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Rent - Open Call Auditions   - Project ID # 1636726
Project Type   Live Event Submission Type   Open Call
Location   Bridgeport, CT Union   Non-union
Rate/Pay   n/a Release Date   06-16-22
Audition Date   07-13-22 Submission Deadline   07-11-22
Shoot Date      
Casting Category   Theatre - Non-Equity
Market(s)   Hartford, CT>New York City, NY

Based on Puccini's beloved opera La Bohème, Rent follows the ups and downs of a year in the life of a group of impoverished, artistic friends living in Manhattan's East Village. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, struggles to find his place in the world; his roommate Roger, an HIV-positive musician, wonders how he will leave his mark before he dies. Mimi and Angel look for true love as they face the harsh reality of life as HIV-positive young people, while the businesslike Joanne seeks fidelity from her wild-child performance artist girlfriend Maureen. The group's dreams, losses, and love stories weave through the musical's narration to paint a stunningly raw and emotional portrait of the gritty bohemian world of New York City in the late 1980s, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

Based on Puccini's beloved opera La Bohème, Rent follows the ups and downs of a year in the life of a group of impoverished, artistic friends living in Manhattan's East Village. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, struggles to find his place in the world; his roommate Roger, an HIV-positive musician, wonders how he will leave his mark before he dies. Mimi and Angel look for true love as they face the harsh reality of life as HIV-positive young people, while the businesslike Joanne seeks fidelity from her wild-child performance artist girlfriend Maureen. The group's dreams, losses, and love stories weave through the musical's narration to paint a stunningly raw and emotional portrait of the gritty bohemian world of New York City in the late 1980s, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

PREPARE:

(2) 16-bar song selections, preferably from the show or that best features your range





Role # 1 - Mark Cohen Submit yourself for this role
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
Vocal Range: Tenor (C#3-G4)

Mark is an aspiring filmmaker who narrates the show as he films the lives of his friends. Mark never leaves home without a camera. He is Roger\\\'s best friend and caregiver, and he was once Maureen\\\'s boyfriend (who left him for Joanne). Mark is a little nerdy and quirky. He insists that he can survive the bleakness of his environment through his art. It soon becomes apparent, though, that he is more comfortable viewing the world through his lens than in actively engaging in it. He feels guilty that unlike his friends, he does not have HIV/AIDS. The actor playing this role must be a strong singer and actor. He dances the Tango with Joanne, so good movement skills are also required.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 20 to 29
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 2 - Roger Davis Submit yourself for this role
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
Vocal Range: Rock Tenor (B2-A4)
Roger is a once successful, now struggling musician who discovered he had HIV/AIDS in a note his girlfriend left him before she took her own life. His main goal in life is to write one great song before he dies, but he has not been able to play his guitar in a year, fearing that he has lost his creative energy. He falls in love with Mimi but is too afraid to commit to her, knowing that she also is infected with HIV/AIDS. He is also the roommate and best friend of Mark. He is often depressed and sullen, but he can be expressive and passionate at times. The actor playing this role must be a good actor and an excellent singer with a rock edge. Guitar skills are desired, but are not required.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 25 to 33
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 3 - Mimi Marquez Submit yourself for this role
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
Vocal Range: Alto (F#3-E5)
Mimi Marquez works in a strip club and struggles with her addiction to heroin, which has resulted in her contraction of HIV/AIDS. She falls in love with Roger, who is unable to commit to a relationship with her. She is also Benny\'s ex‐girlfriend. She is extremely sexy, optimistic, and likeable but with dark secrets. Though Mimi has\" lived a lot of life,\" she still sees the world through the eyes of a young woman. She intends to make the most of every day, as she earnestly expresses in the song \"No Day but Today.\" The actress playing this role must be a strong singer, dancer, and exceptional actress. She must be able to convincingly portray the struggles of heroin addiction, sexual promiscuity, and HIV/AIDS, while still maintaining the optimism of youth.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 23
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 4 - Benny Coffin III Submit yourself for this role
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
Vocal Range: Tenor (Eb3-F4)
Benny used to be Mark and Roger\'s roommate, but he married Alison Grey, a rich family involved with real estate, and he is now their landlord. He had been letting Roger and Mark live in the apartment for free, but he is now forcing them to pay rent or be evicted. Roger and Mark consider him a yuppie sell-out. He also had an affair with Mimi before she started to date Roger. While in the beginning he is caught up in the lifestyle of wealth and affluence, he ultimately realizes his friends are more important than what money can buy. The actor playing this role must be a good singer and actor.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 20 to 39
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 5 - Maureen Johnson Submit yourself for this role
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
Vocal Range: Soprano Belt (C4-F5)
Maureen is a bisexual performing artist and Mark\'s ex‐girlfriend. She left Mark to be with her new girlfriend, Joanne. She is sexy, flirtatious, sassy, and funny. She is bold and speaks her mind, and she is not afraid to take on the establishment and fight for what she believes in. The actress playing this role must be an excellent singer and actress. She must be comfortable with same-sex physical intimacy.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 20 to 39
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 6 - Joanne Jefferson Submit yourself for this role
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
Vocal Range: Soprano Belt (Bb3-E5)
Maureen is a lesbian Ivy League educated lawyer and activist. She struggles to not be jealous of Maureen\'s flirtatious nature with others. Though she was raised in an affluent, political family, she is committed to helping those less fortunate. The actress playing this role must be an excellent singer and a good actress. She must be comfortable with same sex-physical intimacy. Since she dances the tango with Mark, good movement skills are also required.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 20 to 33
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 7 - Tom Collins Submit yourself for this role
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
Vocal Range: Baritone/Tenor (F#2 – A4)

Tom Collins is a gay computer genius, teacher, and anarchist who was recently expelled from MIT. In the opening scene he is mugged, reflecting the harsh reality of the world in which the characters live. He is brave enough to allow himself to fall in love with Angel, knowing that since both of them are infected with HIV/AIDS, their relationship will not have much of a future. Tom and Angel\'s relationship is the heart of the show, as the genuine love and devotion they have for one another brings hope and inspiration to the entire group. They show the world how to truly live life and not be afraid. The actor playing this role must be an excellent singer and actor who is comfortable with same sex-physical intimacy. He must be able to portray great love and affection for Angel. He must especially be able to convey that love when Angel dies in his arms, and during his reprise of \"I Will Cover You.\"

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 27 to 39
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 8 - Angel Schunard Submit yourself for this role
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
Vocal Range: Tenor with Falsetto (C3-A4)
Angel is a young drag queen and street percussionist. He meets and falls in love with Collins. He has HIV/ AIDS and dies of the disease in Act II. As a person, Angel is the most generous and selfless character in the show. Angel hands out money to the neighborhood while dressed in Santa drag. Though he has HIV/AIDS, he embraces life and lives it to its fullest. People are naturally drawn to him, and his smile lights up the room. His death is mourned by all of the characters and eventually inspires them to live each day to the fullest. As mentioned in Tom\'s character description, Tom and Angel\'s relationship is the heart of the show, as the genuine love and devotion they have for one another brings hope and inspiration to the entire group. They show the world how to truly live life and not be afraid. The actor playing this role must be an excellent actor, singer, and mover. He must be able to comfortable with same-sex physical intimacy and a drag queen persona, including dancing in heels. Percussionist skills desired but not required.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 20 to 29
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 9 - Carolers Submit yourself for this role
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
There are homeless street men and women who appear throughout the show


Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male Female
Age: from 20 to 69
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 10 - Mrs. Cohen Submit yourself for this role
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
Mark\'s stereotypical Jewish mother.


Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 20 to 69
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 11 - Alexi Darling Submit yourself for this role
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
The producer of Buzzline who tries to employ Mark


Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 20 to 69
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 12 - Mr.&Mrs. Jefferson Submit yourself for this role
Seeking 2 talent(s) for this role
The wealthy parents of Joanne Jefferson


Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male Female
Age: from 20 to 69
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 13 - Mrs. Davis Submit yourself for this role
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
Roger\'s confused mother who calls in Voicemail #5


Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 20 to 69
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 14 - Mrs. Marquez Submit yourself for this role
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
Mimi\'s Spanish‐speaking mother who sings in Voicemail #5


Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 20 to 69
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 15 - Waiter Submit yourself for this role
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
Waits on the cast and has solo lines in La Vie Boehme.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 20 to 69
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 16 - Mr. Grey Submit yourself for this role
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
Benny\'s father-in‐law who wants to buy out the lot.


Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 20 to 69
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 17 - The Man Submit yourself for this role
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
The local drug dealer whom Mimi buys from and Roger used to buy from.


Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 20 to 69
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 18 - Life Support Group Submit yourself for this role
Seeking 6 talent(s) for this role
Paul, Gordon, Steve, Ali, Pam, Sue


Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male Female
Age: from 20 to 69
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 19 - Squeegee Man Submit yourself for this role
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
A homeless person who chants \"Honest living!\" over and over.


Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 20 to 69
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 20 - Homeless Woman Submit yourself for this role
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role
She gets harassed by police and Mark films it.


Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 20 to 69
Ethnicity: Any -