SPEAK THE SPEEECH THEATRE COMPANY
ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR ITS
FIRST PRODUCTION OF THE 2013-14 SEASON
DEATH OF A SALESMAN
AUDITON TIMES ARE: FRIDAY, JUNE 21ST 7 - 9 PM
SATURDAY, JUNE 22ND 1-5 PM
SUNDAY JUNE 23RD 1-5 PM
AUDITION PLACE: 388 S. STONE (WOMANKRAFT)
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The show will perform the last three weekends in October 2013 at the Cabaret Theatre at the Temple of Music and Art and will be directed by veteran director Dan Reichel. All roles are open and please call: 520-904-7675 to schedule an audition that fits within the times listed. There will be actor stipends.
Please bring a contemporary monologue and/or be prepared to read from the script.
There will be a few rehearsals in July for character development with 4 day a week rehearsals beginning in late August. There will also be weekend rehearsals as we near production. WHEN REHEARSALS BEGIN IN AUGUST, LINES MUST BE FULLY MEMORIZED! Rehearsals will be scheduled for the benefit of all involved, not everybody will have to be at all rehearsals BUT COMMITMENT TO THE PRODUCTION IS ESSENTIAL!
Character List for Auditions
A sixty year old salesman living in Brooklyn, Willy Loman is a gregarious, mercurial man with powerful aspirations to success. However, after thirty-five years working as a traveling salesman throughout New England, Willy Loman feels defeated by his lack of success and difficult family life.
The thirty-four year old son of Willy Loman, Biff was once a star high school athlete with a scholarship to UVA. But he never attended college nor graduated from high school, after refusing to attend summer school to make up a flunked math class. He did this primarily out of spite after finding out that his father was having an affair with a woman in Boston.
The dutiful, obedient wife to Willy and mother of Biff and Happy, Linda Loman is the one person who supports Willy Loman, despite his often reprehensible treatment of her. She is a woman who has aged greatly because of her difficult life with her husband, whose hallucinations and erratic behavior she contends with alone. She is the moral center of the play, occasionally stern and not afraid to confront her sons about their poor treatment of their father.
The younger of the two Loman sons, Happy Loman is seemingly content and successful, with a steady career and none of the obvious marks of failure that his older brother displays. Happy, however, is not content with his more stable life, because he has never risked failure or striven for any real measure of success. Happy is a compulsive womanizer who treats women purely as sex objects and has little respect for the many women whom he seduces.
The Lomans' next door neighbor and father of Bernard, Charley is a good businessman, exemplifying the success that Willy is unable to achieve. Although Willy claims that Charley is a man who is "liked, but not well-liked," he owns his own business and is respected and admired. He and Willy have a contentious relationship, but Charley is nevertheless Willy's only friend.
Bernard is Charley's only son. He is intelligent and industrious but lacks the gregarious personality of either of the Loman sons. It is this absence of spirit that makes Willy believe that Bernard will never be a true success in the business world, but Bernard proves himself to be far more successful than Willy imagined. As a grown-up, he is a lawyer preparing to argue a case in front of the Supreme Court.
Willy's older brother, Ben left home at seventeen to find their father in Alaska, but ended up in Africa, where he found diamond mines and came out of the jungle at twenty-one an incredibly rich man. Although Ben died several weeks before the time at which the play is set, he often appears in Willy's hallucinations, carrying a valise and umbrella. Ben represents the fantastic success for which Willy has always hoped but can never seem to achieve.
The thirty-six year old son of Frank Wagner, Willy Loman's former boss, Howard now occupies the same position as his late father. Although Willy was the one who named Howard, Howard is forced to fire Willy for his erratic behavior. Howard is preoccupied with technology; when Willy meets with his new boss, he spends most of the meeting demonstrating his new wire recorder.
Stanley is the waiter at the restaurant where Willy meets his sons. He helps Willy home after Biff and Happy leave their father there.
An assistant in a company in Boston with which Willy does business, this nameless character has a continuing affair with Willy. The Woman claims that Willy ruined her and did not live up to his promises to her. When Biff finds the Woman in Willy's hotel room, he begins his course of self-destructive behavior.
An attractive young woman at the restaurant, who serves the play by allowing Happy to demonstrate his womanizing and seduction habits.
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