Chatterbox Audio Theater
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 from 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
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 are 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
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@... and weâ€™ll be happy to
send you a PDF of the full script.
We hope to see you at auditions!