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Auditions for Chess The Musical-New York City, NY - Casting ID # 1593632
Project Type Live Event Submission Type Open Call
Location New York City, NY Union Non-union
Rate/Pay n/a Release Date 04-16-19
Audition Date 06-12-19 Submission deadline 06-11-19
Casting Category Theatre - Non-Equity
Chess is a rock opera with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA fame. The musical dates back to a 1984 concept album, with staged productions in London in 1986 and New York in 1988.

In Chess, the game of chess is used as a metaphor for romantic rivalries and the US-Soviet rivalry during the Cold War. The main characters form a romantic triangle: Freddie, the ill-mannered American Grandmaster, Anatoly, the intense Russian champion challenger, and Florence, the passionate Hungarian-American female chess second. Florence arrives at the international chess championship as the chess second to the American but falls in love with the Russian. Meanwhile, Russian and American political operatives seek to manipulate the three main characters and the outcome of the chess tournament for their own political ends. From Merano, Italy to Bangkok, Thailand, the main characters, and the politicians and spies around them, all struggle to get the upper hand.

Role # 1 Florence Vassy
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Hungarian-born. Freddie Trumper's chess second and former lover. She is strong, clever and has worked very hard to become the professional she is today. She has strong unresolved internal conflict regarding her traumatic childhood. She has a soft spot for Freddie and continues to be dedicated to him professionally but falls in love with Anatoly, Freddie’s chess rival. Our Florence will be strong and have agency.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 27 to 46
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 2 Freddie Trumper
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

The American chess champion (a cross between Bobby Fisher and John McEnroe). Arrogant and temperamental, but a chess genius. He is obsessed with his sport and his success in it.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 27 to 46
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 3 Anatoly Sergievsky
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

The Russian chess champion. Unexpectedly charming. He doesn't seem a romantic hero at first but he becomes one. An intelligent, feeling, passionate man. Falls in love with Florence, but is married to his estranged wife Svetlana. He must decide where his duties lie: his country, his wife, his chess game or Florence.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 31 to 49
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 4 Alexander Molokov
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Anatoly’s chess second and a KGB agent. Not above manipulating others to further his political aims. Intellectually formidable and fiercely patriotic. Russian accent a plus.


Searchable talent specs :

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

Role # 5 Svetlana Sergievsky
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Anatoly's wife. Domestic and wholesome, but still effortlessly elegant. Loves her husband, but knows that she’ll never be able to combat his flaws and obsessions. NOTE: Svetlana will sing “Somebody Else’s Story” in this production.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 27 to 46
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 6 Walter de Courcey
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

A marketing agent. At first, seems to be purely business/economically driven—but he is secretly a manipulative covert US government agent.


Searchable talent specs :

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

Role # 7 The Arbiter
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

International chess figure. At once, he is smooth and flamboyant, but with a quick temper, he’s the chess tournament’s referee and also provides commentary on the personal games and personal conflicts in the show. Must be able to dance.


Searchable talent specs :

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

Role # 8 Ensembles
Seeking 15 talent(s) for this role

An ensemble well-rounded performers who are dancers or strong movers. This ensemble will play minor roles throughout the show including Leonid Vigand (the Russian opponent in Act 2), Reporters, and Chess/Arbiter Acolytes; and will also be used in featured dancing during the three chess matches.


Searchable talent specs :

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

Role # 9 Vocal Ensemble
Seeking 12 talent(s) for this role

We will also cast an on-stage vocal ensemble of 12 made up of equal numbers of each voice part. The vocal ensemble will remain on stage as the chess tournament “audience” for almost the entirety of the show and will not dance. They will function as an extension of the Arbiter as observers of the players’ moves, on and off the chess board. There will be some light blocking at the top of the show. In addition to all ensemble numbers, these vocalists will be featured as the “pop”/“rock” choir in many of the solo numbers, such as “Where I Want to Be” and “Nobody’s Side.”


Searchable talent specs :

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