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In the community since 1981 — Castaways celebrates and starts our 38th season.
Actors are real people.

The stage is a magic circle where
only the most real things happen…
A truer and more real place does
not exist in all the universe.
P.S. Baber

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Winter 2020

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 Director Sallie Willows

Andrew Rally seems to have it all: celebrity and acclaim from his starring role in a hit television series; a rich beautiful girlfriend; a glamorous, devoted agent; the perfect New York apartment; and the chance to play Hamlet in Central Park. There are, however, a couple of glitches in paradise. Andrew’s series has been canceled; his girlfriend is clinging to her virginity with unyielding conviction; and he has no desire to play Hamlet. When Andrew’s agent visits him, she reminisces about her brief romance with John Barrymore many years ago, in Andrew’s apartment. This prompts a séance to summon his ghost. From the moment Barrymore returns, dressed in high Shakespearean garb, Andrew’s life is no longer his own. Barrymore, fortified by champagne and ego, presses Andrew to accept the part and fulfill his actor’s destiny. The action becomes more hilarious with the entrance of Andrew’s deal-making friend from LA, spouting the laid-back hype of the Coast and offering Andrew a fabulous new TV deal worth millions of dollars. The laughs are nonstop as Andrew wrestles with his conscience, Barrymore, his sword, and the fact that he fails as Hamlet in Central Park.

Auditions: Thurs Nov 7th, 6:30 pm – 9:15 pm; Sat Nov 9th, 10:30 am  – 1:30 pm.
Callbacks: Tues Nov 12th, 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm.

Auditions will be at the Ferlazzo Building* and consist of cold readings from the script.

Andrew Rally (Lead): Male, 23-33; A young actor just back to New York from California after coming off of a leading role in a hot television show that’s left his career in a lull; now cast as Hamlet, Andrew must (reluctantly) navigate the challenges of taking on the greatest of roles while also wooing his romantic life out of limbo…all with a little supernatural help.

John Barrymore (Lead): Male, 40-60; The ghost of the famous actor, returned to help Andrew prepare for the role of Hamlet; a gleeful, grandiose, lusty, witty, and wise Shakespearean actor; a larger-than-life yet still profoundly true encapsulation of the theater, but not without his demons.

Deidre McDavey (Supporting): Female, 22-31; Andrew’s girlfriend and an actress; beautiful and youthful for her age; she’s hopelessly romantic, bright-eyed and full of wonder, and maybe a bit naive; she absolutely believes love is as incredible as it’s supposed to be, and as a result she’s a twenty-nine-year-old virgin saving herself until she’s completely sure everything’s right — much to Andrew’s chagrin.

Gary Peter Lefkowitz (Supporting): Male, 28-38; A writer-producer-director from L.A.; Andrew’s friend and his director from his hit TV show; not one for high art, Gary is much more concerned with “the biz” and making money than he is with anything else; he is proud and fast-paced; he doesn’t really understand why anyone would do Shakespeare, especially not when there’s a new TV show waiting to be made.

Felicia Dantine (Supporting): Female, 26-46; Andrew’s confident and savvy real-estate broker; a smart businesswoman who also professes to be a psychic medium, and is a bit of a weirdo.

Lillian Troy (Supporting): Female, 70-85; Andrew’s agent; a senior German woman, possibly with serious respiratory health concerns; decades ago she had a fling with Barrymore in the apartment in which Andrew now lives; German-American accent is optional for performance, but not auditions.

All roles will be cast without regard to race or ethnicity.

Audition Requirements:

* Please bring a resume/list of your theater history; we will be taking a photo of you during the audition for name/face recognition only.

* A monologue will not be required.

* The director will have actors read from the script. Bring your calendar and be prepared to list all conflicts. Conflicts not listed at time of audition may not be honored.

Any questions, email the director at: ihatehamletdirector@castawaystheatre.org

Mainstage* Performances: Jan 17, 18, 24, 25,31, and Feb 1 at 8:00 pm.
Jan 19 and Feb 2 at 2:00 pm.

* the Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Building auditorium, 15941 Donald Curtis Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22191

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If you have any questions or would like to volunteer and help out in any capacity (training is available), please email CRT at info@castawaystheatre.org or call the Castaways number 703-232-1710.

*Ferlazzo Mainstage Location Map and Directions: Please see “Directions” under the “Productions” tab above.

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This local community theater is known for such productions as Fiddler on the Roof, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, The Great Gatsby, Oliver Twist, Pride and Prejudice, Godspell, My Fair Lady, The Miracle Worker, South Pacific, Hello Dolly, Raisin In The Sun, The Music Man, the Neil Simon comedy Barefoot in the Park, and Shakespeare’s Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, and Romeo and Juliet.

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Community Support: As with every non-profit community theater, we depend on the support of individuals, groups, and corporations.  As a donor you will help us to continue our tradition of bringing the performing arts to Prince William County.  Our Castaways Contributors are listed in our programs and on our web site for the season to acknowledge their patronage. Contributors who wish to remain anonymous are listed as Confidential Contributors. Your contribution is tax deductible. For your records our tax number is as follows: 54-1238782.  For more details look under the “Help out/Support us” tab above.

The Castaways Repertory Theatre is a non-profit community theater organization, as such there is no pay involved. CRT is  a member of the Prince William Arts Council, Prince William Chamber of Commerce, NVTA (formerly the Northern Virginia Theatre Alliance) and WATCH (Washington Area Theatre Community Honors). Partial funding has been provided by Prince William County.
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Date published: November 7, 2019