Thursday, June 6, 2013

AUDITIONS FOR “WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?” @ SPOTLIGHTERS

AUDITIONS NOTICE:

PictureWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
by Edward Albee
directed by Fuzz Roark

WHEN: Sat. June  22, 1 – 4 PM; Sun, June 23, 6 – 9 PM; Wed, June 26, 7 – 10 PM
WHERE:
Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St., Baltimore
www.spotlighters.org 
410.752.1225

Performance Dates: September 6 - October 6, 2013; Fri & Sat, 8 PM,  Sun, 2 PM

AUDITION INFO:

  • Prepare an under 2-minute dramatic monologue for all roles.
  • Actors auditioning for Claire, should also prepare an under 2-minute comedic monologue.
  • Be prepared to read sides and may be asked to remain to read with other actors.
  • NO appointments needed, first come, first read.
  • Non-Union / Non-Paid

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:
Final schedule once casting is completed.
Tentative Schedule:   Mon - Thur, 7 PM – 10 PM  July 8 - Aug 18; Mon - Thur, 7 PM – 11 PM  Aug 19 - Sept 5  (Tech Weeks)

Plot Summary:
The play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is set on the campus of a  small, New England university. It opens with the main characters, George (a history professor) and Martha (daughter of the university president)  coming home from a party at her father's house. The two of them clearly care deeply for each other, but events have turned their marriage into a nasty battle between two disenchanted, cynical enemies. Even though the pair arrives home at two o'clock in the morning, they are expecting guests: the new biology professor and his wife.

Of course, as it turns out, this new, young professor, Nick, actually works in the biology department. He and his wife, Honey, walk into a brutal social situation. In the first act, "Fun and Games," Martha and George try to fight and humiliate each other in new, inventive ways. As they peel away each other's pretenses and self-respect, George and Martha use Honey and Nick as pawns, transforming their guests into an audience to witness humiliation, into levers for creating jealousy, and into a means for expressing their own sides of their mutual story.

In the second act, "Walpurgisnacht," these games get even nastier. The evening turns into a nightmare. George and Martha even attack Honey and Nick, attempting to force them to reveal their dirty secrets and true selves. 

Finally, in the last act, "The Exorcism," everyone's secrets have been revealed and purged. Honey and Nick go home, leaving Martha and George to try to rebuild their shattered marriage.

Character Breakdown

  • George - A 46-year-old member of the history department at New Carthage University. George is married to Martha, in a once loving relationship now defined by sarcasm and frequent acrimony. 
    Male, 45- 55 y/o - must be able to argue convincingly        
  • Martha - Martha is the 52-year-old daughter of the president of New Carthage University. She is married to George, though disappointed with his aborted academic career. She attempts to have an affair with Nick.
    Female, 45-55 y/o - must understand the art of seduction, and be convincing drunk         
  • Nick -  Nick has just become a new member of the biology faculty at New Carthage University. He is 28 years old, good-looking, Midwestern, and clean-cut. He is married to Honey.          
    Male, 25-35 y/o - must be athletic, and able to physically lift Martha.
  • Honey - Honey is the petite, bland wife of Nick.  She is 26 years old, has a weak stomach, and is not the brightest bulb of the bunch. Female, 20-30 y/o - petite, small of build, must be able to be a convincing “sick drunk”