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Escape From Happiness AUDITIONS
by George F. Walker
Director: Wendy Merk
Performance Dates: April 21-May 7, 2016.
Preview April 20, 2016
Audition Dates: Monday, Feb 1 & Tuesday Feb 2 at 7 p.m. in the Rehearsal Room, located downstairs at Langham Court Theatre.
Callbacks: Thursday, Feb 4 at 7 p.m. in the Rehearsal Room.
“Escape From Happiness” is a very funny dark comedy, set in working-class Toronto in the late 1990’s.It tells the story of Nora, the matriarch of an eccentric, wacky family. Her daughter Mary Ann is a crazy runaway mother, her son-in-law Junior is a beat-up car thief, and her daughter Elizabeth is a hot-tempered bisexual. Nora maintains a cock-eyed optimism with a cup of tea and a firm grasp on fantasy, as the family deals with cops, drug dealers, and thugs in the basement.
None of the characters can be described in a few words, they’re like real people and are full of inconsistencies. Read the play to find out more.
NORA: Age 50’s, motherly, sweet-natured, scattered, tends to ramble on & on & on.
ELIZABETH: Age 30’s, Strong-willed, determined, swears a lot, not afraid of physical combat
TOM: Age 50’s to 60’s, former cop, violent streak lurks underneath, a loner who loves his family
MIKE: Age 40’s to 50’s, cop, tough, kind of what you’d expect a cop to be.
GAIL: Age 20’s, youngest of 3 daughters, has to fight to be heard, a new mom.
JUNIOR: Age 20’s, Gail’s partner, a bit stupid, but sweet and well-meaning.
STEVE: Age 20’s, Rolly’s son, soft-hearted, guileless, tries hard to please Dad
MARY ANN: Age 20’s, the middle daughter, terrified of her father, a bit obsessive
DIAN: Age 30 to 50, a cop, charming, sly, dishonest.
ROLLY: Age 50’s to 60’s, self-declared pornography king, Steve’s dad, just trying to make a living.
Audition bookings are not required. Please bring a resume of your previous acting experience and training (if any).
Please come having read the script. We will do cold readings from the script. A prepared audition piece is not necessary, but if you would like to do a short prepared monologue, we will make time for that.