CASTING CALL – Professor Bernhardi 2017
Dynamic actor with an interest in movement/physical theatre and ensemble work needed for a one-day theatre production in Exeter this June. Experience in the Meisner Technique preferable but not essential. Strong line learning skills essential.
We’re looking for one male actor (playing age 28-38) to join the ensemble who first performed the piece in October 2016 playing two different roles.
KEY PRODUCTION DATES
- Rehearsals: Wednesday 14, Thursday 15, Friday 23, Sunday 25 and Monday 26 June, 10.00-18.00
- Travel: 28 June (evening)
- Show: 29 June in Exeter
- One week Equity fee
- Travel expenses to Exeter covered and overnight accommodation.
Please send your CV (Spotlight link is fine) and headshot to firstname.lastname@example.org by 6pm, Wednesday 7 June. Audition Friday 9 June.
ABOUT THE PLAY
Professor Bernhardi (translated and adapted by Judith Beniston with Nicole Robertson) is an unlikely comedy by Austrian writer Arthur Schnitzler. First performed in 1912, it tells the story of a Jewish doctor who prevents a Catholic priest from giving the last rites to a patient who is unaware that she is dying. Himself a qualified doctor, Schnitzler takes a wry look at the medical profession, and at the politics and ethics of medical care. In addressing the controversial issue as intercultural tolerance and asking what might constitute ‘a good death’, the play is as relevant and challenging today as it was a century ago. This abridged adaptation of Professor Bernhardi, which also draws on Schnitzler’s archive and diaries, is a collaboration between [Foreign Affairs] and academics of the AHRC-funded Schnitzler Digital Edition Project. The production was staged in London’s Barts Pathology Museum in September 2015 and in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre at the University of Cambridge in October 2016.
Running time approx. 60 minutes.
ABOUT THE ROLE(S)
Professor Flint – Minister of Education. Looks and behaves (in part knowingly) like a diplomat; very genial, often displaying genuine warmth.
Dr. Filitz – Specialist in Gynæcology. Attractive, blond-haired man. Pince-nez. (Minor role.)
Please note, the character descriptions are based on information from the original text and are not necessarily a representation of the final character portrayal which will be developed in rehearsals.