1. Steven McAlistair didn’t originally plan to audition for the lead male role in Matinée, but in a classic “discovered” story, came to keep an actor friend company when the friend auditioned. A trained ballet dancer, Steve did not think of himself as an actor. Once at the audition, however, he thought the character might be right for him. He decided to give it a try. And of course he ended up walking away with the role.
2. The audition process for Matinée was carefully crafted. In order to make sure that all the actors and actresses would be comfortable and fully understand the challenges of the role, director Jennifer created a multistage audition process. After reading the script, every actor and actress had an initial private conversation with director, and the chance to ask detailed questions. Subsequent auditions involved increasing involvement with the role: plain readings followed by improvisations followed by an improvisation involving nudity. Then finalists were paired and auditioned together. Finally, each finalist was asked which other partners he/she most preferred to work with.
3. Yes, hard as is it to believe, Steven and Alicia met each other for the first time at the Matinée auditions. The chemistry you see between them is a lucky accident of fate.