GUEST PRESENTATION AUDITION:
Auditions and Callbacks will be held in March. The premiere of Shoeless Joe will
The play addresses such issues as illiteracy, race, child labor, justice and redemption.
The Colonial Theater in Pittsfield has been selected to host the premiere of Shoeless Joe on Saturday evening, May 20, due to Pittsfield's historical connection to the national pastime and the historic nature of the Colonial Theater.
The role of Shoeless Joe:
Equity and non-Equity actors are welcome. There are 21 roles in Shoeless Joe. Some of the smaller roles will be taken on by individual actors playing two or three characters. Ages of the play characters are provided in the descriptions below, but performer ages do not have to match exactly.
The role of Shoeless Joe:
Shoeless Joe is age 64 in the play.
Scoop is in his late 60s in the play. Scoop was a legendary Southern sports writer who discovered Shoeless Joe, gave him his famous nickname, and covered him throughout his career and beyond.
Susan is in her mid 60s in the play. Susan was the sole teacher in Brandon Village, South Carolina, where Joe was raised. Susan addresses many key issues including illiteracy and child labor laws.
Katie is in her late 50s in the play. Katie is Shoeless Joe's wife. She addresses a number of key issues, including her love of Joe and her heartbreak at seeing her husband banned from baseball.
Connie is in his early 70's in the play. He was a legendary baseball manager born in East Brookefield, Mass. He was Joe's first major league baseball manager and lifetime supporter. Connie addresses his mistake in trading Joe to the Cleveland Indians.
Charlie is in his early 40s in the play. Charlie, a great tobacco chewing character, made Shoeless Joe's famous bat, Black Betsy, out of hickory wood.
Joe is in his late teens in the play. Joe was Shoeless Joe's beloved boyhood friend.
Mrs. Jackson is in her early 40s in the play. Mrs. Jackson is Shoeless Joe's mother in the play. In a most humorous way, she represents Shoeless Joe in his first baseball contract negotiation.
Mr. Jackson is in his early 40s in the play. Mr. Jackson, Joe's father, also has a humorous role in Joe's first contract.
Hal is in his mid-30s in the play. Hal was a legendary first baseman who regularly fixed games. He addresses the gambling culture that pervaded baseball in the early 1900s.
Ty is in his mid 60s in the play. Ty makes a surprise visit to Joe, and they engage in a meaningful conversation.
Billy is in his mid 40s in the play. Billy gives young Joe Jackson an important baseball lesson.
Captain Chris McKeon:
Captain McKeon is in his mid 40s in the play. Captain McKeon presents Joe with his World War I military options.
Charles is in his mid 40s in the play. Charles delivers messages of enmity to Joe that alter Joe's life.
Harry is in his mid 40s in the play. Harry is Charles Comiskey's obstructionist in the play, and he plays an evil trick on Joe.
Chuck in his late 20s in the play. A teammate of Joe's, it is Chuck who invites Joe to participate in the 1919 fix.
Albert in his 40s in the play. Albert is Comiskey's lawyer, whose advice to Joe proves devastating.
Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis:
Judge Landis is in his 40s in the play. Judge Landis delivers his decision to ban Joe Jackson from baseball.
Eddie is in his mid sixties in the play. A Hall of Fame second baseman, Eddie played with Joe and then, as General Manager of the Boston Red Sox, signed Ted Williams.
Josh, an African American, is in his 30s in the play. Josh briefly addresses Joe during the play.
If you would like to audition as an actor, musician, or dancer in March for the Shoeless Joe musical, please e-mail your resume or a brief description of your acting/musical/dance experience to: email@example.com. Also, please make sure to provide your e-mail and phone contact information and we will be back in touch.
Each audition session will be for approximately 10 minutes and will include your opportunity to ask questions.
Thank you for your interest!