AUDITION INFORMATION

 
Production Audition Dates  Time  
Twelfth Night Tuesday & Wednesday, July 29 & 30, 2014 6:30 pm  
Bat Boy Monday & Tuesday, August 18 & 19, 2014 6:30 pm  
Oliver - Kids Monday, September 29, 2014 6:00 pm  
Oliver - Adults Tuesday, September 30, 2014 7:00 pm  
True West Monday & Tuesday, November 24 & 25, 2014 7:00 pm  
Arsenic and Old Lace Monday & Tuesday, January 6 & 7, 2015 7:00 pm  
Circle Mirror Transformation TBA 7:00 pm  
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels TBA 7:00 pm  
       
 
Auditions held at the theatre - 4155 Laurel Avenue

AUDITION INFO

TRUE WEST

 

Monday & Tuesday, November 24 & 25, 2014

7:00 pm

 

 

TRUE WEST

BY SAM SHEPARD

Sam Shepard: "I wanted to write a play about double nature, one that wouldn't be symbolic or metaphorical or any of that stuff. I just wanted to give a taste of what it feels like to be two-sided. It's a real thing, double nature. I think we're split in a much more devastating way than psychology can ever reveal. It's not so cute. Not some little thing we can get over. It's something we've got to live with."

TRUE  WEST is a character study that examines the relationship between Austin, a screenwriter, and his older brother Lee. It is set in the kitchen of their mother's home 40 miles east of Los Angeles. Austin is house-sitting while their mother is in Alaska, and there he is confronted by his brother, who proceeds to bully his way into staying at the house and using Austin's car. In addition, the screenplay which Austin is pitching to his connection in Hollywood  somehow gets taken over by the pushy con-man tactics of Lee, and the brothers find themselves forced to cooperate in the creation of a story that will make or break both their lives. In the process, the conflict between the brothers creates a heated situation in which their roles as successful family man and nomadic drifter are somehow reversed, and each man finds himself admitting that he had somehow always wished he were in the other's shoes.

*Familiarize yourself with sides from the play below. These scenes will be used at auditions.

Director: Gina Hinson

Audition Dates:

 • Monday, November 24th 7pm

 • Tuesday, November 25th 7pm

 Audition Requirements:

 • Audition sides are provided below.

 • Please, no one under the age of 18 should audition.

 • PLEASE come to auditions knowing of any conflicts from December 1st through the end of the run. We will be taking time off for Christmas and New Years Eve.

 • You must be available for ALL performances.

 General Schedule:

 • Rehearsal - Generally, we rehearse Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Additional rehearsals may be added as needed. Beginning December 1st through Opening night, January 30th

 Performances:

January 30, 31, February 6, 7*, 7, 12, 13, 14, 2015

*2:00pm Matinee

7:30 Evening Performances.

If you have questions, please contact the director, Gina Hinson,  gina.hinson@gmail.com

 or cell, 409-673-9336

CHARACTERS

Austin

Austin is an ambitious screenwriter. He has accepted a cookie-cutter life for himself. He knows his place in the world. As True West begins Austin is doing a little "research" for a screenplay he is writing, too bashful to admit that something he is working on might approach the level of art. He thinks of himself as a simple laborer, with a simple life and a simple family—until his brother, Lee, shows up in town. At the beginning of the play Austin and Lee maintain an affable, though slightly strained relationship. Austin is the straight man to Lee's comic relief. Austin is square and he knows it. However, there is a slow transformation in Austin's character that charts the evolution of the play as a whole. The failure of his movie deal makes Austin become more and more like his rambunctious brother, and eventually, the two effectively switch roles. Instead of the hardworking screenwriter, Austin actually becomes the drunken thief. Lying drunk on the floor, Austin screams at Lee while Lee is trying to write a screenplay. Austin also becomes obsessed with the idea of moving to the desert with Lee, as he is no longer able to take solace in his normal life. When Lee tries to go the desert without Austin, Austin strangles Lee with a phone cord, almost killing him. From a symbolic point of view, Austin can be seen as one half of the creative process. He is the methodical, diligent aspect, while and Lee is the creative, inspired side. Together they form the basic ingredients of an artist and together they are able to write the beginnings of a screenplay.

Lee

Lee is the play's representative of the Old West. He is a drunk, a thief, prone to acts of violence, and generally combative in most situations. Before the action of the play he spent a few months out on the desert with a fighting pit bull. However, Lee is also the comic center of the play. His nagging is a hilarious counterpoint to stuffy Austin. At first, Lee seems to exist only to make his brother's life a living hell. He refuses to let Austin get any work done, then demands the keys to Austin's car to make the rounds of their mother's neighborhood to check out the houses he intends to rob. Furthermore, the physical threat Lee represents becomes evident when he suddenly lunges at Austin during an argument about their father near the beginning of the play. From that point forward there is almost an electric tension of the threat of further physical violence.

Lee is not only a physical threat to Austin, however. He also weasels his way into a movie deal with Austin's producer, and actually manages to pull the rug out from under Austin's project. Lee pulls this off through a bit of gambling on the golf course with the producer. After he seals the movie deal Lee begins to pull another coup, becoming more and more like his brother Austin. Night finds Lee sitting at the kitchen table pecking away at the typewriter with one finger, while Austin pesters Lee just as Lee had done to Austin. Eventually, however, Lee regresses, realizing that the respectable life is not the one for him. His decision to go back to the desert is not a surprising one. Lee is the most constantly surprising and vivid characters in the play, and the catalyst for most the action and the laugh track as well.

Saul Kimmer

Saul Kimmer is your typical Hollywood producer: slick and manipulative, he will promise whatever is necessary to get his way. He conveniently makes house calls and breaks up the otherwise two-person drama. Saul's machinations with Lee about producing his movie rather than Austin's are at the heart of the play's plot, and without it the play would not reach its frenzied ending. Saul seems to be genuinely taken with Lee, whose outlandish behavior is foreign to the homogeneity of Hollywood.

Mom

Though a minor character, Mom's entrance into the degenerated kitchen in scene nine serves as one of the great comic entrances. Unfortunately for Mama, she is completely powerless over her boys, even when she is on the scene. The old man, though out in the desert and never appearing in the play, exerts a much more profound influence over the brothers than Mom does even when she is present in the destroyed kitchen. Mom is also the only absurd character in an otherwise highly stylized and mostly realistic play. She thinks that Picasso is coming to town and that she and the boys should go to see him. She has come back from Alaska because she missed her houseplants. She retreats to a motel, unable to cope with the family situation unfolding in front of her.

Old Man

Although he never appears onstage, the "old man" excerpts a powerful influence over the entire play. Indeed, a case can be made that he is the most important character in True West, as the boys talk and fight about him throughout. Skirmishes over how to regard the old man drive the action of the play. Lee is generally much more sympathetic to the old man than Austin, as he wants to make money writing screenplays so that he can help the old man out of his financial worries. Austin, on the other hand, proclaims that the old man is of "a different ilk" and will "never change." Nevertheless, the old man plays on both of the brothers' imaginations. They both have his genes, habits, and inclinations, and feel the need to escape the traps of modern life and move out to the desert, just as he has.

*characterizations courtesy of SparksNotes

DOWNLOAD AUDITION SIDES:

(click links below to download pdf files)

 

        Lee and Austin

        Mom, Lee and Austin

        Saul, Lee and Austin

 

 

 

 

 

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