Daddy's Dyin': Who's Got the Will?
by Del Shores
Directed by Terry Copeland Pfeiffer
Runs: January 9 – 25, 2015
- Sunday, November 30, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
- Monday, December 1, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Seeking 5 women, 3 men:
- Sara Lee Turnover - female, mid-30s; Slightly overweight middle sister, the town beautician. Single and still lives at home. Strong-willed with a wonderful sense of humor.
- Lurlene Turnover Rogers - female, early-mid 40s; the oldest sister. Preacher's wife and elementary school teacher. Attractive, stylish, very Christian - but she has a bite.
- Evalita Turnover - female, early-mid 30s; the youngest sister. Six-times married, loves to shock her family. She was a beauty and still is ---from a distance. Has a worn look about her. A wounded soul.
- Mama Wheelis - female, 80s; The Turnover children's grandmother. She's feisty, speaks her mind, and rules the household.
- Harmony Rhodes - male, early-mid 30s; Evalita's latest fiancé. A musician and vegetarian. Attractive, tan, off-beat, long curly hair. Looks like Jesus with earrings. Has a past.
- Orville Turnover - male, late 30s-early 40s; the brother. Fat, abusive, unhappy and mean. A redneck trash collector.
- Buford "Daddy" Turnover - male, late 60s-early 70s - the father. A stroke victim. Partially paralyzed on his left side, but can walk with a slight limp. Has occasional moments of coherency.
- Marlene Turnover - female, mid-late 30s, Orville's wife. Temporarily overweight. A constant victim of Orville's abuse. However, losing sixty-two pounds can boost a girl's confidence.
Set in a small Texas town, Daddy's Dyin' concerns the reunion of a family gathered to await the imminent death of their patriarch, who has recently suffered a physically as well as mentally disabling stroke. But it is not the story of the impending demise of the father or of the drafting of his will ... it's a story of a rebirth of the spirit of the family unit.
"It's a fast, delicious, easy tale with funny moments, tense moments, touching moments, and characters you care about."
– The Hollywood Reporter
"A masterful comedy."
"A well written piece of mainstream theatre that's consistently funny and occasionally touching."
– The Los Angeles Times
– L.A. Weekly
Auditions will held at the theatre, 319 N. Gay Street [directions]. Please bring a headshot or recent photo, if possible, and a list of any rehearsal conflicts you may have throughout December. Resumes are helpful but not required. No prepared monologue is needed; auditions will be cold readings from the script.
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