Monday, September 22, 2008

What I Learned from Running the Bollywood Auditions

We had auditions last week for the Great Bollywood Puppet Extravaganza. As the producer for this show, I was in charge of coordinating the auditions. About a week or two earlier, I attended Impact Theatre’s season auditions because I will be directing Briefs for them next spring. A lot of actors didn’t show up for their scheduled auditions slots, and we all sat around talking wondering if actors realize that directors remember when they don’t show up. The next time they audition for the same director, they already have a preconceived notion that the actor is a flake.

When I was putting together my email to send to auditioners giving them all the details on the audition, I thought of that conversation. I wondered if maybe actors had just never thought of the idea that flaking now could bite them in the ass later. So I added this line to my email:

If you're going to be late or can't make it, call me at as soon as possible. Failure to do so will hurt your chances of getting cast in this and/or future productions.

Wow, did that work! Everyone who cancelled gave me plenty of warning they weren’t coming, and not a single auditioner was late.

So if you’re running auditions any time soon, you might think about saying something like that to your auditioners. Having it spelled out like that really hit home.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Bollywood Production Meeting #1

We had our first of an indeterminate amount of production meetings for Bollywood on Friday. It went well as production meetings go. We talked a lot about auditions, which are coming up next week, and we brainstormed ideas for the set and scenery. It’s been a long time since I produced a show and I’m having trouble getting myself back up to speed. I’m sure there’s a million things I should be doing. Right now I’m just focused on making sure the auditions go smoothly.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Bollywood Auditions

The Un-Scripted Theater Company ( is looking for
experienced improvisors for their upcoming show: The Great Puppet
Bollywood Extravaganza!

This November, we'll be bringing you a show that will send our sixth
season out with a bang. The puppets from "The Great Puppet Musical"
are back, visiting an exciting new world: India. Classic, universal
stories of true love, family, and adventure unfold, along with music
and dance, all in the style of a Bollywood movie. People and puppets
will be improvising together onstage as they sing and dance their way
through a 2-hour Bollywood adventure. Don't miss it!

We're looking for improvisors who ideally have experience improvising
longforms. Singing and dance experience is a definite plus;
puppeteering and/or Bollywood experience would be an awesome bonus,
but is NOT required.

Rehearsals will begin September 30th, and will run Tuesdays with
occasional Wednesdays, until the end of the run.
Performances will be weekends, at the SF Playhouse Stage 2: Nov. 28 -
Dec. 20, probably Thursday/Friday/Saturday with a possible Saturday
matinee as well. There is a $50 stipend for the run of shows.

Auditions will be conducted as a group in one two-hour block, with
everyone present at once. In order to give you the best opportunity to
show us your improv skills, we try to keep our auditions as light and
low-pressure as possible (more like a workout or improv jam than a
normal theater audition). We'll even email you the audition paperwork
ahead of time, so you can fill it out in the comfort of your own home
and bring it with you. We want our auditions to be fun and
stress-free, so you can just come and play with other improvisors who
love improvising as much as you do.

To reserve an audition slot, send an email here with your choice of
audition date: Monday, September 15th, or Tuesday, September 16th.
Auditions will be in the Union Square neighborhood; you should be
prepared to show up around 7:15 and you'll likely be done by 9:30.

Once we receive your email, we'll send you a confirmation notice with
your date and time, location, and the audition sheet to fill out at

Let us know if you have any questions. Cheers!
Mandy Khoshnevisan, Director
Dave Dyson, Assistant Director
Alan Goy, Producer

Friday, September 5, 2008

So Long Farewell

Un-Scripted: unscripted closed last weekend. I was in all three shows. In fact Tara, Max, Mike, and I were each in every show, with Christian doing 2 and Dave the other to round out the cast.

We had a lot of fun, but it was bittersweet not only for the typical end-of-the-run reasons, but because Tara is moving to Maine, making these her last shows with us for a while if not forever.

Sigh. She will be missed.

That said, the shows themselves were quite fun. Of course, a week later, I can hardly remember what any of the scenes were. I’ve put off writing the last post about this show because I didn’t want it to be over yet. But it is.

Tonight we have our first production meeting for The Great Puppet Bollywood Extravaganza! In addition to being in it, I will also be the show’s producer. I intend to blog about the production process as well as the rehearsal process. We’ll see how successful I am.