Seeking submissions for THE SHAPE OF THINGS by Neil LaBute
The play will perform in our new Black Box Theatre Oct 15-30. Rehearsals begin Sept 8.
Auditioners should film themselves performing one of the monologues below for the character they are interested in. Monologues and character descriptions are below.
Auditioners should include a headshot and resume and fill out send in the audition form below
All materials should be submitted to director, Dennis Beasley, at firstname.lastname@example.org by August 6th.
There will be an invited callback on Sunday August 8th
About the show…
The Shape of Things starts out almost like a romantic comedy where a chance encounter brings together two kindred spirits. Awkward naïve, but good-hearted Adam quickly becomes entranced by driven and experienced Evelyn leading to an unlikely romance. All seems good on the surface, but it becomes clear that the story will end up much deeper than it began. LaBute’s seriocomic play has been a staple of the American theatre since it debuted in 2001. It is the perfect inaugural play for our new theatre because of the many questions it raises about art with the biggest being, when it comes to art, how far is too far?
Evelyn (mid-late 20’s): A young female art major with strong opinions about the world Edgy and intriguing, she is a force of intellectual depths and empathetic shallows.
Adam (early-mid 20’s): An English lit student who is a bit older than the rest of his classmates. Hard working and good intentioned but lacks the natural confidence to fully understand himself or his feelings.
Jenny (early-mid 20’s): Long-time friend of Adam with a quiet nature about her. She cares a lot about those in her life but has a limit on emotional or mental abuse she is willing to take.
Phillip (early-mid 20’s): Gregarious, jocular and often obnoxious long-time friend of Adam, engaged to Jenny
Evelyn: I know what she said, why don’t you let her speak? (To Jenny) Did you wanna say anything else? Huh? Okay, then…all I’m saying is that, in my opinion, it wasn’t pornography, it was a statement. Of course, that’s the beauty of statements, like art, they’re subjective. You and I can think completely different things and we can both be right…unless, and this seems quite probable, you just can’t stand to lose an argument
Adam: You know, when Picasso took a shit, he didn’t call it a “sculpture.” He knew the difference. That’s what made him Picasso. And if I’m wrong about that, I mean, if I totally miss the point here and somehow puking up your own little shitty neuroses all over people’s laps is actually, Art, then you oughta at least realize there’s a price to it all…you know? Somebody pays for your two minutes on CNN. Someone always pays for people like you. And if you don’t get that, if you can’t see at least that much…then you’re about two inches away from using babies as lampshades and calling it “furniture.” (Beat) I guess I’m done…
Jenny: Hey…look, I don’t know why I’m here, I guess I came back to say, “I’m sorry.” Sorry if I’ve offended you in some way, or done something to make you so indifferent to me, cold or whatever. And I don’t mean what’s happened, I don’t because I think you’ve been this way the whole time I’ve known you. SO…sorry I’m not an artsy person or cool enough, sorry about that. But as far as just being a person, like, an average-type person…I’m pretty okay. I am. (Beat) That kinds came out bad, I mean, I’m dumb, so I’m just gonna…yeah…
Phillip: (Toasting) “To balls, long may they wave…” I’ll tell you what took some balls, the museum thing, a few weeks back, with the…balls. You guys read about that?! I mean, Adam, of course you did, you were supposed to be guarding it, but—Evelyn, you hear about it? No, seriously, do you believe that shit? Somebody with the gall to do that kinda bullshit on our campus?! That fucking burns me up…