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Audition Sides
Ed and David Side
Ma and David Side
Alan and Arnold Side
Alan Side
Ed Side
Laurel Side
Ma Side
Arnold Side

Uptown Players announces auditions for Torch Song (2018), which runs March 25 through April 3 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. 

Torch Song is a new two-act adaptation of the 1983 Tony Award-winning play by Harvey Fierstein. Hilarious and heart wrenching, Torch Song follows Arnold Beckoff's odyssey to find happiness in New York. All he wants is a husband, a child, and a pair of bunny slippers that fit, but a visit from his overbearing mother reminds him that he needs one thing more: respect. Join Arnold on this all too human journey about the families we're born into, the families we choose and the battles to bring them all home.

The following roles are open to both equity and non-equity actors of all ethnicities. There are three LOA/LORT principal equity contracts available for this production.  The production is under the direction of Cheryl Denson.

Arnold – (age 25-32) A Jewish, homosexual, New York City drag queen. Unconventionally attractive without being beautiful, Arnold is extremely articulate, smart, and funny, and often uses his wit to protect himself. He goes after what he wants voraciously. He talks a good game and he's often cynical, but underneath has a gigantic heart.

Ed – (age 35-45) Handsome and charming, he is the love of Arnold’s life. A school teacher, he is square, traditional, heteronormative, and so unbending that he might break. He isn’t comfortable coming out of the closet. He is of a slightly older generation than Arnold.

Mrs. Beckoff (Ma) – (age 49-65) Arnold’s Jewish mother, she is a force of comedy and pathos. Stubborn and feisty, she is Arnold’s ultimate sparring partner. Loves her son but deeply rooted in tradition and doesn’t understand his lifestyle or his ideas of family and becoming a parent.

Laurel – (age 30-45) Ed’s girlfriend and then estranged wife. Intelligent, but naive in her optimism. Intrigued by Ed’s bisexuality, she considers herself a forward thinker.

Alan – (early 20s) Arnold’s "considerably younger" boyfriend. Since arriving in NYC at the age of 14 he has survived as a hustler and model but aspires to be an actor. His looks almost always get him what he wants. Youthful and free, he doesn’t seem to have every struggled with his sexuality. 

David – (age 15-18) Arnold’s foster son. David has had a tough childhood so he has an edge that hints of danger, but as a survivor, he makes the most of his situation and lives life with humor, honesty, and sarcasm. Unapologetic about being gay or about anything else.

Rehearsals will begin on February 28. Rehearsals are evenings and weekends. The production runs March 25 through April 3 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. 

COVID protocols: All current CDC and Actors Equity Association COVID health and safety protocols will be in place for this production. including auditions, callbacks, rehearsals, and performances. Masks will be required in the building at all times during auditions and callbacks except when the actor is auditioning for the production team. All cast and crew must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination before attending rehearsals. A rapid COVID test will be conducted at the theater at the first rehearsal and may be required weekly throughout the rehearsal/performance process.

Auditions will consist of reading selections from the script. The script is available from dramatists.com. Audition sides will be posted on the Uptown Players website audition page by December 1. A headshot and resume are required at auditions and with video submissions. 

Callbacks will take place in-person on Wednesday, December 15 from 6 to 10pm.

Auditions will take place by appointment on Monday, December 13 from 530pm to 930pm at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Boulevard (@ Blackburn), Dallas TX 75219. All union actors must submit a video audition to auditions@uptownplayers.org in lieu of an in-person audition per the union request no later than 5pm on Monday, December 13th.

For an audition appointment or to notify us that you will be submitting a video audition, go to https://bit.ly/Torchsongauditions to request one online.