IS HE DEAD? by Mark Twain/adapted by David Ives
Directed by Michele Mascari
Performance Dates Sept. 13 to 29, 2019
Walton Creek Theater
7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, April 30 and May 2
Green Room/Lobby at the Walton Creek Theater
4101 Walton Creek Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45227
“IS HE DEAD?” SYNOPSIS
The focuses on a fictional version of the great French painter, Jean-François Millet, as an impoverished artist in Barbizon, France. With the help of his colleagues, he stages his own death in order to increase the value of his paintings and afterwards dresses as a woman to keep his secret safe. Combining elements of burlesque, farce, and social satire, the comedy relies on such devices as cross-dressing, mistaken identities, and romantic deceptions to tell its story, which raises questions about fame, greed, and the value of art.
CAST OF CHARACTERS (7 men, 4 women)
- Jean-François Millet/Widow Daisy Tillou – Male, 30ish (strong, good, creative)
- Bastien Andre, art dealer and moneylender – Male, 30-40 (greedy)
- Marie Leroux, Millet’s girlfriend – Female 25-30 (sweet, innocent, in love)
- Papa Louis Leroux, Marie’s father – Male, mid 60s (protective, not well)
- Cecile Leroux, Marie’s sister – Female, 25-30 (savvy young woman)
- Hans von Bismarck (“Dutchy”), Millet’s friend – Male, 30ish (German)
- Phelim O’Shaughnessy, Millet’s friend – Male, 30ish (Irish)
- Agamemnon Buckner (“Chicago”), Millet’s friend – Male, 40s (American) These three characters are Jean-Francois’s best friends and cohorts in life and helpers in making sales.
- Madame Caron, Millet’s landlady – Female (plays elderly, but not decrepit)
- Madame Bathilde, Millet’s landlady – Female (plays elderly, but not decrepit) These two ladies are dearest friends and companions. They are lovely in demeanor and personalities.
- Unnamed male in several small comic roles – Male, 20s to 40s (scene-stealer)
- No monologue required
- Provide your theater resume/headshot
- Personal introduction to audition panel – tell us a bit about yourself
- Tell a joke (no knock-knock jokes please)
- Cold readings from the script; will include reading opposite other auditionees
- No dialect necessary except for those auditioning for Dutchy, who should try a German accent, and those auditioning for Phelim, who should attempt an Irish dialect.
- Be prepared for group improvisations.
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