Auditions for “The Glass Menagerie”

January 15th, 2013 at 09:47pm brian

We will be having auditions for “The Glass Mengaerie” by Tennessee Williams, directed by Steve Josephson on Sunday, February 3 and Monday February 4, 2013. Auditions will be held at Besign Studio: Panska 8, Prague 1. The production will open in May.

Please prepare a 2 minute dramatic monologue in English and be available to read from the script if asked. Please also bring a headshot or recent photo and an acting resume (preferably in English). If you have questions or to schedule an audition time, please write to brian@pragueplayhouse.com with your preferred time.

We will consider non-native English speakers for all of the roles, but all auditioning should be proficient in English.

Play Description:
Amanda Wingfield is a faded, tragic remnant of Southern gentility who lives in poverty in a dingy St. Louis apartment with her son, Tom, and her daughter, Laura. Amanda strives to give meaning and direction to her life and the lives of her children, though her methods are ineffective and irritating. Tom is driven nearly to distraction by his mother’s nagging and seeks escape in alcohol and the world of the movies. Laura also lives in her illusions. She is crippled, and this defect, intensified by her mother’s anxiety to see her married, has driven her more and more into herself. When Tom invites a young man of his acquaintance to take dinner with the family, Jim, the “Gentleman Caller”, he is pounced upon by Amanda as a possible husband for Laura. The world of illusion that Amanda and Laura have striven to create in order to make life bearable collapses about them. Tom, too, at the end of his tether, at last leaves home.

Amanda Wingfield – (40’s-60’s) Laura and Tom’s mother. This faded Southern belle is a proud, vivacious woman. She clings fervently to memories of a vanished, genteel past. Abandoned by her husband, she can appear to be overbearing, admirable, charming, pitiable, and laughable.

Laura Wingfield – (20’s-30’s) Amanda’s daughter and Tom’s older sister. Laura has a bad leg, on which she has had to wear a brace, and walks with a limp. Twenty-three years old and painfully shy, she has largely withdrawn from the outside world and devotes herself to old records and her collection of glass figurines.

Tom Wingfield – (20’s-40’s) Amanda’s son and Laura’s younger brother. An aspiring poet, Tom works at a shoe warehouse to support the family. He is frustrated by the numbing routine of his job and escapes from it through movies, literature, and alcohol.

Jim O’Connor – (20’s-30’s) An old acquaintance of Tom and Laura. Jim was a popular athlete in high school and is now a shipping clerk at the shoe warehouse in which Tom works. He is unwaveringly devoted to goals of professional achievement and ideals of personal success.

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