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TCDS Auditions: "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" by Edward Albee
October 6, 2016
Auditions for the TCDS production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” By Edward Albee Directed by Lauren Ishak
Location: Junior Common Room, Trinity College
Tuesday Oct 11th: 1:00-400 Wednesday Oct 12th: 4:00-7:00 Thursday Oct 13th: 7:30-10:30 Friday Oct 14th: 12:00-4:00
Call backs: Saturday Oct 15th: 2:00-6:00
To book an audition please email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide several date and time options in case your preferred one is not available. If you have any issues with the above dates and times, please let me know. Drop ins are welcome, but those with booked slots will be prioritised.
Please prepare a 1-2 minute monologue for your audition, either comedic or dramatic. The monologue should be from a contemporary play (post 1920), do not choose one from "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf". You will then be asked to do a few cold readings of sides from "Who's Afraid" Audition slots are booked in 15 minute intervals.
Show Dates: January 19th -21st 4 performances
Rehearsals will be very frequent due to this show being 2 and a half hours and only having 4 people.
Synopsis: According to Samuel French: George, a professor at a small college, and his wife, Martha, have just returned home, drunk from a Saturday night party. Martha announces, amidst general profanity, that she has invited a young couple—a new professor at the college and his wife—to stop by for a nightcap. When they arrive the drinks flow and suddenly inhibitions melt. It becomes clear that Martha is determined to seduce the young professor, and George couldn't care less. But underneath the edgy banter lurks an undercurrent of tragedy and despair. George and Martha's inhuman bitterness toward one another is provoked by the enormous personal sadness that they have pledged to keep to themselves: a secret that has seemingly been the foundation for their relationship. In the end, the mystery in which the distressed George and Martha have taken refuge is exposed, once and for all revealing the degrading mess they have made of their lives. According to Lauren: Two couples get together in the middle of the night and get very, very drunk. They proceed to play an aggressive game of “who can piss off who the most”.
Content warning: Due to the rights agreement for this show, cuts to the script are not allowed. There is language of a sexist and prejudiced nature. George, Martha and Nick are all pretty crappy people and say some crappy things.
MARTHA – Middle aged woman. Very aggressive and sexual. Looks and acts much younger than she is. Likes to push people’s buttons. Thinks she is the most important. GEORGE – Martha’s husband. Slightly younger than her but acts much more mature. Passive aggressive and manipulative. NICK – Young new professor. Very territorial and ambitious. Easily provoked by George, and seduced by Martha. HONEY – Nick’s wife. Polite but awkward. Just wants everyone to get along.