Friday, February 15, 2013

Announcing auditions: A Wonderful Suicide and Going Through Hell



Directors Kevin Colby and Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos have announced audition information for A Wonderful Suicide and Going Through Hell, the fifth and sixth staged readings in the 2012-2013 Staged Reading Series at Civic Theatre of GreaterLafayette. The scripts are receiving their world premiere.

Auditions for both staged readings will be held jointly Sunday, Feb. 24 and Monday, Feb. 25 from 6 p.m. to 9 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 do cold readings from the script, which will be made available only during auditions.

Kevin is directing A Wonderful Suicide, by Diane Littleton Bahler. He is looking to cast several men and women from a broad range of ages for the following roles:

* Caleb Scudder: A 19th Century undertaker, late middle-aged.
* Orth Stein: A young reporter.
* Bridget Cogan: A 16-year-old Irish chambermaid.
* Mr. Tenney: A salesman.
* Mr. Lance: A salesman.
Dr. William Vinnedge: A doctor in his late 30s.
Captain Haggard: A Civil War captain in his early 40s.
* Mary Moon: A Quaker woman in her late 30s.
* Enoch Moon: A stern Quaker minister in his 70s.
* James Moon: A Quaker farmer in his late 30s.

Four years after James Moon, a Quaker farmer, checked into the Lahr hotel and never checked out, two men that had played a role in the true drama of the bizarre suicide search for Moon's Monster - the device that he created to behead himself. In the process they learn more about Moon than his "Monster." And despite the difference in their ages, they develop an unlikely friendship as they discover that the one thing they have in common with James Moon, and with each other: every man must face his own death sometime.

Kelly is directing Going Through Hell by Steve Martin. She is looking to cast five men and two women of a broad range of ages for several roles, which will be double cast:

* Derrick: Male, mid-20s.
* Ralph: Male, late 30s.
* Bike: Male, mid-30s.
* Dr. Althea: Female, early 50s.
* Paul: Male. Ralph's father, early 60s.
* Callie: Female. Ralph's mother, early 60s.
* Hades: Male, late 40s.
*Emergency Medical Technician
*Charon: Male.
* Minos, Aeacus, and Rhadamanthus
* Dead #1: Male.
* Dead #2: Female.
* Athena: Female.

After a one-night stand, two men are unexpectedly forced to spend time together which leads to them falling in love. After they marry, one of the men dies in a car crash. The other man, unable to cope with the loss, travels to the Underworld of Greek mythology to find his husband.

The staged reading of A Wonderful Suicide will be Monday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m.; the staged reading of Going Through Hell will be Tuesday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. Both will take place at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette, and both are Pay What You Can events.

There will be a question-and-answer session immediately following both staged readings between the audience, cast, director and playwright.

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

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