Carpenter Square Theatre Auditions

CARPENTER SQUARE THEATRE
ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR TWO SHOWS

LADY

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THE LAST ROMANCE

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Sunday, September 9th – Readings from scripts
Callbacks for LADY – 7 p.m. Monday, September 10th
Callbacks for THE LAST ROMANCE – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, September 15th

Readings from the script will take place at the offices for CST in the Fred Jones Manufacturing building at 900 W. Main – at the corner of Main & Fred Jones Avenue just 1 block east of Classen. Park in the lot just east of the building and enter the glass door on the east side of the building. Someone will be at the door to let you in. If someone is not there to open the door, please call 232-6500 to be admitted. Sign-in for auditions is on the first floor.

Perusal scripts are available for a $10 refundable deposit. Please call CST at 405-232-6500 or email csttix@sbcglobal.net to make arrangements to check out a script. Before dropping by, do call ahead to make sure a script is available and someone is in the office to check it out to you. The CST office is closed on Mondays, and is open Tuesdays through Fridays noon to 6 pm.



LADY
a drama by Craig Wright

Directed by Jaefinn Carr with Assistant Director Angela Curtis

Synopsis:
Deep in the woods of Illinois, three childhood friends come together for their annual hunting trip. Now middle-aged, divided by their changing political attitudes, and facing mortality in a number of guises, they find that the common fabric of friendship has been shredded by time.

[Wright] cleverly nests his political angst inside an examination of friendship, fuzzy memories and shifting values…LADY leads you deep into the dark thickets of male camaraderie turned bitter and deadly.” —Time Out NY. “…tremendously moving…—NY Times. “Wright writes crackling dialogue…. And while his stories take on major issues, he has us view them through a darkly comic and very personal lens…” —CurtainUp. “…provocative and nuanced dark comedy.” —NY Sun.

Performance dates: October 19-20, 26-27, November 1-4, 8-10

Rehearsals: Read-through on September 17. Most rehearsals will be scheduled Mon-Fri at 7 p.m. with some possible weekend daytime rehearsals to accommodate cast conflicts.

Cast: 3 Men aged late 30s to late 40s. All three men grew up together, and they have been hunting together for over 20 years.

Kenny – owns Lady, his beloved hunting dog. His wife is very sick with cancer, and he spends most of his time getting high on her medical marijuana and watching movies. He works at Lakeshirts, “the largest t-shirt printing and distributing empire in South Central Illinois.” Twelve years ago, he contributed a lot of money to help his friend Graham get elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, by using the insurance money from his brother’s death.

Dyson – At the play’s start he’s very upset that his son plans to drop out of college and join the marines. His son heard his friend Graham speak at the Elks Lodge the night before about “your duty as an American,” so he holds his friend responsible for the sudden change in his son. Dyson is against the war, and is ready to kill Graham for influencing his son to enlist. He teaches at Southern Illinois University, and he has had numerous affairs over the years. His wife and son are very aware of the infidelities.

Graham – has been in the U.S. House of Representatives for almost 12 years now. He ran as a Democrat, but his friends think that his politics have really changed over the years. Dyson’s son has been secretly calling him for advice for about 5 years. He accidentally shoots Lady on the hunting trip, or at least it seems that he is the one who did it.

 


THE LAST ROMANCE
a romantic comedy by Joe DiPietro,
author of OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS

Director – Doobie Potter

Synopsis:
In this new romantic comedy, a crush can make anyone feel young again – even a widower named Ralph. On an ordinary day in a routine life, Ralph decides to take a different path on his daily walk…one that leads him to an unexpected second chance at love. Relying on a renewed boyish charm, Ralph attempts to woo the elegant, but distant, Carol. Defying Carol’s reticence – and his lonely sister’s jealousy – Ralph embarks on the trip of a lifetime, and regains a happiness that seemed all but lost. The Last Romance is a heart-warming comedy about the transformational power of love.

“The boulevard comedy gets a shot in the arm with Joe DiPietro’s ‘The Last Romance.’ Remarkably free of cliché…the golden-years love story casts a bewitching spell…” —Variety. “The play adroitly explores relationships between men and women in their golden years, as well as how the invisible ties of family often tie our hearts harder and faster than any love affair. A tale that mixes heartbreak with its humor and opera with the laughter…For all the breezy throwaway jokes—and there is enough laughter to make even old age seem pleasurable—the central message about seizing life with a passion comes through loud and clear.” —Naples News. “A tender romantic comedy.” —San Diego Union Tribune. “You’ll fall in love with ‘The Last Romance’…The audience howls with laughter.” —FloridaWeekly.com.

Performance dates: November 30-December 1, December 7-8, 13-16, 20-22

Rehearsals: The director plans to start rehearsals earlier than usual to allow for memorization. Most rehearsals will be scheduled Mon-Fri with some possible weekend daytime rehearsals to accommodate cast conflicts.

Cast: 2 Men aged 20s & 80s, 2 Women aged 70s.

Ralph Belllini (70s-80s) A vigorous and full of life gentleman who lives with his sister Rose. He retired from the railroad, but had dreams of being an opera singer. He sings a bit of a duet towards the end of the play – “Torra A Surriento.”

Carol Reynolds (70s) An attractive, proper, well-dressed lady that Ralph meets at the dog park. She has a little dog named Peaches that she rescued through the ASPCA. She was an executive secretary for 35 years.

Rose Tagliatelle (70s) Ralph’s very protective sister who takes care of him and cooks for him and worries constantly about his health. She’s lonely and gets very jealous when Ralph begins wooing Carol.

The Young Man (early 20s) He is Ralph as a young man and has a beautiful singing voice. During the play he sings sections from Mattinato by Leoncavalla, “Fin ch’han dal vino” from Don Giovanni, “E Fra Quest’ Ansie” from Pagliacci, “Vision Fugitive” from Massenet’s Herodiade, “Diamond Song” from Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffman, “Donne mie, la fate a tanti” from Mozart’s Cozi Fan Tutte, “E Sonio? O Realta” from Verdi’s Falstaff and “Torra A Surriento.”