The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s THE GREAT GATSBY, adapted for the stage by Simon Levy
Directed by Frank Caiati
Produced by Susan Jasper
SUNDAY, JULY 7TH @ 12 - 3PM
TUESDAY, JULY 9TH @ 6 - 9PM
September 20, 21 22, 27, 28, 29, October 4,5 and 6
Fridays & Saturday @ 8:00 PM, Sundays @ 2:00 PM
*All cast members must be available for every performance.
Callbacks held only if necessary. All ethnicities encouraged to attend.
Sides will be provided at the audition.
Character Descriptions and Preparation:
Nick Carraway: Male 25-35
The narrator. Kind. Gentle. The eyes that observe the other characters and their actions. The confidant and link to the other main characters. Nick is Daisy's twice-removed cousin, knows Tom from college, and is the next door neighbor and friend to Jay Gatsby. Each character needs him for a variety of reasons. Tom needs him as an ally, and Daisy needs him as a friend. Gatsby needs him to be the bridge between his past and his future with Daisy.
Tom Buchanan: Male 25-35
Daisy’s husband. Wealthy. A former college football hero. Tom was a big man on campus and has a high degree of self-importance. Tom is a severe and powerful man, a person who portrays the body and mentality of a bully.
Daisy Buchanan: Female 20-30
Enchanting. She is delicate and captivating. She is southern with a voice that sounds like money. Daisy’s personality is magnetic. She has a sadness yet a loveliness about her physically and vocally that make her difficult for men to forget. Her astonishing charm captivates people and draws them to her.
Jay Gatsby: Male 25-35
Mysterious. A romantic idealist with a disarming smile. His life is revealed as the story unfolds in fragmentary and intersecting narratives, with false trails and contradictions. Gatsby is a larger- than-life character who is eloquent and sophisticated yet mysterious and captivating. He leads a glamorous lifestyle of wild parties and loud, all to woo Daisy back into his life, with whom he had fallen madly in love years earlier.
Jordan Baker: Female 20-30
Daisy’s friend who is an athlete. She does not fit the mold for the typical woman of 1920’s America. She is an unmarried professional golfer who dates the narrator, Nick. She is depicted as attractive yet harsh. Jordan is accused of being a cheater at golf and seems to demonstrate unethical behavior throughout the story.
Myrtle Wilson: Female 20-30
The wife of George Wilson and the mistress of Tom Buchanan. She is fleshy and sensual. Myrtle lives in the filthy rundown area of the Valley of Ashes, which divides West Egg from New York City. She is depicted as a social climber who will do anything to escape her miserable and unsatisfying life of poverty and social shame.
George Wilson: Male 25-40
A gas station and garage owner living in the Valley of Ashes between West Egg and New York City. He is spiritless and weak. Wilson is a man defeated by his circumstances. He's poor and beaten down. George Wilson is a reminder to the audience of the realities of the common man struggling with poverty and the inherent consequences of an unprivileged life.
Meyer Wolfsheim: Male 40+
A wealthy and mysterious older man who makes Nick Carraway uneasy. He wears cuff links made from human molars and through Gatsby we learn that he is a gambler. He has fixed the World Series back in 1919.
Lucille McKee/Mrs. Michaelis: Female 25-40
Actor plays both roles. McKee is the neighbor of Myrtle in NYC, silly and vapid; Michaelis is George Wilson's restauranteur neighbor who comforts him after Myrtle is killed, one of the few charitable characters. Actor will also be part of the Gatsby Ensemble.
Chester McKee/Waiter/Cop: Male 25-40
A pale and feminine man who is married to Mrs. McKee. He is a photographer who is seen at a party trying to get Tom to invest in his business. Actor will also be part of the Gatsby Ensemble.
The Gatsby Ensemble: Male and Female 18-35
The Gatsby Ensemble is the pulse of the production. Performers should be able to move well. Ensemble members must be agile, as movement will be used throughout the play.
Please Note: NO SPECIAL APPOINTMENTS OR CONSIDERATIONS WILL BE MADE FOR ANY REASON. YOU MUST APPEAR AT THE THEATER ON ONE OF THESE TWO DATES AND TIME PERIODS OR YOU WILL BE INELIGIBLE FOR CASTING IN THIS PRODUCTION. CALLBACKS, IF REQUIRED, WILL BE BY INVITATION.
Please do not attempt to contact the director or any member of the production staff regarding the audition process.
This is an unpaid gig. No monetary compensation or stipends are available.