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'Shotgun Cottage Plays: Three Tales by Tennessee'

Casting notice expires: April 6, 2014

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Company

Mississippi Mud Productions
Jen Danby, dir. ("Moony's Kid Don't Cry"); Daniel Capalbo, Jr., dir. ("The Lady of Larkspur Lotion"); Edward Bergen, dir. ("Interior: Panic"); Lisa Raymond, production manager; Jen Danby, Lisa Raymond, Colleen Leone, Edward Bergen, artistic core production team.

Production Description

Casting and seeking crew for two one-act plays by Tennessee Williams, "Shotgun Cottage Plays: Three Tales by Tennessee." Producers state: "The three plays are: 'Moony's Kid Don't Cry' and 'The Lady of Larkspur Lotion' both in the collection '27 Wagons Full of Cotton;' and 'Interior: Panic,' located in the Williams one act collection 'The Magic Tower and Other One Act Plays.' Mississippi Mud Productions is a Made in the U.S.A. Theatre Company working with artists from around the world. We encourage diversity in casting, as an ensemble company that works with core and guest artists. The three one acts will be performed by members of the ensemble in roles already cast, along with artists we cast for several key roles from these auditions."

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations

Rehearses Apr. 7 & 8; runs May 9-18 at The Theresa Academy of Performing Arts in Lido Beach, NY.

Compensation & Union Contract Details

Pays $216/wk. (union); $50 stipend total (nonunion). Producer plans to apply for an Equity Special Appearance Contract. Producers state: "Modest budget as we grow; high caliber 'American Poor Rich Theatre' is the way for this Indie company. We are about actor and storytelling and where acting is like sports, about play, about shining a light in the dark with stories about our common humanity. Actors cast in auditions are responsible for their travel and travel expenses so should live local or in proximity to the area or be willing to travel by car or train."

Auditions

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Role Breakdowns

Please note some roles have been cast as noted. Casting 4 Male roles in total.

MOONY'S KID DON'T CRY casting call (casting Moony, lead)

Moony (25-35). Charismatic, handsome, dreamer, little boy lost with some temperamental aspects, loves his wife and baby, but resents them at the same time as he wants to fly, the soul of a poet working a dead end job and feeling trapped. A Jim Morrison kind of charisma, but set in the 1930s depression era.
Ideally looking for an actor who plays acoustic guitar and sings who may also open the night as Moony singing and playing guitar for a set of 3-5 tunes. (lead)

Jane (25-35) CAST. Attractive, ambitious, vivacious and spirited but worn down by a marriage with a dreamer and feeling stuck and ill and with an infant she can't take care of due to money problems so pushed into some "shrewness" from her resentment at being trapped by falling in love with a poet rather than a provider. She is more grown up than her husband and has been forced to take too much on her shoulders. The cheerleader kind of popular girl in a dead end. (lead)

LADY OF LARKSPUR LOTION (all roles in this play are currently cast)

Mrs. Wire (40-60). CAST. Tough landlady, with a heart but under a crust of thick skin from having to survive. Biting, perceiving, aware, business woman with a tolerance for helping those in need that she will never admit to, but if pushed too far gets tough and caustic. Abrasive, funny, no nonsense, should have good comedic ability but also the character under the tough exterior has a sensitivity to others. She is a wise woman about who she is dealing with. (lead)

Mrs. Hardwicke Moore (35-45) CAST. A romantic woman drifter, with no where else to go, an early model for Blanche DuBois in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE. Vain, sensitive, prideful, originally from money and a good family, now in poverty, and she can't pay her rent to the landlady where she boards. Prostituting herself for cash, like a whore with a heart of gold, lost and desperate so prone to exaggeration and white lies to hide her shame and degradation. (lead)

The Writer, "Chekhov" (35-45) CAST. The Writer is an imaginative version of Anton Chekhov, the great playwright, as he calls himself. An American writer struggling to make it as a writer with aspirations for Broadway and unable to pay his rent. Intelligent, compassionate, also an alcoholic, down on his luck struggling in poverty, pompous and grand at times, also boyish and vain (as if Williams made a composite of himself with Chekhov). Good comedic ability. (lead)

Interior: Panic (casting the three male parts only)

Blanche Shannon - Female 30 -40. (Cast) A southern belle on the verge of a very serious nervous breakdown. (lead)

Grace Kiefaber - Female 25- 35 (Cast) Blanche's younger pregnant sister, hopelessly confused and frighten by Blanche's behavior. (lead)

Jack Kiefaber - Male, 25 -35 -Grace's husband- athletic type, really doesn't understand the depth of Blanche's problems. (lead)

Bill Collector - Male 25-65 - Blue collar worker, a friendly pleasant man in reality, but a gossip with a cruel streak in Blanche's panic fear perception of the conversation, so the actor must be able to play the real and monster versions of the character. (supporting)

George -Male, 30 -40 - Blanche's suitor, a lonely sensitive man, who thinks he may a have found love with Blanche. (supporting)