Combined Auditions:

“Trifles” by Susan Glaspell and “A Number” by Caryl Churchill

Directed by Kacey Spadafora

&

“Good People” by David Lindsay-Abaire

Directed by Laicey M. Gibby-Brown

 

AUDITIONS

Saturday, January 18th

2:30 pm - 6:30 PM

Walk in any time, no appointment necessary.

Headshots and resume are welcome but not required.

 

**Actors cast in these productions will be paid a small, per-performance stipend.**

**Actors of all races, genders, abilities, body types/sizes, and ethnicities are encouraged to audition.**

 

What to Prepare: Actors will be asked to read an audition side for the audition. Sides are provided below but are not required to be memorized. Printed versions will be provided at auditions. Actors may choose instead to perform a pre-prepared 1.5-minute monologue if they prefer.

 

Audition Sides: Please visit the following link for audition sides: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lBdtAsOEnjM3b_29WT8W2I-3sufmj63iLKkswTfnRlU/edit?usp=sharing

 

CALLBACKS (by invitation)

For “Good People”

Saturday, March 7

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

 

For “Trifles” and “A Number”

Sunday, January 19th

1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

 

Details for “Trifles” and “A Number”

**Trifles and A Number are two one-act plays that will be performed together as one production with an intermission between.  

**Five actors will be cast for the production. Two actors will be in both A Number and Trifles and three other actors will be only in Trifles.

 

The following roles in A Number and Trifles will be doubled as follows:

Salter (A Number) / Henry Peters (Trifles)

Bernard 1/Bernard 2/Michael Black (A Number) / George Henderson (Trifles)

The following roles in Trifles will not be doubled with any roles in A Number:

Mrs. Peters

Mrs. Hale

Hale

 

PRODUCTION SCHEDULE

Rehearsals: Monday through Thursday evenings 7pm - 10pm. Saturday mornings 10am - 1pm, beginning February 10.

Tech Week: Monday through Thursday evenings 6pm - 11pm March 16 - March 19.

Performances: Fridays and Saturdays March 20 - April 11. Sunday matinee April 5. Special performance of “Trifles” only at Orem Library Tuesday, March 31.

 

PLAY SUMMARY

Trifles: Minnie Wright claimed she didn’t wake up as her husband was strangled with a rope as they slept. She’s been arrested and now the sheriff, the county attorney, and her neighbor Mr. Hale are back at her home, upstairs in her room, looking for some insight or evidence--leaving their wives downstairs to talk about whatever it is women talk about.

A Number:  Bernard has recently discovered the disturbing truth that he isn’t his father’s original son, but rather a clone created to replace that son. Not only was this truth kept from him until now, but there’s more: he wasn’t the only clone made. There’s a number of them.

 

CHARACTERS

Trifles:

Mrs. Peters - A relative newcomer to the town who never knew Mrs. Wright before John Wright married her. She is married to the sheriff. She is more submissive and accepting of the men’s condescension than Mrs. Hale. An often lonely woman.

Mrs. Hale - The wife of the farmer Lewis Hale. Annoyed by the condescension shown to her by the men. She knew Mrs. Wright when Mrs Wright was still Minnie Foster. She regrets neglecting her friendship with her.

George Henderson - The county attorney, he has been called to investigate the murder of John Wright and will probably serve as the attorney for the prosecution in the event of a trial. He is professional in manner, but he often dismissive of the women.

Henry Peters - The local sheriff and husband of Mrs. Peters, he is at John Wright's house to examine the scene of the crime. He is dismissive of the women’s concerns.

Lewis Hale - A neighboring farmer who found Mr. Wright dead and Mrs. Wright acting strangely. Like the other men, he is dismissive of the women’s thoughts.

 

A Number:

Salter -  A man in his fifties, he was married and had one son which he gave up. He would then clone his son in an attempt to try again to be a better father. A pathological liar.

**The below characters are all played by one actor**

Bernard (B2) - Salter’s son, late-twenties, clone of his first son, made to replace his original son. He is very mild-mannered and emotional.

Bernard (B1) - Salter’s son, early thirties. First and original son of Salter. Difficult and disturbed. Explosive temper. Played by the actor who plays B2.

Michael Black - Salter’s son, late-twenties. An unauthorized clone of Salter’s first son. He is married with three children and is a mathematics teacher. Played by the actor who plays B2.

 

Details for “Good People”

 

PRODUCTION SCHEDULE

Rehearsals: Monday through Thursday Evenings 6pm - 10pm; Saturday Mornings 10am - 2pm beginning April 6.

Tech Week: Monday through Thursday, 6pm - 11pm May 11 - 14.

Performances: Fridays and Saturdays May 15 - June 6. Sunday matinee May 31.

PLAY SUMMARY

Margaret has bounced from terrible job to terrible job, trying to stay afloat and care for her disabled daughter. When the opportunity appears to reconnect with a childhood friend (and ex-lover), Margie jumps at the chance, hoping that it will lead to a stable job. However, revisiting the past might be messier than she expected.

 

LOCATION

Southie is the southern region of Boston, MA. It is primarily populated by Irish-American, low income families. Most characters in this play who are from Southie generally have a rough exterior, with a quick and biting tongue, but they care deeply for their own people. Those who are born in Southie, die in Southie, and if someone does “make it out of the neighborhood” they never come back.

CHARACTERS

Margaret - white woman, about fifty; born and raised in Southie. She grew up under tough circumstances, but rather than getting jaded like others in her situation, she generally maintains a cheerful disposition. She has an adult daughter, who is severely disabled. She is the soul provider for her and because of this, she must always put family above all else.

Stevie - white man, 20’s-30’s; from Southie. He is the manager at the local Dollar Store. Most people in the neighborhood have known him since he was a small child. He has a kind heart, but has to find the balance between doing right by his people, and doing right by his position at the store.

Dottie - white woman, mid 60’s; Margaret’s landlord and neighbor. She has a grown son, and lives on her own. She approaches every situation with a very pragmatic perspective. She loves her neighbors, and enjoys helping out when she can, but she will always put herself and her family first.

Jean - white woman, mid-50’s; grew up with Margaret. She is the physical embodiment of her neighborhood, with a smart mouth and a disregard for tact, however deeply caring for her people. She is bold, and likes to stir the shit every once in a while.

Mike - white, mid-50’s; grew up in Southie, but left for college and never looked back. As a successful doctor in Boston, he has come quite far from his humble upbringing. He looks at his childhood as a time of tumultuous struggle, so he is very proud of his accomplishments since. He has a daughter with his wife, Kate. While he and his wife have a rocky relationship, he enjoys filling the role of a modern American father/husband.

Kate - African American, early 30’s; from DC, now a literary professor at BU. She is a confident, compassionate woman from a wealthy family. She is intelligent and very well educated. While she is used to a comfortable lifestyle, she doesn’t look down on those from a different background. She loves being a mother, and will put her daughter above anything, though she’s never had to test that concept.

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