Anyone fancy a little play reading over the holidays? You might want to slot that in, because auditions for the final production in Alumnae Theatre Company’s season, August: Osage County, take place January 17 – 19!
Remember the 2013 film version? It starred Meryl Streep as Violet, Julia Roberts as Barbara (both received Oscar nominations), and some English dude named Benedict Cumberbatch as Little Charles… http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3037715456/tt1322269?ref_=tt_ov_i
The play earned playwright Tracy Letts the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and won five Tony awards (Best Play, Best Direction – Anna D. Shapiro, Best Scenic Design, Leading Actress -Deanna Dunagan, Featured Actress – Rondi Reed as Mattie Fae) for the original Broadway production.
Alumnae Theatre Company’s production (April 8 – 23, 2016) will be directed by Victoria Shepherd, who has helmed many shorts in Alumnae’s Big Ideas and New Ideas, as well as Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke on the mainstage. Other favourite directing credits are the Titanic-themed drama Scotland Road (for Amicus Productions) and the charming, based-on-a-true-Canadian-story Queen Mili of Galt (for Village Playhouse).
August: Osage County
By Tracy Letts
Directed by Victoria Shepherd
Performance dates: April 8 – 23, 2016
When the family patriarch vanishes, the Westons return to rural Oklahoma to care for their afflicted, manipulative mother. Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize, Tracy Letts’ darkly comic drama is a harrowing epic that puts the “fun” in “dysfunctional”.
Beverly Weston: The father of the Weston family, 69 – (age range 60 – 75)
Violet Weston: The mother of the Weston family, 65 – (age range 60 – 70)
Barbara Fordham: The oldest daughter of the Weston family, 46 – (age range 40 – 50ish)
Ivy Weston: The middle daughter of the Weston family, 44 – (range late 30’s – late 40’s)
Karen Weston: The youngest daughter in the Weston family, 40 – (age range 30’s – 45)
Bill Fordham: Barbara’s estranged husband and Jean’s father, 49 – (age range 40’s – 55)
Jean Fordham: Bill and Barbara’s smart-tongued teenage daughter – (age range 14-19)
Steve Heidebrecht: Karen’s fiancé, 50 – (age range mid 40’s to mid 50”s)
Mattie Fae Aiken: Violet’s sister, 57 – (age range 50 – 65)
Charlie Aiken: Husband of Mattie Fae & presumed father of Little Charles, 60 – (range 55-65)
“Little Charles” Aiken: Son of Mattie Fae and Beverly, 37 – (age range 30-45)
Johnna Monevata**: Young, empathic Cheyenne woman who works as housekeeper to the Weston family and is the silent witness to the family dysfunction, 26 (range 20’s-30’s)
Sheriff Deon Gilbeau: High-school classmate & former boyfriend of Barbara’s, 47 (range 40-50ish)
**Alumnae Theatre Company is auditioning First Nations, Metis or Inuit actors for the role of Johnna
AUDITION DATES & TIMES
Sunday January 17, 2016 from noon – 6:00pm
Monday January 18, 2016 from 6:00 – 10:00pm
Tuesday January 19, 2016 from 6:00 – 10:00 pm
CALLBACKS: evenings of January 25 & (if required) January 26.
Please prepare a short (2-3 min.) contemporary monologue.
Please read the play before auditioning. Reading copies are available at the Toronto Reference Library, 5th floor – Performing Arts desk.
Please submit or bring your photo and résumé.
TO BOOK AN AUDITION TIME
Please e-mail augustauditionsATC@gmail.com or leave a message on the audition line at 416-364-4170 ext 3.
Auditions will be held at the Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street (SW corner of Berkeley and Adelaide)
The Alumnae Theatre Company encourages diversity in its membership and casting. Please note this is a non-paying engagement.