A long time ago I said I was going to write about the good, the bad and the ugly. Well I thought nothing could be uglier than the “firing debacle” (as I refer to it now) but what’s happening right now is definitely much uglier. And it has definitely shaken my confidence (which was already on shaky ground) in the so-called professionalism of the actors in this city. Last year after auditions I wrote a post about this very topic and then Sarah, Associate Producer for this year, recently wrote two different posts about it. Yesterday morning I sent this tweet out over the interweb: “UNDER EXTREME AMOUNT OF DISTRESS. Is 11:34 too early to start drinking??? #sometimesbeingintheatreamakesmewanttokillmyself”. I wasn’t joking.
Well, if you follow this blog or the goings-on of 20-something, then you may be wondering why I haven’t posted a cast announcement. Well, it is because we don’t have a full cast. I have been trying - without much luck - to cast the role of Doug since May 23rd. And it is now July 10th. We are scheduled to start rehearsing this Monday, July 12th. That is approximately 7 weeks from when we first held auditions. Is for real or am I living in some kind of alternate universe?!
So, I thought it was about time that I documented the course of events so that all of you could share in my hell:
May 23rd, Callbacks: The one good thing is that we did have a lot of amazingly talented people show up (this has never been an issue, it’s the lack of professionalism that is the issue) and I was honestly having a hard time making decisions. So, we decided to bring a few people back to read again. Sarah set it all up. Then Actor #1 sends Sarah a text message at 7am, which she couldn’t open, so when she actually woke up, she called this actor to find out what was up. He wasn’t going to be able to come in because he had all of sudden (magically) realized he had a conflict with the show dates.
STOP: Um, not only were the show dates on the audition posting but they were also on the audition sheet. THANK YOU FOR WASTING MY TIME.
Actor #2, that same day, also phones up last minute to say that after going through the auditions and callbacks, is now not comfortable with the whole nudity thing.
STOP: Okay, I get it. Not everyone is comfortable with nudity. No problem. Only it was also in the posting. Further to that, I actually pulled people aside during auditions/callbacks to make sure they were okay with it before I went any further with my casting ideas. THANK YOU FOR WASTING MY TIME.
Then Actor #2 actually had the gall to say to Sarah, “oh, so you don’t want me to come in then?”. Um, yeah, because you know, we’ll just re-write the script for you…. No, we don’t want you to come in then. We then offered the role to Actor #3 who also wasn’t comfortable with the nudity.
Post Callbacks: Then we decided to also start looking outside the pool of actors who auditioned. Actor #4 & #5. Also not comfortable with the nudity. Actor #6. Busy. Actor #7. Busy. Actor #8. Not comfortable with nudity.
Simultaneously, I started to go back through the actors who came to auditions/callbacks, and decided to bring some people in who maybe I hadn’t originally considered in the role of Doug and have them read with the actor cast in the role of Heather (they play love interests). So, Sarah organized for 3 actors to come in.
July 8th, 2nd round of auditions for Doug: What are we at now? Actor #9? Okay. Actor #9 calls Sarah at approx 6:45 (auditions scheduled to start at 7pm) to tell her that he got a gig in Toronto that conflicts with one of our show dates. Then a couple minutes later Actor #10 calls to say he is going to be late and same goes with Actor #11. Seriously?! This can’t be for real.
Oh, trust me, this is as real as it gets. Actor #10 is an hour late. 1 HOUR. Wasting not only my time but also Sarah’s and the other actor. We eventually told Actor #11 we weren’t prepared to wait around any longer. After a long discussion of pros/cons of casting Actor #10 we finally decided to offer him the role because, well, honestly, we’re running out of time. Sarah, calls him the next morning (which was yesterday morning) to offer him the role to which he then tells her that he won’t be able to make it to Saturday rehearsals.
STOP: Are you F#*$ING kidding me, right now?! Not only did Sarah tell him exactly when and what time rehearsals were to make sure he was available but I also talked to him about the rehearsal schedule just the night before at the auditions. I shouldn't be surprised (which honestly I'm not and pretty much nothing surprises me anymore) but THANK YOU FOR WASTING MY TIME.
Hence the tweet: “UNDER EXTREME AMOUNT OF DISTRESS. Is 11:34 too early to start drinking??? #sometimesbeingintheatreamakesmewanttokillmyself”.
So, what you ask, am I going to do now?! Good question. Well, Actor #11 had called Sarah later that night to explain and said that he was still interested in the play. So, we are bringing Actor #11 in today and I just have one request: PLEASE DON’T WASTE MY TIME.