Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Tucson: Beowulf Alley Theatre Auditions for 2008-2009 play, Dinner with Friends



From: theatre [mailto:theatre@beowulfalley.org]
Sent: Monday, May 05, 2008 10:37 PM
Subject: Beowulf Alley Theatre Auditions for 2008-2009 play, Dinner with Friends


Beowulf Alley Theatre Will Hold Auditions for Dinner with Friends by Donald Margulies, Directed by Susan Arnold

Who: Anyone who fits the character descriptions below

When: (Monday, May 12, 2008

Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m. for monologue auditions and 7:00-9:00 for callbacks

Location: Beowulf Alley Theatre, 11 South 6th Avenue, Tucson (Between Broadway and Congress)

No appointment required for the monologue auditions in the first hour.

Please prepare two (2) contrasting monologues, comedic/dramatic, each one minute in duration.

Callback auditions will be determined by the director and sides will be given out at the auditions.

Questions may be directed to the play's director by calling 241-4604 or by e-mailing smarnold@dakotacom.net


Comedy/Drama, Full Length

January 9-25, 2009 TUCSON PREMIER!

Approximate schedule: Rehearsals begin December 1, Build begins December 22, On-stage runs/tech begins January 2, 2009, Preview January 9, 2009

Cast: 2 men, 2 women: 4 total

All characters are late thirties to late forties and have known each other for years.

Gabe-a food critic, married to Karen

Karen-a gourmet chef, married to Gabe,

Beth-separating and ultimately divorcing Tom for his philandering

Tom-married to and ultimately divorced from Beth-who blames her since she was the first to drift

Winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play, the Dramatists Guild/Hull-Warriner Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, and a Drama Desk Award nomination.

A funny, yet bittersweet, examination of the married lives of two couples who have been extremely close for dozens of years. Gabe and Karen, a happily married middle-aged couple, have been friends with Tom and Beth, another married couple, for many years. In fact, it was Gabe and Karen who fixed up their friends in the first place. While having dinner at Gabe and Karen's home one night, Beth tearfully reveals that she is getting a divorce from Tom, who has been unfaithful. Tom, who had been away on business, finds out that Beth has told their friends about the looming divorce, and hastens to Gabe and Karen's home. Tom and Beth had planned to tell their friends about their breakup together, but Tom now believes that Beth has unfairly presented herself as the wronged party, and feels he must present his own side of the story. Over the course of the play, we see both couples at different ages and stages of their lives, and we witness the effects of Tom and Beth's breakup on Gabe and Karen, who first feel compelled to choose sides, and then begin to question the strength of their own seemingly tranquil marriage.

"Dinner with Friends is entertainment as succulent as it is sobering." -John Simon, New York Magazine .


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