by Sam Shepard
Produced by special arrangement with
Samuel French, Inc.
June 25 & 26, 2012 (Monday & Tuesday)
7pm for all dates
The Historic State Theatre
19 S Fountain Ave
Springfield OH 45502
A finalist for the 1983 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, this American classic explores alternatives that might spring from the demented terrain of the California landscape. Sons of a desert dwelling alcoholic and a suburban wanderer clash over a film script. Austin, the achiever, is working on a script he has sold to producer Saul Kimmer when Lee, a demented petty thief, drops in. He pitches his own idea for a movie to Kimmer, who then wants Austin to junk his bleak, modern love story and write Lee’s trashy Western tale.
Please bring an updated resume or be prepared to list your theatrical experience (there will be audition forms for those who do not have a resume prepared). Photos of each individual wishing to audition will be taken upon arrival, regardless of headshot submission.
*If you are auditioning for Austin and/or Lee, please prepare a (memorized) 60-90 second Contemporary Dramatic Monologue.*
There will be cold reads from the script. Please be prepared to read for any role.
Aug 31, 2012 – 8pm
Sept 1, 2012 – 8pm
Sept 2, 2012 – 2pm
Sept 6, 2012 – 8pm
Sept 7, 2012 – 8pm
Sept 8, 2012 – 8pm
Austin (early-mid 30s): The ambitious screenwriter. He has seemingly accepted a cookie-cutter life for himself: he has a family, a house, a producer.
Lee (mid-late 30s): He is a drunk, a petty thief, prone to acts of violence and generally combative in most situations.
Saul (late 40s or older): One word: charisma. This guy is slick and manipulative, but outwardly warm and friendly.
Mom (mid 50s or older): Mom is probably not operating on all 8 cylinders, out of touch with the world around her but not cliche-crazy. Think early signs of dementia or alzheimers, but not full-blown.
*Please remember, age ranges are based on what you can believably present onstage, not necessarily your calendar age. They are to be used as a guideline, as casting will depend entirely upon who shows up to auditions. If you’re worried about being too young or too old, don’t be. Show up and give it your all!
Happy prepping, and I hope you all have a fantastic Spring/Summer! It’s just around the corner, I can feel it.
See you at The State!