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AUDITIONS

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Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 2 PM -5 PM

2017-28 Season Auditions

Sordid Lives
By Del Shores
Directed By Scott Carpenter

ALL ROLES ARE OPEN!!!

There is a lot of cigarette smoking (we will use either electronic or clove on stage), cussing and other white trash habits..plus a few hymms sung!

BITSY MAE HARLING – the guitar playing ex-con singer (30s, 40s)
TY WILLIAMSON – a gay man on a journey (20s, early 30s)
SISSY HICKEY – the caretaker Aunt who picked the wrong day to quit smoking (50s, 60s)
NOLETA NETHERCOTT- the angry betrayed housewife (30s, 40s)
LATRELLE WILLIAMSON – Ty’s uptight, proper mother (40s, 50s)
LA VONDA DUPREE – Latrelle’s liberal-minded worldly sister (30s, 40s)
JUANITA BARTLETT- a bar fly, always drunk ( 50s, 60’s, 70s)
G.W. NETHERCOTT – the distraught Vietnam Vet w/wood prosthetic legs (40’s, 50s)
WARDELL “BUBBA” OWENS – the former gay- bashing remorseful bartender (30s, 40s, 50s)
ODELL OWENS – Wardell’s worthless story-telling brother who plays sting games (30s, 40s, 50s)
DR. EVE BOLINGER – the over-sexed, pill-popping, alcoholic therapist (30s, 40s, 50s) (
Brief breast exposure required)
EARL “BROTHER BOY” INGRAM – the Tammy Wynette obsessed transvestite (40s, 50s)
REV. BARNES – the Southern Baptist preacher

Veronica’s Room
Oct. 20 – Nov. 4, 2017
By Ira Levin

This chilling mystery thriller by the author of Rosemary's Baby explores the thin line between fantasy and reality, madness and murder. Students Susan and Larry find themselves as guests enticed to the Brabissant mansion by it's dissolute caretakers the lonely Mackeys.Struck by Susan's strong resemblance to Veronica Brabissant, long- dead daughter of the family for whom they work, the older couple gradually induce her to impersonate Veronica briefly to solace the only living Brabissant, her addled sister who believes Veronica alive. Once dressed in Veronica's clothes, Susan finds herself locked in the role and locked in Veronica's room. Or is she Veronica, in 1935, pretending to be an imaginary Susan?

Woman - Middle-Aged Irish woman
Man - Middle-Aged Irish man
Girl - College Student
Young Man - College Student


AN ACT OF GOD
Nov. 17 – Dec. 9, 2017
By David Javerbaum SWFL PREMIERE!

If you've ever wondered about the answers to some of mankind's most thought-provoking questions, God is here to answer them. Along with some of His Archangels, the Almighty is not afraid to re-tell the Bible the way it was meant to be told...including His all-new-and-vastly-improved Ten Commandments! It would be a sin to miss this one!

Fresh from its successful Broadway run! (Closed Sep. 2016)
"...gut-busting-funny...It’s an hour and a half of comedy heaven, and I’d gladly watch it annually." - NY Times

AN ACT OF GOD Character Descriptions:
GABRIEL – “Professional,” wise, pokerface, ancient, important and self-important
MICHAEL – “Defender of Man,” sweet but sassy, fiesty, impertinent but loyal, advocate


CRIMES OF THE HEART Jan. 5 – 20, 2018
By Beth Henley

Nominated for the Tony Award for “Best Play,” this heart-warming play begins with the Magrath sisters (Meg, Babe, and Lenny) coming together in their grandfather's house in Mississippi. The catalyst for their reunion, however, is a doozy – Babe has shot her abusive husband. Having been raised in a household filled with dysfunction, each sister has dealt with the repercussions of her choices in life, including past resentments, past relatives, and past relationships.

"CRIMES OF THE HEART...should sting the tear ducts as often as it tickles the funny bone." - NY Times
"From time to time a play comes along that restores one's faith in our theatre…" —NY Magazine

LENNY (female): at the age of 30, she is the oldest of the three sisters; her sisters have forgotten her birthday, only adding to her feeling of rejection; is frustrated after years of carrying heavy burdens of responsibility; most recently, she has been caring for Old Granddaddy, sleeping on a cot in the kitchen to be near him; loves her sisters, but is also jealous of them, especially Meg, whom she feels received preferential treatment during their upbringing (Meg has also been surrounded by men all her life, while Lenny has feared rejection from the opposite sex and become withdrawn as a result).

CHICK (female): 29 years old, the sisters' first cousin, a very demanding relative, extremely concerned about the community's opinion of her; when news is published of Babe's shooting of Zackery, her utmost concern is how she's "gonna continue holding my head up high in this community"; critical of all aspects of the Magrath's family and always bringing up past tragedies, such as the mother's suicide; is especially hard on Meg, whom she finds undisciplined and calls a "low-class tramp," and on Babe, who "doesn't understand how serious the situation is" after shooting Zackery.

DOC (male): 30 years old Meg's old boyfriend, is still known affectionately as "Doc," although his plans for a medical career stalled and eventually died after he was severely injured in Hurricane Camille; his love for Meg (and her promise to marry him) prompted him to stay behind with her while the rest of the town evacuated the storm's path; many people now have the perception (as Meg and Lenny discuss) that Meg "baited Doc into staying there with her"; he now has his own wife and children, but nevertheless remains close to the Magrath family; although Meg abandoned him when she left for California, he remains fond of her, and Meg is extremely happy to have his friendship upon her return to Mississippi.

MEG (female): 27 years old, the middle sister; as an 11-year-old child, she discovered the body of their mother (and that of the family cat) following her suicide; this traumatic experience provoked her to test her strength by confronting morbidity wherever she could find it, including poring over medical photographs of disease-ridden victims and staring at March of Dimes posters of crippled children; at the beginning of the play, she returns to Mississippi from California, where her singing career has stalled and where, she later tells Doc, she had a nervous breakdown and ended up in the psychiatric ward of the county hospital.

BABE (female): 24 years old, the youngest Magrath sister; at the start of the play, she has shot her husband, Zackery, a powerful and wealthy lawyer; at first, the only explanation she gives for the act is the defiant statement, "I didn't like his looks! I just didn't like his stinking looks!"; eventually, she reveals that the shooting was the result of her anger at Zackery's cruel treatment both of her and of Willie Jay, a 15-year-old African American boy with whom Babe had been carrying on an affair.

BARNETTE (male): 26 years old, Babe's lawyer, an ambitious, talented attorney, views Babe's case as a chance to exact his personal revenge on Zackery; "The major thing he did," he says, "was to ruin my father's life"; also seems to have a strong attraction to Babe, whom he remembers distinctly from a chance meeting at a Christmas bazaar; is prevented from taking on Zackery in open court by his desire to protect Babe's affair with Willie Jay from public exposure; is willing to make this sacrifice for Babe, and the play ends with some hope that his efforts will be rewarded.



THE WAY WE GET BY Feb. 2 – 18, 2018
By Neil LaBute SWFL PREMIERE!

Oh, the awkwardness of a one-night stand – waking up the next day in a strange place, possibly hungover – but if last night went really well, wouldn't you want to do it again? For Doug and Beth, the morning after a wedding reception (with lots of alcohol) reveals some surprising twists that neither could have anticipated. Audiences will encounter love and sex, along with societal expectations that might make some question how much we really care about what other people think.

“…sexy…[LaBute] relishes the art of thwarting expectations.” - NY Times

DOUG: actor should be able to play late 20s... an overgrown boy next door, nice-looking, wears his heart on his sleeve.... will include brief partial nudity, all ethnicities
BETH: actor should be able to play mid to late 20s... conventionally attractive, a "pleaser" of others.... will include brief partial nudity, all ethnicities

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