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The Crescent Theatre is holding auditions for the following production(s).

Non-members are welcome but please read the note at the bottom of this page.

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Sexual Perversity in Chicago

by David Mamet

Director: Liam Tombs

Performance Week: Saturday 13th June – Saturday 20th June 2015

Auditions

Tuesday 7th April and Wednesday 8th April 2015 at 7.00pm in the Committee Room.

A brief familiarisation will be given prior to both auditions.

The Play.

Danny Shapiro and Bernie Litko are co-workers who spend most of their time together in bars, regaling each other with elaborate stories about their dating conquests and trying to decipher the workings of the minds (and bodies) of women. Joan Webber and Deborah Soloman are roommates, two single women in Chicago trying to make sense of the erratic behavior of men. At the bar, Bernie tries, without success, to pick up Joan. At a museum, Danny successfully makes a move on Deborah. As Danny and Deborah's dating relationship becomes more serious, Bernie and Joan each express their disapproval of the partnership, though in very different ways. Joan is chilly and hostile toward Danny. Bernie is lewd and inappropriate about Deborah. When Danny and Deborah decide to move in together, their relationship begins to crumble, much to the satisfaction of Bernie and Joan.

The play is controversial, provocative and bitingly funny.

It was revived in London in 2003 with Matthew Perry as Danny, Hank Azaria as Bernie, Minnie Driver as Joan and Kelly Reilly as Deborah.

Characters.

Danny Shapiro, an urban male in his late twenties
Bernie Litko, a friend and associate of Danny
Deborah Soloman, a woman in her late twenties
Joan Webber, a friend and roommate of Deborah

I am keen to explore what the play says about relationships and the fundamental ways in which men and women communicate with one another.  Sometimes, no matter how sophisticated we think we are, we make the same mistakes in our attempts to communicate and understand each other. These characters are funny in their own self-destructive ways and we're a lot closer to what we make fun of than we realize.

The playing ages of Danny and Deborah are suggested in the text. However, I have no set idea of playing ages in my mind for any of the characters so if you feel you could bring something to the role, come along to the auditions.

Audition pieces

Bernie and Dan

Bernie and Joan

Dan and Deborah

Joan and Deborah (including Joan's monologue)

A little bit about me

 For those of you unsure as to who I am, I have been a member of the theatre for just over five years. In that time I have acted in several productions with my last role being Francois in 'Strawberries in January' back in October 2012. More recently I have formed part of the Arts Management Team. This will be my third outing as a Director for the theatre having previously directed Harold Pinter's 'The Birthday Party' and Martin McDonagh's 'The Pillowman'.

If you have any questions about the production please feel free to contact me via email: liam9685@gmail.com.

I look forward to seeing you at the auditions.

Liam Tombs, Director.

Please Note

While auditions are intended for members, non-members are welcome to attend on the understanding that, if successful in reading for a part, you would be expected to become a member of the theatre.  This entitles you to take part in all theatre activities and to concessionary ticket prices.  In return you will be expected to attend all rehearsals and performances and to undertake your required allocation of front of house duties.  Your membership subscription must be paid by the end of the second rehearsal.  Membership fees for a year are £60 (£30 if unwaged).  More details on Crescent Membership can be found in the membership pages.

The Familiarisation Reading is not an audition but an opportunity to find out more about the play, the characters and the director's ideas for the production.  If you are unfamiliar with the play, try to come to this to see if you would be interested in reading for a part at the audition.

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