Audition: Becoming Ingrid (Rubicon Theatre Project)

Sep 23, 2009 by     No Comments    Posted under: Thousands of Stories

Monday night at 9:30pm was another theatre audition. This time, it was with the good folks at Rubicon Theatre Project, who are casting their production of Becoming Ingrid. The story follows a woman as she travels to Scotland to get closer to her favorite author. The audition posting, which I found on the League of Chicago Theatres website, simply called for male and female actors in their 20s to 30s, so I submitted.

The audition post originally requested two contrasting contemporary monologues, so I set out to find a dramatic monologue to complement my comedic one. Since I am NOTORIOUS for waiting until the last minute to prepare audition materials (a problem I am working on remedying), I made sure to give myself plenty of time to memorize the new piece and work out the beats and make it memorable.

When I arrived at TP&R Casting (where the audition was being held), the auditors came out to the waiting area and informed us that, because of time constraints, they would only like to see one piece from each of us.

“Well, shit,” I thought. “Which one do I use?”

Do I go with the comedic piece that has brought me mixed success for the past few months with, or do I take a chance on something fresh and, in my opinion, more interesting?

I went with the comedic usual.

Now we go through my pre-monologue checklist:

  • Smiling? Check.
  • Head/eyes up, and confident? Check.
  • Firm handshake? Check.
  • Strong, clear slate? Check.

And then I launched into my monologue. I remember thinking halfway through that, “Shit, I started this one way and now it’s completely different. That was a weak-ass character choice to begin with, and now I’ve dropped my shit.”

Or, as Sherie Rene Scott put it in The Last 5 Years, “I suck I suck I suck I suck!…”

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Granted, it’s never good to be having these thoughts during your audition, but I at least appreciate the fact that I’m aware of them. And now, being the pro-active person I am, it’s time to look ahead and see what I can do to remedy the issue:

  • Sit down with the monologue and find the beat changes.
  • Practice in front of an audience of friends or a video camera.
  • Maybe find a more interesting comedic piece. This one IS a bit narrative…

***BREAKING NEWS***

I got called back. I’ll shut-up now. :-)

“To go into acting is like asking for admission to an insane asylum. Anyone may apply, but only the certifiably insane are admitted.” -Michael Shurtleff

~JVB