Church Tortures Actors

Had a call back for “The Man Who Came To Dinner”. An old chestnut. Does anyone want to see an old chestnut like this on anymore? Doubt it. But I guess since a church was producing it, they are limited by content to anything written before1959.
I was given an audition time of 6:30 p.m. Entered the room and there were 25 actors who also had the time of 6:30 p.m. Usually I would leave, but there was someone there I knew, so I stayed. We chatted, but by the time I got in the audition room I had been there way too long and was thoroughly pissed off. The monitor used the wrong name when she introduced me. I actually gave a good audition and got a lot of laughs from them. Seemed like they loved me. But by this time, I HATED THEM.
I was so mad at myself for waiting that long, the first thing the next morning I sent an email to them. Luckily, the email they had sent me with the info had the emails of the entire staff of the church. Here is a copy of the email I sent to everyone involved in the audition, and some individuals who weren’t (including the pastor):

Dear Fifth Avenue Church,

I have to tell you I am appalled at your treatment of actors at last night’s call back. Why is it OK to waste actor’s time and make them wait up to 2 hours because you can’t be bothered to assign appointment times? I’ve produced theater myself and it really isn’t that hard to give each actor a time slot.
As you are a Christian organization, I am quite surprised that you would treat people this way. In the future, I suggest that you ask yourself how the golden rule would apply in this situation.
Felt a little Norma Raeish, Maybe next time they will treat my fellow actors better.

1 Response to “Church Tortures Actors”

  1. 1 Sarah December 11, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    Word! I have to say that reading this has been very cathartic . . . 🙂

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