Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Auditions for Classics at Brucemore

March 5th, 2019

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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Produced by Brucemore

Artistic Direction by Jason Alberty

 

 

Auditions: Sunday, March 24 at 6:30 PM or Monday, March 25 at 6:30 PM

Callbacks (as needed): Tuesday, March 26 at 6:30 PM

Location: Visitor Center in the old Carriage House at Brucemore (2160 Linden Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403)

Process: Sides are provided here. Auditions will be open and involve group work. Callbacks for specific roles will be announced the morning of March 26 on Brucemore’s website and Facebook page.

Please arrive promptly to check-in and to fill out an audition form. Be prepared to state potential rehearsal conflicts. You need only attend one night of auditions, and callbacks if requested.

 

Summary: Two drifters, George and his friend Lennie, with delusions of living off the “fat of the land,” have just arrived at a ranch to work for enough money to buy their own place. Lennie is a man-child, a little boy in the body of a dangerously powerful man. It’s Lennie’s obsessions with things soft and cuddly, that have made George cautious about with whom the gentle giant, with his brute strength, associates. His promise to allow Lennie to “tend to the rabbits” on their future land keeps Lennie calm, amidst distractions, as the overgrown child needs constant reassurance. But when a ranch boss’ promiscuous wife is found dead in the barn with a broken neck, it’s obvious that Lennie, albeit accidentally, killed her. George, now worried about his own safety, knows exactly where Lennie has gone to hide, and he meets him there. Realizing they can’t run away anymore, George is faced with a moral question: how should he deal with Lennie before the ranchers find him and take matters into their own hands.

 

 

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

The characters are listed in the order they will be auditioned. Script sides are available here.

Actors should audition for roles in which they feel they can portray the character regardless of age. Note that the play has offensive language, touching upon prejudice and racism during the Depression era of the 1930s. It is highly recommended that actors read the play or novel prior to auditions.

Curley’s Wife

Female, Supporting

Young, approximate age to Curly. The only female character in the play, she is the symbol of temptation and beauty in a place completely dominated by men. Lennie is mesmerized by her. A new bride, she is lonely and bored.

Crooks

Male, Supporting

African-American, 30s-60 years old – A cynical stable hand, Crooks gets his name from his crooked back. His bitterness and loneliness stems from prejudice and from being shunned. He is segregated from the other ranch hands and made to bunk separately.

George Milton

Male, Lead

30s-40s years old – George, ranch hand and migrant worker, dreams of a better future with his best friend Lennie, of whom he is highly protective and unofficial guardian. Regularly down on their luck, they dream of owning farmland together.

Lennie Small

Male, Lead

 30s-40s years old – Lennie is completely reliant on George for guidance and protection, holding George as a father- and brother- like figure. Physically imposing and mentally disabled, Lennie is clumsy, gentle and kind, but doesn’t understand his own physical strength.

Slim

Male, Supporting

30s-50s years old – Referred to the “prince of the ranch,” Slim is well-respected, strong and confident, a natural leader. He is the only character that understands the bond between George and Lennie.

Boss

Male, Featured

late 30s-40s years old – He is in charge of the ranch, and is stern and fair. He is also Curly’s father. Has only one scene.

Curley

Male, Supporting

20s – Antagonistic character that is insecure, yet arrogant. Picks on Lennie. Newly married, he is jealous and has a short fuse. Must be physically smaller than Lennie.

Carlson

Male, Supporting

30s-50 years old – A ranch hand, Carlson is simple man who enjoys simple pleasures, has little sympathy for Candy, and constantly complains about Candy’s old dog, eventually convincing him to take the dog out back and put it out of its misery.

 

Key Dates:

  • Meeting with Artistic Director: TBD, April
  • First Read/Orientaiton: TBD, mid-May
  • Rehearsals: Begin mid-May, including weeknights (6:30 – 10:00 p.m.) with potential for some reherasals to be scheduled on weekends.
  • Tech Reherasals: July 8 – 9
  • Limited Preview: July 10
  • Performances: July 11 – 13 and 18 – 20 (July 21 will be a make-up performance should the July 20 performance be canceled prior to intermission)
  • Strike: July 20 or 21 (following final performance)

 

About Classics at Brucemore: The Classics at Brucemore began as a collaboration in 1996, launching outdoor theater in Eastern Iowa, and today continues as signature Brucemore production. The Classics celebrates a rich history of quality live theater, ranging from Greek tragedy to Shakespearean comedy and 20th century American drama. Much more than a play performed outdoors, the Classics fully utilizes the natural site of the Peggy Boyle Whitworth Amphitheater. By taking advantage of the environment, actors emerge from the woods, utilize the trees and foliage, and help themselves to picnics in the audience space. Brucemore, a National Trust Historic Site and cultural hub, is a privately owned, locally operated 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission to engage the public in the history, traditions, resources, and on-going preservation of Brucemore for the enrichment of the community. 


 

If you have any questions about the series, audition process, or requirements, please contact:

Melissa Porter
Museum Program Manager
Brucemore, Inc.
mporter@brucemore.org

Jason Alberty
Artistic Director
2019 Classics at Brucemore
Jason@albercainty.com

General

Do I need to pay to enter the estate and walk on the grounds?

No. Visiting the Brucemore estate during grounds hours is free. Tickets are only required for scheduled tours and events, and they can be purchased in advance online.

Is a reservation needed to visit Brucemore?

You do not need a reservation to visit the grounds on your own. You do need a ticket to go inside the mansion. We recommend advance reservations for any of our mansion tours or other scheduled special themed tours due to limited capacity. Please visit our calendar to see upcoming opportunities and to purchase your tickets.

Touring the Mansion

Can I take pictures inside the mansion?

Yes. Photography is allowed during tours for personal, non-professional use. Tripods, selfie-sticks, or other photography equipment will not be permitted. Photographs should not distract from others’ enjoyment.

How large is the mansion?

Brucemore is approximately 15,000 square feet.

How many fireplaces, rooms, and floors does Brucemore have?

There are 21 “main” rooms, 14 fireplaces and four floors plus an attic.

Is all of the furniture original to the house and families?

Much of the furniture you will see on display belonged to the second or third families to live at Brucemore; however, some pieces had to be replaced with replicas or similar antiques.

Is the mansion handicap accessible?

The Brucemore mansion includes multiple floors and several staircases. Because of the historic architecture, some spaces are not accessible. Due to preservation work, the wheelchair lift that offers accessibility to the first floor is not available at this time. An elevator is not available from the first floor to the other floors at any time. Learn more about accessibility at Brucemore.

Group and School Tours

Is there an age requirement for students visiting Brucemore?

You do not have to be a certain age to visit or attend a program at Brucemore. Different programs are best suited for different ages. Tours of the mansion are recommended for 4th grade and older due to the concepts and historic collection.

Where do we park?

Parking is available on site a short walk from the mansion or carriage house. Buses must follow special instructions. Large events may not be able to accommodate on-site parking; please see the event calendar information for exceptions.

Is bus parking available?

Yes. Bus parking is available near the carriage house. Buses must arrive via special directions as they are unable to fit in our historic gates.

Is there a lunch area at Brucemore?

There is not a designated area indoors or outdoors to eat; however, you are welcome to bring your own blanket or chair to picnic on the grounds. Please carry out any trash to help our small staff keep the grounds beautiful.

Does my group have to arrive together?

Please let group members or chaperones know where they can meet the group.

What is your payment policy?

Brucemore admission is to be paid prior to the visit and a deposit may be required. Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card and should be paid in one sum.

Do I need to make an appointment to tour the mansion?

You must have a ticket to a tour or program inside the mansion. Many tours do sell out in advance; purchase online or by calling 319-362-7375 in advance of your visit to guarantee your spot. See the schedule here.

Is the mansion wheelchair accessible?

The mansion is not currently accessible to wheelchairs due to preservation work. The mansion includes multiple flights of stairs. Most of the outdoor areas of the site are accessible. See our full accessibility information and contact us with additional questions regarding your visit.

Can I walk on the property?

Yes, the grounds and gardens are open daily most of the year. Several self-guided interpretive panels and tours via QR codes are available. See hours here.

What is Brucemore’s ticket policy?

Tickets are non-refundable, but may be rescheduled for comparable programs as space allows. Learn more.

I’m attending a large event at Brucemore. Where do I park?

Large events may require you to park offsite. Please read the event details on the calendar for specific information for each event.