Audition Notice

The Good Book of Pedantry and Wonder

A Co-Production between The Theatre @ Boston Court and Circle X Theatre Company

World Premiere by:  Moby Pomerance

Directed by: John Langs

Casting Director: Michael Donovan, CSA

Keep reading for all the audition information…

Open Call:

An open call audition will be held on April 19, 2010.  2pm-5pm, 6pm-8pm.

FOR ALL CHARACTERS: Please prepare a 60-90 second monologue, either classical realism (Shaw, Ibsen, Chekhov, etc.), or contemporary.  All characters in “The Good Book…” have British accents, so if you’re proficient with the British dialect and can apply it to your audition piece, that’s a plus but not required.

No appointments- auditioners will be seen on a first come, first serve basis.  No phone calls please.

Have a question?  You can email us at  Please note that we will NOT accept online submissions, nor will we take rain checks or make appointments at this email address.

Producers: The Theatre @ Boston Court and Circle X Theatre Company

Venue: Boston Court Performing Arts Center, Pasadena, CA

Contract: AEA 99-seat

Rate: $300 one-time rehearsal stipend, plus $25 per performance

Auditions: Open Call Monday, April 19, 2010 (2pm-8pm)

Callbacks: Saturday, May 1, 2010- by invitation only.

Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 N Mentor Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106

Doors will open 30 minutes before the posted start time.

Rehearsals begin: 6/22/10

Tech begins: 7/17/10

Previews begin: 7/22/10

Opening: 7/31/10

Runs through: 8/29/10, with possible extension to 9/5/10

Performance Schedule: Thurs-Sat evenings, Sunday matinees

A deliciously witty exploration of the very special misery only the smartest family members can inflict upon one another. In 1880s England, James Murray pursues the Sisyphean task of creating the Oxford English Dictionary, alongside his brilliantly caustic daughter who is now responsible for Murray, his seemingly prodigal son, and a garden shed full of thousands of slips of paper bearing definitions. When does a lifework end and your own life begin?


John Murray 57-65 – The head of the new dictionary.  Irascible, volcanic, beyond narcissistic, vastly, immeasurably, oppressively intelligent.  British accent.

Paul Murray 26-36 – John Murray’s son.  Was once the glowing hope of the Murray family.  Broken, formal but underneath somewhat fragile, a well-constructed façade under which he hides most things, including his intelligence and fear.  Dry sense of humor. British accent.

Jane Murray 22-32 – She is our protagonist, a fierce spirit.  She has a beauty worn down by the taxing life lived as a Murray.  She is the female version her father but more contained and possibly smarter.  Fiercely intelligent.  Fearless.  Uses sarcasm, wit and intelligence to hide her anger at the fact that she’s judged as a female rather than as an intelligence.  She has an effortless and dangerous way with words and a biting sense of humor.  A Shavian heroin. British accent.

Smythic 45–55 – An assistant.  Bitter, sarcastic, angry and inadvertently very funny.  A chip on his shoulder about being constantly under valued.  He constantly seeks the approval of Murray, the false equality with Jane, the fraternity with Paul.  Of course he gets none of these. British accent.

Owen 26-36 – A contemporary of Paul.  Slim, beautiful, fragile, neurotic.  We think he might be a catch for Jane and are surprised to find that Paul was and is the object of his affection.  (Also plays Williams, a short lived clerk) British accent.

Wynchell 50-60 – A member of the London Philological Society.  Blustery, past his prime, broken.  A bit desperate.  Out of his intellectual league with the Murrays.  Excellent comic timing. British accent.

Mrs. Yarrow 45-60 – Keeper of the boarding house.  Obtuse, confident, afraid of no one.  Brash.  Excellent comic timing. British accent.

* Also seeking understudies for all roles; understudies are guaranteed two performances outside of the regular run, and are paid a one-time $150 rehearsal stipend, plus $25 per performance.


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