Ghent Playhouse Announces Auditions for “True West”

The Ghent Playhouse announces auditions for the final production of their 2016-2017 Season, True West, written by Sam Shepard and directed by Patrick White.
Auditions:            Monday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 21, 2017
                            Sign-in at 7:00 p.m. – Auditions will begin at 7:15 p.m.
                             6 Town Hall Place (Adj to the Ghent Firehouse off Route 66),Ghent, NY
Rehearsals:          The rehearsal schedule will be based on the availability of those chosen for the production.  Those interested in auditioning are asked to be as specific as possible in listing any and all conflicts.
Performances:     May 19-21, 26-28 and June 2-4, 2017
                            Fridays/Saturdays 8 pm, Sundays 2 pm
Casting Info:        Those auditioning will be asked to read specific scenes from the script.  Please see the story and character descriptions below for more information about the play.
unnamedThe Story:  Sam Shepard’s classic comedy of two estranged and seemingly different brothers locked into a self-destructive combat.  The two are reunited after five years at their mother’s home in California, being taken care of by Austin, when the elder brother, Lee, a petty thief, breaks in hoping to score big robbing homes in the neighborhood.  When the two are visited by Saul Kimmer, Austin’s agent, Lee steals his attention, finagling a deal for his improvised Western, while Lee’s labored-over screenplay is unceremoniously dropped, thrusting the play into verbal and physical violence as the two fight for possession and control.  When their mother unexpectedly returns from her Alaskan cruise, she finds her two sons wasted and at each other’s throats.
The two brothers represent the two sides of the American present:  one sophisticated, cultured, ambitious and successful; the other alienated and outcast, raw, wild and violent.  As the play unfolds, the two characters exchange places and reveal that each is the double of the other.
The Characters:
Austin (20’s) – A “successful” young man with a family and a budding screenwriting career, house-sitting for his mother, who is away on vacation
Lee (20’s) – A drunk, homeless petty thief, always looking for an angle to make trouble and perhaps a little cash.
Saul Kimmer (30-70) – A Hollywood producer who presents a successful, “with it” façade.
Mother (60’s & up) – Distracted, well-meaning, but too wrapped up in her own senior plans to be of any use to her two sons.



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