Author: Jon Robin Baitz
Director: George Werther
Characters Summary: 1 F 50-60 1 F 60-70 1 F 30's
1 M 60-70, 1 M 20-30's
LYMAN, 60-70: Attractive, rugged, ever the actor. A friend of Ronald Reagan - and of a similar ilk. A former Hollywood Western actor and Republican politician. A man's man in his time. He is desperate to hold the family together - and attempts to do so, until he cannot.
POLLY, 50s to 60s: Elegant, forthright, smart, society woman - tough and cannot forgive weakness - appears insensitive to her children. Strong antagonism between her and daughter Brooke - but eventually a hint of underlying love.
BROOKE, 30s: Attractive, dry, edgy leftist writer with mood swings, cynical of parents' conservatism, self-centred, puts art before life, glorifies her dead brother Henry. Has affinity with her aunt Silda.
TRIP, 20s to 30s: Bright, funny, smart TV producer. Lightens up things, tries to be reasonable. Plays a sort of intermediary role between Brooke and her parents.
SILDA, 60s to 70s: Chaotic, alcoholic and recovering druggie, disinhibited, leftist ideologue, identifies with her niece Brooke. Volatile, challenging but caring relationship with sister Polly, on whom she depends.
Precast Characters: No roles have been pre-cast
Audition Venue: Brighton Theatre Company theatre, Bayside Cultural Centre, Corner Wilson and Carpenter Streets, Brighton (Old Brighton Town Hall)
Theatre: Brighton Theatre Company Theatre
Company Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Company Website: http://www.brightontheatreco.com/
A Pulitzer prize-nominated modern play, set over one day, namely Christmas Eve 2004, in the affluent family Californian-desert home of Lyman and Polly Wyeth in Palm Springs. It is three years post 9-11 and soon after the Iraq war. They are conservative Republicans, he a former Hollywood actor and politician and she a former screenwriter and smart, society woman. Included in this family gathering are their son Trip, a bright and funny TV producer, and their daughter Brooke, a cynical leftist based in New York, as well as Silda, Polly's chaotic and alcoholic sister.
Brooke is about to publish a book based on the family, focussing on her dead brother Henry, a misfit who joined the army, went off the rails and was involved in a terrible event, and then apparently took his own life - events that brought enormous guilt, shame and anger to the family. As the family members read the book, underlying tensions and anger emerge over the planned publication. Ultimately painful family secrets are exposed, revealing that all is not what it seems.
Mixed with the emotional drama of this play is much humour and wit. Each of the five characters is complex and skilfully drawn. The play requires experienced and sensitive actors prepared to inhabit these wonderful characters, and to work in a true ensemble.
Other Information: Auditions will be strictly by appointment. Please contact the Director, George Werther on 0402222090 or email@example.com.
Californian-middle American accents are required.
An electronic copy of the script will be provided, together with a list of sections to be read at audition for each character. Please also provide a theatre resume and head shot prior to the audition.