Continuing its 50th Anniversary Season, Gallery Players announces auditions for Sweet Bird of Youth, playing March 11 – March 26, 2017. Directed by Jesse Marchese.
Tuesday, January 17 from 7 – 10pm (Open call)
Wednesday, January 18 from 7 – 10pm (Open call)
Actors will be reading from the script for auditions. Sides are below.
Rehearsals begin February 4, 2017.
Sweet Bird of Youth is an Actors’ Equity Showcase (approval pending).
The Equity Showcase code is designed primarily to provide a theatrical environment where members may hone their skills and showcase themselves in the hope of securing future employment. There are no salaries, however, Equity members are entitled to reimbursement of travel expenses.
SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH
Looking for a cast of seventeen for SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH by Tennessee Williams:
Chance Wayne (25-30 yrs old): Once the best-looking boy in St. Cloud, Chance is a gigolo with dreams of making it big in Hollywood. Chance returns to his hometown to rescue his childhood sweetheart, Heavenly, and to prove to everyone that he is a success. Chance fears aging and becoming obsolete, and is desperate to fight against it. Light Southern dialect. Side for CHANCE WAYNE
The Princess Kosmonopolis/Alexandra Del Lago (40-50 yrs old): An aging movie star and addict who is running away from the alleged failure of her comeback movie. Although she knows that Chance is using her, she doesn’t want to be alone and craves the physical intimacy that he can provide. She is desperate not to grow old and irrelevant. She is a mercurial creature—and capable of both great cruelty and tenderness. Standard Stage dialect. Side for PRINCESS aka ALEXANDRA DEL LAGO
Fly (Any age, 25+): An African-American waiter working in the hotel where Chance and the Princess are staying. Strong Southern dialect. Side for FLY & CHARLES
George Scudder (30-40 yrs old): The town’s doctor and the Chief of Staff at the local hospital. George is first to see Chance and warn him to leave town, though he skirts round the issue, refusing to be straightforward with Chance and tell him exactly why he should leave. He is business-like and very cautious. Light Southern dialect. Side for GEORGE SCUDDER & DAN HATCHER
Dan Hatcher (30-35 yrs old): Assistant Manager of the Royal Palms Hotel, Hatcher is the first to contact the Finleys about Chance’s arrival and he keeps them informed of his whereabouts. Light Southern dialect. Side for GEORGE SCUDDER & DAN HATCHER
‘Boss’ Thomas J Finley (55-65 yrs old): The father of Heavenly and Tom Junior, and a leading political figure in town. He does everything in his power to keep Chance away from heavenly, and tries to run him out of town. Like a typical politician, he presents a respectable lifestyle. However, he has a long-term mistress who lives in town, is a racist, and uses his children in whatever way necessary to further his own career. Strong Southern dialect. Side for BOSS FINLEY & HECKLER
Tom Junior (30-35 yrs old): Boss Finley’s son. He is desperate to impress his father but behaves quite wildly which means that Boss has to get him out of trouble regularly. Tom helps with Boss’ political campaigning but feels unappreciated by him. However, Tom is willing to use violence on behalf of his father when it comes to Chance. Strong Southern dialect. Side for TOM JUNIOR & SCOTTY & BUD
Aunt Nonnie (45-65 yrs old): Aunt to Tom Junior and Heavenly. She has always had a close relationship with Heavenly and previously was very fond of Chance. Aunt Nonnie remains defensive of Chance but is bullied by Boss and scared of what he may do to Chance; she also knows that the time has passed for Chance and Heavenly to be together so is keen for him to leave. Light Southern dialect. Side for AUNT NONNIE
Charles (Any age, 30+): Servant in the Finley household. Strong Southern dialect. Side for FLY & CHARLES
Heavenly Finley (25-30 yrs old): Daughter to Boss Finley. Heavenly used to be bright, vivacious and full of promise but after contracting the STD from Chance and having a hysterectomy, she has lost her love of life. Heavenly blames her father for what happened to Chance and her. Light Southern dialect. Side for HEAVENLY FINLEY & VIOLET & EDNA
Stuff (20-25): Barman at the Royal Palms Hotel. He has taken over the job that Chance used to do, having previously admired Chance. He is a member of the ‘Youth for Tom Finley’ club. Light Southern dialect. Side for STUFF & MISS LUCY
Miss Lucy (35-45): Boss Finley’s long-term mistress; she has been with Boss since before his wife died. She lives in the hotel and has been open about their relationship, suggesting at one point that Boss is too old to be a good lover. Miss Lucy has very little power, as she is totally reliant on Boss. Miss Lucy is fond of Chance and offers to help him leave town. Light Southern dialect. Side for STUFF & MISS LUCY
Heckler (30-50): Heckler is a brave, outspoken “hillbilly” who attends Boss’ political rallies to expose his hypocrisy by asking questions about Heavenly. Strong Southern dialect. Side for BOSS FINLEY & HECKLER
Scotty (25-30): Old school friend of Chance. He is part of the gang who ‘settled down’ by staying in town and is eager to get rid of Chance. Light Southern dialect. Side for TOM JUNIOR & SCOTTY & BUD
Bud (25-30): Old school friend of Chance. He is part of the gang who ‘settled down’ by staying in town and is eager to get rid of Chance. Light Southern dialect. Side for TOM JUNIOR & SCOTTY & BUD
Edna (25-30): Wife of Scotty, and old school friend of Chance, though not his friend anymore. Light Southern dialect. Side for HEAVENLY FINLEY & VIOLET & EDNA
Violet (25-30): Wife of Bud, and old school friend of Chance, though not his friend anymore. Light Southern dialect. Side for HEAVENLY FINLEY & VIOLET & EDNA