for Anton in Show Business by Jane Martin
directed by Laura MacGregor
Performance dates: May 11-13, 18-20, 2018, at University Church
Audition dates: Saturday, March 10, 2:30-5:00 pm; Tuesday, March 13, 7:00-9:30 pm, at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn.
12 roles, all played by women. Small roles may be double-cast. We are looking for actors who enjoy broad comic interpretations.
Winner of the 2001 American Theatre Critics Steinberg New Play Award, this madcap comedy with an all-female cast follows three actresses across the footlights, down the rabbit hole, and into a strangely familiar Wonderland that looks a lot like American theatre – the resemblance is uncanny! As these women pursue their dream of performing Chekhov in Texas, they’re whisked through a maelstrom of “good ideas” that offer unique solutions to the Three Sisters’ need to have life’s deeper purpose revealed. In the tradition of great backstage comedies, Anton in Show Business conveys the joys, pains, and absurdities of “putting on a play” at the turn of the century.
ALL ROLES WILL BE PLAYED BY WOMEN. T-Anne and Andwyneth will be played by Black women; all other parts are open to any woman in the designated age range.
List of parts:
T-Anne— Black, 20-60+: The Stage Manager; also plays Airport Announcer, gate manager
Andwyneth-Black, 35-60+ Artistic director of Black Rage Theatre; one of the people with “good ideas” about the play.
Don Blount–30-60+: a tobacco exec who underwrites the theater.
Kate— 35-60+: another director; pretentious.
Ben–30-40: actor, cowboy and love interest
Jackey–30-60: costumer: a gay man
Ralph–30-60+: the British director (British accent)
Wikewitch–30-60+: yet another of the trial directors; Russian accent/attitude
Casey –30’s: a bit plain
Lisabetie –20s: charming and energetic–the ingenue
Holly –30’s: A glamorous TV star
Joby –20s: A recent graduate with an MFA in dramaturgy