Open Auditions for “Appropriate”
By Branden Jacobs Jenkins
Directed By Patrick White
Saturday 2/3 2-4PM
Sunday 2/4 11AM-1PM
at Albany Civic Theater, 235 Second Street, Albany, NY 12209
No monologue necessary, reading from the script.
Needed 2 men, 3 women, 3 children (ages 8-50’s)
Every estranged member of the Lafayette clan has descended upon the crumbling Arkansas homestead to settle the accounts of the newly-dead patriarch. As his three adult children sort through a lifetime of hoarded mementos and junk, they collide over clutter, debt, and a contentious family history. But after a disturbing discovery surfaces among their father’s possessions, the reunion takes a turn for the explosive, unleashing a series of crackling surprises and confrontations.
The regional premiere of both “Appropriate” and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, an Obie Award winner, Pulitzer Finalist and MacArthur Fellow for 2016.
Rhys Thurston (Supporting): Male, 18-25 plays 18, Toni’s youngest son. Born and raised in Atlanta, GA. Just beginning to be aware of what people think about him, charismatic but still awkward, shy, has a slightly dark edge. Was doing well in school and was college bound but he “got caught” dealing drugs in this school where his mother was the principal. He is very protective of his mother; a bit elusive, a bit cool.Ethnicity: Caucasian
Beauregard “Bo” Lafayette (Supporting): Male, 40-49
the middle sibling, publisher for a major magazine in NY, always doing business, always wears a collar and a watch, he has grown into his success. Very smart, very driven, not comfortable being with his siblings and their issues or the anything about the family he grew up in. When he is upset, he can turn–and always has turned–into a bit of a brat.Ethnicity: Caucasian
Rachel Lafayette (Supporting): Female, 40-49
Bo’s wife, Jewish, attractive, well-groomed, Yale-educated, “upper west-side wife,” very conscious of being on the outside of this family. A bit of an over-bearing parent, can hold her own in an argument, but would rather not fight unless provoked.Ethnicity: Caucasian
Cassidy “Cassie” Lafayette (Supporting): Female, 13-19
Bo and Rachel’s oldest child, in the process of developing into a very pretty young woman but is still a bit of a “nerd.” She can be awkward and negligent of social cues but not self-conscious–very present, very perceptive, smart.Ethnicity: Caucasian
Ainsley Lafayette (Supporting): Male, 8-12
Bo and Rachel’s youngest child, small, rambunctious, energetic, intelligent.Ethnicity: Caucasian
Francois “Franz/Frank” Lafayette (Supporting): Male, 30-45
the youngest sibling, sort of an aging hippie-type with possibly a slight undercurrent of “redneck.” A little rugged, a little ragged, a sharp edge lays over his deep vulnerability. Charismatic with young people, his disruptive youth, possible substance abuse, and some close brushes with the law have led to a long-term estrangement from the family, which has been marked by bitterness and resentment. But he now hopes to change and find his way if not back than at least to a new sense of self. He is an “appealing project.” Ethnicity: Caucasian
Trisha Rayner (Supporting): Female, 23
Franz’s fiancée, The youngest of four girls, daughter of two environmental lawyers, who has become a yoga instructor and “healer.” Grew up outside of Spokane, very outgoing, eager to impress, eager to prove she’s older than she looks, very perceptive, is able to hold her own in tough situations. The “wins more flies with honey” type. She views Franz as a kind of project and really believes in him. Considers herself very much “in touch” spiritually–e.g. might be getting certified in Reiki, believe in spirits, etc. Ethnicity: Caucasian
Antoinette “Toni” Lafayette (Supporting): Female, 40-55
the oldest sibling, a former school principal, is used to dealing with others’ children and family conflicts but not her own. Around her family, she can turn into a bit of a bully. She is accustomed to being in charge, and she is losing her grip –mostly due to the fact that she is overwhelmed and tired and doesn’t recognize it. However, she is a compassionate person with a good sense of humor who is dealing with some very difficult emotional issues. Smart, tough-spirited, pretty grounded, maybe a slight trace of Georgian twang but she is not “southern.” Ethnicity:Caucasian
p20-21-Bo, Toni, Rachael
p54-55-Toni, Rhys, Cassidy
Ainsley will audition with a story he can tell of something great that happened to him.