The Brass Tacks Ensemble (Artistic Director James Ingagiola and Executive Director Isaac Ellis) is excited to announce auditions for The Hairy Ape by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Isaac Ellis.

The world of the superior, confident Yank, a brute of a coal shoveler aboard a steamliner, is shaken when he meets Mildred, the well-intentioned daughter of a rich steel magnate. Seeking to prove his place in the world, Yank squares off against a society where men are replaced by machines and separated by class. How does the worth of a single person measure up against the prosperity of a society? This expressionist masterpiece, by the Nobel-prize winning author of Long Day’s Journey Into Night and The Iceman Cometh, chronicles the journey of individualism in the age of the assembly line.

We are looking to cast the best ensemble of 5 – 7 actors we can. All roles are open to traditional, nontraditional, and anywhere in between casting; we encourage actors of all races, genders, and gender identities to audition, and we will consider all actors 18 years of age and older. Auditions will consist of cold readings of monologues from the script. The production will have a strong focus on ensemble, with all actors but one (the character of Yank) playing multiple roles. Rehearsals will explore the opportunities to include dance, movement, music, shadow play, and other artistic expressions in the production. Please bring your calendar/schedule to the auditions.

The Brass Tacks Ensemble is a non-Equity, membership-based, professional theater. Non-members involved in our productions earn points toward membership and are not paid. Members are paid a small stipend for their work on our productions. Please see for more details on becoming a member. We’d love to have you!

Auditions will be held on the evenings of Sunday, June 3, and Monday, June 4, 2018. Group callbacks will be Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Auditions and callbacks will be held at Joy, 214 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI, 48104.

Actors interested in auditioning should contact The Brass Tacks Ensemble to reserve a ten-minute time slot on either June 3rd or 4th. The Brass Tacks Ensemble can be reached through email at or by contacting James Ingagiola by phone at (734) 330-4615.

If you are interested in auditioning but none of the above dates work for you, please contact us anyway, and we will attempt to make another arrangement.

Performances will be Thursday – Saturday, August 2 – 4, 2018. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 pm, with an additional matinee on Saturday at 2 pm. Performances will be at the Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N 4th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

Rehearsals will begin June 17 or 18, 2018, and they will generally be held Sundays through Thursdays in the evening. Actors should expect to be at every rehearsal during the production week (June 29 – August 1).


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