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4 August 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Written By: Sarah Ruhl
Director Sally Putnam
Art imitates Life. Life imitates Art. When two actors with a history are thrown together as romantic leads in a forgotten 1930s melodrama, they quickly lose touch with reality.
After a decade-long hiatus from the stage, an actress (referred to as “She” in the script) is set to make her comeback in the 1930s melodrama The Last Kiss as doomed heroine Ada Wilcox. Despite having the support of her husband Harrison and her daughter Angela, her world turns upside down when she finds that the role of her character’s ex-lover (with whom Ada reginties a passionate love affair) will be played by none other than her own ex-lover (referred to as “He” in the script). Forced into close proximity with he – and his lips – the lines between She and her character begin to blur. On top of their inexorable attraction to each other, She and He must also contend with a panoply of theatrical challenges, including a broken ankle, a slippery script, a director who implores them to “trust your instincts”, and an understudy who kisses like a pachoderm. Still, on opening night, thrilled by their apparently successful show, She and he lose sight of reality entirely. The acted and the actual become one and the same and the two chracters decide to re-consummate their stormy relationship.
Act Two opens after The Last Kiss has closed. Despite the production’s terrible reviews, She and He have blissfully continued their affair, and are holed up at He’s apartment in New York City. That is, until Harrison, Angela and He’s girlfriend Laurie show up to confront them. Afterwards, having severed ties with their loved ones in order to stay together, the pair decides to star in a new play directed and written by the same director as The Last Kiss. Forced to move to Detroit and to act in a production set in the seventies about an undercover IRA agent and an ageing prostitute who wants to become an opthalmologist, She and He begin the same downward spiral that ended their first relationship. As art and life begin to seprate, the characters look at each other with newly clear eyes – an act that radically changes their conceptions of themselves, their desires, and their relationships.
Audition dates/times A group audition will be held Sunday 4 August 2019 at 2.00pm.
Auditions will be held at Park Holme Community Hall, 683 Marion Road Park Holme (corner Wallala Avenue & Marion Road).
For further information about the play and to register your interest in auditions, please contact the director Sally Putnam by email firstname.lastname@example.org making sure to provide your contact telephone number
Rehearsal day/times/ venue
– Tuesdays & Thursdays 7.00-10.00pm, Sundays 1.30-5.30pm
– First rehearsal Sunday 15 March 2020, or thereabouts
– Park Holme Community Hall, 638 Marion Road, PARK HOLME (corner Wallala Avenue & Marion Road)
Dates/Times of performances
Thurs 28, Fri 29, Sat 30 May 2020 @ 8pm
Thurs 4, Fri 5, Sat 6 June 2020 @ 8pm
Matinee: Sat 6 June 2019 @ 2pm
Domain Theatre, Marion Cultural Centre
287 Diagonal Road, OAKLANDS PARK SA 5046
|Role Name||Gender||Stage Age||Role Information|
|She||Female||Stage age flexible, approx. 40s||Plays the role of Ada Wilcox. Mother of Angela, wife of Harrison.|
|He||Male||Stage age flexible, approx. 40s||Plays the role of Johnny Lowell.|
|Director||Male||Flexible||Plays the role of Adrian Schwalbach|
|Kevin/Butler/Doctor/Pimp||Male||Flexible||Plays four roles|
|Husband/Harrison||Male||Flexible||Plays two roles|
|Angela/Maid/Millie||Female||The actor playing this role will likely be in her early 20s who can believably play a teenager.||Plays Millie and the Maid in Act 1; Angela in Act 2.|
|Millicent/Laurie||Female||late 20s-early 30s||Plays Millicent in Act 1; Laurie in Act 2.|
|Accompanist||Undefined||unimportant||The actor playing this role will be able to play the piano.|