Saturday, November 04, 2006

Tucson: Auditions for Catalina Players "Close Ties"


From: Bill Fikaris []
Sent: Wednesday, November 01, 2006 4:52 PM
Subject: FW: auditions for Close Ties


Sent: Thursday, October 26, 2006 12:57 PM
Subject: auditions for Close Ties

Open call notice


Auditions for Catalina Players Production of:


A play by:  Elizabeth Diggs



Audition Dates:  Wednesday, November 29th

                            Thursday, November 30th

 Call-Backs:      Monday, December 4th


Audition Time:  6:30pm – 9:30pm

Audition Location:    Christ Presbyterian Church (Fellowship Hall)

                                   6565 E. Broadway (between Wilmot & Kolb)


Performance Dates:  February 15, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, March 2, 3, 4.

Performance Location:                           Catalina Players' Theatre
                                                                 Atria Bell Court Gardens, Academy Hall
                                                    6653 E. Carondelet Drive
                                                                 Tucson,Arizona, AZ 85711


Rehearsals begin:  Thursday, December 7th.


For additional information please call:


Director:  Bill C. Fikaris (730-7203) E-Mail:


Catalina Players will be holding open call auditions for their upcoming production of CLOSE TIES beginning on Wednesday, November 29th.

THE STORY: The scene is a country home in the Berkshire Mountains of New England, where three generations of the Whitaker/Frye family have gathered for the summer. Josephine Whitaker, the matriarch of the family, still bustles about energetically tending her garden and issuing orders to the others, even though she has long since given the house to her middle-aged daughter, Bess Frye, and her husband, Watson, who is now a senior partner in the law firm founded by his late father-in-law. Also present are the Frye children, three daughters and a teenaged son, and Ira Bienstock, the unlikely lover of one of the Frye daughters, who arrives uninvited but quickly ingratiates himself with Josephine and the others. While concerned with family ties, and the tensions, misunderstandings and good-natured bickering which arise from such closeness, the ultimate focus of the play is on Josephine, who is edging into senility and, in the family's view, must no longer be allowed to live alone. It is the resolution of this problem, which so many must face in today's world, that provides the very believable—and deeply moving—conclusion of this most human and genuinely affecting play

A warm-hearted, funny and eloquently written family drama which blends humor and compassion as it comes to grips with the problem of how best to provide for the family's aging, and perhaps senile, matriarch. Successfully produced by New Haven's celebrated Long Wharf Theatre. "…a witty and winning play…" —New Haven Register. "Not only is the dialogue believable, it is immensely energetic. The substance of the play is serious, yet marvelously funny touches give the characters individuality and depth." —The Bulletin. "…It's as fine a play as one is likely to encounter for quite some time." —Darien News.


Cast Breakdown:   (3 m & 5 w)


Josephine Whitaker:  A grand-dame of the old school, now 84 and widowed.  The force                          

                                     of her personality is undiminished.


Bess Whitaker Frye:  Her daughter, mother of four, in her early 50’s.


Watson Frye:              Bess’s husband, a senior partner in a distinguished law firm, 50’s.


Anna:                         Oldest of the four Frye children, age 30, married, has two


Evelyn:                       The second Frye daughter, 28, divorced.  A graduate student in

                                     history at Harvard.


Connie:                      The third Frye daughter, 23, a nursing student.

Thayer:                      The youngest child and only son, 16.


Ira Bienstock:            Evelyn’s friend, handsome, great physique, a graduate student in



Audition Requirements:


  1. Please prepare a two-minute dramatic monologue.  There will be cold readings from the script.  The play is available thru Dramatists Play Service at
  2. Please submit a resume and headshot (if you have one).



Thank You

Catalina Players


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