INCOGNITO by Nick Payne. Directed by Brendan Ellis.
“Four actors play a combined 21 characters within INCOGNITO’s three interwoven stories. A pathologist steals the brain of Albert Einstein; a neuropsychologist embarks on her first romance with another woman; a seizure patient forgets everything but how much he loves his girlfriend. INCOGNITO braids these mysterious stories into one breathtaking whole that asks whether memory and identity are nothing but illusions.”
Due to the nature of the script, four experienced actors with ability to perform in several characters with different accents are required. Actors need not be masters of all required accents, but must demonstrate ability in at least one of the listed accents, and have a willingness to learn any others.
All ages listed are general stage ages.
Female-identifying actor, 40+. Accents required – an accent that may be heard in London, an accent that may be heard in Bath, an accent that might be heard in New Jersey, an accent that might be heard in Chicago. Must be comfortable playing romantic scenes with a female-identifying actor. To play the following roles:
Martha Murphy – A neuropsychologist who is struggling with her identity.
Elouise Harvey – Married to Thomas, fierce and self-assured.
Anna Vann – A beatnik living in Kansas.
Evelyn Einstein – The daughter of Hans Albert Einstein, receives a revelation about her heritage.
Male-identifying actor, 40+. Accents required – an accent that might be heard in New Jersey, an accent that may be heard in London, an accent that may be heard in Bath, a German accent. To play the following roles:
Thomas Harvey – A pathologist that stole Albert Einstein’s brain for research. We see him age over several decades.
Victor Milner – A neurosurgeon who cares for Henry.
‘Anthony’ – Martha’s amnesiac patient.
Jon Williams – A neuroscientist who studies Henry.
Otto Nathan – The German executor of Albert Einstein’s will.
Female-identifying actor, 20s-30s. Accents required – an accent that may be heard in Bath, an accent that may be heard in London. Must be comfortable playing romantic scenes with a female-identifying actor. To play the following roles:
Margaret Thomson – Cares for her husband Henry, we see her age over several decades.
Lisa-Scott Hannigan – An Australian waitress living in Kansas.
Patricia Thorn – A young lawyer who challenges her new partner’s dishonesty.
Sharon Shaw – A brain donation nurse.
Male-identifying actor, 20s-30s. Accents required – an accent that may be heard in Bath, an accent that may be heard in London, an accent that might be heard in Maine, an accent that may be heard in Kansas, an accent that may be heard in Switzerland. To play the following roles:
Henry Maison – Undergoes surgery that ends his seizures as well as his ability to form new memories. We see him age over several decades.
Michael Wolf – An ambitious journalist with an interest in Thomas’ legacy.
Hans Albert Einstein – The son of Albert Einstein and father of Evelyn Einstein.
Ben Murphy – Martha’s son, suspects she may be having a mid-life crisis.
Freddy Myers – A beatnik living in Kansas.
Greg Barraclough – A boisterous lawyer with questionable ethics and a history with Patricia.
Auditionees will be required to prepare a 2 minute dramatic monologue and read excerpts of the script. Please also prepare to demonstrate one or more of the accents indicated in the casting list. Excerpts will be available to read at the audition or upon request.
Auditions will be held at Melville Theatre, 393A Canning Hwy, Palmyra, just south of the corner of Stock Rd and Canning Hwy. To be held in 20 minute timeslots from 10am-5pm Saturday 20th Feb, with potential for callbacks on Monday 22nd Feb from 7:15.
Rehearsals will be three times a week, with rehearsal days being decided based on the availability of cast and crew.
Performance dates in May: 7-8, 13-16, 20-22.
Please email your CV or list of acting experience to brenellis(at)yahoo(dot)com(dot)au to book an audition for your preferred time.