Schenectady Civic Players
12 South Church Street, Schenectady, NY 12305
OPEN AUDITIONS FOR . . .
DAVID IVES’ (ADAPTED FROM THE MISANTHROPE BY MOLI’RE)
THE SCHOOL FOR LIES
Directed by Chris Foster
Audition Dates: (Tuesday & Wednesday) March 6 & 7, 2018 @ 7:30PM, Sign-up 7:00PM
at Schenectady Civic Playhouse, 12 South Church St., Schenectady, NY 12305
(Performance dates ‘ May 4 – 13, 2018)
Synopsis: It’s 1666 and the brightest, wittiest salon in Paris is that of Celimene, a beautiful young widow so known for her satiric tongue she been sued for it. Surrounded by shallow suitors, whom she lives off of without surrendering to, Celimene has managed to evade love since her beloved husband died- until today, when Frank appears. A traveler from England known for his own coruscating wit and acidic misanthropy, he turns her world upside-down, taking on her suitors, matching her barb for barb, and teaching her how to live again. A wild farce of furious tempo and stunning verbal display.
LANGUAGE: There is a fair amount of both profanities and obscenities used throughout this ribald comedy, enough to qualify it for an ‘R’ rating. The language includes ‘damn,’ ‘goddamn,’ hell,’ ‘sonofabitch,’ variants of ‘fuck’ (used in a sexual reference), variants of ‘whore,’ and other sexual
terminology. The play is written in rhyme!
All Ethnicities are welcome and encouraged to audition
FRANK – Male, 30’s-50’s; Seemingly humorless misanthrope. Romantic and brooding. He has no patience for the ridiculousness of the Parisian society – until he falls in love.
CELIMENE – Female, 30’s-40’s; Attractive widow. Uses wit and charm to mask her true feelings and heartbreak. She is a consummate entertainer and player of men. She knows how to bend them to her will.
ELIANTE – Female, 20s-30’s; Young society lady. Reserved yet secretly yearns for action. She is a lovesick virgin.
PHILANTE – Male, 20-35; Polite and tactful. Appealing in his selflessness. Has a penchant for drag.
ARSINOE – Female, 40’s-50’s; Self-righteous, calculating and bitter – in a fun way. Clings to her lost youth and beauty.
CLITANDER – Male, 40-50’s; Rich suitor to Celimene. A bloated, influential fashionista. Because of his money, he gets away with things he really
ORONTE – Male, 30-50’s A terrible poet (who doesn’t know it) and suitor to Celimene. A societal jack-of-all trades who seeks status.
ACASTE – Male, 30-45; Egotistical Marquis. Proud of being very stupid.
DUBOIS/BASQUE – Male or Female, 30s-60s; Bumbling servant to Celimene and Acaste. Put upon and ignored. Good at physical comedy.