COMMUNITY THEATER AUDITIONS
"AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY"
AUDITIONS DEC 19 AT 7:30
SHOW DATES FEB 15-23
REHEARSALS START JAN 6
DIRECTED BY CATHY HOLBROOK
There will be a cold reading from the script
A vanished father. A pill-popping mother. Three sisters harboring shady little secrets. When the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoman family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. Mix in Violet, the drugged-up, scathingly acidic matriarch, and you've got a major play that unflinchingly—and uproariously—exposes the dark side of the Midwestern American family.
CHARACTER DESCRIPTION- AVAILABLE ROLES
Beverly is the patriarch of the Weston family, a semi-famous poet and academic who only appears at the start of the play. He has a difficult relationship with his wife, Violet, who is addicted to pills. He himself is an alcoholic and has a rather melancholic if poetic soul. After hiring Johnna to be his housekeeper, Beverly kills himself, like the depressive poets he admires, John Berryman and Hart Crane.
Bill is Barbara's husband, a university professor who is sleeping with one of his students. He doesn't live with Barb and Jean, but when he hears Beverly is missing he comes to Oklahoma to be with his family. He struggles with Barbara because he loves her, but cannot make amends about his affair. He is loving towards his daughter Jean, and shares with her a love for classic cinema, but he is also a bit absent when it comes to parenting her through the rockiness of his marriage to Barbara.
Jean is Barbara and Bill's 14-year-old daughter. She smokes cigarettes and pot, loves old movies, and is a little lost, especially in the wake of her parents' separation. While in Oklahoma she befriends Steve, her aunt Karen's fiancé, who takes advantage of her. Jean is embarrassed by the event and blames all of her problems on Barbara.
Ivy is the middle child of the Weston sisters, and in love with her first cousin Little Charles, who turns out to be her half-brother, as her dad had an affair with her aunt, Mattie Fae. Ivy is the sibling who has had to stay behind and take care of mom and dad and she resents Barbara and Karen for leaving her behind. She believes it's her turn to leave and is determined to go to New York with Little Charles no matter what her mother says.
MATTIE FAE AIKEN
Mattie Fae is Violet's sister. She is married to Charlie, and has a tendency to boss everyone around. She is cruel to her son Little Charles, constantly on him to such a degree that Charlie threatens to leave her if she keeps it up. We learn that she had an affair with Beverly, and Little Charles is not actually Charlie's son. Mattie Fae is not close with her venomous sister Violet, but she understands her the most, having endured the same abuses in childhood.
Charlie is Mattie Fae's husband, a kind man who is more thoughtful and understanding than most of the Weston clan. He loves his son Little Charles deeply and when Mattie Fae is cruel to him he defends him telling her that he will leave her if she keeps it up.
LITTLE CHARLES AIKEN
Mattie Fae and Charlie Aiken’s adult son. Little Charles is thirty-seven years old but stunted in almost every way—he is unmarried, unemployed, and seemingly has trouble even taking basic care of himself. He is tender and creative, though, and has found a secret love with his cousin Ivy. It is eventually revealed—to nearly everyone but Little Charles himself—that Little Charles is actually Beverly’s illegitimate son, making him Ivy’s half-brother; Mattie Fae had an affair with Beverly some time ago and has been passing Little Charles off as Charlie’s boy since his birth.
Johnna is the caretaker that Beverly hires just before his death. She is a Cheyenne woman who looks after Violet and the family in the midst of Beverly's passing. She protects Jean from being molested by Steve and decides to stay with Violet when given the opportunity to leave by Barbara. We do not learn much about her, but in her conversation with Jean, we learn that she is an orphan, and that she maintains a connection to her heritage through the necklace she wears, a turtle pouch that stores her umbilical cord.
Steve is Karen's fiancé, a shady businessman and sleazy child molester. He smokes pot with Jean in order to seduce her, but is chased off after Johnna catches them in the act.
SHERIFF DEON GILBREAU
The Osage County Sheriff. He and Barbara attended high school together, and her return to Pawhuska seems to stir up longing for the past—and for one another—in both of them.
VIOLET WESTON- THIS ROLE HAS BEEN CAST
BARBARA FORDHAM THIS ROLE HAS BEEN CAST
KAREN WESTON- THIS ROLE HAS BEEN CAST
AUDITIONS FEB 3 AT 7:30
SHOW DATES MARCH 27-APRIL 5
REHEARSALS START FEB 17
DIRECTED BY CATHY HOLBROOK
This 1960’s French farce adapted for the English-speaking stage features self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard, who has Italian, German, and American fiancées, each a beautiful airline hostess with frequent “layovers.” He keeps “one up, one down, and one pending” until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris, and Bernard’s apartment, at the same time.
there will be a Cold Reading From The Script
Bernard (20s - 40s):
An American bachelor who resides in Paris, working as an architect. Bernard has the air of a "ladies man" who believes he has the female sex figured out. He is charming and attractive, but a seductive scoundrel. He is engaged to all three air hostesses, and uses flight timetables to keep "one up, one down, and one pending," ensur ing the women are never in his apartment at the same time. He is proud of his deception, until it starts to unravel (along with his confidence).
Robert (20s - 40s): -
An old friend of Bernard's who travels to Paris from Wisconsin. A shy, sweet, small-town boy, Robert initially disapproves of Bernard's situation-though he can admit it has its advantages. He admires Bernard's ability to keep things balanced. Soon, however, Robert is caught up in the game himself, trying to keep Bernard's plan intact and stop his own anxiety from spinning out of control. (Extreme physical comedy.)
Berthe (age non-specific):
Bernard's French housekeeper. Berthe is an obedient and meticulous maid, which makes her integral to Bernard's charade, but she isn't shy about voicing her growing dissatisfaction with Bernard's revolving-door lifestyle. Wonderfully sarcastic and blunt; also exhausted and exasperated. (French accent required.)
Gloria (20s - 40s):
Bernard's American fiancée with a strong appetite for love, success, and unique food. She is an air hostess for TWA. Playfully cunning, confident, strong-willed, and not afraid to speak her mind. Politically progressive for the 60s, and is often offended when people do not share her opinion. (New York accent required.)
Gabriella (20s - 40s):
Bernard's Italian fiancée. She is an air hostess for Alitalia. Feisty and seductive, she is incredibly smart and much more independent than she initially appears. (Italian accent required.)
Gretchen (20s - 40s): Bernard's German fiancée. She is an air hostess for Lusthansa. Dominating but loving, she is full of intense passion that can switch between soft and sweet to loud and destructive in a moment. She is both intimidating and extremely attractive. (German accent required.)
**Dialects not required for the audition, but they will be added during the rehearsal process. However, if you believe it will not hinder your reading of the material, we'd love to hear the accent at auditions!