Audition Notice for WORKING

The UAB Department of Theatre is presenting the 2012 revival version of the musical WORKING based on interviews with Studs Terkel. The score is written by numerous composers including Stephen Schwartz, James Taylor, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers, and Craig Carnelia.

Auditions for this production will be held on August 29th, 2017 in Hulsey 312 from 6-8:30pm.
Auditionees are asked to sign-up for a time slot on the Department of Theatre callboard.
Callbacks will be held on August 30th at 6pm.

WORKING will run November 8-18, 2017. Rehearsals will be six days a week (Monday-Friday, 6-9pm and Saturdays 10-4pm) and will begin September 23rd.

We are seeking actors of all ages and ethnicities to play six roles. Each actor plays between 4-5 different characters in the show. Those auditioning are asked to prepare a 16-bar contemporary musical theatre or pop/rock/folk song (please bring appropriately marked sheet music), and two monologues from WORKING (monologue choices are listed below as well as on the Department of Theatre callboard and website). The monologues should be very different from one another, although honesty and a sense of truth are paramount within the different character choices.

If you have any questions, please contact Valerie Accetta:

MONOLOGUES – Please prepare and memorize two.

MIKE DILLARD (Ironworker): Some mornings, I look across the skyline for a building I worked on, say that office building over there. See that building? I helped build it. And I know some guy is sitting in his corner office behind his five thousand dollar desk, and he’s never gonna think about me. But yeah, I think about him sometimes…

REX WINSHIP (hedge fund manager): Who developed America? The regulators? The SEC? Or was it the Mellons, the Rockefellers. I mean, tell me what they did so bad? Rockefeller exploited some workers in the copper fields, maybe he shot some of them. Fine. Not perfect. Listen, how many charities were started by these people? How many museums, theatres, national parks? These were the giants who built the cities, who built our country. Unless you have losers, you cannot have winners.

CONRAD SWIBEL (UPS man): That’s the big conversation with us: dogs. And women. If you have a nice-lookin’ babe, that kinda brightens your day. If you see a nice little honey laying out there in her backyard in a two-piece bathing suit, she’ll be laying there on her stomach with the top strap undone – if you go there and you scare her good enough, she’ll jump up! It gives you something to do. It adds excitement to the day.

ANTHONY COELHO (stone mason): It’s a pretty good day layin’ stone. You get interested in what you’re doin’ and you usually fight the clock the other way. You’re not lookin’ for quittin’, you’re wondering you haven’t got enough done and it’s almost quittin’ time. There’s not a house in this country I haven’t built that I don’t look at every time I go by, and it’s one stone crooked, I still notice it. Stone’s my business. Stone’s my life.

JOE ZUTTY (retired): When I retired, the first two years I was downhearted. I had no place to go, nothin’ to do. Then I gave myself a good goin’ over. Joe, I said, you can’t sit at home like that and waste your time. You got to get out, do things. Well, the day goes pretty fast for me now. I don’t daydream at all. I just think of something, and I forget it. That daydreaming, it don’t do you no good. Keep busy, keep movin’, that’s the trick.

TOM PATRICK (fireman): I used to be a cop. But the firemen, you actually see them produce. You see them put out a fire. You see them come out with babies in their hands. You see them give mouth-to-mouth when a guy’s dying. That’s real. I can look back and say, “I helped put out a fire. I helped save somebody.” Someone could be born, someone could grow old because of me. It shows something I did on this earth.

CHARLIE BLOSSOM (ex-newsroom assistant): So I got recommended for this job in a news room on a Chicago paper. I was enjoying my job, but the editor calls me into his office and he’s like, “Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah …” I wanted to take a baseball bat and smash his head in. I mean, he’s a really nice person, I like him a lot. I don’t know if I would get any pleasure from shooting him up with a fifty-caliber machine gun and seeing his body splatter to pieces. But my fantasy all spring at the paper was getting a gun and shooting them.

ROSE HOFFMAN (teacher): Good morning, Hernando, how are you? Good morning, Selena, I missed you … (to audience) In your heart, you may have dislike for a certain child, but you force yourself to say, (sweetly, to another child) Good morning, Manuel, how you doing? (to audience) Someone forgot to take his Ritalin this morning. My name is Rose Hoffman. I teach third grade.

TERRY MASON (flight attendant): After you start working for the airlines, it’s actually not as glamorous as you thought it was going to be. Sometimes, people get nasty. I mean, they’re harassed by security and then they get delivered to us. And your shining personality only goes so far. We get scared sometimes too. I’ve never been so scared that I didn’t want to get on the plane, but there’ve been times at take-offs when there’s been something funny.

ROBERTA VICTOR (prostitute): It’s a marketplace transaction. Somehow I managed to absorb that when I was quite young. You become your job. I’ve become a hustler. Even when I’m not hustling, I’m a hustler. What you do is what you are. I don’t think it’s so terribly different from somebody who works on an assembly line forty hours a week and comes home cut-off, numb … People aren’t built to switch on and off like faucets.

CANDY COTTINGHAM (fundraiser): I think of myself as an upper-class working girl. The press calls me a “socialite”, which is just another name for a well-dressed fund raiser. But fundraising is work. It’s hard to separate people from their money. There is finesse to approaching a potential donor. I never bring up money when I first meet someone. It’s not like it’s a secret. I mean, they know why I’m there. But sometimes I like to see how long I can go before I ask for a gift. Call me a tease.

GRACE CLEMENTS (millworker): In the summertime, the temperature at our work station ranges anywhere from 100 to 150 degrees. I’ve taken thermometers and checked it out. I have arthritis in the joints of my fingers, naturally in my shoulder balancing this wet piece. The hose will sometimes leak and spray back on you. You have the possibility of being burnt every time the hot die hits that wet felt. You’re just engulfed in steam every forty seconds.

DELORES DANTE (waitress): Good evening, m’Lords. What’s exciting at the bar that I can offer? (to audience) It would be very boring if I had to say. “would you like a cocktail” over and over. So I come out different for my own enjoyment. Maybe with cocktails, I give them a little philosophy. They have coffee, I give ‘em political science. When somebody says to me, “You’re terrific! How come you’re just a waitress?”, I say, “Why? Don’t you think you deserve to be served by me?”

MAGGIE HOLMES (cleaning woman): You know what I always wanted to do? I wanted to play the piano. I’d write songs and things, about my life growin’ up in the south, and my mama and grandmamma … Now I got my own beautiful daughter, and I got plans for her. So, I leave my house every morning and go scrub rooms up at the Marriott. For generations, that’s all we done – scrubbin’. My grandma, my mama and me. But my daughter, she ain’t gonna do no domestic work. I aim to be the end o’ that particular line.