Getting my play produced, #10: don’t scare the theater with the cast list

Rethinking my cast list

Theaters are looking for small casts these days.  So I took another look at my cast list for “Lessons from Moonshine.” It looks long!

Original cast list format

5W (2M optional)

Mother Catherine, mother superior of convent, early 50′s
Sister Joseph, procuratrix, late 40′s
Sister Rose, infirmarian, mid 20′s
Sister James, sacristan, early 30′s
Sister Eucharista, 60s or older
Sheriff Truman, 45, played by the actress who plays Sister James
T
reasury Man #1, played by the actress who plays Sister Eucharista
Treasury Man #2, played by the actress who plays Sister James
Woman (Mrs. Wastradowski), 42, played by the actress who plays Sister James
Daughter (Mary), 19, played by the actress who plays Sister Eucharista
Man #1, played by the actress who plays Sister Joseph (non-speaking role)
Man #2, played by the actress who plays Sister Eucharista (non-speaking role)
Man #3, played by the actress who plays Mother Catherine (non-speaking role)
Man #4, played by the actress who plays Sister Eucharista (non-speaking role)
Woman #2 (VO)
Note: most of the characters other than the nuns are played by the actresses switching roles in mid-scene, and switching back; no costume changes are necessary. For Man #1, Man #2, Man #3, Man #4, and Woman (in scene 3), simple costume changes may be used.

That looks like there are 15 people in the cast!  I could get away with it if I were Tracy Letts and my play were “August: Osage County.”  Someday… 🙂

Reformatted cast list

So I reformatted it, like this:

5W (2M optional)

Mother Catherine, mother superior of convent, early 50’s
     actress also plays Man #3
Sister Joseph, procuratrix, late 40’s
     actress also plays Man #3
Sister Rose, infirmarian, mid 20’s
     plays only Sister Rose
Sister James, sacristan, early 30’s
     actress also plays Sheriff Truman, Treasury Man #2, Woman (Mrs. Wastradowski)
Sister Eucharista, late 50’s or older
     actress also plays Treasury Man #1, Daughter (Mary), Man #2, Man #4

That looks like a manageable cast size!

This might not seem like a big deal, but I want as few barriers between my play and production as possible.

Plans for next time

  • print everything out
  • submit to Theatre Three!

 

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