will be expected to familiarize himself with the script over the summer before meeting up with the director in August.
HOW TO PREPARE: Sign up for your 10-minute slot on that date and prepare a 5-minute section of the script. Then come to Verge Theater (2304 N. 7th Ave.)! You may request a copy by emailing email@example.com.
THE STORY: From a farming community in rural Oregon to the big cities of Los Angeles and New York, playwright E.M. Lewis takes aim at her own relationship with firearms in The Gun Show. An actor shares Ms. Lewis’s unique perspective and true stories about America’s most dangerous pastime as if they were his own, with brutal honesty and poignant humor. Leaning neither right nor left, The Gun Show jumps into the middle of the gun control debate, and asks “Can we have a conversation about this?"
REVIEWS FOR THE GUN SHOW: “These are personal stories of a woman who has a lot of experience with guns, who understands both their appeal and their danger, and who, because she sees both sides, feels stuck in the middle. She doesn't ask us to support one side or the other. She simply asks to think about both of them and realize that there is a lot of room in the chasm between open carry laws and banning guns entirely.” —Broadway World
“(The Gun Show) leaves us with the lesson that what’s complicated always has personal context and cannot be abstracted apart from individual lived lives. As such truthful storytelling about complexity goes, The Gun Show sets a brave example, with a terrific script.” —DC Metro
“Human, bold, sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, but always honest.” —New City
“The drama’s life-changing moments evoke a here-and-now immediacy, not easily forgotten.” —LA Weekly
Stupid Fucking Bird
By Aaron Posner
AUDITION DATES: Saturday, may 5, 3-5PM. PLEASE CONTACT director Mark Kuntz with questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
ROLES BEING CAST: 4 adult men, 3 adult women. All races, ethnicities and experience levels welcome.
PERFORMANCE DATES: Friday and Saturday evenings, October 5-20. (Yep, we’re casting now for this fantastic October show!)
REHEARSAL DATES: Rehearsal schedule will be established post-casting but not start up until August.
HOW TO PREPARE: Come to Verge Theater (2304 N. 7th Ave.) on Saturday, May 5, between 3 and 5PM! You will be asked to do a cold read from the script.
THE STORY: An aspiring young director rampages against the art created by his mother’s generation. A nubile young actress wrestles with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a renowned novelist. And everyone discovers just how disappointing love, art, and growing up can be. In this irreverent, contemporary, and very funny remix of Chekhov’s The Seagull, Aaron Posner stages a timeless battle between young and old, past and present, in search of the true meaning of it all. Stupid Fucking Bird will tickle, tantalize, and incite you to consider how art, love, and revolution fuel your own pursuit of happiness.
REVIEWS FOR STUPID FUCKING BIRD: “Aaron Posner’s savvy, petulant blitz through Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull [is] less an adaptation of Chekhov’s landmark drama than a funny, moving slugfest, a ripe mashup of mock and awe…sometimes it blows Chekhov up, and sometimes the play explodes with a genuinely Chekhovian release of emotion. The show is smart enough to have it both ways: It mines The Seagull for classical heft even while giving it the bird.” —The Washington Post
“Like the play that inspired it, this adaptation offers a unique glimpse at the state of the theatrical art form and more broadly, the difficult pursuit of art and creativity. Angsty, raw, and real, this play does not shy away from the hard, but well-discussed philosophical questions about art, reality, love and life and what it all means. Yet, it does so in a way that’s likely to engage contemporary theatrically savvy audiences.” —Broadway World
“…an accessible and unfailingly delightful jaunt into misery (or maybe we should say compromised happiness)…It’s absorbing in its every glance and revealing in its every sigh.” —Washington City Paper
“Stupid Fucking Bird, like The Seagull before it, demands a realer theater… It is an act of historical importance to tear theater down in order to have it start anew. But it is an act of grace to challenge theater to become greater without tearing it down.” —DCTheatreScene.com
“Stupid Fucking Bird, Aaron Posner’s splendid, irreverent adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull [is] a refreshing splash of cool water on dry, well-trod terrain… Stupid Fucking Bird is what you get from a writer who not only adores the material he’s adapting, but understands it precisely.” —DCist.com
Variety on the Verge: Burlesque and Other Indoor Sports
AUDITION DATES: Saturday, may 19, 1-4PM or monday, may 21, 7-10pm. PLEASE CONTACT director heidi krutchkoff with questions (email@example.com).
ROLES BEING CAST: All acts are welcome (well, OK, no live bears or Greek fire. But pretty much everything else!). See below for details.
PERFORMANCE DATES: Friday and Saturday evenings, July 13-21.
REHEARSAL DATES: Participating acts are expected to prepare on their own and come together for two dress rehearsals at Verge Theater the week of July 8th.
HOW TO PREPARE: Sign up for an audition spot on one of the dates above and prepare your act. Then come to Verge Theater (2304 N. 7th Ave.) and strut your stuff!
ABOUT THE SHOW: New this summer at Verge Theater, Variety on the Verge: Burlesque and Other Indoor Sports will feature the best of Bozeman’s acts — dancers, singers, stand-up comics, sketch comedy, magicians, acrobats, jugglers, etc. Come one, come all! Show us what you’ve got and share your gift with the Gallatin Valley!