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A show graphic for The Moors by Jen Silverman.

The Moors

Written by Jen Silverman
Directed by Joe Juknievich
Movement Direction by Kayleigh Kane

Two sisters and a mastiff live on the stark and desolate moors, yearning for love, power, and visibility. The arrival of an unsuspecting governess and an excitable, yet practical moor-hen set the three of them on a strange and dangerous path. Lies are revealed, loyalties are tested, and limits are pushed to the edge in the Boston premiere of this dark contemporary comedy inspired by the lives and works of the Bronte sisters.


Audition Info


Audition Dates
Saturday, July 20, 2019, 4 PM - 7 PM and Sunday, July 21, 2019, 1 PM - 4 PM

Audition Location
Green Street Studios
185 Green Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

GSS is a 5 minute walk from the Central Square Stop on the Red Line Train, and near MBTA bus stops for the 47, 64, 70, and 70A lines. Parking can be difficult in the area, so we advise using public transportation. The Central Square Parking Lot is a 5 minute walk. Look for the entrance to GSS nestled within the brick facade. No code is required for the door. Please note the studios and theater are located on the second floor and accessible only by staircase. Should you require any accommodations, please let us know.

Audition Information
Auditions will be held in 5 minute slots. Please prepare a contemporary monologue of no more than two minutes in length and be prepared for cold readings from the script. See below for character descriptions. To set up an audition appointment, complete the Google form here!

We are seeking non-union actors. Actors will be paid a $125 stipend at the end of the run.

For these auditions, no nudity or any form of sexual contact will be required as part of an actor’s audition. We will not ask prospective participants to perform violence or sexual contact as part of an audition without disclosing this expectation in the audition notice or invitation. We seek to foster an environment of communication, safety, respect, accountability, and the health, safety, and well-being of institutions and its participants.

Actors of color are strongly encouraged to audition, and all roles are open to inclusive casting unless otherwise specified. Auditions/interviews shall be conducted in a manner that promotes fair consideration to persons of all races, ethnicities, national origins, genders, sexual orientations, ages, and ability statuses.

Production Information
Two sisters and a mastiff live on the stark and desolate moors, yearning for love, power, and visibility. The arrival of an unsuspecting governess and an excitable, yet practical moor-hen set the three of them on a strange and dangerous path. Lies are revealed, loyalties are tested, and limits are pushed to the edge in the Boston premiere of this dark contemporary comedy inspired by the lives and works of the Bronte sisters.

Rehearsals will start on September 15, 2019 and take place Sunday afternoons and Tuesday and Thursday evenings in Cambridge and Somerville.

Tech begins Monday, November 4, 2019 and opens Friday, November 8, 2019. It runs for two weekends (Friday/Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons). The final performance will take place on Sunday, November 17, 2019.

The show will be presented in the Black Box Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts.

Open Roles
AGATHA. Female-identified. 20s-40s. Any Ethnicity.
Elder spinster sister. Spidery. Dangerous. Powerful. Charmingly cold, ruthlessly logical and viciously intelligent. Elegant, impossible to impress, flinty and unforgiving. Has fought desperately hard for her status, will sacrifice any and everything to maintain it. Views vulnerability as a weakness – until her heart starts to thaw. Disclaimer: This character engages in two acts of prolonged kissing with the character of EMILIE during the show.

EMILIE. Female-identified. 20s. Any Ethnicity.
The governess. A romantic with a sweet face. Effervescent, approachable, warm, accessible. Responsible, good at her job, but deeply in love and quietly desperate for change. At first vulnerable, a bit fragile even; later, finds her inner steeliness, cunning and power. Surprisingly adaptable, not at all what she first appears to be. Role requires singing and playing a lute (or some other stringed instrument). Disclaimer: This character engages in two acts of prolonged kissing with the character of AGATHA during the show.

MOORHEN. Female-identified. 20s – 40s. Any Ethnicity.
A small chicken. Practical and very present-tense. Vulnerable only because of her size – feisty, strong and fierce. A skeptic who does not trust easily. Does not have a particularly strong long-term memory (think: memory of a gold fish), but she’s smart – NEVER dumb. Requires an actor with impeccable comedic timing.

MASTIFF. Male-identified. 20s – 40s. Any Ethnicity.
A large dog. A philosopher-king. Profoundly lonely and charmingly melancholic. Longs deeply for connection, highly articulate, engages in thought-experiments with passion and verve. Experiences love for the first time – and all of the ensuing butterflies, joys, obsessions, desperations, and desires to grip tight and control. A gentle giant who never seems capable of violence – until he suddenly unnervingly is.

MARJORY. 20s-40s. Female-identified. Any Ethnicity.
The scullery maid. Down-trodden. Strategic. A quietly off-kilter and dangerously enigmatic presence. A bit inscrutable. Has been in the household her entire life, and has a very complex history with the family.

UNAVAILABLE ROLES
HULDEY. 20s. Female-Identified. Any Ethnicity
Younger spinster sister. She has a diary. She wants to be famous. Desperate to be seen and profoundly lonely. Immensely creative, spontaneous, a wildness at heart that’s never quite found its outlet. Dangerously susceptible to suggestion, does not handle disappointment well. Volatile in her heart ache and volcanic in her joy. Role requires singing and rapping.