Auditions for Ashland



Crave Theatre Company is accepting video auditions from actors/performers for four roles in our Spring show ASHLAND by playwright Isabel Estelle from now until 11:59pm on Monday, February 5th, 2024. 

This Portland premiere will be directed by Jennifer Lanier and assistant directed by Juliet Mylan.

character descriptions

Please note that these are open auditions. All gender identities, races/ethnicities are welcome and encouraged to audition. Due to the subject matter, we are requiring that all performers be over 18 years of age.

VIM: She/her. Late twenties to early thirties, several years past completing her PhD, youngest child.

WES: She/her or they/them. Late twenties to early thirties, Vim’s partner, a chainsaw crew boss, never attended college.

EMILY: She/her. Early to mid thirties, Vim’s sister, a nurse, eldest child.

SEBASTIAN: He/him. Late twenties to early thirties, Vim’s brother, a PhD candidate, middle child.

SUSAN: She/her. Middle aged to older woman, volunteer with Compassion and Choices.

Ashland is a story about end-of-life choices, queer identity, and hope in the face of adversity. The tone we would most like to capture from auditions is the humor and hope that underlies the play. 

show description

After a young woman is unexpectedly diagnosed with a terminal illness and chooses to pursue Death with Dignity, she and her new partner must navigate the beginning and end of their relationship simultaneously. As the young woman’s health rapidly declines, her partner and her two siblings grapple with the absurdity and hilarity of death, what it means to be family, and what it takes to let go.

Show Timeline

Auditions/Callbacks

Initial auditions will be held virtually: self-taped submissions accepted through February 5th, 2024.

Unlisted YouTube links tend to be easiest. Please reach out if self-taping is a barrier; we are happy to work with you to make this audition accessible to you.

An in-person callback will be held the weekend of February 10th & 11th in the Portland-metro area. Times and location TBD.

Rehearsals (CoHo Theatre — 2257 NW Raleigh St, Portland, OR 97210):3/11/2024-3/29/2024.

  • Days/times to be determined in collaboration with the creative team. Typically, weekday evenings and Saturdays during the day

Tech (CoHo Theatre) 3/30/2024-4/4/2024: 

  • Saturday March 30th – Time is TBD
  • Sunday March 31st – Time is TBD
  • Monday April 1st – 6:00pm-10:00pm
  • Tuesday April 2nd – 6:00pm-10:00pm
  • Wednesday April 3rd – Dress Rehearsal – 6:00pm-10:00pm

Performances (CoHo Theatre) 4/5/2024-4/28/2024:

  • Friday April 5th – Opening Night, call time between 5:30pm and 6pm
  • Saturday April 6th,call time between 5:30pm and 6pm
  • Sunday April 7th, call time between 12 pm and 12:30 pm
  • Thursday April 11th, call time between 5:30pm and 6pm
  • Friday April 12th, call time between 5:30pm and 6pm
  • Saturday April 13th, call time between 5:30pm and 6pm
  • Sunday April 14th, call time between 12 pm and 12:30 pm
  • Thursday April 18th, call time between 5:30pm and 6pm
  • Friday April 19th, call time between 5:30pm and 6pm
  • Saturday April 20th, call time between 5:30pm and 6pm
  • Sunday April 21st, call time between 12 pm and 12:30 pm
  • Thursday April 25th, call time between 5:30pm and 6pm
  • Friday April 26th, call time between 5:30pm and 6pm
  • Saturday April 27th, call time between 5:30pm and 6pm
  • Sunday April 28th, call time between 12 pm and 12:30 pm

pay

Each performer is guaranteed a minimum stipend of $2,000 for this production. Half will be paid on opening night and half will be paid on closing.

to apply

Please film a self tape including a 1-2 minute contemporary comedic monologue, as well as a 1-2 minute personal story/discussion exploring what the summer of 2020 was like for you in the face of natural disasters and a pandemic. Email cravetheatrecompany@gmail.com with a headshot, resume, and a link to your audition video(s).

We’ll be in touch about callbacks no later than February 10th, 2024.

Do feel free to reach out to us with any questions at cravetheatrecompany@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing your work soon!

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