Audition Information

Auditions for A Bright Room Called Day by Tony Kushner


Thank you for your interest! We have had so many actors eager to audition for this show that we have run out of times in which to schedule you all, and have to close audition registration early. If we are able to schedule an additional day to see more actors, we will post a notice here.

Flat Earth Theatre seeks actors of all races, genders, and sizes for A Bright Room Called Day by Tony Kushner, directed by Dori Robinson, the first production of our 2017–2018 season. Performances will run Saturday, September 30th through Saturday, October 14th, 2017 in the Black Box Theatre at the Mosesian Center for the Arts (formerly the Arsenal Center for the Arts), 321 Arsenal St, Watertown.

A small stipend for cast members will be offered.

Audition Info

Auditions will be held on Sunday, June 18th and Tuesday, June 20th at the Mosesian Center for the Arts. Auditions will be scheduled in half-hour blocks between 7pm and 9pm on both evenings; please email [email protected] with your headshot, resume, and preferred audition time. Auditions will consist of reading sides from the script, which will be emailed with your audition scheduling confirmation. Please hold Wednesday, June 21st, for possible callbacks.

Character Descriptions

Casting note: We are specifically seeking an actress of color for the role of Zillah, and seek actors of all backgrounds for the remaining roles.

  • Agnes Eggling – 30s. Heavyset. Bit player/character actress in the German film industry. Struggles with her role in a changing, scary world.
  • Gregor Bazwald (Baz) – 30s (flexible age). Works for the Berlin Institute for Human Sexuality. Is proud of his identity, yet nervous about how others might treat him.
  • Paulinka Erdnuss – 30s (flexible age). Actress in the German film industry; a featured player on her way to becoming a minor star (though she considers herself a much more major star!).
  • Annabella Gotchling – 40s. Communist artist, graphic designer, and brave human.
  • Vealtninc Husz – 40s. Cinematographer. Hungarian exile. Was once a fighter, and now isn’t sure how to fight.
  • Rosa Malek – 20s. Minor functionary of the KPD (Kommunistische Partei Deutschlands). Goes hand in hand with Emil.
  • Emil Traum – 20s. Slightly higher ranking functionary of the KPD. Goes hand in hand with Rosa.
  • Die Alte – a woman of indiscriminable age. An echo of those who have lived through suffering and now, as an apparition, cannot rest. Also a mischief maker. Performer should be open to movement.
  • Gottfried Swetts – ageless; when he looks good he could be 30, when he looks bad he could be 50 or more. Distinguished, handsome, blond, Aryan.
  • Zillah Katz – contemporary American woman. A fighter. An activist. Cannot be silent. We are specifically seeking a woman of color for this role.

Show Summary

Berlin, 1932. A group of young radicals struggle to respond as Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party rise to power. Watching their world unravel around them from the uncertain safety of Agnes Eggling’s apartment, these artists, activists, and idealists grapple with fear for their lives and the responsibility of making moral choices in a time of vanishing options. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “unabashedly political, thought-provoking, and a little scary,” A Bright Room Called Day by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award–winning playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America) echoes across time, from Germany’s Weimar Republic to contemporary America, posing timely questions about citizenship, resistance, and complicity.

Show Info

  • Performance Dates - 9/30, 10/1, 10/2, 10/5, 10/6, 10/7, 10/8, 10/12, 10/13, 10/14
  • Performance Location - Black Box Theater at the Mosesian Center for the Arts (formerly the Arsenal Center for the Arts), 321 Arsenal St, Watertown.
  • Rehearsal Details - Rehearsals will begin in the last week of July and be held on weekday evenings and some weekend afternoons, primarily in Watertown. There will be no rehearsals or performances during Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur (opening night actor call will be after sunset on 9/30).