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Audition – August: Osage County

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By Tracy Letts
Directed by Barry Park

AUDITION:    Saturday 23 February, by appointment, at a location in Karrinyup (You will be advised of this upon being given your time slot)

Production dates: 21-23 June, 27-30 June, 4-6 July. (7.30 pm Thursdays to Saturdays and 2pm matinees on Sundays)

at Playlovers Theatre, Hackett Hall, Floreat.

Plot Summary:

Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best New Play, August: Osage County centres around the Weston family, brought together after their patriarch, world-class poet and alcoholic Beverly Weston, disappears. The matriarch, Violet, depressed and addicted to pain pills and “truth-telling,” is joined by her three daughters and their problematic lovers, who harbour their own deep secrets, her sister Mattie Fae and her family, well-trained in the Weston family art of cruelty, and finally, the observer of the chaos, the young Cheyenne housekeeper Johnna, who was hired by Beverly just before his disappearance. Holed up in the large family estate in Osage County, Oklahoma, tensions heat up and boil over in the ruthless August heat. Bursting with humour, vivacity, and intelligence, August: Osage County is both dense and funny, vicious and compassionate, enormous and unstoppable.

Cast:

(Ages are stage ages, so actors could be younger or older)
Beverly Weston

Male: The father of the Weston family, aged 69, an alcoholic and washed-up poet. His mysterious disappearance one evening and eventually discovered death are the reasons for the family’s reunion. The reasons for his implied suicide are a major plot point that bring some of the family’s dark past painfully back into the light.


Violet Weston

Female: The mother of the Weston family, aged 65. Undergoing treatment for oral cancer, she is addicted to several prescription drugs, mostly depressants and narcotics. After an ugly rant at Beverly’s funeral dinner, the family’s focus shifts to keeping her clean. Despite her drug-induced episodes, she is sharp-tongued and shrewd; she is aware of the family’s many secrets and not hesitant to reveal them for her own benefit.


Barbara Fordham

Female: The oldest daughter of the Weston Family, age 46. Mother of Jean and wife of Bill, though they are currently separated. She is a college professor in Boulder, Colorado. She wants to save her marriage, but has the intense need to control everything around her as it falls apart.


Ivy Weston

Female: The middle daughter of the Weston family, age 44. The only daughter to stay in Oklahoma, she works as a librarian at the local college, and her calm and patient exterior hides a passionate woman who is gradually growing cynical. She is secretly having an affair with her “cousin”, Little Charles, and plans to move to New York with him.


Karen Weston

Female: The youngest daughter in the Weston family, age 40. She is newly engaged to Steve, whom she considers the “perfect man”, and lives with him in Florida, planning to marry him soon. Karen can talk of little else but her own happiness even at her father’s funeral, and she clearly chooses to lie to herself about her sleazy fiancé rather than face the reality of not getting a happy ending.


Bill Fordham

Male: Barbara’s estranged husband and Jean’s father, age 49. A college professor, he has left his wife for a younger woman named Cindy, one of his students, but wants to be there for his family. His marriage is disintegrating, and his patience is slowly running thin.


Jean Fordham

Female: Bill and Barbara’s smart-tongued 14-year-old daughter. (Actor must be 18 or older.) She smokes pot and cigarettes, is a vegetarian, loves old movies, and is bitter about her parents’ split. She is a molestation victim at the hands of her future uncle Steve, but reacts violently to Johnna coming to her rescue.


Steve Heidebrecht

Male: Karen’s fiancé, age 50. A businessman in Florida (whose business, it is hinted, centres around the Middle East and may be less than legitimate), and not the “perfect man” that Karen considers him. He flirts with Jean throughout the play, supplies her with marijuana, and molests her.


Mattie Fae Aiken

Female: Violet’s sister, Charlie’s wife and Little Charles’ mother, age 57. Just as jaded as her sister, Mattie Fae constantly belittles her son and antagonizes her husband. Eventually she reveals the major plot point that Beverly, not Charlie, is the real father of Little Charles.


Charlie Aiken

Male: Husband of Mattie Fae and the presumed father of Little Charles, age 60. Charlie, a genial man, was a lifelong friend of Beverly. He struggles to get Mattie Fae to respect Little Charles.


“Little” Charles Aiken

Male: Son of Mattie Fae and Beverly, 37 years old—but, like everyone else, he believes Charlie is his father. Unemployed and clumsy, his mother calls him a “screw-up”, which may be a self-fulfilling prophecy. He is secretly having an affair with Ivy, who is revealed to actually be his half-sister.


Johnna Monevata

Female: A Cheyenne Indian woman, age 26, whom Beverly hires as a live-in housekeeper shortly before he disappears. Violet is prejudiced against her, but she wins over the other family members with her cooking skills, hard work, and empathy. Johnna is the silent witness to much of the mayhem in the house.


Sheriff Deon Gilbeau

Male: A high-school classmate and former boyfriend of Barbara’s, age 47, who brings the news of Beverly’s suicide to the family.


Actors are to deliver a short prepared monologue in an American accent and may be asked to read from the script, a copy of which can be found at: https://coldreads.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/august-osage-county.pdf

Plan to arrive early to fill out an audition form, or ask for a copy and complete it before you arrive. Please attach your CV and a recent headshot. Be sure to write clearly, especially your contact information.

Please note that audition slots are limited to 10 minutes, so please be ready to perform.

Bring your calendar and a complete list of possible short time conflicts you may have during the rehearsal period.


Rehearsals are planned to commence on 13thApril  and will be 2 pm – 5 pm Saturdays and 7pm – 10 pm Mondays and Thursdays.

Rehearsals may run later on all evenings during the production-opening week


For further information and to book an audition slot please contact Alida Chaney at alida.chaney60@gmail.com or Text message to 0403367047

(Please do not call Alida’s mobile number as she is not always able to take your call)


The Director:

Barry Park is an experienced actor and director who has performed on stage in a wide variety of plays, musicals and pantomimes. He has recorded radio and television commercials and has acted in radio plays, films and a television series. He most recently directed A View from the Bridge(nominated for four Finley awards, Runner up Best Play) for GRADS, Other Desert Cities(nominated for several Finley awards) for Playlovers, and Design for Livingat the Old Mill Theatre. He directed M. Butterfly, (which won the Finley Director Award and Best Play Award), The Real Thing, Broken Glass andAll My Sons, (which were all nominated for several Finley awards), and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, (which won several Finley awards.) His overseas productions of Death of a Salesman, The Golden Masque of Agamemnonand The Life and Death of Almost Everybodywon several National Theatre awards. Other shows he has directed include: Agnes of God, Songs from the Shows, Snoopy! The Musical, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds, Blythe Spirit, On Monday Next, The Fantastiks, and Lord of the Flies.

 

This is a community theatre production, so actors will not be remunerated.