Sunday, April 11, 2010

Announcing auditions: Parallel Lives

Audition dates have been announced for Parallel Lives by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy, the final staged reading of the 2009-2010 season. Auditions will take place from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, April 18 and 7-9 p.m. on Monday, April 19 at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's office at 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette.

Director Allen Banning is looking to cast several women age 18 and older, possibly double-casting some roles.

In the opening scene, two Supreme Beings plan the beginning of the world with the relish of two slightly sadistic suburban wives decorating a living room. They create sex and the sexes. Afraid that women will have too many advantages, the Beings decide to make childbirth painful and to give men enormous egos as compensation. From this moment, the audience is whisked through the outrageous universe of Kathy and Mo, where actresses play men and women struggling through the common rituals of modern life: teenagers on a date, sisters at their grandmother's funeral, a man and a woman together in a country-western bar. With boundless humor, Parallel Lives reexamines the ongoing quest to find parity and love in a contest handicapped by capricious gods – or in this case, goddesses.

The staged reading of Parallel Lives will be held Tuesday, May 11 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. There will be a brief discussion immediately following. This is a Pay What You Can event.

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