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The Importance Of Being Earnest Casting-New York City, NY - Casting ID # 1559860
Project Type Live Event Submission Type Open Call
Location New York City, NY Union Non-union
Rate/Pay n/a Release Date 11-03-17
Audition Date 06-04-18 Submission deadline 06-03-18
Casting Category Theatre - Non-Equity
Two young gentlemen of leisure, Jack Worthing and his best friend Algernon Montcrieff, have taken to bending the truth in order to put some excitement into their lives. Worthing has invented a brother, Earnest, whose name he uses as an excuse to leave his dull life behind to visit Algy's lovely cousin Gwendolyn. Montcrieff decides to take the name Earnest when visiting Worthing's young and beautiful ward, Cecily. Things start to go awry when they all end up together in the country and their deceptions are discovered.
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Role # 1 John Worthing
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A seemingly responsible and respectable young man who leads a double life. In his country estate, Jack is known as Jack. In London he is known as Ernest. As a baby, Jack was discovered in a handbag in the cloakroom of Victoria Station by an old man who adopted him and subsequently made Jack guardian to his granddaughter, Cecily Cardew. Jack is in love with his friend Algernon’s cousin, Gwendolen Fairfax. He is a justice of the peace.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 35

Role # 2 Algernon Moncrieff
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Algernon is a charming, idle, decorative bachelor, nephew of Lady Bracknell, cousin of Gwendolen Fairfax, and best friend of Jack Worthing, whom he has known for years as Ernest. Algernon is brilliant, witty, selfish, amoral, and given to making delightful paradoxical pronouncements. He has invented a fictional friend, “Bunbury,” an invalid whose frequent sudden relapses allow Algernon to wriggle out of unpleasant or dull social obligations.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 35

Role # 3 Rev. Chausible
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The rector on Jack’s estate. Both Jack and Algernon approach Dr. Chasuble to request that they be christened “Ernest.” Dr. Chasuble entertains secret romantic feelings for Miss Prism.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 35

Role # 4 Merriman
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Merriman is the butler at Jack's manor house.


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Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 35

Role # 5 Lane
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Lane is Algernon's manservant.


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Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 35

Role # 6 Lady Bracknell
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(possibility of a man in drag if anyone is interested) Algernon’s snobbish, mercenary, and domineering aunt and Gwendolen’s mother. Lady Bracknell married well, and her primary goal in life is to see her daughter do the same. She has a list of “eligible young men” and a prepared interview she gives to potential suitors. Like her nephew, Lady Bracknell is given to making hilarious pronouncements, but where Algernon means to be witty, the humor in Lady Bracknell’s speeches is unintentional.


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Gender: Female
Age: from 36 to 60

Role # 7 Gwendolyn Fairfax
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Algernon’s cousin and Lady Bracknell’s daughter. Gwendolen is in love with Jack, whom she knows as Ernest. A model and arbiter of high fashion and society, Gwendolen speaks with unassailable authority on matters of taste and morality. She is sophisticated, intellectual, cosmopolitan, and utterly pretentious. Gwendolen is fixated on the name Ernest and says she will not marry a man without that name.


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Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 35

Role # 8 Cecily Cardew
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Jack’s ward, the granddaughter of the old gentlemen who found and adopted Jack when Jack was a baby. Cecily is probably the most realistically drawn character in the play. Like Gwendolen, she is obsessed with the name Ernest, but she is even more intrigued by the idea of wickedness. This idea, rather than the virtuous-sounding name, has prompted her to fall in love with Jack’s brother Ernest in her imagination and to invent an elaborate romance and courtship between them.


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Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 35

Role # 9 Miss Prism
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Cecily’s governess. Miss Prism is an endless source of pedantic bromides and clichés. She highly approves of Jack’s presumed respectability and harshly criticizes his “unfortunate” brother. Puritan though she is, Miss Prism’s severe pronouncements have a way of going so far over the top that they inspire laughter. Despite her rigidity, Miss Prism seems to have a softer side. She speaks of having once written a novel whose manuscript was “lost” or “abandoned.” Also, she entertains romantic feelings for Dr. Chasuble.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 35