THE DEFEAT OF JESSE JAMES - History Theatre Auditions

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History Theatre is auditioning for the fifth and final production of the 2022-23 Season, THE DEFEAT OF JESSE JAMES written by Jeffrey Hatcher and music and lyrics by Chandler Poling. Seeking both AEA and non-AEA performers.





Written by Jeffrey Hatcher

Music and Lyrics by Chandler Poling

Arrangements by Robert Elhai

Directed by Richard D. Thompson

Music Direction by TBD

Choreography by TBD


Opening:  April 29, 2023 – Closing:  May 28, 2023

Rehearsals are regularly held Tuesday – Friday from 5:00-10:00 pm and weekend days. Tech rehearsals will add daytime hours during the week for one week only. Rehearsals for DEFEAT OF JESSE JAMES will begin on Tuesday March 28, 2023.





It’s the last gig for Jesse James: a one-night-only farewell concert starring America’s most notorious desperado. Join Jesse as he reenacts his dramatic rise and fall in this mix of Honky Tonk Cabaret and Wild West Show, Myth & Legend, with a Grand Finale at a place called Northfield, Minnesota. Featuring special guest stars and a few surprises - even for Jesse.

The story requires some violence. A fight choreographer will be involved in the rehearsal process for the safety of all.   

The production requires an ensemble cast with actors to sing, dance, and perform several characters. Because History Theatre is committed to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, auditions will be held in such a way to support and encourage all actors, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, ability, and body type.




JESSE JAMES                                                    late 20’s           Caucasian, male-identifying

ZEE                                                                  20’s – 30’s       Any race/ethnicity, female-identifying

FRANK JAMES                                                 30’s                  Any race/ethnicity, male-identifying


Mother Zerelda, Bank Teller 1                        40’s – 60’s       Caucasian, female-identifying


Bond, Carpetbagger 2,                                    30’s                  Any race/ethnicity, any gender
Charlie Pitts, Allen Pinkerton 


Papa Samuel, Bloody Bill, Colonel Ames,        40’s – 60’s       Caucasian, male-identifying
Bank Teller 3, John Newman Edwards,


Union Commander, Cole Younger,                 30’s                  Any race/ethnicity, any gender
Robert Ford


Cox, Carpetbagger 1, John Sheets,                 30’s – 50’s       Any race/ethnicity, any gender
Robber Baron 1, Kitty, Heywood


Union Private, Carpetbagger 3,                      20’s – 30’s       African-American, male-identifying
Bank Teller 2, Robber Baron 2, Perry





-  History Theatre’s mainstage operates under a SPT Contract (Tier 6) agreement AEA (minimum $600.00/wk.)

-  NON-AEA actors will be paid a minimum of $500.00 a week.


What to prepare? 

Please record one (1) contemporary monologue no longer than three (3) minutes in length. Please also record one (1) song – pop, Broadway, or country rock style – no longer than 32 bars in length.



Auditions are being held by video submission. Submissions are due no later than October 14, 2022. Your submission will be used for casting purposes only.




  1. Fill out an audition form here
  2. Send a photo, resume, and your video submission to [email protected] with your name in the subject line.


You may either embed your video into your email or include a link to your video submission from Dropbox, Vimeo, or YouTube. (For You Tube unlisted link recommended.)




  • Start with a simple hello, tell us who you are, which show(s) you are auditioning for and with what materials you will be auditioning (monologue and song).
  • Find a neutral space to record. Natural light is best, but if that’s not possible, make sure you’re well lit. You might find moving a lamp or two into your space helps to illuminate you.
  • Record with your device in landscape (not portrait) mode, if possible with 3/4 body framing.



Callbacks will be in person at History Theatre October 17, 2022. Time to be announced.



We understand that auditioning in this manner is unusual and could be stressful but encourage you to have fun. We want you to know we’re happy you’re submitting and appreciate the effort it takes to record a video audition. If you need help or have any questions, contact us here: [email protected].



The safety of our performers, technicians, staff, and audiences is of primary importance. History Theatre will follow all up-to-date City, State, and Federal guidelines related to COVID-19, as well as guidelines set forth by Actors Equity Association for fully vaccinated company members. 



In the local and national theatre community, History Theatre has a unique mission, and it comes with great responsibility as we commission and produce new work that reflects the diverse voices and experiences that make up our shared history as a region and country. We strive to provide a forum to uncover and learn from history, to launch important conversations and spark dialog around difficult topics, to celebrate the people of our region, and to do it with the highest level of artistic excellence. History Theatre is committed to becoming a more anti-racist and equitable organization, onstage and off.


Contact information

History Theatre
Kate Sandvik
651 230-6909

Respond by
Friday, October 14
Posted September 15