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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.

The Costume Loft at Langham Hours and Closures

Monday 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm