OTHER DESERT CITIES, Town and Country Players, 04/21/2018

Theater: Town and Country Players
Theater Website: http://www.townandcountryplayers.org
Theater Phone: (215) 348-7566

Start date of auditions: 04/21/2018

by Jon Robin Baitz

​DIRECTOR: Nancy Ridgeway ridgeway.nar@gmail.com
PRODUCER: Anne Schmitt

June 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, and 30 at 8:00 PM
June 17 and 24 at 2:00 PM

REHEARSALS will begin immediately upon casting. A copy of the rehearsal schedule will be provided to you at auditions. Please note, this production may require weekday benefit performances on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm for the weeks in between public performances and on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm of the 2nd week. All cast members are expected to perform in all benefit performances scheduled.

Actors in Other Desert Cities are unpaid.
This is a non-Equity production.

Saturday, April 21 from 12:00 – 5:00 PM
Sunday, April 22 from 12:00 – 5:00 PM
(by invitation only)
Tuesday, April 24 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM

Auditions and Call backs will be held at the
Buckingham Township Building Lower Level

Please arrive on time.

Auditions are by appointment only on the dates listed below. Appointments can be scheduled by sending an e-mail to director Nancy Ridgeway at ridgeway.nar@gmail.com. Appointment requests should include the role you are auditioning for, your theatrical resume, and times that you are NOT available on April 21 and 22. Please send your headshot, if available. Your audition date and time will be confirmed by e-mail. Walk-ins are welcome, but audition appointments will be honored first. Walk-ins should not arrive earlier than 3:00PM on either audition day.

Audition Requirements:
1. Prepare a 1-2 minute dramatic monologue showcasing your abilities.
2. In addition to your monologue, you will be asked to read sides from the show. Sides will be emailed to you prior to your audition. Printed sides will also be available during auditions. Sides do not have to be memorized.
3. Bring a photograph (the photo will not be returned), your theater resume, and a list of your conflicts from April 25th to June 14th.

This story follows the Wyeth family on Christmas Eve 2004 in their home in Palm Springs California. Brooke has written a novel that none of her family have read yet. Her parents, Polly and Lyman, try to persuade her to move back home as she has previously suffered a serious attack of depression. Brooke reveals to her brother, Trip, that the novel is a tell-all memoir about their older brother, Henry, who was implicated in a bombing of an army recruitment center, many years ago, and then committed suicide. Over the course of the play the Wyeth family talk, argue and contemplate the possible ramifications of Brooke’s memoir if published, each with their own agenda’s and concerns. Brooke is determined to publish her book but at the same time she wants her family’s approval and isn’t sure if she can go ahead with the publication without it. ​
Brooke Wyeth — Brooke is the central character. She is recently recovered from a clinical breakdown and hospitalization. She has written a tell-all memoir about her famous family, depicting her older brother, Henry’s death. She loves her family and doesn’t know if she can publish her book without their approval.

Lyman Wyeth – The head of the family, Lyman is a sturdy man and a strong believer in American traditions and values. Lyman used to be a movie actor but then turned to politics and became an ambassador of the Republican Party. He communicates through diplomacy. He is overprotective and worries for Brooke since her breakdown.

Polly Wyeth – Polly is Lyman’s wife and mother to Brooke and Trip. She is elegant, outspoken and very smart. She is also controlling, calculating, and observes people’s behavior. She has strong conservative views and is a believer in tough love, though members of the family feel that she is often harsh and makes people nervous. She is a realist and fiercely dedicated to her family’s survival.

Trip Wyeth – Trip is Brooke’s brother, roughly ten years her junior. He is a bright, funny man and is a TV producer. Caught in the middle between Brooke and his parents he wants to protect Brooke and believes she has the right to publish whatever she wants but also understands why their parents are pushing back.

Silda Grauman – Silda is Polly’s sister. She is a recovering alcoholic and is currently staying with Polly and Lyman. Silda stands up to her sister several times, pointing out how harsh she is. Silda has helped Brooke to write her memoir and provided her with more detail about Polly and Lyman. Silda encourages Brooke to publish her book in the face of Brooke’s doubts. ​ ​​

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Patricia Bradford

Patricia Bradford

Patricia Bradford holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. She has performed, directed and produced theatre throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Ms. Bradford is founder and Managing Artistic Director of Bare Stage Theatre. Leading STAGE Magazine has become a consuming passion - one which combines her many artistic skills, theatrical contacts, web development and digital marketing abilities. She is thrilled to be carrying on the vision that was begun by Holley Webster over 30 years ago, and leading STAGE to new levels of success.

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