Thanks to everyone who came out to our first casting session. We have a few more pieces to the puzzle to fit in, so second casting session scheduled for the evenings of Aug. 28-29. See below for details.
Auditions August: Osage County
Two Planks Theater Company is holding auditions for Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning comedic drama, August: Osage County.
The play centers around the Weston family – a cast of eccentric characters including a sharp-tongued, pill-popping matriarch and her alcoholic poet husband, their three grown daughters, and a host of extended family members, each with his/her own little secret. The clan reunites at the Oklahoma homestead upon the father’s mysterious disappearance, releasing a maelstrom of unsettling revelations.
Directed by David Halliwell
Auditions by appointment only.
Actors should prepare a short monologue and may be asked to read from the script.
Headshot and resume should be emailed to Brooke Burling, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, August 19, 1-5 PM (please request 1:00, 2:30, or 4:00 start time)
Sunday, August 20, 2-5 PM (please request 2:00 or 3:30 start time)
Monday, August 28, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 29, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
For both weekday calls, please let us know an approximate time you plan to arrive.
Location : Monroe Dance Academy, 838 Main Street, Monroe
Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations
Rehearses Monday -Thursday evenings 7-10PM and Sundays beginning September 3rd, 2017.
The production runs October 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 at Two Planks Theater Company (United Methodist Church), 515 Cutlers Farm Road, Monroe
- Beverly Weston (Male, 60-75): Father and patriarch, an alcoholic and one-time world class poet, polite, soulful, melancholic and ultimately suicidal.
- Violet Weston (Female, 45-70): Mother and matriarch, devious and cynical, suffering from mouth cancer, addicted to prescription drugs, mostly depressants and narcotics, experiences drug-induced episodes but is sharp-tongued and shrewd, aware of the family’s many secrets and not hesitant to reveal them for her own benefit.
- Barbara Weston (Female, 35-50): Eldest daughter, mother of Jean and wife of Bill, though they are currently separated, a college professor, tries to gain control of her chaotic mother, dilapidated marriage, and pot-smoking 14-year old daughter, wants to save her marriage, but has intense need to control everything around her as it falls apart.
- Ivy Weston (Female, 35-50): Middle daughter, stereotypical quiet librarian, mousy, only daughter to have stayed back home, teaches at local college, calm and patient exterior hides a passionate woman gradually growing cynical, secretly having an affair with her “cousin”, Little Charles, plans to move to New York with him.
- Karen Weston (Female, 30-45): Youngest daughter, is newly engaged to Steve, whom she considers the “perfect man”, lives with him in Florida, planning to marry him soon, can talk of little but her own happiness even at her father’s funeral, chooses to lie to herself about her sleazy fiancé.
- Bill Fordham (Male, 40-55): Barbara’s estranged husband and Jean’s father, a college professor, he has left his wife for a younger woman, one of his students, but wants to be there for his family, his marriage is disintegrating and his patience is slowly running thin.
- Jean Fordham (Female, 16-20): Barbara’s and Bill’s smart-tongued daughter, smokes pot and cigarettes, is a vegetarian, loves old movies and is bitter about her parents’ split, more naive than she would like to believe.
- Keith Heidebrecht (Male, 40-55): Karen’s fiancé, a Florida businessman (whose business, it is hinted, may be less than legitimate), not the “perfect man” that Karen considers him; sexually molests Jean after the two smoke pot together.
- Mattie Fae Aiken (Female, 45-60): Violet’s sister, Charlie’s wife and Little Charles’ mother, as jaded as her sister, constantly belittles her son and antagonizes her husband.
- Charlie Aiken (Male, 50-65): Mattie Fae’s husband and presumed father of Little Charles, a genial man, was lifelong friend of Beverly, struggles to get Mattie Fae to respect Little Charles.
- “Little” Charlie Aiken (Male, 25-40): Son of Mattie Fae and Beverly but, like everyone else, believes Charlie is his father, unemployed and clumsy, his mother calls him a “screw-up”, is secretly having an affair with Ivy, his “cousin.”
- Johnna Monevata (Female, 20-30): Cheyenne Indian woman, whom Beverly hires as live-in housekeeper shortly before he disappears, Violet is prejudiced against her, but she wins over the other family members with her cooking skills, hard work, and empathy, the silent witness to much of the mayhem in the house. is the most compassionate and morally grounded of all the characters, at times swoops in saving characters from despair and destruction.
- Sheriff Deon Gilbeau (Male, 35-50): High-school classmate and former boyfriend of Barbara’s.