Meet the cast of Edward Albee’s The Play About the Baby

Meet the cast of Edward Albee’s The Play About the Baby

Meet the cast of The Play About the Baby

which will begin previews on Sept 7th.  Rehearsals start this coming Sunday, and we cannot wait to tackle the San Francisco premiere of one of Albee’s most absurd, funny and heartbreaking scripts.


Richard Aiello as MAN

Richard Aiello (Man) This is Richard’s first chance to work with Custom Made Theatre Company.  He may be new to CMTC but not to Edward Albee, having appeared as Tobias in A Delicate Balance with Actors’ Ensemble in Berkeley several years ago. Richard has worked with a variety of other theater companies in San Francisco and the East Bay, including Center Rep, Willows Theatre, Town Hall Theater, California Conservatory, Last Planet Theater and DiabloActors Ensemble. He is currently studying with Richard Seyd.



Linda Ayres-Frederick as WOMAN

Linda Ayres-Frederick* (Woman), Phoenix Theatre’s Artistic Director since 1985, has enjoyed a diverse career as an actor, producer, director, critic and playwright in Bay Area Theatres with additional performances in NYC, Edinburgh, France and National Theatre Conferences. A member of the SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle (writing for SF BayTimes), and the Dramatists Guild, Linda is twice a Shubert Playwriting Fellow with numerous productions, publications and awards in Bay Area Festivals including Best of SF Fringe 2011 (for her play AFIELD) and Best of SF Fringe 2010 (for Best Short Plays ZERO TO NINETY IN 90 MINUTES). Favorite roles include Edna in THE OLDEST PROFESSION (nominated by SFBATCC for Best Ensemble) and several roles in the Ensemble in MACHINAL, both at BRAVA, Helen in ROAD TO MECCA at the Phoenix, and Martha in WHOSE AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF at Sea Theatre. Most recently, she performed her solo piece CANTATA #40 at Marin Fringe–receiving a First Place Award for Best Script–and later in August at the O’Hanlon Art Center in Mill Valley.                  * Member Actors’ Equity Association

Anya Kazimerski as GIRL

Anya Kazimierski (Girl) is a performer, painter, and scenic designer new to the Bay Area. With roots in New York and a degree in studio art & French literature from Oberlin College, she came out west to work as the Scenic Art Fellow at Berkeley Rep, 2011-12 season. While at Oberlin, Anya was an actor and designer in the collaborative Petits-Fours Theatre Company, a theater collective that produced popular, if eccentric, gems such as JOHN (an original piece) and a new translation of Ionesco’s The Chairs. Since arriving in the Bay, Anya has built a cardboard set for Stagebridge’s City Green, and been an understudy role in Berkeley Rep’s Ghost Light.



Shane Rhoades as BOY

Shane Rhoades (Boy) is very excited to be a part of The Play About the Baby. His previous acting credits include: Down to This (Sleepwalkers Theatre), Merry Forking Christmas (Pianofight), Shoot O’Malley Twice (Virago Theatre), The Dresser (San Jose Repertory), 12th Night (Atmos Theatre), Equus (City Lights Theatre), Angels in America Part 1 (Busbarn), The First Day of School (City Lights Theatre), and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Shady Shakespeare). Shane graduated from San Jose State University with his B.A. in theatre. His credits at SJSU include The Colored Museum, One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Secret in the Wings and Puss n’ Boots. 

Audition for the 2012/13 Season

Audition for the 2012/13 Season

General auditions for San Francisco’s Custom Made Theatre Co. 2012/13 Season are Sunday April 29th (afternoon) and Monday April 30th (evening) and now Tues May 1 (Happy May Day!) in the evening. Please prepare 2 contrasting, modern 2-minute monologues.

To sign up for a slot please go to

Having problems? Can’t make it but still want us to have your headshot/resume? Contact Casting Director Gabe Ross at [email protected]

Our season includes: “The Play about the Baby” by Edward Albee, “Superior Donuts” by Tracy Letts, “Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them” by Christopher Durang, “Eurydice” by Sarah Ruhl, and “Prelude to a Kiss” by Craig Lucas

All performances, rehearsals and auditions are at Gough Street Playhouse, 1622 Gough St, San Francisco.

Actors receive a stipend.

Here’s the parts/breakdown/requirements of the season:
*note: the ages listed are “playable age”.  If you are 65 and can play 40, by all means go for it!
** note: unless the part has specific, required needs (see DONUTS and some characters in TORTURE) Custom Made is color-blind. We cast the best actor, regardless of ethnicity.  Always.

“The Play About the Baby” by Edward Albee (San Francisco Premiere)
Directed by Brian Katz
Rehearses August-Sept 2012
Runs Sept 7-Oct 7, can extend until Oct 14

Man: 40-65
Woman: 40-65
Boy: 18-28 (full nudity required)
Girl: 18-28 (full nudity required)

“Superior Donuts” by Tracy Letts (San Francisco Premiere)
Directed by Marilyn Langbehn
Rehearses late Sept- early Nov
Runs Nov 2-Dec 2; can extended until Dec 16

Arthur Przybyszewski: Polish-American, 59 (no accent)
Franco Wicks: African-American, 21
Max Tarasov: Russian, 49 (accent required)
Kiril Ivakin: Russian, 39 (accent required)
Lady Boyle: Irish-American, 72 (accent required)
Officer Randy Osteen: female, Irish-American, 49
Officer James Bailey: African-American, 43
Luther Flynn: Irish/Italian-American, 28
Kevin Magee: Irish-American, 28

Why Torture is Wrong, and the People who Love Them” by Christopher Durang (Bay Area Premiere)
Directed by Claire Rice
Rehearses Dec-Jan 2012/13
Runs Jan 11-Feb 10; can extend until Feb 24

Felicity – a perfectly nice young woman of 25 to 34
Zamir – a charismatic young man of indeterminate ethnicity; dark-haired, probably Pakistani or Egyptian or Indian. But could look Italian or Greek too. Does not have an accent, sounds American. 25 to 39
Luella – Felicity’s mother, sweet, somewhat dazed/befuddled woman. Dresses well. Late 40s to mid 50s.
Leonard – Felicity’s father. Strong-minded, formidable, one hundred percent sure he’s right about everything. Late 40s to late 50s.
Revered Mile – a minister who directs porno movies. Late 30s to late 40s. Likable face, bit sexy, mildly debauched feeling like a Mickey Rourke or Kevin Spacey.
Hildegarde – a conservative, old-fashioned woman in her mid-40s to late 50s.
Voice/Narrator – 20s to 40s. Well-spoken, must make announcements. Also plays Loony Tunes (a hyperactive spy) and the sauve Maitre d’ Sings well.

“Eurydice” by Sarah Ruhl (San Francisco Premiere)
Directed by Katja Rivera in collaboration with Brian Katz and Daunielle Rasmussen
Rehearses Feb-March, 2013
Runs March 15-April 14, can extend until April 28

Eurydice – Female, 20s
Orpheus – Male, 20s. Must be a capable musician.
Father – 40s to 50s
Loud Stone
Big Stone
Little Stone
Nasty Interesting Man/Lord of the Underworld – Male, 30s to 50s

“Prelude to a Kiss” by Craig Lucas
Directed by Stuart Bousel
Rehearses April-May, 2013
Runs May 17-June 16; can extend until June 30

Peter Hoskins – Male, 20s
Rita Boyle – Female, 20s
Old Man – Male, 60s-70s
Taylor – Male, 20s or 30s
Mrs. Boyle – Female, 50s
Dr. Boyle – Male, 50s
Aunt Dorothy/Leah – Female, 50s or 60s
Tom/Jamaican Waiter – Male, 20s or 30s
Minister – Male, 30s to 60s
Uncle Fred – Male, 50s or 60s