Callback: Becoming Ingrid (Rubicon Theatre Project)

Sep 24, 2009 by     No Comments    Posted under: Thousands of Stories

Last night at 8pm I once again ventured downtown to TP&R casting to attend callbacks for Becoming Ingrid. I was super early, so I stopped at 7-Eleven to grab some water and a Reese’s. As I was opening the candy, one of the two peanut buttery delights slipped out of the package and landed on the sidewalk.

High above me, the Theatre Gods were saying, “That’ll teach him to eat sugary crap before a callback.”

Far below them, I stuffed the other cup in my mouth and gave the Gods the finger.

This was the first time I had been to a callback in Chicago (other roles I’ve played here have been cast immediately after auditions), so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Here are some thoughts on what I experienced:

Things I Noticed:

  • In the e-mail inviting me to the callbacks, they included an electronic copy of the entire 105-page script and asked that I look over it. I was naturally very happy to do so, and I got the chance to read it over several times, which left me feeling noticeably more prepared than I otherwise would for a callback.
  • The other men called back for the same role were noticeably older and taller than I was, which gave me a surprise boost of confidence. Clearly, I stood out from the rest of the young shorties at the audition. Huzzah!
  • With sides in hand, you have to find a balance between reading the lines and reacting to/interacting with your scene partner. It’s not an easy line to draw, and it makes me want to practice my cold-readings a lot more.

And now, my friends, we play the waiting game…

~JVB