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Auditions: Indecent

February 2nd, 2022

The Players Club of Swarthmore are holding auditions for the Main Stage production of Indecent on Tuesday, October 11th 7-10PM.

A Play by Paula Vogel
Auditions: Tuesday, October 11th 7-10PM (Sign in begins at 6:30PM in the lobby*)
Callbacks (by appointment only): Wednesday, October 12th
Performance dates: January 6-8, 12-15, & 19-21.
Where: Auditions, callbacks, rehearsals, and performances will be held at the Players Club of Swarthmore (614 Fairview Rd, Swarthmore, PA 19081).
* No pre-registration required. Bring resume with you if you have one. Feel free to fill out Audition Form and bring with you, otherwise it will be provided.
Audition Form: here.
Auditions, rehearsals, and performances will be held in-person at the Players Club of Swarthmore (614 Fairview Rd, Swarthmore, PA 19081). Plenty of off-street parking and accessible by Septa Regional Rail and Bus. Rehearsals are three evenings a week, beginning 11/3 with a full week of technical/dress rehearsals. Some of our rehearsal and performance spaces are only accessible by stairs. Please let us know if you need accommodations.
COVID SAFETY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES: All performers and staff must provide proof of up-to-date vaccination against COVID-19 to participate in a production.
If cast, you will be asked to sign a form acknowledging potential COVID risks and agreeing to comply with PCS’s most up-to-date health and safety guidelines through the length of the production. You will also be asked to obtain a free criminal background check and child abuse clearance to participate in the production.
The Players Club of Swarthmore and the Indecent production team are committed to diversity and inclusion. As such, we encourage performers of all races and ethnicities, gender identities, sexualities, and abilities to audition.
Please note this is a non-union, non-paying production. Transparency and open communication are values that are extremely important to us; if you have any questions, please email the director at tommybobby@gmail.com.
Director Thomas-Robert Irvin seeks actors who move and sing well and possess proficiency in Eastern European dialects and have facility seamlessly transitioning from one character to another. (Ability to play a musical instrument a plus. )
Please prepare a 1-2 minute contemporary monologue that demonstrates your range.
A critically-acclaimed play with music. Inspired by the 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s “God of Vengeance”–a play that follows a Jewish brothel owner and the lesbian romance between his 17-year-old daughter and a prostitute–Indecent charts the journey of a drama upheld as a groundbreaking piece of Jewish literature by some, and an act of obscenity by others. An ensemble of ten plays music as well as nearly 40 roles to shed light on one of the most fascinating scandals in theater history.

LEMML – the Stage Manager(Male, 35-45 years old)
A naïve country tailor whose life is changed upon reading Asch’s “The God of Vengeance,” becomes leader of the Yiddish Art Theatre of Lodz troupe; He holds fast to his belief in the transformative power of theatre, even in the Nazi-controlled ghetto where his troupe performs.


CHANA- the Ingénue (Female, 20s)
Also plays:
Madje- Asch’s wife
Elsa- German actress
Ruth/Reina- Yiddish-speaking, Jewish immigrant actor
Virginia McFadden- American ingénue
Bagelman Sister- a singer
NOTE: actor must be comfortable portraying same-sex kiss/intimacy


AVRAM– the Ingénue (Male, 20s)
Also plays:
Sholem Asch- brilliant Polish Jewish playwright
Morris Carnovsky- actor in New York production
Eugene O’Neill- Hard-drinking, defender of Asch’s play
John Rosen- Connecticut-born Jewish idealist


MENDEL– the Middle (Male, 30s/40s)
Also plays:
Nakhmen- member of the Polish Yiddish literary salon
Harry Weinberger- Producer at the Provincetown Playhouse, proud to produce a play
Officer Benjamin Bailie- NY Police Officer
Rabbi Joseph Silverman- Outraged by “The God of Vengeance”


HALINA– the Middle (Female, 30s)
Also plays:
Freida- a leading German actor
Dorothee Nelson/Dine- Jewish immigrant actor in Greenwich Village,
Dr. Hornig- Asch’s doctor
Bagelman Sister- a singer
NOTE: actor must be comfortable portraying same-sex kiss/intimacy


OTTO– the Elder (Male, 50s)
Also plays:
Peretz- Leader of a prestigious Polish Yiddish literary salon
Schildkraut- Leading Jewish-German theatre actor
Judge McIntyre- judge in the case of New York vs. The God of Vengeance
Asch- late in life, Sholem retreats from public life, bitter and cynical


VERA- The Elder (Female, 40s/50s)
Also plays:
Mrs. Peretz
Esther Stockton
Madje, the older
Bagelman Sister, a singer


Actor/Clarinetist- (Any gender, any age)
Proficient clarinet player *


Actor/Accordionist (Any gender, any age)
Proficient accordion player *

*For clarinetist/accordionist roles, director requests a video submission consisting of 1-2 minutes of you demonstrating your proficiency with your instrument.

The Players Club of Swarthmore is an all-volunteer organization. All roles are unpaid and Non-Equity.

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