CHATHAM PLAYERS TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR "AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY"
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
by Tracy Letts
WHEN: Thursday, June 11, and Monday, June 15 at 7:30 PM.
WHERE: The Chatham Playhouse 23 North Passaic Ave., Chatham
Production dates: October 7–22, with rehearsals to begin mid-August.
Winner of both the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play. This play is about a vanished father. A pill-popping mother. Three sisters harboring shady little secrets. When the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoman family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. Mix in Violet, the drugged-up, scathingly acidic matriarch, and you've got a major new play that unflinchingly—and uproariously—exposes the dark side of the Midwestern American family.
"This is a play that will leave us laughing and wondering, shuddering and smiling, long after the house lights come back on." —NY Newsday.
"This original and corrosive black comedy deserves a seat at the dinner table with the great American family plays." —Time Magazine.
Director Jeffrey Fiorello seeks six men / seven women (one able to play teenager) to fill out his cast.
- Auditions will consist of cold readings from sides provided in small groups.
- Sides and Auditions Form are available prior to the auditions. To access sides and form, please visit our website at http://www.chathamplayers.org/auditions.html
- Beverly Weston: (69) Patriarch of the family. Polite, soulful, melancholic … and ultimately suicidal.
- Violet Weston: (65) Devious matriarch of the family. Addicted to pills. Sharp-tongued with a shrewd awareness of the many family secrets which she does not hesitate to reveal.
- Barbara Fordham: (46) Eldest Weston daughter. Trying to control everything and everyone. Cynical.
- Bill Fordham: (49) Barbara’s estranged husband. College professor (having an affair with one of his students).
- Jean Fordham: (14) Barbara and Bill’s “pot-smoking” daughter, vegetarian. Bitter about her parents’ split.
- Ivy Weston: (44) Middle daughter, known as “mom’s favorite,” though Violet constantly tells her that she is plan and needs a man. Teaches at the local college. Has a dark secret or two.
- Karen Weston: (40) Youngest daughter. “Fled” to Florida. Claims to have never been happy in her life, but is not happily engaged to Steve, whom she considers the “perfect man.”
- Mattie Fae Aiken: (57) As jaded as her sister Violet. She is naïve but also controlling and belittles her husband Charlie and especially their son Little Charles.
- Charlie Aiken: (60) Mattie Fae’s husband of 40 years. A genial man who was a lifelong friend of Beverly’s. Hen-pecked and timid … till he finally puts his foot down.
- Little Charles Aiken: (37) Mattie Fae and Charlie’s son. His mother calls him a “screw up.” Has a dark secret.
- Johnna Monevata: (26) Cheyenne Indian woman, hired by Beverly as a live-in housekeeper shortly before his disappearance. Not many lines, but is the most compassionate and morally grounded of all—swoops in like a warrior-angel saving characters from despair and destruction.
- Steve Heidebrecht: (50) Karen Weston’s fiancé, business man in Florida. Loathsome, lecherous character.
- Sheriff Deon Gibeau: (47) High-school classmate / boyfriend of Barbara. Investigates Beverly’s disappearance.