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Auditions

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Sordid Lives
by Del Shores

 

Directed by Jim Richardson

Runs: May 23-Jun 8, 2014

Rehearsals: TBA

 

Audition Times

  • Saturday, Apr. 12, 11:00 am-1:00 pm
  • Sunday, Apr. 13, 6:00-8:00 pm

Available Roles

7 women (early to mid 40s - late 50s) and 5 men (one late 20s/early 30; the other four 40s - 50s). There is a possibility for a sixth male character (who only has a couple of lines) which the script suggests doublecasting but may be cast separately.

  • Bitsy Mae Harling - female, 40s; former jailbird; MUST SING!
  • Ty Williamson - male, late 20s, early 30s. Ty must be very goodlooking or able to pass for it onstage. He is an out-of-the-closet actor, now in therapy; NOT at all flamboyant.
  • Sissy Hickey - female, 50s. Aunt of Latrelle and LaVonda; Trying to quit smoking and on edge.
  • Noleta Nethercott - female, 50s. Overweight; distraught at being a jilted wife.
  • Latrelle Williamson - female, 50s. Ty's conservative mother; distraught over her mother's death and in denial about her son.
  • LaVonda Dupree - female, late 40s - early 50s. Volatile, looser, more worldly sister of uptight Latrelle.
  • GW Nethercott - male, 50s. War vet with two artificial legs; distraught over the loss of his affair.
  • Wardell Owens - male, 50s; owner of a local tavern.
  • Odell Owens - male, 40s or 50s/possibly late 30s? Wardell's irritating younger brother.
  • Juanita Bartlett - female, late 50s/possibly early 60s. A drunken patron of Wardell's tavern.
  • Dr. Eve Bollinger - female, 40s. Non-southern. Egotistical therapist with an agenda.
  • Earl "Brother Boy" Ingram - male, 50s. Crazy? No, just locked away. Flamboyant and outrageous Tammy Wynette impersonator; in therapy for de-homosexualization.

NOTE: The actors playing GW, Wardell, and Odell must be willing to strip down to their underwear onstage in one scene during the run of the show. No nudity of course, but you need not be shy.

Also, if anyone plays guitar (non-speaking role) and is willing to be at rehearsals when needed and available for ALL performances, please come to auditions.

Synopsis

A black comedy about white trash! The author of Daddy's Dyin' (Who's Got the Will?) brings you a comedy that was nominated for over thirty awards during its long run in Los Angeles.

When Peggy, a good Christian woman, hits her head on the sink and bleeds to death after tripping over her lover's wooden legs in a motel room, chaos erupts in Winters, Texas.

"[This play by] the master of Texas Comedy...is maybe funnier than Daddy's Dyin'. His colorful eccentrics are dead on, teetering on a Bowie knife's edge between the hilarious improbable and the achingly real."
— The Los Angeles Times

Location

Auditions will held at the theatre, 319 N. Gay Street [directions]. Please bring a headshot or recent photo, if possible. Resumes are helpful but not required. No prepared monologue is needed; auditions will be cold readings from the script.

For more information, email info@theatreknoxville.com.

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