by David Lindsay-Abaire
directed by Cody Larsen
Auditions will be held at 10:00 am
on Saturday, June 11th, 2022
at the Newport Performing Arts Center.
Please arrive at 10:00am and be prepared to stay for the full two hours if necessary. Call-backs (if needed) will be held the following Monday, June 13th, 2022. Rehearsals begin the first week of July. Production runs October 14-30, 2022 in the Alice Silverman Theater.
Ages and genders listed below relate to the character, not necessarily the actor who will portray that character. Auditioners should be prepared to read from the script, and may be asked to think on their feet, to interpret lines in multiple ways. While this is play is not excessively violent or obscene, it does contain profanity, talk of domestic violence, minimal on-stage violence, and marijuana use.
ALL ROLES ARE OPEN…
CLAIRE (F 30s-40s) Amnesiac with a surprisingly sunny disposition. Each morning when she awakens, she’s a blank slate. Role requires excellent comedic and dramatic timing.
RICHARD (M 20s-40s) Claire’s reformed husband and the first face she sees each morning. Richard has read one-too-many motivational books. He sees caring for Claire as his own very important responsibility.
KENNY (M 15-20) Claire’s high-school-aged son. A stoner with a major chip on his shoulder, Kenny acts like he doesn’t care about anything (but he totally does). This role could be played by a bonafide teen or an adult actor who is believable as a teen. Actor must be comfortable with profanity.
LIMPING MAN (M 30s-40s) A mysterious man who claims to be Claire’s brother, he walks with a limp (obviously) and speaks with a pronounced lisp. Role is multi-layered and requires a strong actor who is comfortable with physical comedy.
GERTIE (F 60s-70s) Claire’s retired mother who lives alone. Due to a recent stroke, she speaks in a language all her own — it is complete gibberish (but it makes sense to her!) Gertie’s lines are translated for the actor in the back of the script, but will be difficult to learn (and cannot be paraphrased). Actor should be very comfortable with and adept at memorization.
HEIDI (F 20s-40s) A tough, seemingly-in-charge “lady cop” with a passion for hairnets and poetry. Role requires great comedic timing.
MILLET / HINKY BINKY (M 20s-50s) An escaped convict with some serious mental disturbances. He isn’t necessarily dangerous (he’s more afraid of you than you are of him), but that doesn’t make him any less intimidating. He speaks as/through the hand puppet (“Hinky Binky”) half the time, and the other half as himself (“Millet”). Actor will need to develop a distinct and separate voice for these two very different personalities. Some puppeteering skills required (nothing overly complex).
Red Octopus Theatre Company’s auditions are open to the public, and appointments are not necessary. Please arrive on time and let the attendant know if you will need to leave early. Callbacks, if needed, are by invitation only.
Red Octopus Theatre Company is committed to inclusivity and does not discriminate with regard to gender, race, age, size, or ability. Most characters we encounter currently are on the binary and are written with he/him or she/her pronouns, and you will see that in the descriptions we provide. But however limiting the descriptions are, our casting seeks to be as inclusive as possible and we invite gender non-conforming, genderqueer, transgender, and non-binary actors to submit for the roles they most identify with. We will also list race/ethnicity when specific to the character, but are otherwise seeking all races and ethnicities. Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns.