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Auditions: 'On the Waterfront' for Hudson Shakespeare Company in Fort Lee, NJ

Hudson Shakespeare Company's 'On the Waterfront'
Hudson Shakespeare Company's 'On the Waterfront'
Hudson Shakespeare Company

Hudson Shakespeare Company in association with the Fort Lee Film Commission is casting a stage production of the classic film "On the Waterfront". They are in need of several men ranging in age from 20s to 50s, below is a character breakdown. Auditions are Wednesday, August 27 and 28 7-9:30pm. Fort Lee Museum, 1588 Palisade Avenue, Fort, Lee, NJ
Auditions will by appointment.

For an appointment slot, send an email with your headshot and resume to

Rehearsals are Tuesday, Thursday evenings 6:30-9:30pm and Saturdays 10-2pm all in Fort Lee, NJ at the Fort Lee Musuem. 1588 Palisade Avenue, Fort Lee.”

Show Dates are:
Friday, October 10, Kenilworth Public Library 7:30pm
Saturday, October 11, The Historic Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery, 1pm
Sunday, October 12, The Historic Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery, 1pm
Saturday, October 18, 7:30pm, Fort Lee High School
Sunday, October 19, 7:30pm, Fort Lee High School

Note: There is no pay for this production. NJ based actors with own transportation are preferred, but Fort Lee location is accessible to NYC actors via bus from Port Authority and shuttle van from the 178st Station going across the GW bridge.

Role Breakdown:
Terry Malloy 20s
Father Barry 30-40s
Pop/Father Vincent 40-50s
Runty 20-40s
Tommy 20-40s
Charley 30-40s
Barney 30-40s
Johnny 30-50s

Show Synopsis:

Terry Malloy once dreamt of being a great prize fighter, but now works at the docks of Johnny Friendly, the corrupt boss of the dockers union. He witnesses a murder by a couple of Johnny's thugs, but won't betray Friendly, who is both his brother's (Rod Steiger) boss and a long-time friend of his family.

What he sees at the docks repulses Terry. In an economically depressed environment in which many are out of work, more gather by the docks each morning hoping to secure work for that day than can be hired, placing Johnny Friendly and his forces in a position to exploit them. Those who complain of the working conditions or wages one day don't work the next day, or are placed in harm's way. Consequently, most tolerate being abused.

After befriending both the sister of the murdered man and the local priest, Terry gradually becomes a man of deeper morality, and starts to speak of acts against Friendly, who will soon go on trial. Terry finds his breaking point when his brother is murdered by Friendly's thugs, and causes him to entertain thoughts of testifying against Friendly. Still, he struggles to find the courage to do so, until the priest persuades him to.

Once he betrays Friendly, Terry is without the work that always came his way when he and his brother were trusted and valued associates. Still, he confronts Friendly by the docks and when all the dock workers are witness to the brutal beating of Terry by Friendly, they refuse to work unless Terry is also allowed to work. This is the catalyst for a new tone of understanding between the workers and the dock bosses.

Terry had neither wanted nor intended to be a hero, but, as a man of principle, he had become not only a hero, but a symbol of the workers' intolerance of exploitation by the dock bosses.

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