THE PURPLE BOX THEATER
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1309 W. PARKWOOD    FRIENDSWOOD, TEXAS

COMMUNITY THEATER AUDITIONS




"DIXIE SWIM CLUB"
writtten by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten
AUDITIONS JULY 31 AT 7:00
SHOW DATES SEPT 20-29
REHEARSALS START AUG 13
DIRECTED BY CATHY HOLBROOK

Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other's lives. THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years. Is the story of these five unforgettable women—a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever…

SHEREE HOLLINGER, 
the perennial team captain, is practical, supportive and a fount of boundless energy. Never without her to-do lists or Pocket Scheduler, her tendency to be hyper-organized occasionally drives her friends a bit crazy. She’s the eternal tomboy, a health nut and an all-American mom who lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her family.

DINAH GRAYSON,
 the wise-cracking cynic of the group, has fought her way to the top and relished the view. A lawyer in the biggest and most prestigious law firm in Atlanta, Dinah excels at everything...except romance. Armed with a dry martini and an even drier sense of humor, Dinah seldom reveals her softer side as she tackles life head-on.

LEXIE RICHARDS
a true Southern belle who lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is the vain, youth- obsessed event planner for a chain of four-star hotels. She has never shied away from the occasional nip or tuck and keeps her cosmetic surgeon on speed dial. Always one to revel in her status as a man- magnet, Lexie can be counted on to share wild and hilarious tales of her romantic exploits.

JERI NEAL MCFEELEY
 is the ditzy ray of sunshine of the group. She’s perky and naïve and always sees the positive side of everything. Having been a nun for many years, Jeri Neal has been protected from life’s seamier side. Even though she appears to be predictable on the surface, Jeri Neal, recently relocated to Charlottesville, Virginia, continually makes life choices that surprise and amaze her friends.

VERNADETTE SIMMS 
is a hard luck case if there ever was one. Marriage and motherhood came shortly after college, a dark cloud has hovered above her ever since. A public school teacher, with limited finances and a problematic home life in Spivey’s Corner, North Carolina, Vernadette is self-deprecating by necessity. She faces her tribulations with gallows humor and the unwavering support of these lifelong friends.




"DEATH TRAP"
AUDITIONS AUGUST 20 AT 7:30
SHOW DATES OCTOBER 18-27
REHEARSALS START SEPT 10
DIRECTED BY JEFF COLETTA

​Seemingly comfortably ensconced in his charming Connecticut home, Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a dry spell which has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from a student in the seminar he has been conducting at a nearby college—a thriller which Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway hit. Sidney's plan, which he devises with his wife's help, is to offer collaboration to the student, an idea which the younger man quickly accepts. Thereafter suspense mounts steadily as the plot begins to twist and turn with devilish cleverness, and with such an abundance of thrills and laughter, that audiences will be held enthralled until the final, startling moments of the play.
One of the great popular successes of recent Broadway history, this ingeniously constructed play offers a rare and skillful blending of two priceless theatrical ingredients: gasp-inducing thrills and spontaneous laughter. Dealing with the devious machinations of a writer of thrillers whose recent offerings have been flops, and who is prepared to go to any lengths to improve his fortunes, DEATHTRAP provides twists and turns and sudden shocks in such abundance that audiences will be held spellbound until the very last moment. "It is a classic thriller, a genre with a style, a manner and an audience of its own.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

Sidney Bruhl: Male
Once a celebrated playwright on Broadway, his recent flops and concurrent writer’s block have caused him to become desperate for a hit. Witty, dashing and clever yet manical enough to murder in order to get what he wants.
*Moderate stage combat

Myra Bruhl: Female
A match to Sidney, she is sophisticated and upper class. She is incredibly supportive of Sidney’s career and altering moods. Sweet, caring, emotional, nervous, even skittish, she suffers from a heart condition.
*Minor stage combat

Clifford Anderson: Male
A mannerly, enthusiastic young man who is star struck by the famous, older playwright and is eagerly intent on making a name for himself with his own successful thriller. Charming and innocent, he is also quite cunning.
*Moderate stage combat

Helga Ten Dorp: Female
A Dutch psychic from next door. She is a comedic character and quite eccentric but her magical powers are very real and potent. Knows she’s a celebrity and buys into the show of her gift. Comical yet credible.

Porter Milgrim: Male
Professional and personal long-time friend to Sidney. A pragmatic lawyer, who also has a dirty little secret.




"BAREFOOT IN THE PARK"
AUDITIONS SEPT 10 AT 7:30
SHOW DATES NOVEMBER 1-10
REHEARSALS START SEPTEMBER 24
DIRECTED BY CATHY HOLBROOK 

There will be a cold reading from the script

Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He’s a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she’s a free spirit always looking for the latest kick. Their new apartment is her most recent find – too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job. After a six-day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic, Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does. Paul just doesn’t understand Corie, as she sees it. He’s too staid, too boring, and she just wants him to be a little more spontaneous. Running “barefoot in the park” would be a start…

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

CORIE BRATTER - a free spirit, newlywed to Paul


PAUL BRATTER - a lawyer, newlywed to Corie


MRS. BANKS - Corie's mother

VICTOR VELASCO - the neighbor in the attic


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