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War Of The Worlds Auditions -Portland, OR - Casting ID # 1575890
Project Type Live Event Submission Type Open Call
Location Portland, OR Union Non-union
Rate/Pay n/a Release Date 07-12-18
Audition Date 09-09-18 Submission deadline 09-08-18
Casting Category Theatre - Non-Equity
An alien invasion throws humanity into chaos in the classic sci-fi novel The War of the Worlds--but all it took to cause real-life panic in the streets was Orson Welles's 1938 radio adaptation, which listeners took for news. Now, ten years later, the WBFR radio ensemble recreates the colorful events surrounding the infamous evening, including the full original broadcast. Complete with vintage commercials and live sound effects, this radio-play-within-a-radio-play is a thrilling homage to the form's golden age and timely reminder of what fear can do to a society.

Role # 1 The Narrator
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

The novel is told through first hand account by an unnamed narrator, he is a philosopher and a hobbyist astronomer; he is also one of the first to notice some oddities occurring on the Martian landscape and to make the correlation that the Martians are indeed launching an invasion.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 2 Martians
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An aggressive, merciless, mentally, scientifically, and technologically advanced alien species trying to flee from their dying planet.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 3 The Artilleryman
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The unnamed Artilleryman was separated from the rest of his combat unit when he was unhorsed. He luckily escapes the heat rays of the Martian war machines and ends up wandering into the garden of the Narrator where he is taken in an cared for.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 4 The Curate
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A cowardly, weak-willed member of an undetermined religious order, who, much like the Narrator and the Artilleryman, remains unnamed for the duration of novel.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 5 Narrator's Brother
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A character not directly mentioned but rather spoken of through the Narrator. He is medical student and his story is told to narrate the events that took place in London.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 6 Narrator’s Wife
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The Narrator’s Wife’s presence is terribly indirect---she is mentioned rather than actually taking part in the actual dialogue. The narrator’s movements, bearing and reasons for doing things are spurred on by his concern for her rather than through her involvement.


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Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 7 Ogilvy
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Ogilvy is one of the first few to take notice of the Martians and he begins by investigating a meteor that turns out to be a Martian “cylinder” or transport tube, but he is initially skeptical of his findings.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 8 Henderson
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A friend of Ogilvy and a journalist by profession, he is tasked with informing the general public of the first wave of Martian invaders and the immediate threat that the mysterious cylinders bring. He accompanies Ogilvy in his quarrying efforts as he tries to excavate and salvage a Martian cylinder for research purposes.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 9 Landlord
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The Landlord character is written in similar fashion to the Narrator’s Wife in that he too remains unnamed throughout the novel and is a quasi-character who interacts with the plot and the main characters by how he affects the Narrator’s actions and choices. He is mentioned in the Narrator’s commentary of how he assists.


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Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 10 Ms. Elphinstone
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Is much more grounded and more concerned with quotidian matters such as safety and self-defense. She manages to scavenge a pistol from the flotsam and she uses it to fend off men who were trying to force her sister-in-law to get on a steamboat away from London.


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Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 11 Mrs. Elphinstone
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Is docile woman and is mostly concerned with her husband, Dr. Elphinstone’s, safety and not much more.


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Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -