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Open Auditions: "Jest A Second" at the Lionheart Theatre Company (Non-Equity)

Lionheart Theatre Company

Lionheart Theatre Audition Notice:

“Jest A Second”
by James Sherman

The Lionheart Theatre Company will be holding open auditions for our September production of  our main stage show "Jest A Second," by James Sherman. This production will be directed by Davin Grindstaff.

Audition Dates:

  • Round One Auditions: Sunday June 9 at 2 pm & Monday, June 10 at 7 pm
  • Callbacks: Thursday, June 13 at 7 pm

Important Dates & Information

  • All roles are non-paid
  • Audition Sign-up: Available starting Sunday, May 26
  • Rehearsals: July 14-September 12
  • Show Dates: September 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29

Auditions are by appointment only.

Please follow the directions below to sign-up for the audition email list. By joining the email list, you will be invited to sign up for an audition time slot when the invitation is sent out on Sunday, May 26:

How to Sign Up for Auditions

  • Email Davin Grindstaff at
  • You will be added to the Jest a Second! Audition email list.
  • You will receive access to the full script in the Jest a Second! Dropbox folder.
  • On Sunday, May 26, you will receive an email invite to sign up for an audition spot through Sign-up Genius.
  • Once you have signed up for an audition spot, simply go to the Jest a Second! Dropbox folder to access:
    • Audition Sides for all characters
    • Audition Form & Conflict page
    • Details about the audition process, guidelines for how to best prepare for the auditions, and a checklist of what to bring to the audition
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please email Davin Grindstaff at

Play Synopsis

Sarah and Bob, who are expecting a child, are hosting a birthday bash for Sarah’s mother. But Sarah’s brother Joel shows up early with a shocking surprise – he is gay, and the amazing girlfriend Randy he has been telling the family about is actually a man. Joel’s plan to come out to their parents comes off the rails when he chickens out, and Bob decides to help him by dressing in drag and pretending to be Randy, the successful doctor girlfriend that Sarah and Joel’s parents have heard so much about. Hilarity ensues as the Goldman family comes together to discover love, honesty, and acceptance.

Character Breakdown

SARAH (mid 30s): In Act One, Sarah is VERY pregnant! In Act Two, she is a new mother on VERY little sleep. She is hormonal and irritable – all the time – but she loves her brother, Joel and her family.

BOB (mid 30s): Sarah’s gentile husband, who has now REALLY converted to Judaism, serves as a buffer and mediator within the Goldberg clan. Bob is sincere, enthusiastic, and often childlike. His naivete and innocence often get him into trouble, and in our play – a dress!

JOEL (mid-late 30s): Sarah’s brother. A classic neurotic, his comedy comes from his pain and deep insecurities. Joel’s anxiety derives from the need to control his world, and thus, live up to what he perceives are his family’s impossibly high expectations for him.

MIRIAM (60s): Sarah and Joel’s classic Jewish mother. Her need to control and constant criticism come from a place of love for her family.  Like Joel, she is a perfectionist, and only wants the very best for her family. Yiddish dialect a must.

ABE (60s): Miriam’s husband. Newly retired, Abe comes to the world in a state of awe and wonder – everything is new again. Eternally positive, his glass is always half-full. Yiddish dialect a must.

ROSEN (30-40): Joel’s boyfriend, Dr. Randy Rosen, is a foil for Joel’s neurotic energy; and this ‘opposites-attract’ quality is what makes their relationship work. Logical and reasonable to the core, Rosen deeply cares for Joel.