The Jackson C. Frank Listening Party with Special Guests
Written by Michael Aguirre
Directed by Sarah Norris

Ophelia Chooses
Written by Buddy White
Directed by Sarah Norris

Auditions with Casting Director, Emel Ertrugrul and Director, Sarah Norris

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 6p-9p by Appointment Only 

JCFLP/OC Audition Form.

Callbacks will be held on Thursday, September 23, 2021 6p-9p

The Zeiders American Dream Theater is seeking actors for two upcoming productions: The Jackson C. Frank Listening Party with Special Guests by Michael Aguirre and Ophelia Chooses by Buddy White. These productions are presented as part of The Z’s Hatchery Series for new works.

Auditions are by confirmed appointment only and will be held at Zeiders American Dream Theater- Virginia Beach, VA. To request an Audition Appointment or to submit your Video Audition link, please complete JCFLP/OC Audition Form.

For the audition please be prepared to:
Read the side(s) for your desired role, which can be found by clicking the link next to the character description below.

Video submissions are being accepted and must be submitted by Thursday, September 23.

We are requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all auditionees. Due to the nature of the rehearsal and performance process, we are unable to cast actors who have not been vaccinated for COVID-19.


The Jackson C. Frank Listening Party with Special Guests, written by Michael Aguirre and directed by Sarah Norris. Jackson C. Frank was a tender-hearted folk singer whose single album was produced by Paul Simon. Playwright Michael Aguirre has created a special occasion, a throwback listening party that takes us through Jackson’s album while exploring the complications and meanings of family relationships.

Important Dates for The Jackson C. Frank Listening Party with Special Guests 

First rehearsal Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Previews begin Thursday, January 13, 2022

Opening Saturday, January 15 2022

Closing Sunday, January 30, 2022



ACTOR (30s-40s) Any gender identity. A versatile actor who can play 4 very distinct characters who are “special guests” at the party. There is humor in all the characters, but that humor is very distinct to each person and comes from each character’s truth. Looking for an honest interpretation and not larger than life caricatures. Physicalizing is important.

Actor will play the following roles: (ACTOR side)

  • Paul Simon: Yes, the Paul Simon. Ageless and timeless. But he doesn't want to be acknowledged as the great Paul Simon, even though deep  down, he knows how good he is. Nonchalant and carefree, serious and  indifferent. Don’t ask him about Artie. 
  • Mom: The ultimate worrier, and rightfully so. But it’s only because she cares. She cares a lot. She loves deeply. 
  • Grandma Woodstock: Maybe she’s 102 years old, maybe she’s actually a ghost. No one quite knows. But she embodies the spirit of 1969. It’s not that  she’s stuck in time or nostalgic -- that’s just the place she wants to be in always.
  • Dan: Soft-spoken, stoic. Unseen.

Ophelia Chooses, by Buddy White, directed by Sarah Norris. Local playwright Buddy White wondered what would happen if the love-struck Ophelia, ill-fated lover of Hamlet, had had some notion of her own agency, and zagged instead of zigged; the result is this new piece, developed in The Z’s own American Dreamwright’s Workshop. Ophelia encounters a modern-day woman and comes face-to-face with her creator as she makes surprising discoveries about herself, and her own power.

Important Dates for Ophelia Chooses

First rehearsal Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Runs as part of the NO HOLDS BARD Shakespeare Festival, February 16-19, 2022


CLAUDIUS (late 40s – 50s) Male Identifying. Open ethnicity. Newly elected King of Denmark who rose to power after the death of his brother, the former King Hamlet. Married to Gertrude, his brother’s widow, and Hamlet’s mother. Calculating, ambitious, and power-hungry. (CLAUDIUS side)

GERTRUDE (late 40s – 50s) Female Identifying. Open ethnicity. The Queen of Denmark. Widow of King Hamlet, newlywed wife of Claudius, and mother of Hamlet. Determined to preserve her position in the court at all costs. Loves and cares for Hamlet deeply but is too blinded by her lust for Claudius to concern herself with the moral ramifications of her hasty remarriage. (GERTRUDE side)

HAMLET (20s) Male Identifying. Open ethnicity. A beloved Prince of Denmark, who becomes distraught by his father’s death. A thoughtful, melancholy man made more depressed by his uncle Claudius’ succession to the throne and marriage to his mother. Hamlet becomes suicidal and obsessed with revenge, slowly driven mad by his inability to act on this instruction. (HAMLET side)

LAERTES (20s) Male Identifying. Open ethnicity. Polonius' son. Protective of his sister Ophelia. Passionate and impulsive, Laertes is eager to avenge the death of his father and abuse of his sister. (LAERTES side)

WOMAN (who becomes FAY), (25-40s) Female Identifying. Open ethnicity. A feminist from the future, she is confident, savvy, determined, proud, and independent. She also has a sharp tongue and a temper and is not afraid to push Ophelia into standing up for herself and making her own story. (FAY side)

OPHELIA (18 – mid-20s) Female Identifying. Open ethnicity. A faithful daughter to Polonius and sister to Laertes. Involved romantically with Hamlet. Sweet, innocent, and obedient to the powerful men in her life, which ultimately destroys her…until that trajectory is interrupted. (OPHELIA side)

POLONIUS (50s – 60s) Male Identifying. Open ethnicity. A noble of the court and Claudius's right hand. An overprotective father who toes the line between doddering fool and slick politician. Sycophantic flatterer at times as well. (POLONIUS side)

MAN (who becomes SHAKESPEARE, also plays ATTENDANT), (40s – 60s) Male Identifying. Open ethnicity. The famous, larger-than-life playwright who is witty and pompous, yet still profoundly wants to encapsulate truth in his magnum opus. Not without his demons. (SHAKESPEARE side)

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