Auditions for Birdy

CSC will be holding Equity Principal Auditions for Birdy by Naomi Wallce, directed by Steven Maler.

The journey of Birdy and his friend Al seen both as young men in Philadelphia in the years just before World War II and as wounded soldiers bearing the mental and physical scars of war.

Thursday, July 26th, 10:00AM-6:00PM (with a one hour lunch break)

Production Dates:
First Rehearsal: 1/29/19
Tech Rehearsals Begin: 2/23/19
First Performance: 2/27/19
Closing: 3/17/19

Anticipated rehearsal schedule is Tuesdays-Sundays 10AM-6:30PM. Exact rehearsal schedule TBD.

Available Roles: 

YOUNG AL COLUMBATO- A boy of seventeen. Italian-American, rough around the edges and sometimes defiant, affected by a challenging home life. Despite being more experienced and more social, he is fiercely loyal to his friend Birdy and enjoys their unique adventures together.

YOUNG BIRDY- a boy of sixteen, gentle and inexperienced, a dreamer. Uncomfortable with the norms of adolescent socialization, Birdy takes solace in his fascination with birds and their ability to fly, the understanding of which becomes a passionate pursuit for him.

AL COLUMBATO- a sergeant of twenty-two years, Italian-American recently returned from war, wounded in combat. Al is summoned to the mental hospital where Birdy is being treated in hopes that he can help stir him from his condition. Al still carries resentment from his childhood and his fierce loyalty/love for Birdy.

BIRDY- a soldier of twenty-one years. Birdy’s experience in the war has greatly affected his sanity, leaving him without speech and living life as a bird in a mental institution. Seeking an actor with strong movement skills for this role.

DR.WHITE- a doctor-major of fifty years, authoritative, Dr. White is in charge of Birdy’s care at the mental institution. He interrogates Al about their past in hopes of unlocking Birdy’s current condition.

RENALDI – A hospital orderly of twenty-two years. Renaldi is a Contentious Objector to the war, serving in the mental institution rather than in combat. He works with Al to try and revive Birdy from his condition. Pragmatic and thoughtful.

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is an equal opportunity employer. Actors of all genders, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to audition. No understudies are being cast.

Audition Sign Ups

This audition will be held at Babson College in Wellesley, MA at the Black Box at the Carling-Sorenson Theater. Babson College’s address is 231 Forest Street in Wellesley, MA.

Please prepare a contemporary monologue approximately two minutes in length. Please also bring a copy of your head shot and resume with your union status clearly labeled.

EMC performers without appointments may be seen as walk ins as time permits.

To sign up for an audition please use the form below. Online sign ups preferred. Questions may be directed to or Victoria at 781-239-5974

Featured Photo: Lucy Davenport ( Mary Devlin) and Jacob Fishel (Edwin Booth), Our American Hamlet, 2017. Photo by Nile Hawver/Nile Scott Shots

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