Auditions

 AUDITIONS FOR MAJORIE PRIME

Marjorie Prime 14_edited-1Directed by Don LaCasse

Monday and Tuesday, December 3, 4 – 2018; 7-10 pm

Characters: 2 women and 2 men. Character ages are somewhat flexible.

Marjorie/Marjorie Prime* – 85 years old and the mother of Tess

A former violinist, she has a declining arthritic body and increasing dementia. She is unable to remember basic things but, in rare moments of clarity, knows she has had a rich past and no future. Marjorie Prime is less confrontational with a sweeter disposition.

Walter Prime* – early 30s and the late husband of Marjorie

Walter is a computer-generated, artificial intelligent being modeled after Marjorie’s late husband as he appeared in his early 30s. His purpose is to comfort, to encourage and to help Marjorie’s mind from atrophying further. He has very clear, concise diction and articulation that is almost too good.

Tess/Tess Prime* – about 55 years old and Marjorie’s daughter

A deeply troubled woman who suffers from depression and has been suddenly thrust into the role of caregiver for Marjorie. Throughout her life, she has been constantly in conflict with her mother. She is angry, distrusting of technology yet capable of vulnerability and love. Tess Prime is less angry and less depressed.

Jon – about 55 years old and husband of Tess

He is protective, big-hearted and a buffer between Tess and Marjorie. He is committed to helping Tess and Marjorie accept and deal with their troubled physical and emotional states. Jon and Tess were college sweethearts and have 3 adult children. Jon, in contrast to Tess, is enthusiastic about using the primes.

* Primes – “are given the outward form that best suits the individual they are created to assist. Then they are fed, word by word, with data about the life of that individual and her (or his) relationship with the person who has been simulated. The recollections are only as accurate and complete as those of the human beings who feed them information.”         N.Y. Times

Description: Once a celebrated violinist, eighty-five year old Marjorie spends her final, ailing days with what appears to be a younger version of her deceased husband, Walter. But who is this new Walter and what does he know and understand about the past, if anything? As their interactions deepen, Marjorie’s family begins to develop diverging accounts of their lives, drawn into the chance to reconstruct the often-painful past.

Time and Place: All the action takes place in Tess and Jon’s living room. The play begins in 2062.

Description: Once a celebrated violinist, eighty-five year old Marjorie spends her final, ailing days with what appears to be a younger version of her deceased husband, Walter. But who is this new Walter and what does he know and understand about the past, if anything? As their interactions deepen, Marjorie’s family begins to develop diverging accounts of their lives, drawn into the chance to reconstruct the often-painful past.

Performance Dates:         February 7,8,9 | 14,15,16,17 | 21,22,23 – 2019

Tentative First Rehearsal: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 plus two days for table work in December (TBA).

Tentative Rehearsal Schedule: January 2-4, 6-11, 13-17, 20-24, 27-February 1. Tech and Dress rehearsals will be scheduled February 3-6. Schedule subject to change.

Call the director, Don LaCasse (309-830-0223) if you have any questions about the play or the auditions.

Scripts are available to check out for a limit of two weeks and must be returned by auditions. Email Rhys Lovell to set up a pick up time (rhyslovell500@gmail.com)

 


AUDITIONS FOR TABLE MANNERS

Ayckbourn 14_edited-1Directed by Joseph P. McDonnell

February 25, 26 – 2019; 7-10 pm

Characters: Three women and three men. Character ages are somewhat flexible, except in the birth order of the siblings. All characters are English and must have an English accent.

Reg –  35-50 – Affable, easy going, good humored, if his humor is at times corny rather than funny. He’s a man for whom life is simple; very straightforward.

Sarah – 35-50 Reg’s wife. She is high strung, a bit prissy and controlling, a chatterbox

Ruth –  35-50 Reg’s sister. Business woman; very self assured and no nonsense. She sees the world very clearly.

Annie –  30 -40 Reg and Ruth’s younger sister – A bit lost in the world, broken by being stuck taking care of their mother, she longs for someone to help her escape. She feels no sense of her own power.

Tom – 35-45 the neighbor- a bit dim-witted, but very kind and down to earth. A veterinarian.

The play is a pure English comedy of manners, propelled quite entirely by character. It is a period piece (1970’s) and takes place entirely in the dining room of the house in which the three siblings were raised.


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If you are interested in becoming involved with Heartland on stage or behind the scenes, please submit our volunteer form, email boxoffice@heartlandtheatre.org or call the Heartland Box Office at 309-452-8709.

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