TEA & SYMPATHY
WHEN: Tuesday, August 16, 7 PM
WHERE: Spotlighters Theatre, 817 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore
Performance Dates: September 30 –November 6, Fri & Sat at 8 PM / Sun at 2 PM
Seeking performers for the following roles:
- Steve: 17 y/o classmate of Tom Lee, athletic
- Phil: 17 y/o classmate of Tom Lee, athletic
- Mr. Harris: late 20s to 40s, teacher at Boarding School; out-going, befriends Tom Lee
Auditioners should be prepared to read sides with other actors.
Tea & Sympathy is a powerful indictment against macho prejudice and a subtle warning to society to accept the "different" with humane tolerance.
Set in a boys' boarding school in 1953 New England, this story unfolds in the home of a teacher, middle-aged Bill Reynolds, who revels in his residents' athletic prowess. Tom, one of the boys in this house is just 17, sensitive by nature and lonely in the extreme. Totally out of place with the butch fellows who sport crew cuts.
When he is reported at a beach in the buff with a school master, rumors abound that he is gay; Tom is suddenly the butt of nasty thoughts, snide remarks and social ostracism. As the wife of a master, Laura is merely expected to offer tea and sympathy to the resident boys in her home, to set a genteel tone in the parlor. But something about Tom arouses more than her sympathy—escalating to fascination and ultimately desire, on both sides.
This is a gripping drama of hearts in torment set against the harsh realities of 50's social stigma. Emotionally relevant in the 21st century.