THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO
The play is set in the upper class German-Jewish community living in Atlanta, Georgia in December 1939. Hitler has recently conquered Poland, Gone with the Wind is about to premiere, and Adolph Freitag (owner of the Dixie Bedding Company), his sister Boo, and sister-in-law Reba, along with nieces Lala and Sunny – a Jewish family so highly assimilated they have a Christmas tree in the front parlor – are looking forward to Ballyhoo, a lavish cotillion ball sponsored by their restrictive country club. Adolph's employee Joe Farkas is an attractive eligible bachelor and an Eastern Europe Jew, familiar with prejudice but unable to fathom its existence within his own religious community. His presence prompts college student Sunny to examine intra-ethnic bias, her Jewish identity (or lack thereof), and the beliefs with which she has been raised.
Auditions for DANCING AT LUGHNASA
"A theatrical masterpiece of beauty and poignancy...it strikes deep chords that words cannot begin to touch"
Frank Rich, New York Times theater critic
During one glorious summer's end in 1936, with Europe poised on the verge of terrible change, the Mundy family shelters in their cottage just outside Donegal, Ireland. Five un-married sisters, their brother Jack, a missionary just returned from Uganda and Michael, the son of the youngest sister. The arrival of Michael's father, on his way to fight for Franco in Spain, and a wireless radio, unleash repressed passion on the eve of the Festival of Lughnasa and life as they've known it is forever changed. A memory play, told from the perspective of an adult Michael, this multi award-winning drama, portrays the strength and bravery of five women who choose to dance wildly in a final celebration of their lives.
Cast of Characters:
Kate Mundy-- The eldest sister, a schoolteacher. Pragmatic. 50's
Maggie Mundy-- Quick witted and fun. 40's
Agnes Mundy-- Strong and balanced. 40's
Rose Mundy-- Slight developmental disability. Prone to flights of fancy. 30's
Christine Mundy-- Michael's mother. Independent and defiant 30's
Father Jack-- Intelligent and eccentric 50's
Gerry Evans-- Welsh. Charming and unreliable 30's
Michael-- Christine's son. Narrates the story and also speaks the lines of the boy. 30's-50's
Please bring a short monologue which displays a convincing Irish accent, and if auditioning for Gerry Evans--a Welsh accent.
Sides from the play will also be available at the theater beginning September 1, and during the auditions.
Auditions: September 9th @ 3pm
September 12th @ 6pm
Rehearsals will start last week in September. Show Dates: November 8-11 and 15-18