Our 2021-2022 Season
Ned Newley doesn't even want to be governor. He's terrified of public speaking; his poll numbers are impressively bad. To his ever-supportive Chief of Staff, Ned seems destined to fail. But political consultant Arthur Vance sees things differently: Ned might be the worst candidate to ever run for office. Unless the public is looking for... the worst candidate to ever run for office. A timely and hilarious comedy that skewers politics and celebrates democracy.
The Barn Theatre is dedicated to the health and safety of all our patrons and volunteers, and we require all cast and crew members to be fully COVID-vaccinated. Please note that proof of vaccination will be required at the time of auditions for all cast members and the first day of the build/rehearsal/tech for all crew/designers.
Please note that during auditions, masks are required to be worn inside the Barn Theatre except for when you are on stage auditioning.
PAIGE CALDWELL: female, 20s to 40s. A Professional pollster. A smart confident woman with a professional’s view of politics: she sees it as a series of contests to be won.
DAVE RILEY: male, 30s to 40s. The Chief of Staff of the new Governor. Very smart, but – despite years of experience in government – endearingly earnest and naïve on the subject of politics.
LOUISE PEAKES: female, 30s to 50s. A temporary employee hired as the Governor’s executive assistant. Personable, likeable, impressively confident, and entirely inept. Without knowing it, she has the air of a politician about her. The friendliness of her smile, and the confident way she looks you in the eye, would make you think, “I’d vote for her.”
NED NEWLY: male, 50s to 70s. The new Governor. A person of impressive ability, but a complete lack of confidence. A man awaiting permission to enter a room in which he is already standing.
ARTHUR VANCE: male, 50s to 70s. One of the most experienced and successful political consultants in the country. His overbearing personality, and confidence in his own opinions over the opinions of others, should make him dislikable, but his ego is tempered by the joy – even glee – he brings into the room. He’s a showman, but his excitement is 100% genuine, and it’s contagious.
RACHEL PARSONS: female, 30s to 40s. A TV reporter. She has the looks to be an on-air correspondent – though if television had never been invented, she still would have been a journalist. Straightforward and honest, and inquisitive by nature. She’s seen enough of life – and politics – to be cynical, but she’s more apt to make a wry joke.
A. C. PETERSEN: male, 30s to 50s. A TV cameraman. A working man, and – for most people – the guy you didn’t notice was there. Which is fine with A.C.; he has a low tolerance for idiocy, and would rather not interact with anyone. His near-silence doesn’t make him seem unfriendly, just a bit of a mystery.
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The Barn Theatre has an open casting policy for all our productions. As an organization, we are committed to diverse and inclusive casting and welcome all ethnicities and gender identities to audition. Newcomers are especially welcomed and encouraged!
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***IMPORTANT: You will be asked to list ALL potential conflict dates AT THE TIME of your audition, (NOT after casting). Please be prepared with your calendar and out-dates, as a rehearsal schedule will be generated based upon availability of staff and cast.
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