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Gilbert Theater will be holding auditions for RENT the musical on July 22nd and 23rd , from 6-9pm at the Gilbert, 116 Green Street, Fayetteville, NC. Actors interested in auditioning should e mail email@example.com for an appointment time. Please be prepared to sing one song, pop rock and bring headshot and resume. The Gilbert has limited AEA contracts available.
RENT will run September 20th – October 6th of 2013. Rehearsals will begin August 19th, 2013.
- Mark Cohen : A struggling Jewish documentary filmmaker and the narrator of the show. He is Roger’s and Collins’s roommate until Collins moves out; he is also Maureen’s ex-boyfriend.
- Roger Davis : A once successful but now struggling musician who is HIV positive and an ex-junkie. He hopes to write one last meaningful song before he dies. He is having a hard time coping with the fact that he, along with many others around him, knows that he is going to die. His girlfriend, April, killed herself after finding out that she was HIV positive. He is roommates with Mark.
- Mimi Márquez: A club dancer and drug addict. She lives downstairs from Mark and Roger, and is Roger’s love interest who, like him, has HIV. She is also Benny’s ex-lover.
- Tom Collins : An anarchist with AIDS. He is described by Mark as a “computer genius, teacher, and vagabond anarchist who ran naked through the Parthenon.” Collins dreams of opening a restaurant in Santa Fe, where the problems in New York will not affect him and his friends. He was formerly a roommate of Roger, Mark, Benny, and Maureen, then just Roger and Mark, until he moves in with Angel.
- Angel Dumott Schunard : A young drag queen and street percussionist with AIDS. He is Collins’s love interest.
- Maureen Johnson : A lesbian performance artist who is Mark’s ex-girlfriend and Joanne’s current girlfriend. She is very flirtatious and cheated on Mark (presumably with Joanne).
- Joanne Jefferson : An Ivy League-educated public interest lawyerand a lesbian. Joanne is the woman for whom Maureen left Mark. Joanne has very important parents (one is undergoing confirmation to be a judge, the other is a government official.)
- Benjamin “Benny” Coffin III : Landlord of Mark, Roger and Mimi’s apartment building and ex-roommate of Mark, Collins, Roger, and Maureen. He is also Mimi’s ex-lover, although he considers himself her ex-boyfriend.
- THE FOLLOWING ROLES MAY BE DOUBLED AND TRIPLED
- Mrs. Cohen: Mark’s stereotypical Jewish mother. Her voicemail messages are the basis for the songs Voicemail #1, Voicemail #3, and Voicemail #5.
- Alexi Darling: The producer of Buzzline who tries to employ Mark after his footage of the riot makes primetime. Sings Voicemail #3 and Voicemail #4.
- Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson: The wealthy parents of Joanne Jefferson, they leave her Voicemail #2. Mr. Jefferson is also one of the a cappella singers in Voicemail #5. Mrs. Jefferson usually sings the female solo in Seasons of Love.
- Mrs. Davis: Roger’s confused mother who calls in Voicemail #5, asking continuously, “Roger, where are you?”
- Mrs. Marquez: Mimi’s Spanish-speaking mother who sings in Voicemail #5, wondering, in Spanish, where she is.
- Mr. Grey: Benny’s father-in-law who wants to buy out the lot.
- The Man: The local drug dealer whom Mimi buys from and Roger used to buy from.
- Paul: The man in charge of the Life Support group.
- Gordon: One of the Life Support members. Usually doubles as “The Man”
- Steve: One of the Life Support members. Usually doubles as “The Waiter”
- Ali: One of the Life Support members
- Pam: One of the Life Support members
- Sue: One of the Life Support members. As notated in the script by Larson, the roles of all of the Life Support members are encouraged to take on the name that someone in the cast (or production) knows or has known to have succumbed to AIDS. In the final Broadway performance, Sue is renamed Lisa.
- Squeegee Man: A homeless person who chants “Honest living!” over and over.
- The Waiter: A waiter at the Life Cafe.
There are also many other non-named roles such as The Homeless Woman, The Preacher, Seasons of Love soloists, Cops, Bohemians, Vendors, Homeless People.
The Gilbert Theater hires Equity members on a show by show basis. If you are Equity and wish to audition please call in advance to inquire at (910) 678-7186.
If you cannot make auditions for a particular production, please feel free to contact us, or send us your resume and headshot to firstname.lastname@example.org or via snail mail.