Monday, February 4, 2013

Auditions for Two Actors for 'If You Start a Fire, Be Prepared to Burn' by Kevin Kautzman, ATX Center Staged, February 14

ATX Center Staged, Austin, TXSeeking two male actors, 20's, for a premiere staged reading of If You Start a Fire, Be Prepared to Burn, by Kevin Kautzman. Auditions February 14th with appointments from 6-9 pm. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. The performance will be on March 3, 5:00pm, at Hyde Park Theatre. Rehearsals are February 19 and February 26, and March 2.

Location for the auditions: George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center: 1165 Angelina St., 78702. Click here for the map.

An Internet comedy for the Recession Generation! Chris and Lucy are typical American twenty-somethings struggling to get by during the Great Recession. They hate their jobs, but at least they have each other and health insurance! That is until Chris loses his job…

After successful premieres in Michigan and New York, here’s some of what the critics have to say:

“Hot Stuff! – An absolute gem… Kautzman is clearly a brilliant author and sophisticated wit… the play is absolutely a must-see.” - Robert Angelone.

“A Comedy That Raises Serious Questions – A sexy romp through Kautzman’s clever banter and thought-provoking comedy… If You Start a Fire… explores issues unique to the 21st Century, with themes as old as the Greek story of Pandora’s Box.” - Patty Nolan, Detroit Examiner

“Kautzman’s text is magnificent as he submerges these two characters robbed of forethought into a trajectory of pure discovery… this cutting-edge, boundary-pushing comedy is poised to win viewers on the strength of its online and offline connections both.” - Carolyn Hayes,


CHRIS: 20-something Young, two years of college, where he majored in hallucinogenic drugs, philosophy, and Latin. Naïve.

LUCY: 20-something (cast) Young, finished college with a degree in English and Gender Studies. Waits tables. Working toward her MBA. Naïve, but not so naïve as Chris.
BIG_BEN: Chat Presence English. Has an accent. Into some weird stuff.

TOMMYKNOCKER: Chat Presence. Canadian. Or claims to be Canadian. Who knows, eh?

One actor sought to be able to play both BIG_BEN and TOMMYKNOCKER. When he’s TOMMYKNOCKER, the accents will also differentiate the characters. The accents can and probably should be stylized, as they are what Chris and Lucy hear.

ATX Center Staged is a new series of professionally staged readings from UT Austin affiliated playwrights. We promote UT Austin-affiliated playwrights by presenting their work to the Austin community. We hope to help build bridges between playwrights and the Austin theatre and to promote significant plays that deserve further attention and productions. This series is an exciting and new opportunity to meet UT Austin affiliated artists, as well as be exposed to theatre companies around Austin that are interested in producing new works. Come join us! Please visit for more information.

To sign up for an audition time, please visit the Doodle link and select your time. Please be prepared to stay a little longer if we might wish you to read with other actors. If you have any questions, please contact Thank you!

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