Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre Company Auditions: Waiting For Lefty by Clifford Odets

Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre Company Auditions: Waiting For Lefty by Clifford Odets

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Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre Company
Staten Island, NY 10302


Frank Williams

Job Details


Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre Company

Audition Announcement


Waiting For Lefty


By Clifford Odets


Directed by Mitch Maglio


Although written in the 1930’s at the height of the Great Depression, the challenges faced by the taxi drivers in “Waiting for Lefty” closely mirror similar struggles that 21 st Century Americans face due to growing wealth inequality and a system of Government that favors the rich. In the course of six vignettes or “acts” we explore: the power of unions, the corruption of big business, Communism and class consciousness, Xenophobia and ethnicity.


Odets uses avant-garde techniques that his Group Theatre deemed necessary to uncover the artificiality of theater. By exposing the artifice behind drama, they felt they could approach reality with more authenticity. In Waiting for Lefty the taxi drivers never leave the stage (they sometimes even sat with the audience); the vignettes occur simply with blackouts, and the drivers always remain dimly visible in

the background, sometimes even chiming in with other scenes. The audience is reminded of the underlying conflict of the play, and the stage and theater always bear the markings of a union hall.


Using the minimalist techniques of Agitprop theater, we will break down the barriers between the actors and the spectators, in effect casting the audience itself as a character in the play.


This will be a LIVE, outdoor show, with in person rehearsals, and in person auditions. There will be a small stipend provided for actors.


Auditions will be held on May 8th, 2021 from 1:30pm to 7:00pm at Maker Park, 450 Front Street, Staten Island NY 10304.


**weather permitting ONLY, we will then contact about virtual auditions, but rehearsals will be outdoors and in person.


Interested actors should contact Chelsea Smith at with your desired time slot. Prepare a brief monologue from any contemporary play.


Please have a general understanding of the play, and be prepared to read sides cold.


The play will take place on the following dates inside Maker Park:


Friday, July 16th at 8:00pm

Saturday, July 17th at 8:00pm

Friday, July 23rd at 8:00pm

Sunday, July 25th at 6:00pm


In order to ensure safety for all, actors casted in the play will be required to take weekly COVID-19 tests, and temperatures will be taken before each rehearsal. This rule is required whether actors are vaccinated or not. Masking will be required during rehearsals and backstage during performance, but actors will remove masks when performing scenes on stage.


Principal Roles


Joe (Male 20-40): A working class taxi driver


Fatt (Male Age undetermined): A corrupt union leader


Edna (Female 20-40): Joe’s wife


Sid (Male 20-40): Edna’s Fiancée


Florence (Female 20-30): A young woman caring for her sick mother


Sid’s fiancée


Miller (Gender open 20-30): An idealistic lab assistant


Fayette (Gender and age open): an industrialist who tries to get Miller to help him

develop chemical warfare and spy on his superior in the lab. 


Dr. Barnes (Gender open 40-60): An elderly doctor, Barnes is upset over the way the government controls the hospital


Dr. Benjamin (Gender open 30-40): A young Jewish doctor and also a committee member of the taxi drivers’ union, Benjamin is enraged over the

classism and nepotism of the government.


Agate (Gender and Age open): An “agitator,” Agate stirs up the taxi drivers in the final scene to go on strike


Tom Clayton (Male 20-50): A labor spy

Irv (Male 30-50):  Florence’s brother, Irv disapproves of Sid because of his low income and wants Florence to leave him.


A Gunman: The gunman never speaks, but is an intimidating presence beside Fatt, looming over the men with his gun and daring them to speak against the company.


Other speaking roles and a “chorus”. Some actors may take on multiple roles due to the episodic construction of the play.


May 10, 2021 - July 25, 2021





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