Audition Notice: The Dinosaur Within

The Dinosaur Within

Written by John Walch
Directed by Michael Michetti
Casting Director: Michael Donovan

Open Call: An open call audition will be held on Monday, June 20, 2011. 2pm-5pm, 6pm-8pm.

FOR ALL CHARACTERS: Please prepare a one-minute contemporary monologue. (No appointments – auditioners will be seen on a first come, first serve basis. No phone calls please.)

LOCATION: Boston Court Performing Arts Center

Parking located behind the building but please enter through the front of the building into the lobby. There is also nearby street parking available. Please bring a headshot and resume.

Soooooo much more information if you click below.

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.

Producer/Venue: The Theatre @ Boston Court
70 N Mentor Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106
Contract: AEA 99-seat (Non-union okay)
Rate: $400 one-time rehearsal stipend, plus $25 per performance

Rehearsals Begin – August 23
Tech – September 24 & 25
Dress Rehearsals – September 27 & 28
Previews Begin – September 29
Opening October 8
Close November 6
Extension through November 20 TBD
Performance Schedule: Thurs-Sat evenings, Sunday matinees

The disappearance of ancient dinosaur footprints in the Australian outback triggers a series of mysterious events bringing together a forgotten movie star, an Aboriginal elder and a grieving father on an epic journey of transformation. From the vast Australian desert to subway tunnels beneath Hollywood Boulevard, Dreamtime meets the Dream Factory when worlds collide in this play that ponders the depth of human loss, the fragile bonds between parents and children, and the possibility of redemption.


Worru (late 60’s to 70’s) – Australian aboriginal tribal elder. The last of a dying breed, caught between cultures, desperately trying to hold on to a world that’s changing all around him. Australian accent.

Eli – (late-20’s to 30’s) Australian aboriginal immigrant to L.A., son of Worru, wanna-be-actor and president of the Honey Wells fan club. An optimistic character, employed digging subway tunnels under Hollywood. Australian accent. Also plays Cleve, an African-American. Movie star handsome.

Jerry (40’s to mid-50’s) – Newspaperman who lost interest in the human-interest section. His son Tommy went missing, presumed dead, ten years ago and Jerry has never gotten over it. Carries a great sadness, but finds a renewed sense of purpose when he has a visitation from his son.

Tommy (12 years old) – A small, twelve-year-old-boy and resident dinosaur whiz kid, Jerry’s son. He is bright and extremely articulate, though a bit socially awkward.

Miss Wells (70’s) – Crumbling beauty and falling movie star, hoping for a comeback. Now wheelchair bound, her former beauty and magnetism are still evident, though she has now become embittered and has a tell-it-like-it-is approach to life. Caucasian.

Maria (mid-30’s- early 40’s) – Professional student, faux finisher, daughter of Miss Wells. Her lack of accomplishment and direction in life give her a social immaturity that belies her chronological age. Has never completed anything in her life. Probably darker hair and complexion – should appear to be Caucasian, but we learn in the play that she is the daughter of a Caucasian mother and African-American father.

Honey Wells (mid-20’s to 30’s) – A Hollywood starlet of the early 1960’s, and force of nature. Beautiful, clever, magnetic and absolutely captivating. Caucasian.

Female Ensemble Actor (40’s) – Plays several characters including: Dolly, Jerry’s exhausted wife; Destina, Miss Wells’ assistant and maid; A film director, etc.

Male Ensemble Actor (30’s to 50’s) – Plays several characters including: Merlin, an acting coach and audition wizard; Mr. Schremmer, a senile nursing home resident; Marvin, an aging publicist without much clout, etc.

Except where race or ethnicity is noted, all ethnicities are encouraged to submit for all roles.

* Also seeking understudies for all roles; understudies are guaranteed two performances outside of the regular run, and are paid a one-time $200 rehearsal stipend, plus $25 per performance.


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