Audition Opportunities

Castaways Repertory Theatre is a community theatre; as such there is no pay involved. Both seasoned actors and first timers are encouraged to audition.

AUDITION INFORMATION

We do color-, gender-, and age-blind casting. The actor’s abilities are more important than their race, gender, and age for every role in the show. The only exception is when children are required or where historical accuracy or traditional roles outweigh blind casting.

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FOR OUR WINTER 2018 MAINSTAGE* PRODUCTION OF:

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Director Erin DeCaprio

Email to: osagedirector@castawaystheatre.org

The characters have been cast, see below.

Mainstage* Performances: Jan 26 and 27; Feb 2, 3, 9,  and 10 at 8:00 pm.
Jan 28; Feb 3, and 11 at 2:00 pm.

Summary: When the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoman family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. Bursting with humor, vivacity, and intelligence, the play is both dense and funny, vicious and compassionate, enormous and unstoppable.

Note: Contains limited ‘adult language’ that may not be suitable for young patrons.

August: Osage County Cast
Beverly Weston – Bill Byrnes
Violet Weston – Cat Lyon
Barbara Fordham – Lisa Novitsky
Bill Fordham – Mario Font
Jean Fordham – Emma Berthold
Ivy Weston – Lynn Hill
Karen Weston – Becky Farris
Mattie Fae Aiken – Dee McCollum-Johnson
Charlie Aiken – Tom Ziemba
Little Charles Aiken – Vinnie Prime
Johnna Monevata – Leslie Barnett
Steve Heidebrecht – Zell Murphy
Sheriff Deon Gilbeau – TBD

Characters and descriptions:
THE WESTON FAMILY:

Beverly Weston: The father of the Weston family, aged 69, an alcoholic and washed-up poet. His mysterious disappearance one evening and eventually discovered death are the reasons for the family’s reunion. The reasons for his implied suicide are a major plot point that bring some of the family’s dark past painfully back into the light.

Violet Weston: The mother of the Weston family, aged 65. Undergoing treatment for oral cancer, she is addicted to several prescription drugs, mostly depressants and narcotics. After an ugly rant at Beverly’s funeral dinner, the family’s focus shifts to keeping her clean. Despite her drug-induced episodes, she is sharp-tongued and shrewd; she is aware of the family’s many secrets and not hesitant to reveal them for her own benefit.

Barbara Fordham: The oldest daughter of the Weston Family, age 46. Mother of Jean and wife of Bill, though they are currently separated. She is a college professor in Boulder, Colorado. She wants to save her marriage, but has the intense need to control everything around her as it falls apart.

Ivy Weston: The middle daughter of the Weston family, age 44. The only daughter to stay in Oklahoma, she works as a librarian at the local college, and her calm and patient exterior hides a passionate woman who is gradually growing cynical. She is secretly having an affair with her “cousin”, Little Charles, and plans to move to New York with him.

Karen Weston: The youngest daughter in the Weston family, age 40. She is newly engaged to Steve, whom she considers the “perfect man”, and lives with him in Florida, planning to marry him soon. Karen can talk of little else but her own happiness even at her father’s funeral, and she clearly chooses to lie to herself about her sleazy fiancé rather than face the reality of not getting a happy ending.

Bill Fordham: Barbara’s estranged husband and Jean’s father, age 49. A college professor, he has left his wife for a younger woman named Cindy, one of his students, but wants to be there for his family. His marriage is disintegrating and his patience is slowly running thin.

Jean Fordham: Bill and Barbara’s smart-tongued 14-year-old daughter. She smokes pot and cigarettes, is a vegetarian, loves old movies, and is bitter about her parents’ split. She is a molestation victim at the hands of her future uncle Steve, but reacts violently to Johnna coming to her rescue.

Mattie Fae Aiken: Violet’s sister, Charlie’s wife and Little Charles’ mother, age 57. Just as jaded as her sister, Mattie Fae constantly belittles her son and antagonizes her husband. Eventually she reveals the major plot point that Beverly, not Charlie, is the real father of Little Charles.

Charlie Aiken: Husband of Mattie Fae and the presumed father of Little Charles, age 60. Charlie, a genial man, was a lifelong friend of Beverly. He struggles to get Mattie Fae to respect Little Charles.

“Little” Charles Aiken: Son of Mattie Fae and Beverly, 37 years old—but, like everyone else, he believes Charlie is his father. Unemployed and clumsy, his mother calls him a “screw-up”, which may be a self-fulfilling prophecy. He is secretly having an affair with Ivy, who is revealed to actually be his half-sister.

OTHERS:

Steve Heidebrecht: Karen’s fiancé, age 50. A businessman in Florida (whose business, it is hinted, centers around the Middle East and may be less than legitimate), and not the “perfect man” that Karen considers him. He flirts with Jean throughout the play, supplies her with marijuana, and molests her.

Sheriff Deon Gilbeau: A high-school classmate and former boyfriend of Barbara’s, age 47, who brings the news of Beverly’s suicide to the family.

Johnna Monevata: A Cheyenne Indian woman, age 26, whom Beverly hires as a live-in housekeeper shortly before he disappears. Violet is prejudiced against her, but she wins over the other family members with her cooking skills, hard work, and empathy. Johnna is the silent witness to much of the mayhem in the house.

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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  the August: Osage County Director, Erin DeCaprio: osagedirector@castawaystheatre.org or email info@castawaystheatre.org or call the Castaways number 703-232-1710.

Rehearsals: Ferlazzo Building, Woodbridge.

• Rehearsals Schedules will be based on cast availability. Actors are called only when needed.
• Dates may be subject to change according to Weather, Space Availability, Etc.
• Any conflicts not listed after final production schedule has been developed is on the actor/actress to resolve; otherwise attendance is still required.
• Closed Rehearsals:  Cast, Crew, and Production Staff Only. No guests allowed without Director authorization.

Note: Rehearsal dates may be subject to change. Keep checking this page and/or Facebook Specific Production cast page for more specific information as the audition date approaches.

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

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Volunteer Opportunities: If you are not interested in acting, we are always looking for technical help, skilled and unskilled; training will be provided. Persons interested in helping should contact the director.

For every production we need Audition Staffing, Producer, Stage Manager, Lighting Designer, Sound Designer, Set Designer/Construction, and Props.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A PERFORMER TO GET INVOLVED!!

We welcome all interested participants into our membership.

Technically experienced or willing to learn, we can hook you up!

Interested in doing or learning about design, stage management, directing, crew, front of house or other areas of our organization?

Interested in working on the technical side of one of our productions this season?
Please contact our technical director: td@castawaystheatre.org

We require everyone that is cast in, or working on our productions, join as members. Please contact our membership chair: membership@castawaystheatre.org (See Membership page.)

For a complete list of contacts click here on Contact us
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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, 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.

Date published: November 19, 2017