Mature Actors Needed!!
Dreamwell’s season of women’s words will open in September with a play by Deborah Brevoort, THE WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE. The setting is the hills around Lockerbie, Scotland, where Pan Am flight 103 crashed on December 21, 1988. The play takes place on the 7-year anniversary of the crash and concerns the efforts of a group of Lockerbie women to gain permission and access to the clothes of those killed in order to wash them and return them to the victims’ families. The women are joined by the parents of a crash victim who are looking for healing by visiting and seeking signs of their son at the crash site. The efforts of the women are impeded by the American government representative in charge of the warehouse storing the remains from the crash, a man who is anxious to wind up the 7-year long investigation into the crash. The play is modelled on Greek drama and epic in form, in spite of its contemporary events and people. It is a drama that examines how (and whether) people heal after a tragedy of great magnitude.
Auditions will be held for all characters, 2 men and 5 women. They are as follows:
MADELINE LIVINGSTON, American housewife and the mother of a 20-year old son killed in the crash 7 years ago. She will need to be in her late 40s or early 50s.
BILL LIVINGSTON, American–husband of Madeline and father of the son killed in the crash. Also in late 40s or early 50s.
OLIVE ALLISON, an older woman from Lockerbie (Scottish accent) who is the leader of the laundry project. She is also in her 40s.
WOMAN 1 & WOMAN 2, both women of Lockerbie (Scottish accent) who are part of the laundry project. Could be 30s or 40s or older. Although they don’t have names, both are considerable roles–not chorus or bit parts, although they do sometimes form part of a chorus.
HATTIE, a cleaning woman from Lockerbie. Again, will need a Scottish accent but could be 30s, 40s or older.
GEORGE JONES, American government representative in charge of warehouse. His age is variable. He could be a seasoned government man in his 50s or older, or he could be younger and seeking to advance in his government department; but at least in his 30s.
AUDITIONS for roles will be:
Saturday, July 14, 2-4:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Society–lower level of the building at 10 South Gilbert Street
and Tuesday, July 17, 7-8:30 pm in Room B at the Coralville Public Library.
Copies of the play are on reserve at the Iowa City Public Library and at the Coralville Public Library. Actors auditioning will be given a selection from the play to study and then read both alone or with other actors.
Actors who have questions or who need to request an audition time outside of the scheduled times, can contact the director, Rachael Lindhart, either by phone (319-337-2206) or e-mail (lindhrach@Aol.com).