David Garrigus Productions is now conducting a nationwide talent search for actors to appear in our feature-length, television documentary entitled THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION. We are conducting preliminary casting for four male roles—ages 33-55. We are looking for talented male actors that have the similar physical features and are about the same ages as the four founding fathers listed below. Please do not waist your time auditioning if you do not match these requirements.
David Garrigus Productions is a critically acclaimed producer of documentaries and educational programs. Our previous feature-length PBS documentary entitled KITTY HAWK: THE WRIGHT BROTHERS' JOURNEY OF INVENTION reached nearly ten million viewers in the US and around the world. It has received unanimous critical praise, even winning “Best Documentary” at the International Family Film Festival and “Best of Show” at the Secret City Film Festival. KITTY HAWK has been acknowledged as the definitive documentary about the invention of the airplane.
Now, our newest, upcoming production, THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION tells the story of a handful of men who went against the odds to forge a new nation from thirteen autonomous and often clashing nation-states. All the dialogue in THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION is taken from actual letters, diaries, and speeches of the founding fathers represented in the film.
We are searching for gifted actors that bear striking resemblances to these highly motivated, often brilliant, yet imperfect historical figures.
We are conducting preliminary casting for four male roles (ages 33-55). Other parts will be cast soon. This call is open to both union and non-union actors—pay rates will be AFTRA scale. If interested, please send us a link to your YouTube™ video audition performing one or more of the four sample scripts below. Example portraits of the historical figures close to their appropriate ages are provided below. Making and uploading a YouTube™ video is a fairly simple procedure. Most digital still cameras have a video record function or even a webcam can be used. If you are unfamiliar with the process, ask almost any teenager for assistance.
VERY IMPORTANT NOTES:
- Make sure you are WELL LIT so we can see you.
- Shoot yourself from the WAIST UP. We need to be able to clearly see your face. We do not care about the background or wardrobe, only you!
- Make sure your voice is recorded clearly and without any background noise.
- Introduce your audition with your name and agent (if applicable). No list of credits or spoken resumes are needed at this stage, only perform the script we’ve provided below.
- If you wish to provide us with a second interpretation, feel free to give us a second take.
- Do not set your YouTube™ audition for private viewing. Feel free to delete your audition from YouTube™ after your video receives our comment, “We have received your audition. Thank you!”
- Please do not submit your headshot without copying and pasting your YouTube™ audition link.
1. GEORGE WASHINGTON (55 years of age): Virginia-accented planter and retired general. At 6 feet 3 inches tall, he towered over most men. He was the most famous and respected gentleman in the country who, very purposely and cautiously, preserved his image as the cherished hero of the revolution—unruffled, polished, and charismatic. He was not known as a great orator or political thinker but was considered to be a great dancer.
George Washington, by Charles Willson Peale, 1787. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art.
AUDITION SCRIPT SIDES FOR GEORGE WASHINGTON ROLE:
(Please perform these lines to the camera as conversational as possible—not giving a public speech but encouraging a friend to continue his efforts.)
“That the great and most important of all subjects, the federal government, may be considered with that calm and deliberate attention, which the magnitude of it so critically and loudly calls for—let prejudices, unreasonable jealousies, and local interests, yield to reason and liberality. Let us look to our national character, and to things beyond the present moment. No morn ever dawned more favorably than ours did and no day was ever more clouded than the present. Wisdom and good examples are necessary at this time to rescue the political machine from the impending storm.”
“It is now out of my power to do this with any degree of consistency. Desirous as I am on all occasions, of testifying a ready obedience to the calls of my Country it would be disingenuous not to express a wish that some other character, on whom greater reliance can be had, may be substituted in my place; the probability of my non-attendance being too great to continue my appointment.” SUBMIT YOUR AUDITION
2. JAMES MADISON (36 years of age): Virginia-accented politician. Though soft-spoken and unobtrusive in social situations, Madison possessed brilliant political instincts and abilities well beyond his years. A friend once described Madison by saying, “He wore powder in his hair, which was dressed full over the ears and tied behind. He had a small and delicate form and rather a tawny complexion, bespeaking a sedentary and studious man. His hair was originally of a dark brown color; his eyes were bluish, but not a bright blue, and although his form, features, and manner were not commanding, few men possessed so rich a flow of language. With deep-set eyes and beetle brow, Madison was balding and combed forward some of his powdered hair to a point in an attempt cover it.”
James Madison at 41, five years older than our desired age, by Charles Willson Peale, 1792. Courtesy of the Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa.
AUDITION SCRIPT SIDES FOR JAMES MADISON ROLE:
(Please perform these lines to the camera as conversational as possible.)
“It was the opinion of every judicious friend whom I consulted, that your name could not be spared from the deputation to the meeting in May at Philadelphia… the advantage of having your name in the front of the appointment, as a mark of the earnestness of Virginia, and an invitation to the most select characters from every part of the Confederacy, ought at all events to be made use of.”
“I still am inclined to think that at least a door could be kept open for your acceptance hereafter, in case the gathering clouds became so dark and menacing as to supersede every consideration but that of our national existence and safety.”
“Although it appears that the intended sacrifice of the Mississippi will not be made, the consequences of the intention and the attempt are likely to be very serious. Mr. Henry's disgust exceeded all measure and I am not singular in ascribing his refusal to attend the Convention to the policy of keeping himself free to combat or espouse the result of it…” SUBMIT YOUR AUDITION
3. EDMUND RANDOLPH (34 years of age): Virginia-accented governor. Elected governor at only 33, Randolph was admired by many, even those who disagreed with him. He was considered handsome with his dark eyes, dark hair, and normally even disposition.
Virginia Governor Edmund Randolph, by David Garrigus, 2009.
AUDITION SCRIPT SIDES FOR EDMUND RANDOLPH ROLE:
(Please perform these lines to the camera as conversational as possible—not a speech but trying to persuade to Patrick Henry to join the convention.)
“You must be persuaded that every day dawns with perils to the United States. To whom then can they resort for assistance with firmer expectations, than to those who first kindled the revolution? In this respectable character you are now called upon by your country.”
(Conversational—not a speech but reporting to Madison his frustration)
“I have assayed every means to prevail on him to go thither. But he is peremptory in refusing, as being distressed in his private circumstances. General Washington will be pressed again and again; but I fear ineffectually.” SUBMIT YOUR AUDITION
4. PATRICK HENRY (51 years of age): Virginia-accented politician, considered the greatest orator of his time. He had a long face, hollow cheeks, was thin and angular, with grave countenance. Henry was described as possessing, “a powerful voice and a dramatic presence that any stage actor would envy. His dark, piercing eyes and long, straight nose seemed to launch his intense, mesmerizing gaze toward anyone he addressed.” Henry was six feet, about 160 pounds, and had dark curling hair. His features were classical, more Grecian than Roman, and his countenance commanding, but capable of every variety of expression. His eyes were deeply set, and well shaded—the color hazel and blue, but bright or dark, benign or piercing at will, and reflecting instantly every emotion of his soul. When practicing law, if Henry's answer was to be brief, his spectacles remained on his nose. If he was seen to shift his spectacles to the top of his wig, it was a declaration of war.
Patrick Henry, by Lawrence Sully, 1795. Courtesy of the Mead Art Museum of Amherst College, MA.
AUDITION SCRIPT SIDES FOR PATRICK HENRY ROLE:
(To the camera—not a speech but speaking to a friend, as an aside)
“I smell a rat in Philadelphia, tending toward the monarchy.”
(Conversational—not a speech but speaking to a friend)
“I have to lament, that I cannot bring my mind to accord with the proposed Constitution. The concern I feel on this account is really greater than I can express.”
(A fiery speech)
“Who authorized them to speak the language of, We, the people, instead of, we, the states? States are the characteristics and the soul of a confederation. If the states be not the agents of this compact, it must be one great, consolidated, national government, of the people of all the states. The people gave them no power to use their name…” SUBMIT YOUR AUDITION