ASP’s 2017-2018 Season “Downfall of Despots”


AEA: March 13, 2017 – details below

Non-AEA/EMC: March 22, 2017 – details below

Stagesource AEA: April 3, 2017  – details below

For appointments to the Equity and Non-AEA auditions, please contact Heather Stern, ASP General Manager, at Heather (at) or at 617.776-2200 x230. Email is preferred.


For Stagesource auditions, please go through Stagesource directly.


Please be patient for a response, since we are managing many emails at once. Please do not email twice.


If you have an immoveable time conflict, do include that in your initial email, and we will do our best to accommodate you. We cannot make changes to your appointment time once it is made. If for some reason you cannot make your appointment, let us know ASAP. We look forward to seeing you!


Equity Principal Auditions:

Monday, March 13, 2017, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (with a one-hour lunch break)

Auditions will be at ASP’s offices: 191 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA,  in Studio Not 2B on the second floor


NEAT category 6, this year’s weekly AEA actor salary was $451.00


  • Equity appointments are scheduled in five-minute intervals and each Equity member has a maximum of three minutes to audition.
  • Please bring your AEA membership card.
  • Please bring one copy of your photo attached to your resume.
  • Please prepare material of your choice (including, if you wish, selections from the season).
  • For those who wish to perform a scene from the season, a reader will be available.
  • Please be prepared to state your starting and stopping places.


Attended by Paula Plum, Acting Artistic Director and Jennie Israel, Casting.



Non-AEA/EMC Auditions:

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (with a one-hour lunch break.)


  • Please prepare one monologue less than two minutes in length from Shakespeare’s canon, including from our upcoming season.
  • Please bring one copy of your photo and resume.


Attended by Paula Plum, Acting Artistic Director and Jennie Israel, Casting.



StageSource Auditions:

Monday, April 13, 2017, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect Street, Cambridge


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About ASP, Casting, and Rehearsals for 2017-18:


NEAT category 6; this year’s weekly AEA actor salary was $451.00


Co-Acting Artistic Directors: Paula Plum and Maurice Emmanuel Parent.


Typical Rehearsal Schedule: Tuesday-Friday evenings, plus Saturday and Sunday days.


  • No understudies are being cast.
  • All available roles are available for any and all actors, regardless of race, heritage, or gender identification.
  • Appointments will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • We seek actors who are able to and enjoy playing multiple roles in a production, who are physically engaged in the work and with other ensemble members.
  • Each production schedule includes at least five weekday morning student matinees, for which actors must be available.
  • Please note that ASP does not supply housing. Actors must have Boston-area housing in order to work with ASP.


Available Roles:


EXIT THE KING by Eugène Ionesco

Directed by Dmitry Troyanovsky

  • Rehearsals begin: August 15, 2017
  • Opening: September 13, 2017
  • Closing: October 8, 2017

Available roles:
Queen Marie: King Bérenger’s second wife, who is first in his affection. Marie loves Bérenger and implores him to live, but her power over him diminishes as he moves away from her toward death. Seemingly at Queen Marguerite’s (Berenger’s first wife) command, Queen Marie is the first of the characters to disappear.

The Doctor: also the king’s surgeon, executioner, bacteriologist, and astrologer.

JULIUS CAESAR by William Shakespeare

Directed by Bryn Boice

This production will have an all-female cast

  • Rehearsals begin: October 17, 2017
  • Opening: November 15, 2017
  • Closing: December 17, 2017

Available roles:

Casca: joins the conspiracy the night before the assassination and is the first conspirator to stab Caesar.

Octavius Caesar: The adopted son and heir of Julius Caesar; he is one of the triumvirs who rule following the death of Caesar. He and Antony lead the army that defeats Cassius and Brutus at Philippi.

Portia: The wife of Brutus and the daughter of Marcus Cato. She argues that those familial relationships make her strong enough to conceal Brutus’ secrets, but on the morning of the assassination, she is extremely agitated by the fear that she will reveal what Brutus has told her. She commits suicide when she realizes that her husband’s fortunes are doomed.


RICHARD III  by William Shakespeare

Directed by Robert Walsh

  • First rehearsal: January 9, 2018
  • Opening: February  7, 2018
  • Closing: March 11, 2018

Available roles:
Buckingham: King Richard’s right-hand man in his schemes to gain power. The duke of Buckingham is almost as amoral and ambitious as Richard himself.


King Edward IV:  The older brother of Richard and Clarence, and the king of England at the start of the play. Edward was deeply involved in the Yorkists’ brutal overthrow of the Lancaster regime, but as king he is devoted to achieving a reconciliation among the various political factions of his reign. He is unaware that Richard attempts to thwart him at every turn.


Duchess of York:  Widowed mother of Richard, Clarence, and King Edward IV. The duchess of York is Elizabeth’s mother-in-law, and she is very protective of Elizabeth and her children, who are the duchess’s grandchildren. She is angry with, and eventually curses, Richard for his heinous actions.

Richmond: A member of a branch of the Lancaster royal family. Richmond gathers a force of rebels to challenge Richard for the throne. He is meant to represent goodness, justice, and fairness—all the things Richard does not. Richmond is portrayed in such a glowing light in part because he founded the Tudor dynasty, which still ruled England in Shakespeare’s day.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING  by William Shakespeare

Directed by Benny Sato Ambush

  • First rehearsal: March 13, 2018
  • Opening: April 11, 2018
  • Closing: May 6, 2018

Available roles:

Don Pedro: An important nobleman from Aragon, sometimes referred to as “Prince.” Don Pedro is a longtime friend of Leonato, Hero’s father, and is also close to the soldiers who have been fighting under him—the younger Benedick and the very young Claudio. Don Pedro is generous, courteous, intelligent, and loving to his friends, but he is also quick to believe evil of others and hasty to take revenge. He is the most politically and socially powerful character in the play.

Leonato: A respected, well-to-do, elderly noble at whose home, in Messina, Italy, the action is set. Leonato is the father of Hero and the uncle of Beatrice. As governor of Messina, he is second in social power only to Don Pedro.

Don John: The illegitimate brother of Don Pedro; sometimes called “the Bastard.” Don John is melancholy and sullen by nature, and he creates a dark scheme to ruin the happiness of Hero and Claudio. He is the villain of the play; his evil actions are motivated by his envy of his brother’s social authority.

Margaret: Hero’s serving woman, who unwittingly helps Borachio and Don John deceive Claudio into thinking that Hero is unfaithful. Unlike Ursula, Hero’s other lady-in-waiting, Margaret is lower class. Though she is honest, she does have some dealings with the villainous world of Don John: her lover is the mistrustful and easily bribed Borachio. Also unlike Ursula, Margaret loves to break decorum, especially with bawdy jokes and teases.