The Elite Theatre Company Nontraditional Casting Policy

Unless otherwise contractually required by our licensing agreement, The Elite Theatre Company holds a nontraditional casting policy. Meaning we expect our directors to cast the best candidate for a role without considering the actor’s ethnicity, skin color, body shape, sex and/or gender when casting for a role.

In this compelling play by Pulitzer Prize winner Margaret Edson, Vivian Bearing is a literal, hard nosed English professor who has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. During the story, she reflects on her reactions to the cycle the cancer takes, the treatments, and significant events in her life. The people that watch over her are Jason Posner, who only finds faith in being a doctor; Susie Monahan, a nurse with a human side that is the only one in the hospital that cares for Vivian’s condition; and Dr. Kelekian, the head doctor who just wants results no matter what they are.

Auditions are Monday, January 6, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, January 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Elite Theatre Company, 2731 S. Victoria Ave., Oxnard, CA 93035.

Character Descriptions:

  • Vivian Bearing, Ph.D (50ish) – professor of seventeenth-century poetry at the university.
  • Harvey Kelekian, M.D. (50ish) – chief of medical oncology, University Hospital
  • Jason Posner, M.D. (late 20s-early 30s) clinical fellow, Medical Oncology Branch.
  • Susie Monahan, R.N. (late 20s – early 30s) primary nurse, Cancer Inpatient Unit
  • E.M. Ashford, D.Phil, (60-80) Professor emerita of English Literature
  • Mr. Bearing (40-50) Vivian’s father.
  • Four Ensemble members to play Lab Technicians, Clinical Fellows, Students, and Code team.

Available Sides :
Vivian Vivian and Kelekian | Vivian and Jason  | Vivian and Susie Vivian and Ashford 

These are general auditions and no appointment is necessary. Please note, the Elite Theatre Company is a non-paying/non-equity theatre.

Rehearsals will be Monday through Thursday evenings from 7 pm – 10 pm, beginning January 13, 2020. 

Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday matinee, opening February 21 2020, and closing March 22, 2020.

Please contact Christine Adams (director) with any questions at “thespianqueen13 [at] yahoo.com”. 

We look forward to seeing you there!