Open audition notice for THE SHADOW BOX by Michael Cristofer
Auditions will be held Mon & Tue, Nov 19 & 20, 2018, starting at 7pm both nights.
Production dates: Jan 11-27, 2019
The Dayton Theatre Guild at the Caryl D. Philip TheatreScape
430 Wayne Ave, Dayton OH, 45410
937-278-5993 — www.daytontheatreguild.org
Directed by David Shough
Produced by K.L.Storer
Assistant produced by Ryan Shannon
THE SHADOW BOX made its Broadway debut in 1977, winning both the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Joe, Brian, and Felicity come from different walks of life, but all three are spending their final days with family in hospice cottages on the grounds of a large California hospital in the mid-1970s. Joe’s wife Maggie is in denial, as they both struggle to accept the truth. Agnes dutifully cares for her mother Felicity, who pines for the return of her other daughter, and Brian must play referee between his brassy ex-wife and his male lover. Each day, the residents are observed and counseled by an invisible Interviewer as they explore their emotional and physical struggles.
- Auditions will consist of selected readings from the script.
Audition selections will be available for download in early November.
Familiarity with (but not memorization of) the selections is requested at the audition
- Please provide a résumé if possible.
- Please bring all scheduling conflicts between Nov 21, 2018 and Jan 27, 2019.
*Note: the rehearsal schedule will accommodate the holidays, but extended vacations (more than a week) could be a problem. Contact the director with any concerns. *See contact info below.
THE CHARACTERS: These are strong roles for strong actors. Race is not relevant to the story so casting will be done without consideration of the actor’s race. Stated ages are the ages the actors must be capable of appearing, not the actors’ actual ages. Listed in order of speaking.
- The Interviewer:
30+, unseen, either gender. A therapist who speaks with the patients and caregivers. A calming, empathetic voice.
40-55. A burly, pleasant, working class man, full of energy; New Jersey born and bred (but go easy on the accent). Husband of Maggie. Dying soon, though not apparently ill at this time. Puzzled, and a bit angry.
14-year-old son of Joe and Maggie. Bright, active, loves his parents. Knows something is off, but does not know his father is dying. Some ability to play guitar (or to learn to do) is a plus for this actor.
35-50 (old enough to have 14-year old son, young enough to have a 75-year-old father). Wife of Joe. A strong, loving woman struggling to accept a frightening truth.
40-60. Athletic, intelligent, educated, a writer. Formerly married to Beverly; now has a young male lover. Dying soon; in some pain that he tries to ignore, and with occasional episodes that embarrass him. Trying to be philosophical, but frightened more than he wishes he were. Working hard not to waste his remaining time.
35-45s. Beautiful, brash, frank, loves a party, a serial adulteress and ex-wife of Brian, whom she still loves.
Late 20s. Attractive, intelligent. A former male hustler, now Brian’s lover and, under the circumstances, his caregiver, a role he may not relish but performs out of duty, or love.
Elderly. Wheelchair bound, suffering from dementia and numerous physical problems. Dying soon, and angry, either that she is dying or that she is still living. Fixated on the return of her long lost other daughter.
35-45. Felicity’s daughter and caregiver. The playwright describes her: “Agnes is a plain looking middle-aged woman — very neat, very tense, very tired. . . . She has tried all her life to do the right thing, and the attempt has left her confused, awkward, and unsure of herself.”
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The show runs weekends Jan 11-27, 2019
First Weekend: Friday 8pm, Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3pm
Second & Third Weekend: Friday 8pm, Saturday 5pm, Sunday 3pm
*Children under seven will not be admitted
Individual tickets on sale now
Senior (60 or older): $17
Special pricing for groups of 10 or more, call the Box Office at 937-278-5993 for pricing
– http://www.daytontheatreguild.org/ click on “Tickets” link
– or call 937-278-5993
– or at the box office day of the show
* All individual tickets purchased in advance via our on-line ticket system or by telephone will also include a $1 convenience fee.
For more information, including auditions, see http://www.daytontheatreguild.org/