Artisan Theatre


Artisan Center Theater (NON EQUITY) announces auditions for

Beau Jest

By James Sherman


Directed by Cameron Byerly

Performed on Artisan Center Theater’s Second Stage

Located at 444 East Pipeline Road, Hurst, Texas


Criticized by her family for dating a Gentile, a Jewish gal hires an actor to pose as her new boyfriend while she continues to see her real boyfriend in secret.

AUDITION DATE: Monday, July 30, 2018 at 7pm

CALL BACKS: Callbacks (if necessary) will be held Tuesday, July 31, 2018 from 7-9pm

LOCATION:  Artisan’s Second Stage Theater at 444 East Pipeline Road, Hurst, Texas, 76053.

REHEARSAL DATES: Rehearsals will begin Monday, August 6, 2018 and will generally be Monday through Friday evenings from 7-10pm and Saturdays from 9am-3pm.

PRODUCTION DATES: The production runs September 6-22, 2018. Performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 7:00pm and Saturdays at 3:30pm. All parts will be single cast.


AUDITION INSTRUCTIONS: Actors should sign up for the audition by copying the following link onto browser: ArtisanSecondStage. Actors should be prepared to read from the script. Please bring a headshot/resume and your completed conflict calendar and audition info found at auditions. It is highly recommended that actors read the script before the audition. A perusal will be available in the A.C.T. box office during box office hours.


Actors will be given two complimentary tickets to be used during the first two performances, a season ticket (valid for one year) to be used during the first week of Second Stage productions, a show t-shirt and access to digital production photos.


Beau Jest is the hilarious, heartwarming story about Sarah Goldman, a beautiful young school teacher from Chicago who is involved with Chris, a great guy with just one apparent flaw, he's not Jewish. Sarah tells her parents that she is no longer seeing Chris, but continues to date him in secret.


To keep her mother from trying to fix her up with "nice Jewish boys," Sarah invents the perfect boyfriend and regales her parents with stories of the man of her mother’s dreams. Eventually they insist on meeting the man, and in desperation, Sarah hires Bob, an actor, to play the part of her new beau. Unaware of the scope of the role he has taken on, Bob accompanies Sarah to dinner with her parents and her brother Joel. He quickly realizes that what he has gotten himself into is much more than he bargained for. It will take all of his charm, wit and improvisational skills to pull off the charade. But Bob rises to the occasion, and the antics that follow is only the beginning of a side-splitting tale that will have you rolling in the aisles, and wiping tears from your eyes at the same time.


Sarah Goldman:  Attractive, high-energy young woman; mid-20's to early 30's.

Chris Cringle:  Clean-cut and WASPish fellow, late 20's to late 30's.

Robert Schroeder/David Steinberg:  Dark-handsome charmer; quick on his feet; mid-20's to early 30's.

Abe Goldman:  Classic sweet-n-sour older Dad type, a little worn, 60-ish.

Miriam Goldman:  Very Jewish, doting-controlling Mother, 60-ish.

Joel Goldman:  Quietly observant professional, easy-going, late 30's.



Artisan Center Theater produces eight full scale Broadway style musicals in their 195-seat theater-in-the-round. Artisan also stages three additional plays on the 150-seat thrust stage located on Second Stage.  Also on Second Stage, Artisan Children's Theater produces six children's shows each year where children perform for children.  As part of their mission to create opportunities to experience uplifting family-friendly theater, Artisan offers a complete program of theatrical education, dance and performing arts classes throughout the year. Opening in 2003 and now serving more than 90,000 patrons each year, Artisan Center Theater is located at 444 E Pipeline Rd. in Hurst, Texas. The theater is closed on Sunday. For more information on Artisan visit




Artisan Center Theater

444 East Pipeline Road

Hurst, Texas 76053