By Clare Boothe Luce
Directed by James Cady
Auditions: By appointment only. Format to be determined.
Saturday, July 20, 2019 – 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 21, 2019 – 6:00 pm. to 8:30 p.m.
Please contact Donna Marie Barra @ firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment and further information.
Performances: October 11 – November 3, 2019.
Rehearsals: Will begin on or about Monday, August 19, 2019. Monday – Thursday evenings, some weekends (to be determined).
ALL ROLES ARE AVAILABLE.
No roles have been pre-cast.
Filled with strong, colorful, comedic characters, a snappy supporting cast of many, and an abundance of witty dialogue, Clare Boothe Luce’s The Women is juicy, wicked, and full of guilty fun. It is both a scathing commentary on the life of the superficial, selfish socialite and a knowing, heartfelt depiction of romantic rivalry, toxic friendships, and the thousands of supporting roles women play in offices, salons, and their own lives.
This work is an all-female ensemble and will require some to play multiple roles.
MARY HAINES, mid-30’s, a society matron. Mary is the center of the play; it is around her life and troubles that the action of the play revolves. She is strong and amiable and does not (as a rule) indulge in cattiness, self-pity, or materialistic greed. She has it all. She’s the ideal of the period. Until, of course, everything goes wrong.
SYLVIA FOWLER, mid-30’s, a society matron, part of Mary’s coterie. Sylvia, though she occupies the exact same societal position as Mary, is her polar opposite. She is sleek and feline but prone to vicious gossip and social maneuvering. She is expert at it. This role requires a comedienne who excels not only at rapid-fire badinage but physical comedy.
CRYSTAL ALLEN, 25-35, a shopgirl. Crystal is Mary’s rival for the affections of her husband. She is drop-dead gorgeous (though her lack of subtlety reveals her tastes as “cheap”), truly savvy, ruthless, tough as nails, seething with social ambition.
EDITH POTTER, mid 30’s, a society matron, part of Mary’s coterie. Edith is perpetually pregnant and unhappy, trapped and wallowing in her own self-pity and sense of entitlement. This role requires a comic actress with impeccable deadpan delivery.
PEGGY DAY, 20’s, a newlywed, part of Mary’s coterie. Peggy is the youngest of Mary’s group of friends and hasn’t yet defined a façade to present to society. She broadcasts her marital and financial struggles guilelessly (may be a multiple role).
NANCY BLAKE, 35 – 50, an authoress, part of Mary’s coterie. An acid wit and dedicated virgin, Nancy is as close as Mary’s society gets to “fighting the power.” She and Mary are really the only ones in this group of friends to see the ridiculousness of their positions.
MIRIAM AARON, 30 – 35, a performer in musical comedy. Though, like Crystal, Miriam is an ambitious woman who has risen into society by marriage, her no-nonsense attitude and innate sense of right and wrong set her apart from many of these characters in terms of likeability. She tells it like it is, has no illusions about herself, and pokes holes in the ridiculousness of others.
FLORA, THE COUNTESS DE LAGE, 50 – 60, a serial bride. The Countess is the eldest of Mary’s friends, and a figure of fun among them. She’s a bit dotty, ridiculously pampered and self-deluded, and relies completely on her faith in “l’amour” to get her through life’s more difficult moments.
JANE, 20’s, Mary’s maid. Jane is a young housemaid who lives vicariously and emotionally through the women she encounters in Mary’s company. A great comic character. (may be a multiple role).
LITTLE MARY, 9 – 12, Mary’s daughter. Little Mary is a bright, vivacious child, who offers an unvarnished view of Mary’s life.
MRS. MOREHEAD, 50 – 65, Mary’s mother. Mrs. Morehead is a model patrician, expert in the ways and means of polite society. The advice she offers Mary is always correct; she is kind and loving, but reticent to suffer fools.
OLGA, (any age), a manicurist. An inveterate gossip with machine gun delivery who unwittingly informs Mary of her husband’s affair (will be a multiple role).
MAGGIE,50’s, Mary’s cook. A wise “downstairs woman who seems to know the difference between gossip and reality.
MISS WATTS, (any age) Mary’s husband’s secretary. Miss Watts offers us a rare and candid glimpse of a 1930s woman who’s married to her job (will be a multiple role).
EXERCISE INSTRUCTRESS at Elizabeth Arden (any age). Hard as nails, the Instructress guides the more clueless matrons through their exercise rituals at a luxurious day spa (will be a multiple role).
MISS FORSYTHE,(any age).Little Mary’s school teacher and bearer of bad news for Mary (will be a multiple role).
LUCY, 45-55, manager of a Reno Divorce Colony. Lucy is a life worn hotel proprietress whose contact with New York Society is only through her female guests who come through Reno to get divorced. She’s folksy and hilarious (will be a multiple role).
NURSE, (any age), in a maternity ward. In one of the most hilarious scenes in the play, the maternity nurse lambastes Edith for her pampered ways (will be a multiple role).
Other roles include salesgirls, dressers and customers at Saks Fifth Ave., beauty salon staff and customers, and other named character roles.