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GREY GARDENS

 

Book by Doug Wright; Music by Scott Frankel; Lyrics by Michael Korie

Based on the film Grey Gardens by David Maysles, Albert Maysles, Ellen Hovde, Muffie Mayer and Susan Froemke

 

Directed by Matthew Muccigrossi

Music Directed by François Suhr

 

Grey Gardens is a musical based on the 1975 documentary of the same title about the lives of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale ("Big Edie") and her daughter Edith Bouvier Beale ("Little Edie") by Albert and David Maysles. The Beales were Jacqueline Kennedy's aunt and cousin, respectively. Set at Grey Gardens, the Bouviers' mansion in East Hampton, New York, the musical tracks the progression of the two women's lives from their original status as rich and socially polished aristocrats to their eventual largely isolated existence in a home overrun by cats and cited for repeated health code violations. However, it's more central purpose is to untangle the complicated dynamics of their dysfunctional mother/daughter relationship.

 

Audition Dates: 

Wednesday, August 17 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. 

Saturday, August 20 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

 

Callbacks, as needed, will be Saturday, August 20 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. 

 

Please pre-register at this link

 

We will contact you with a time slot prior to auditions.

If you are not able to attend in-person you may submit a video audition. All video submissions are due by August 16th. If you are submitting a video audition, please complete this form and send us your video to "information@playhouse22.org" with the subject line "Grey Gardens Video Audition".  All video auditions are to be submitted by August 16 to be considered.

Performance Dates: 

November 4 - 20, 2022

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.

Sundays at 2 p.m. 

*Please refrain from auditioning if you have any conflicts after October 15 including the show dates.*

Rehearsals will begin around September 1. Please note on your audition form if you are going to be in another show running at the same time as rehearsals.  

 

Location:

Auditions, rehearsals, and performances will all be held in-person at the Playhouse 22 (721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, NJ 08816).

COVID Safety Guidelines: 

Playhouse 22 is requiring all cast and crew members to provide verification that they are vaccinated from the COVID-19 pandemic. If you should be offered a part in this show, you will be required to upload your vaccination information before the first rehearsal.

 

Audition Requirements: 

Prepare 32 bars of a musical theater song in the style of the show. Please bring sheet music in the appropriate key, an accompanist will be provided. 

Auditions are open.  Please note this is a non-union, non-paying production. Transparency and open communication are values that are extremely important to us; if you have any questions, please email us at information@playhouse22.org

We are committed to diversity and inclusion, and as such, we are looking to cast performers of all races and ethnicities, gender identities, sexualities, and abilities to audition.  

Casting Breakdown:  

All roles are open. 

  • Edith Bouvier Beale / “Little” Edie Beale: Female identifying, 45-55, legit soprano or mezzo-soprano. Both roles are played by the same actor. Edith (Act I) is a flamboyant singer, Long Island society matron who needs the spotlight and is deeply afraid of losing her daughter, sabotaging her every chance of marrying. ''Little'' Edie (Act II) is full of regret at her missed opportunities at marriage and dreams of song and dance stardom. Mercurial and fragile herself, for many years she is the main caretaker for her bed-ridden mother, Edith. It is highly recommended that this actor be very familiar with the 1975 documentary, "Grey Gardens."

  • “Big” Edie Beale: Female identifying, 65-80, character alto. An eclectic woman who fondly recalls her days of glory entertaining guests at lavish parties in the heyday of Grey Gardens. It is highly recommended that this actor be very familiar with the 1975 documentary, "Grey Gardens."

  • Young “Little” Edie Beale: Female identifying, 18-20s, soprano. Young, lovely and charismatic, she has come close to marrying several times, with each prospect destroyed by her mother.

  • Joseph Kennedy Jr. / Jerry: Male identifying, 20s, tenor. Both roles are played by the same actor. Joseph is a handsome, young scion of a distinguished family; rigid in his morality and his concern regarding what others will think. Jerry (late teens) is a slacker with a kind heart who takes care of Edith and Edie in their later life at Grey Gardens.

  • George Gould Strong: Male identifying, 30s, tenor. Edith's companion and artistic partner in crime; a pianist; George is also Edith's accompanist; he is a gay man who makes no real effort to hide it, in a time that still required such things. Ability to actually play the piano is not necessary.

  • JV Major Bouvier / Norman Vincent Peale: Male identifying, 60s-70s, baritone. Both roles are played by the same actor. Major Bouvier is a pillar of Wall Street; rules the house with a firm hand and firm philosophy; disapproves of his daughter. Normal Vincent Peale is a famous minister and best-selling author of "The Power of Positive Thinking.”

  • Brooks Sr. / Brooks Jr.: Male identifying, 30s-40s, baritone. Both roles are played by the same actor. Brooks Sr. is the soul of discretion and works as a manservant during the prosperous years of Grey Gardens; Brooks Jr. does the same for the family in leaner times, 32 years later; African American.

  • Jacqueline ‘Jackie’ Bouvier: Female identifying, 11-14, mix belt. Cousin of Edie's; already fashionable at a young age; lovely, poised, and well-mannered, although dearly in love with her wacky Aunt Edith.

  • Lee Bouvier: Female identifying, 8-11, mix belt. Tomboy cousin of Edie's; energetic and joyful, sharing her sister Jackie's love of her Aunt Edith. 

 

Playhouse 22 is a volunteer-based community theater.