Auditions: “Sex With Strangers”

Audition Information

Where:  Renegade Theatre in the upstairs rehearsal room at Zeitgeist
When: Wednesday, October 18th 
Time5:15
Production DatesFebruary 22-March 10
Rehearsal Dates: Rehearsals begin the week of January 15th. Days and times TBA.

About the Play:

Sex with Strangers is a two-character comedy-drama that explores ambition, art, fame, desire and the attraction between two very different people.

How far will you go to get what you want? Will you be the same person if you do? When 20-something star sex blogger and memoirist Ethan tracks down his idol, the gifted but obscure 40ish Olivia, he finds they each crave what the other possesses. As attraction turns to sex, and they inch closer to getting what they want, both must confront the dark side of ambition and the trouble of reinventing oneself when the past is just a click away.

About the Characters:

Olivia: In Act 1, she is 39; in Act 2, she is 41. (Note: You need not BE in that age range, as long as you can PLAY that age range). Smart, sexy, gifted, private, worldly. Olivia is a major talent whose books just never found their audience.

Ethan: In Act 1, he is 28; in Act 2, he is 30. (Note: You need not BE in that age range as long as you can PLAY that age range). Charismatic (and knows it), sexy, fast-talking, savvy. Used to being the center of attention.

About the Director:

Julie Ahasay directed “Pavilion,” “Grace,” “Circle Mirror Transformation,” and “The Whale,” among others for Renegade Theatre where is she a resident artist. Other recent productions include “Rumors,” “Time Stands Still,” and “Annapurna” for the Duluth Playhouse and “Les Uncomfortables” for Lyric Opera of the North.

About Auditions
No singing! No dancing! No monologue to prepare!
You will be working with sides from the script and do some cold reading as well.

If you can, read the full script. Email katyhelbacka@gmail.com and she will send you a pdf.

Sides:

SIDE ONE: Scene 2. Starts at top of scene on bottom of 44 and finishes on bottom of 49 with Ethan’s line “Nope. So, you speak Italian?”

SIDE TWO: Scene 3. Starts on bottom of page 60 with Ethan’s line “Look—I’m giving you another chance to show the world how talented you are.” Ends on page 66 with Ethan’s line “You know, things that define you. Basically, like, one sentence that totally encapsulates who you are.”

SIDE THREE: Scene 8. Starts on page 112 with Ethan’s line “What? Are you searching for these pictures?” Ends on page 118 with the end of the scene.

Questions? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Julie via email jeahasay@d.umn.edu or
phone 218-269-7245.

What You Love About You: Seth Hannasch

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It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.

This musical has us wondering a few things, and we thought we’d pose our questions to the cast and crew to get their response. Next up, another talented young actress making her Renegade debut, Cally Stanich!

Tell us the story of your worst date!

This one I can’t answer because I honestly haven’t had a terrible date.

What book, movie, band, play, etc. do you love that nobody else seems to know exists?

I’m sure there are a good number of people who know this exists, but I personally believe “Treasure Planet” is one of the most underrated Disney films of all time.

Why are you excited to work on this show?

his has been a particularly fun challenge from a musical perspective. The tracks that Pasek & Paul write – for the men especially – are as exhilarating as they are demanding.

Finally, and most importantly: What do you love about you?

One thing I love about myself is my passion for food. I’m always looking for new things to try, whether it’s eating or cooking.

What You Love About You: Cally Stanich

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Our regional premiere production of DOGFIGHT is up and running and a big old hit! This new musical by Oscar and Tony Award winners Pasek & Paul (La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen) “packs an emotional punch” and features a “uniformly strong 13-member ensemble.” (Duluth News Tribune) Here’s what it’s about:

It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.

This musical has us wondering a few things, and we thought we’d pose our questions to the cast and crew to get their response. Next up, another talented young actress making her Renegade debut, Cally Stanich!

Tell us the story of your worst date!

He took me back to his house to watch a movie and then was breathing on my neck the whole time.

What book, movie, band, play, etc. do you love that nobody else seems to know exists?

I love the Tale of Despereaux.

Why are you excited to work on this show?

I heard the music to this show first and it was absolutely amazing. I am so excited to be a part of this show

Finally, and most importantly: What do you love about you?

I love my height. Even though I have some battles with it, it’s still something I’m proud of.

What You Love About You: Will Rafferty

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Our regional premiere production of DOGFIGHT is up and running and a big old hit! This new musical by Oscar and Tony Award winners Pasek & Paul (La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen) “packs an emotional punch” and features a “uniformly strong 13-member ensemble.” (Duluth News Tribune) Here’s what it’s about:

It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.

This musical has us wondering a few things, and we thought we’d pose our questions to the cast and crew to get their response. Next up, another talented young actor making his Renegade debut, Will Rafferty!

Tell us the story of your worst date!

My dad said I can’t date until I’m 40.

What book, movie, band, play, etc. do you love that nobody else seems to know exists?

My favorite musical that it seems like no one knows would be either Zombie Prom or Murder Ballad.

What do you hope people take from this show?

With this musical it is so easy to get distracted by the wonderful score, but there are some really intense moments in the show, and I hope that people whole-heartedly feel with the characters onstage. (But also enjoy the music because it really is great!)

Finally, and most importantly: What do you love about you?

My positive attitude. I can always find a reason to smile or crack a joke.

What You Love About You: Luke Harger

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Our regional premiere production of DOGFIGHT is up and running and a big old hit! This new musical by Oscar and Tony Award winners Pasek & Paul (La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen) “packs an emotional punch” and features a “uniformly strong 13-member ensemble.” (Duluth News Tribune) Here’s what it’s about:

It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.

This musical has us wondering a few things, and we thought we’d pose our questions to the cast and crew to get their response. Next up, another talented young actor making his Renegade debut, Luke Harger!

Tell us the story of your worst date!

On my first date with my girlfriend, I decided it would be a good idea to bike to her apartment to meet her. It was only a couple miles away, and I was under the impression that it was a few miles over and just a little ways up the hill. I was wrong. It was six miles up the hill, I was wearing a sweater and jeans, and had a full backpack with me…so when I got there I was 15 minutes late and glistening with sweat. Not a good start at all, but fortunately for me, she was able to see past this less-than-stellar first impression, and now we’ve been dating for about a year. I’m a lucky guy.

What book, movie, band, play, etc. do you love that nobody else seems to know exists?

I love the podcast Welcome to Night Vale. It’s a fictional community radio show about a town in the American southwest where all these supernatural goings-on occur. A great mix of creepy and funny.

What do you hope people take from this show?

The premise of a “Dogfight” is horrible. The men in our show choose not to see the women they bring to the dogfight as human beings with thoughts and feelings, but objects. But there are times in everyday life when we choose to look past people in the same way, and see them as “less than,” or as a problem instead of a person. I hope audiences will see our show and recognize the times when they’ve been like Eddie or they’ve been like Rose in everyday life.

Finally, and most importantly: What do you love about you?

I love my imagination! It’s overactive for sure, but without all my daydreams bouncing around up there I don’t know what I’d do with myself.

What You Love About You: Peter Froehlingsdorf

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Our regional premiere production of DOGFIGHT opens Thursday, August 3rd! This new musical by Oscar and Tony Award winners Pasek & Paul (La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen) is studded with impressive songs, an unexpected love affair and a genuine and charming soul, Dogfight has been praised by countless critics and nominated for numerous awards, winning the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical. Here’s what it’s about:

It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.

This musical has us wondering a few things, and we thought we’d pose our questions to the cast and crew to get their response. Next up, one of our 2017 Resident Artists and one of the finest directors with whom we’ve ever had the pleasure to work, Peter Froehlingsdorf!

Tell us the story of your worst date!

Worst date … well, that would mean you would have to go on dates or have been on more then just a couple right? I think I have been pretty lucky with the dates I have been on. The most awkward were when I was living abroad in Helsinki, Finland. The idea of dating was fun but the actually dating part was hard. I would show up ready for some stimulating conversation and the conversation usually died as neither of us knew enough Finnish or English to get past the initial awkward questions of, “Hi my name is.. I come from.. and you?” Though one of those dates worked out pretty well, I’d say!

What book, movie, band, play, etc. do you love that nobody else seems to know exists?

Well, I don’t want to give away titles as that would show my hand to some future projects I would love to direct, but I will tell you two.  Urinetown! I love the quirky title and there are endless possibilities with marketing, especially when ya gotta pay to pee! There is also an epic ABBA musical, other then the well known hit, Mama Mia.  It is very under the radar and would be such fun to see staged in Duluth. It is called, Kristina. It’s not flashy or light hearted. It is about a young woman’s journey to America and the lengths she takes to get here. The music is original and stunning.

Why are you excited to work on this show?

Well, I have been listening to this show by Pasek and Paul for some time now. I immediately fell in love with the music. It really needs no explanation at all why someone would want to direct this show or be part of it.  I love how this team of artists took a movie that no one had ever heard of and turned it into this musical. I think the show teaches us compassion above all. Beauty is defined so much these days by our outwardly appearance. This show’s certainly is no exception. These Marines are looking for a good time at the expense of these unconventional looking women. The audience quickly learns that Rose is not a “dog” but there is “so much more to see”.  By the time the final number is sung, you can’t help but realize Eddie was a victim to time and circumstance. I am really proud to share this remarkable story with people.

Finally, and most importantly: What do you love about you?

I always try to give 100%, 100% of the time. Though, it is a double edge sword. When I fail because I was unable to give  it my all, I take it very personally.

What You Love About You: Anna Matthes

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Our regional premiere production of DOGFIGHT opens on Thursday, August 3rd! This new musical by Oscar and Tony Award winners Pasek & Paul (La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen) is studded with impressive songs, an unexpected love affair and a genuine and charming soul, Dogfight has been praised by countless critics and nominated for numerous awards, winning the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical. Here’s what it’s about:

It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.

This musical has us wondering a few things, and we thought we’d pose our questions to the cast and crew to get their response. Next up, another talented young actress making her Renegade debut, Anna Matthes!

Tell us the story of your worst date!

It was a blind double date at Buffalo Wild Wings..at 12:30 am. Needless to say, there was no second date and I don’t even remember his name.

What book, movie, band, play, etc. do you love that nobody else seems to know exists?

The band Lake Street Dive, although they were formed in Boston, they are named after the street in Minneapolis.

Why are you excited to work on this show?

I am excited to work on this show because the people are incredibly talented and so fun to work with.

Finally, and most importantly: What do you love about you?

I love my ability to adapt to different personality types and my wide range of humor.

What You Love About You: Brendan Finn

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Our regional premiere production of DOGFIGHT opens on Thursday, August 3rd! This new musical by Oscar and Tony Award winners Pasek & Paul (La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen) is studded with impressive songs, an unexpected love affair and a genuine and charming soul, Dogfight has been praised by countless critics and nominated for numerous awards, winning the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical. Here’s what it’s about:

It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.

This musical has us wondering a few things, and we thought we’d pose our questions to the cast and crew to get their response. Next up, another talented young actor making his Renegade debut, Brendan Finn!

Tell us the story of your worst date!

My first date, I saw Shrek 4 … needless to say, it didn’t end well.

What book, movie, band, play, etc. do you love that nobody else seems to know exists?

I am really enjoying a documentary called In The Eyes of Tammy Faye Baker, which basically explores televangelism in the Reagan era. It’s very fascinating.

One of my top favorite movies is a movie called Jawbreaker. It’s like if Heathers and Mean Girls had a love child. And very lastly, I love the 1998 remake of The Parent Trap. I’m still shocked they haven’t found the other Lohan twin yet, but, whatever I guess.

Why are you excited to work on this show?

I am so excited to be a part of this production this summer at Renegade! I hope this show is able to start an open and positive dialogue about some of the themes that are expressed in our show. Also, the cast is insanely talented. It’s an important story and I’m very lucky we all get to tell it together this summer!

Finally, and most importantly: What do you love about you?

I love that I want to always be a better person. I know I’m not perfect, and I know that sometimes accepting imperfection is very difficult. I am always looking for ways to try and be a better friend to others, and to try and treat myself with more respect. It’s a thankless process, but somehow Iiving in the never ending cycle of “what I can do better” has made me feel more focused on what’s important in this life.

What You Love About You: Rachael Ronding

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Our regional premiere production of DOGFIGHT opens on Thursday, August 3rd! This new musical by Oscar and Tony Award winners Pasek & Paul (La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen) is studded with impressive songs, an unexpected love affair and a genuine and charming soul, Dogfight has been praised by countless critics and nominated for numerous awards, winning the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical. Here’s what it’s about:

It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.

This musical has us wondering a few things, and we thought we’d pose our questions to the cast and crew to get their response. Next up, a talented young woman who last graced our stage in 2015’s EASTLAND, Rachael Ronding!

Tell us the story of your worst date!

I once went out with a guy and for our first date we went on a walk by the lake, talked about life, held hands, all the cute high school stuff. But the next day he told me he couldn’t see me again because I read too many books. We went our separate ways but ended up reconnecting and dating for 4 years. Needless to say, we aren’t together anymore and I read a lot of books.

What book, movie, band, play, etc. do you love that nobody else seems to know exists?

The Pretty Reckless.

 Why are you excited to work on this show?

I’m so excited to work on this incredible piece of art. It touches on so many important subjects including PTSD, body image, war, rape culture and more. The stakes and circumstances are so high and allow us to take a glimpse into these people’s lives and why certain people do the things they do. The human condition is so interesting and it’s important to see it from all angles.

Finally, and most importantly: What do you love about you?

I love that I have the ability to see past a bad moment. Sometimes if things are going really poorly, it’s easy to fall into a dark place and shut down. I’m getting very good at taking a breath, remembering that tomorrow’s another day, and just living. It’s a quality some of the strongest people I know hold, and I love that it’s part of who I am.

What You Love About You: Jace LeGarde

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Our regional premiere production of DOGFIGHT opens on Thursday, August 3rd! This new musical by Oscar and Tony Award winners Pasek & Paul (La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen) is studded with impressive songs, an unexpected love affair and a genuine and charming soul, Dogfight has been praised by countless critics and nominated for numerous awards, winning the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical. Here’s what it’s about:

It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.

This musical has us wondering a few things, and we thought we’d pose our questions to the cast and crew to get their response. Next up, one of our favorite performers making his return to the Renegade stage: Jace LeGarde!

Tell us the story of your worst date!

I don’t think I’ve ever really had a bad date… One time I took someone to see Spring Awakening at Renegade on a first date when I was like 14 knowing nothing about the plot of it. It wasn’t a bad date by any means, and we went on to be together for like 2 years, but it was definitely a bit uncomfortable.

What book, movie, band, play, etc. do you love that nobody else seems to know exists?

Jess Godwin is an old voice teacher of mine who records awesome music that I love to listen to (and her music videos are super cool to watch!) I’ve also really been into this singer named Dustin Kensrue lately.

 Why are you excited to work on this show?

It’s been amazing getting to do a show where I didn’t know most of the people going in! Doing theatre in Duluth, you usually at least somewhat know everyone, but I only knew two prior to starting rehearsals. It’s also been great to be back doing another show in Duluth. It’s been a few years since I last got to do a show around here, and it’s such a great theatre community.

Also, this is the first show I’ve ever gotten to say the F word in, so that’s fucking exciting too. Sorry Mom and Dad.

Finally, and most importantly: What do you love about you?

I like my ability to remain optimistic and upbeat in not so great circumstances. I don’t think I would have been able to make it through this past year without it.