announces open auditions for
Dead and Gone
A Southern retelling of James Joyce's "The Dead"
Open auditions: Monday, May 11, 7 pm
Callbacks: Tuesday, May 12, 7 pm
Rehearsal and recording dates: June 7 - 27, 2009
The Next Stage at Theatre Memphis
630 Perkins Ext.
Memphis, TN 38117
Dead and Gone is a Southern retelling of James Joyceâ€™s classic story The Dead, transplanted f rom Dublin to Memphis. Set in 1905, the story follows Gabriel Conroy, an insecure intellectual, as he attempts to navigate the various social currents at his auntsâ€™ annual holiday party. Eventually his victories and concerns are put into harsh perspective by a surprising confession from his wife, Margaret.
The cast of ten requires four men and six women. The roles are:
GABRIEL: A schoolteacher
MARGARET: His wife
AUNT KATE: His aunt
AUNT JULIE: Her sister; Gabrielâ€™s aunt
MARY JANE: Julie and Kateâ€™s niece; Gabrielâ€™s cousin
FREDDY: A drunk
BROWN: A businessman
MISS IVORS: A teacher; Gabrielâ€™s colleague
CRANDALL: A tenor
LILY: A servant girl
The roles of Aunt Kate and Aunt Julie require â€œseasonedâ€ (i.e., older) voices. Aunt Julie must be able to sing. The role of Lily requires an African American actress. The only role that will be pre-cast is that of Crandall. Sound effects will be performed by the cast, so those who arenâ€™t on mic as often will still have plenty to do.
The play is a drama, and will be performed as naturalistically as possibleâ€"in other words, you shouldnâ€™t sound like youâ€™re acting. All of the characters except Gabriel will be performed with Southern accents. Please note that these are light, naturalistic accents; they arenâ€™t caricatures, and they a re never played for comic effect. They should sound like a lot of the people you encounter in Memphis every day.
The recorded show will debut on WKNO-FM before being posted to the Chatterbox website.
For auditions, please prepare a two- to five-minute audio monologue that you can deliver in the appropriate style (dramatic, naturalistic, and in a Southern accent). These do not need to be memorized. Bring a script with you and be prepared to deliver the monologue as you would perform it into a microphone.
Send an email to scriptrequest@
We hope to see you at auditions!