Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre Company
Audition Announcement:

Curse of the Starving Class
By Sam Shepard

Directed by Frank Duffy

Assistant Director: Justin Schiedel
Stage Manager: Chelsea Smith

Auditions will be held in the Visitors Center at Fort Wadsworth, 255 New York Avenue, Staten Island NY 10305

Friday December 6 — 6:00 to 10:00pm
Saturday December 7 — 12:00 to 7:00pm

Some callbacks will follow on each audition day, with a possible final callback from 4:00 to 7:00pm on Saturday.

Walk-ins are taken, but appointments are given preference.

To make an appointment contact Chelsea Smith, Stage Manager, at
Headshots and resumes can be sent digitally.

ALL ROLES ARE OPEN. There will be a stipend provided to actors.

Performances will take place on the following dates in the Carpenter’s Shop at Snug Harbor Cultural Center:

Friday, March 20, and Saturday, March 21 at 8:00pm
Sunday, March 22 at 2:00pm

Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28 at 8:00pm
Sunday, March 29 at 2:00pm

Please be familiar with the play before you audition.
Consider: there are some ugly themes and events, and there is nudity.

It is recommended, but not necessary, you learn a monologue from this play if you’re auditioning for a lead role, one of the Tates.

Shepard’s Curse of the Starving Class, is a dark comedy set on a dilapidated California Farm inhabited by the doomed Tate family, a satirical picture of dysfunction, drunkenness and disorder.


Wesley Tate — a nearly grown son who takes care of the chores his malingering father ignores. This character appears naked on stage. (18-23)

Emma Tate — a firebrand, the Tate daughter, is bent on leaving her house and family for something better. She experiences her first period during the play. (13-15) Will make exceptions with this part, though the ideal actor will be able to play a teenage girl.

Ella Tate — an abused woman, wife of Weston and mother to Emma and Wesley. She cannot hold the family together through the tumult of Weston’s alcoholism. She dreams of, and half-bakes a plan to take the kids to France once she sells the farm. (Mid-40s)

Weston Tate — the drunken patriarch. He is at once observant and clueless, charming and foul-mannered, and the cause of this family’s woes. (Mid-40s) Preferably tall, strong and menacing.

Ellis — a slimy bar owner. (Adult male or female)

Emerson — one of the men Weston is in debt to and a car bomber.

Slater — Emerson’s accomplice.

Sgt. Malcolm — police officer who informs the Tates that their daughter has been arrested for riding a horse into Ellis’ bar, The Alibi Club, and shooting up the place.

Taylor — a lawyer, who is helping Ella sell the land and farm without Weston knowing. It turns out he has swindled Weston before in a land deal.