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The House Theatre of Chicago


Category: Non-Equity Audition
Pay: Stipend

Seeking two external understudies with strong rock star vocals and/or guitar abilities for The House Theatre of Chicago's world premiere of Verboten, with music and lyrics by Jason Narducy, book by Brett Neveu, directed by The House Artistic Director Nathan Allen and music directed by House Company Member Matthew Muņiz.

1983. Chicago. It's do-or-die for Verboten-a band made up of outsider teens with seriously complex home lives. As they gear up for a show at The Cubby Bear that is sure to change their lives forever, can they keep their parents from destroying the fabric of their self-made punk rock family? With lyrics and music by Verboten's original guitarist Jason Narducy (Split Single, Superchunk, Bob Mould) and book by Brett Neveu (Odradek, Pilgrim's Progress, Traitor), Verboten is inspired by the true story of Chicago's own young punks.

** Understudy Requirements: Available and present during Tech, Previews, and Opening Night, and to see the show once per week, following opening. There will be at least 2 understudy put-in rehearsals. Otherwise, you are welcome and encouraged to attend as much rehearsal as you are able, particularly during choreography, music rehearsals and/or run-throughs.

** Available to go on for all planned previews and performances.

** Lines, blocking, music and choreography memorized by 1st Preview.

TRACEY / CHRIS' SISTER Cover -- Strong singer, no instrument skills required

Tracey: adopted, hell of leader, fun and strong suburban punk; reads late teens to mid-20s

Chris' Sister: alcoholic, straight-talker, 70s rocker, likes to have a good time, abusive; reads early 20s to mid-30s

TRACEY'S DAD / ZACK'S DAD Cover -- Singer, no instrument skills required

Tracey's Dad: loves life, loves golf, awkward and conservative; reads mid 30s and up

Zack's Dad: rock fan, depressed, lonely but still there for everyone; reads mid 30s and up

JASON'S DAD / JASON'S STEPDAD Cover -- Strong singer, prefer strong guitarist

Jason's Dad: lost, violent and damn confused; reads mid 30s and up

Jason's Stepdad: a bit shy, plays guitar, pretty great guy; reads mid 30s and up

Stipend: $360 total, including rehearsal and performance pay, to be paid at show closing.

Time Commitment:
Rehearsals beginning Monday, December 9th, 2019
Tech beginning Thursday, January 9th, 2020
Previews beginning Thursday, January 16th
Run Sunday, January 26th thru Sunday, March 8th
Thursdays thru Saturdays @ 8:00pm; Saturdays and Sundays @ 3:00pm (except opening night @ 7:00pm)
** HELD Matinee Saturday, February 1st
** HELD Event Tuesday, February 4th
** ADDED Student Matinee Thursday, February 13th
** ADDED Industry Night Monday, February 24th
** HELD Thursday, February 27th
*** Pick-up / Understudy rehearsals Wednesdays Jan 29th and Feb 5th
*** 5 performances per week
*** All performances at The Chopin Theatre: 1543 W. Division Street, Chicago IL
*** Actors not called for Strike

Contact Info:
Interested parties should submit their digital headshots and resumes to with their full name and show title (Verboten) as the subject heading.

Please note all instruments played (and skill level), as well as vocal range and experience in email.

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Posted Date: Oct 9, 2019