Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Announcing auditions: 'night, Mother

Director Mark Sherlock has announced audition information for 'night, Mother, the fourth staged reading in the 2012-2013 Staged Reading Series at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The Pulitzer Prize-winning script is by Marsha Norman.

Auditions will be Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Civic Theatre office, 313 N. 5th Street in downtown Lafayette.

Those auditioning are asked to arrive as early as possible. They will be asked to read from the script, which can be checked out from the office.

Mark is looking to cast two female actors in the following roles:

Jessie Cates
Thelma "Mama" Cates

The scene is the living room/kitchen of a small house on an isolated country road, which is shared by Jessie and her mother. Jessie's father is dead; her loveless marriage ended in divorce; her absent son is a petty thief and ne'er-do-well; her last job didn't work out and, in general, her life is stale and unprofitable. As the play begins Jessie asks for her father's service revolver and calmly announces that she intends to kill herself. At first her mother refuses to take her seriously, but as Jessie sets about tidying the house and making lists of things to be looked after, her sense of desperate helplessness begins to build. In the end, with the inexorability of genuine tragedy, she can only stand by, stunned and unbelieving, as Jessie quietly closes and locks her bedroom door and ends her profound unhappiness in one fatal, stunning and deeply disturbing moment.

The staged reading of 'night, Mother will be Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. It is a Pay What You Can event, and there will be a question-and-answer session immediately following.

The mission of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is to enhance the artistic and cultural environment of Greater Lafayette through theatrical productions and educational opportunities.

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