Auditions – Shawshank Redemption

Join us for “The Shawshank Redemption” auditions, June 26th from 5-9pm and Sunday, June 27th from 6-8pm. at  BKL Architects – 1623 E 6th St, Tulsa, OK 74120.  Call-backs on Monday, June 28th by invitation.

Directed by Angel McLaughlin
Show run dates – September 9-19 (9 performances)
Tulsa Performing Arts Center – Liddy Doenges Theatre

Info about the show and cast of characters:

When Andy Dufresne is convicted of murder and sentenced to life in the notorious Shawshank prison, he must find a way to keep himself and his hope alive by using his wits and forging friendships.  Based on the novella by Stephen King.  The Shawshank Redemption brings the story of resilience made famous by the acclaimed film to the stage.

CASTING BREAKDOWN – these age ranges are recommended by the playwright but are flexible:

ANDY DUFRESNE: Male, 30-40
Andy is a fish out of water and in a place like the Shawshank, despite the brutality, this quiet, very intelligent, soft-spoken man manages to retain his humanity

RED, full name ELLIS BOYD REDDING: Male, 45-55
“The guy who can get things” Red was serving a 35 year term when he met Andy. Over the years Red learned almost every trick in the book to Survive the Shank, which is why Andy is drawn to him.

A man with the “coldest eyes you ever saw.” Stammas is a coward, a bully, and a cheating hypocrite, and will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

HADLEY, full name, BRYAN HADLEY: Male, 40-45
The head prison guard at the shank and is as institutionalized as the cons are. He is not the sharpest knife in the box and the rumor is he can’t read or write.

BOGS DIAMOND: Male, 35-40
Bogs is a psychopath but he’s not stupid and not without charm or humor. He is feared and is the first one to suss Andy out. He is a thug, but he is more than that. He is interested in chess and has a large vocabulary

BROOKSIE: Male, 65-75
A tough old con. He has been in the Shank since the 1920s. He is a model prisoner at the Shank and was in charge of the library trolley. He saw this role as a status symbol.

ENTWISTLE, full name Mert Entwistle: Male, 35-40
Part of the furniture at Shawshank. He’s a ‘yes-sir, no-sir, three-bags-full sir” jobsworth. He follows Hadley like a puppy and he treats him like a slave. He has a heart though.

ROOSTER, full name ROGER COOGAN: Male, 27-45
Serving two life sentences for killing his stepson. He hails from “white-trash” in Montgomery, Alabama. He has been a drug addict his whole life and his denial of his attraction to men manifests itself in sexual violence.

RICO, full name PAUL RODRIGUEZ: Male, 27-40
Rico, grew up in Detroit. Father a pastor and mother a former prostitute who was “saved” by his father’s church. Rico is bi-polar and a born-again Christian.

At 24 years old, Tommy is the youngest con in the Shank and the best looking, which causes him problems with the “sisters”. He has a wife an 2 year old daughter. He is a good kid at heart and desperate to better himself. Andy becomes a father figure for him.

DAWKINS, full name Jordan Dawkins: Male 35-40
Born in Omaha, Nebraska, and serving life for killing two former associates. Dawkins has a short fuse and can be prone to violence, but could be described as an ordinary decent criminal. Obsessed with gambling and will bet on anything.

PINKY: Male 25-35
Con who also doubles as a cook

Plus additional guards or cons as needed
Setting: 1951-1970