Overview

Pay Rate: Base stipend of $100 + shareholder model (see below)
Audition Date and Time: June 4 & 5
Audition Location: Edge Theater
Contact Person Email: submissions@idlemuse.org
Contact Person Name: Evan Jackson

Idle Muse Theatre Company is seeking submissions for The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which will be performed at The Edge Off Broadway theater in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago.

Notions of class, gender, intimacy and violence all collide in this new adaptation of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Inspired by the original novella of the same name by Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr. Henri Jekyll seeks to survive in Victorian England, but finds the cards heavily stacked against her: her father gone and her professional prospects sabotaged, she finds herself trapped and abandoned. Forced to turn inward for solace, she manifests her own savior in Mr. Edward Hyde…but finds the road to salvation is paved with ruin.

Submit headshot and resume to submissions@idlemuse.org as PDF or Word Doc (no JPEGs, please).

Special Notes:

The roles of Jekyll, Hyde and Utterson require depicting varying forms of intimacy:

  • Jekyll: This character enacts intimacy with the characters Hyde and Utterson. Intimacy will involve kissing Hyde and Utterson, implied simulated sex with Hyde, and sensual touching with 2 partners (Hyde and Utterson) at once.
  • Hyde: This character enacts intimacy with the characters Jekyll and Utterson. Intimacy will involve kissing Jekyll, implied simulated sex with Jekyll, and sensual touching with 2 partners (Jekyll and Utterson) at once.
  • Utterson: This character enacts intimacy with the characters Jekyll and Hyde. Intimacy will involve kissing Jekyll and sensual touching with 2 partners (Jekyll and Utterson) at once.

The production will have an Intimacy Director.

Actors of color strongly encouraged to submit.

Covid:

The safety of our cast and team has always been a paramount concern for Idle Muse. With this in mind, this production will be planned and produced in full compliance with CDC and League of Chicago Theaters guidelines for COVID-19 safety, though we recognize those requirements as a beginning, rather than an end-all be-all for safety protocols. To protect everyone involved, we will require full vaccination for the entire cast and production team and will require everyone involved in auditions to wear masks.

Further, we will continue to require everyone who enters our rehearsal or performance spaces, including audiences, to be masked unless actively performing on stage. Additionally, our venues and rehearsal spaces may require additional safety precautions, and we’ll be in line with those as well.

This is our plan as it stands now, and like ALL our plans at Idle Muse, it is subject to change based on safety, science, comfort, and feedback.

Compensation:

There is a base stipend of $100 for all roles. In addition to the base stipend, Idle Muse operates under a shareholder model, in which a full 50% of box office revenue is reserved and divided evenly among the cast and production team.

Idle Muse is an all-volunteer theater collective with company funds dedicated only to production costs. No funds are reserved for leadership or staff salaries, which are also volunteer positions.

Material to Prepare:

Preparation will consist of sides from the play, provided when audition slots are scheduled.

Callbacks are currently scheduled the weekend of June 11 & 12.

Time Commitment:

• Rehearsal: July 24 – September 11, 2022
• Tech Week: September 12 – September 21, 2022
• Previews: September 22 & 23, 2022
• Opening: September 24, 2022
• Performance Run: September 24 – October 23, 2022

Character Type/Restrictions:

Dr. Henri JEKYLL: 30s - 50s,  well-made woman. She bears every sign of intellect and kindness. Stage combat experience required. This character enacts violence, suicide, and intimacy with the characters Hyde and Utterson. Intimacy will involve kissing Hyde and Utterson, implied simulated sex with Hyde, and sensual touching with 2 partners (Hyde and Utterson) at once.

Mr. Edward HYDE: 30s - 50s A smooth-faced man. He is not deformed, but sight of him causes one to ponder what may be missing from him. Stage combat experience required. This character enacts violence and intimacy with the characters Jekyll and Utterson. Intimacy will involve kissing Jekyll, implied simulated sex with Jekyll, and sensual touching with 2 partners (Jekyll and Utterson) at once.

Gabriel John UTTERSON: 30s - 50s, a handsome man of a well-measured lifestyle. A lawyer, and thoroughly “good” person. Stage combat experience required This character enacts intimacy with the characters Jekyll and Hyde. Intimacy will involve kissing Jekyll and sensual touching with 2 partners (Jekyll and Utterson) at once.

Dr. Hastie LANYON: 30s - 50s, hearty, red-faced doctor, with prematurely white hair, and a boisterous, and decided manner. Stage combat experience required

Richard ENFIELD: 30s - 50s, an inspector who works with Utterson.

POOLE: 40s-050s, the Jekyll House butler. Will be doubled with CAREW. Stage combat experience required

Sir Danvers CAREW: 40s-50s, a member of Parliament. Will be doubled with POOLE. Stage combat experience required

MAID: Lanyon’s housekeeper. 20s - 30s

To apply for this job email your details to submissions@idlemuse.org