33 Variations Auditions to be held Friday and Saturday, April 13 & 14 for the fourth production of the 2018 Season at Ojai Art Center Theater
Auditions will be held in the Raymund Room at the Ojai Art Center, in Ojai on Friday, April 13 at 7 to 9 pm and Saturday April 14 from 1 to 4 pm with callbacks at the Art Center on Tuesday, April 17 at 7 pm
Synopsis: A mother coming to terms with her daughter. A composer coming to terms with his genius. And, even though they're separated by 200 years, these two people share an obsession that might, even just for a moment, make time stand still. Drama, memory and music combine to transport you from present-day New York to nineteenth-century Austria in this extraordinary American play about passion, parenthood and the moments of beauty that can transform a life.
The play simultaneously examines the creative process behind Beethoven's Diabelli Variations and the journey of a musicologist, Katherine Brandt, to discover the meaning behind why Beethoven was compelled to write thirty-three distinct variations on a simple theme by a minor music publisher. Katherine’s battle with ALS and her struggle to come to terms with her estranged daughter are counterpointed by Beethoven’s struggle with deafness.
The action takes place both in Beethoven's time and the present, switching back and forth between the two. However, at certain key points, characters from both time periods appear on stage to deliver lines simultaneously, emphasizing the parallels between the exploits of both sets of characters. The play is a drama with comic elements throughout…
Please bring a photo and resume, and prepare a monologue no longer than 2.5 minutes that best exemplifies the role for which you are reading.
All other roles available: CLARA BRANDT, Katherine’s daughter. 20’s – 30’s. Clara is a costume designer who wants to be a set designer. This is a bone of contention between her and her mother, since Katherine accuses her of never following through on anything. Mother and daughter’s relationship is prickly, to say the least. Clara wants Katherine to slow down and take care of her ALS symptoms, while Katherine is determined to solve the mystery of Beethoven’s obsession.
MIKE CLARK, late 20’s-30’s. Katherine’s nurse, who later becomes Clara’s lover. Attentive, thorough, a snarky sense of humor, he is charming in his own way, self-effacing, and ultimately in love with Clara.
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN, late 50’s. Composer, perhaps the greatest who ever lived. A genius, with slovenly personal habits, obsessed, battling his deafness. Raging one minute, tender the next. He is a character, indeed, but not a caricature.
ANTON DIABELLI, early 40’s, a music publisher. Pompous, dilettante-ish, untalented but relentlessly pursuing the talented… what would we call him today? A starf**ker.
DR. GERTRUDE LADENBURGER (GERTIE)… 40’s – 50’s. a librarian in Bonn, keeper of the Beethoven archives. Good German stock, ya? Serious, studious, initially stand-offish but with a heart somewhere under there, and a subtle but wicked sense of humor.
ANTON SCHINDLER, 30’s. Beethoven’s secretary. Passionately protective of Beethoven. He handles B’s business arrangements, his housekeeping, his food, cleans up his messes, both business-wise and toilet wise.
PIANIST. Throughout the play a pianist is on stage. S/he will play excerpts from Beethoven’s 33 Variations, sometimes musically commenting on the action, sometimes transitioning from one scene to the next. The Pianist is not a “character,” and has no interaction with the actors. Between piano duties sits quietly on the piano bench.
About the Director:
Richard Camp is the Artistic Director of the Ojai Art Center Theater, as well as Artistic Director of the Ojai Performing Arts Theater Foundation (OPAT). His directing credits include two madcap farces at the OACT, Black Comedy and See How They Run, along with Zero Hour, the one-man show about Zero Mostel, starring John Medeiros. Other directorial credits in regional theatres include Hair, Plaza Suite, Luv and a stage version of The Ballad of Cat Ballou. He’s written a host of TV shows in nearly every genre, and is a three-time Emmy nominee and Emmy winner (NBC’s Hot Hero Sandwich). He was also awarded a Writers Guild Citation for the CBS daytime drama, Capitol. His playwriting credits include Diamonds, at NY’s Circle in the Square Theatre, directed by Harold Prince, Cuckoo Bird at NY’s Vortex Theatre, (also directed), Waiting for Garbo at LA’s Colony Studio Theatre, and stagings of Credo, at LA’s Odyssey Theatre with Jean Smart, also at L.A.’s Coronet Theatre with Bruce Davison, and Bless Your Heart at the OACT, with Betsy Randle and John Slade, directed by Laurie Walters. Richard is also the wine columnist for the Ojai Valley News and in his non-theatrical work, produced numerous shows for the Food Network, which considerably upgraded his palate.