Cape May Stage, an Equity SPT Tier 6 contract offering housing, full health and pension benefits and round-trip transportation from New York is casting its 2019 season at Equity Audition Center, 165 West 46 Street, New York, New York 10036 on February 14 and 15, 2019 at AEA Audition Center and February 20, 2019 locally in Cape May at Cape May Lutheran Church, 509 Pittsburgh Avenue in Cape May from 1 pm to 5 pm. Cape May Stage encourages participation by performers of all races and ethnicities. Producing Artistic Director Roy Steinberg and Director Marlena Lustik will be in attendance. www.capemaystage.org

Sometimes actors make bold choices to be remembered; one jumped on my table and did his piece inches from my face, several start their monologues as they enter the room.  It is a great acting class to observe an open call where you’ll likely hear the same monologue many times in a day and experience how different it can be.

We depend on actors to help us solve an artistic problem of how best to tell a story.  We try to remain open and available to every artist.  We have great respect for actors and know how hard they work and how difficult the audition process can be.

Over the years, Cape May Stage has brought Tony Award, Emmy Award, Obie Award,and Grammy Award nominees and winners to perform and design and direct.   Several Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwrights have come to Cape May Stage as part of the National Playwrights Symposium.  In some cases, the writers stay to see their work mounted in a full production. By mid-March, the whole season should be cast.  It is always a kind of miracle that groups of artists come together and instantly form a bond to tell a story that they hope will resonate with an audience.

The 2019 Season:

Heisenberg by Simon Stephens directed by Roy Steinberg rehearses May 7, previews May 22 opens May 23 closes June 21

  • Georgie Burns– female, 42 – She is from New Jersey, funny, sexy, a liar, charismatic – moves well
  • Alex Priest – male, 75 – He is from Enniscorthy County, Wexford, Ireland – tall with long fingers, shy, poetic, attractive

Time is the present – Place is London and Jersey City


Sylvia by A. R. Gurney, directed by Roy Steinberg rehearses June 11, previews June 26, opens June 27 and closes August 2

  • Sylvia – female -20s to 30s – pert and sexy – plays a Lab/Poodle mixture – moves well
  • Greg – male – 50s -60 – financial trader, upscale WASP, midlife crisis –
  • Kate – female – 50s-60 –public school English teacher – strong willed
  • Tom/Phyllis/Leslie – male to play all three roles – Tom is New York macho/Phyllis is WASPy society lady/Leslie is neutral-gender therapist

New York today

All characters need great comic timing


Sidekicked by Kim Powers, directed by Roy Steinberg – rehearses July 23, previews August 7, opens August 8 and closes September 20

  • Vivian Vance – female, 51 – plays Ethel Mertz in “I Love Lucy” – vulgar, funny, some musical theatre chops – speaks to her analyst

March 2, 1960 – Desilu Studio lot – dressing room/ NY apartment/soundstage


The Taming by Lauren Gunderson directed by Marlena Lustik rehearses September 10, previews September 25, opens September 26 and closes November 1 –

  • Patricia – female 30s – from Georgia – conservative – also plays James Madison 1787
  • Bianca – female 30s – from Georgia – liberal- also plays good-girl intern and Charles Pinckney 1787
  • Katherine – female-20s- from Georgia – Southern belle pageant winner – also plays George and Martha Washington 1787 and Dolly Madison

Great comic timing, southern accents


Murder For Two: Holiday Edition Book and Music by Joe Kinosian Book and Lyrics by Kellen Blair, directed by Hans Friedrich rehearses October 22, previews November 6, opens November 7, closes December 29.

  • Two piano playing actors:
  • Marcus Moscowicz – an ambitious young officer

All of the suspects:

Dahlia Whitney, the victim’s loopy widow

Murray and Barb Flandon, the Whitney’s bickering neighbors

Steph Whitney, an overeager grad student

Barrette Lewis, a self-incriminating ballerina

Dr. Griff, a friendly local psychiatrist

Timmy, Pickwick and Skid – members of a boy’s choir

Buttons, a late arrival

Place: An isolated mansion in rural New England, present day on the night of Christmas Eve