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River & Rail Theatre Company 2022-2023 Season Casting Breakdown
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White Rabbit Red Rabbit
Written by Nassim Soleimanpour
Performances: April 13-23
PERFORMED BY A NEW ACTOR EACH PERFORMANCE
No director. No set. No rehearsal. This one-person show is written to be handed to its performer, on the night of their performance, in front of a live audience, to be performed cold turkey. And it is absolutely stunning to watch, every single time.
Fun Home, the musical
Based on the Graphic Novel by Alison Bechdel
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Lyrics and Book by Lisa Kron
Rehearsals Begin: May 1
Performances: June 2-18
Tony Award-winning duo, Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron, masterfully capture graphic novelist Alison Bechdel’s coming-of-age story in FUN HOME. As a father and his daughter struggle to open up to one another, they each go on their own journey of discovering love, queerness and all of the pain and beauty that comes with such an awakening. Will their common path be something they can one day share?
Casting & Descriptions
Alison: 40-45 years old, Caucasian female. A lesbian Cartoonist. Narrator of the story, very self-aware. Witty. Wry. Able to insightfully comment on her own journey and the complex relationship with her father and his tragic death. (Range: E3-D5)
Small Alison: 9-10 years old, Caucasian female. Precocious and opinionated, figuring out why she doesn’t feel she fits in on how girls are expected to behave and dress. Singer that doesn’t have a traditional Broadway belt sound. (Range: A3-E5)
Medium Alison: 20-24 years old, Caucasian female. A Freshman at Oberlin College. Discovering herself and her sexuality. Intelligent, well read and socially awkward. Singer with a strong belt with a mix to E. (Range: G3-E5)
Bruce Bechdel: 45-50 years old, Caucasian male. Alison’s father, a high school English teacher who is also a funeral home director. Spends his spare time on the historic restoration of his home. Brilliant, deceitful, hard to know; trapped in a life that does not suit him yet unsure about how to leave it. Loving and attentive to his children but also shows flairs of anger. Strong singer. (Range: A2-G4)
Helen Bechdel: 45-55 years old, Caucasian female. A gifted pianist and actress. Alison’s mother has spent her life trying to be a good mother and wife but is frustrated with her marriage and her husband’s relationships with other men. Singer. (Range: A3-E5)
Christian Bechdel: Alison’s brother, around 10 years old. As the oldest of the three children, he strives to be the leader, but is sometimes overshadowed by Alison’s strong personality. (Range: C#4-D5)
John Bechdel: Alison’s brother, around 6 years old. Like most boys his age, he is full of energy with a quirky imagination. (Range: C#4-E5)
Roy/Mark/Pete/Bobby: 23-26 years old, male. Any ethnicity. Roy, a young man Bruce hires to do yard work. Mark, a junior in high school. Pete, a mourner at the funeral home. Bobby Jeremy, the lead singer in a 70’s rock band. Sexy, youthful, appears shirtless in one scene with a strong pop voice.
Joan: 23-25 years old, female, any ethnicity. A college student. Alison’s first girlfriend whom she meets at Oberlin. Joan is a poet, feminist, and activist. Funny and Perceptive. No solo singing, but comfortable with singing. (Range: G3-G4)