Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Announcing auditions: The Heidi Chronicles

Audition dates have been announced for The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein, the final script in Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's 2008-2009 staged reading season. They will take place Sunday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. and Monday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Civic Theatre office at 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette.

Director Alice Schwind is looking to cast 5 women and 3 men of various ages. Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script. Copies are available at the Civic Theatre office.

Comprised of a series of interrelated scenes, the play traces the coming of age of Heidi Holland, a successful art historian, as she tries to find her bearings in a rapidly changing world. Gradually distancing herself from her friends, she watches them move from the idealism and political radicalism of their college years through militant feminism and, eventually, back to the materialism that they had sought to reject in the first place. Heidi's own path to maturity involves an affair with the glib, arrogant Scoop Rosenbaum, a womanizing lawyer/publisher who eventually marries for money and position; a deeper but even more troubling relationship with a charming, witty young pediatrician, Peter Patrone, who turns out to be gay; and increasingly disturbing contacts with the other women, now much changed, who were a part of her childhood and college years. Eventually Heidi comes to accept the fact that liberation can be achieved only if one is true to oneself, with goals that come out of need rather than circumstance. As the play ends she is still "alone," but having adopted an orphaned baby, it is clear that she has begun to find a sense of fulfillment and continuity that may well continue to elude the others of her anxious, self-centered generation.

The reading will take place Tuesday, May 12 at 7 p.m. at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. There will be a brief discussion immediately following. It is a Pay What You Can Event.

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