CALL TO AUDITION:
OFF THE RECORD
BY CHRIS ARONSTEN
Jenny Gosper is the host of Face to Face a tacky, tabloid-style tv current affairs show. She once had a stellar career as a journalist before suffering a spectacular fall from grace.
Tony Trevelan is the founder and CEO of Embrace International, a high-profile aid agency operating in Bangladesh, who is facing accusations of abusing female employees.
Jenny and Tony go way back – and now she has him in the hot seat on her show.
But the interview is a fizzer, and in the aftermath, as the hospitality drinks flow, secrets are revealed, and threats of exposure on both sides turn the situation toxic.
When Jenny has a serious accident, the outcome unexpectedly presents her with a way to finally nail Tony.
Shortlisted for The Silver Gull Play Award in 2021, Sydney writer Chris Aronsten’s play seeks to examine how we can empower ourselves in the face of systematic corruption and investigates the mechanics of accountability.
CREATIVE TEAM & CREW
Director Jess Davis
Tue 11 Jul to Sat 5 Aug 2023
Rehearsals will commence early May with a combination of weekend days and week nights. Exact times and dates tbc, subject to cast availability.
Tue 25, Wed 26 and Thu 27 April (evening), Sat 29 April (morning)
Jenny – (45-55)
A top shelf tv journalist coming to terms with her top shelf drinking problem.
Tony – (50 -60)
An international aid CEO denying claims of sexual assault against workers.
Janine – (40 -55)
A whistle-blower from within the aid organisation.
Nadia – (35-55)
Jenny’s AA sponsor.
Ronni / Carol – (50 -65)
Ronni – a patient in the hospital bed next to Jenny, an East Londoner.
Carol – Tony’s ex-wife, charitable.
Peter / Taxi Driver – (45-65)
Peter – Jenny’s husband, gentle, a writer.
Taxi Driver – chatty, unphased with whoever hops into his cab.
We very much encourage and welcome submissions from people who identify as First Nations, PoC, CaLD, queer and/or gender diverse.
TO BOOK AN AUDITION
It is essential to read the script BEFORE applying. There is a perusal copy of the script available for viewing here.
Email your EOI to firstname.lastname@example.org with AUDITION in the subject line.
In your email, please:
- Include an up-to-date headshot and CV
- Indicate if you are currently a New Theatre member
- Indicate your preferred audition date/time.
- Indicate your rehearsal availability (days and/or evenings)
Extracts from the play provided upon audition request.
New Theatre is a volunteer-based organisation and there is no payment for this production.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Jess is a Sydney based director and co-founder of independent theatre company Eye Contact Theatre Company. Directing credits include Breathing Corpses, Hairworm (Eye Contact Theatre Company), The Park (New Theatre), Lady Windermere’s Fan, The Unexpected Guest, Sherlock Holmes and the Ripper Murders, The Bear/The Proposal (Genesian Theatre), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, The Female of the Species (Lane Cove Theatre Company), Broken (Theatre Travels). She loves new writing and working collaboratively with other creatives.