According to the casting notice, Roscoe is an older guy "with some sand and grit" who teaches literature. Sally is a sexual woman with a deep and complex soul, and Lucy is Sally's older sister who is starting to resent her role as caretaker. Elizabeth is a beautiful yet mysterious nurse "with an edge of pain," who takes care of Sally and Lucy's 70-year-old mother Mable. The role of Mable has been cast, but auditioning performers will be considered as possible replacements. She uses a wheelchair but is still tough, smart, unyielding, and intimidating.
Equity principal auditions will be held April 12 in New York City. For more information and audition details, view the full casting notice on BackStage.com. (Subscription required.) These auditions are for Equity members, but nonunion actors may also be seen if time permits.
The play will be directed by Daniel Aukin ("4000 Miles" Off-Broadway, "A View from the Bridge" at Arena Stage). Rehearsals begin in July.
Sam Shepard is an actor, director, and playwright who began his career in New York's Off-Off-Broadway theaters in the 1960s. Many of his plays have been adapted for the screen, such as "Simpatico," "Curse of the Starving Class," and "Paris, Texas." As an actor, Shepard has appeared in 60 films including "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," "The Notebook," "Steel Magnolias," and "The Right Stuff."