Female Actors Wanted For Drama Play
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Ethnicity: All ethnicities
Auditions for Buried Child by Sam Shepard.
Join us for open auditions of the 1979 Pulitzer Prize winning show for Drama, "Buried Child", written by Sam Shepard!
SYNOPSIS: Illinois, 1978 - The play begins in the middle of nowhere inside of a rundown farmhouse with the dying, yet ranting alcoholic grandfather, Dodge, and his wife, Halie, a sanctimonious grandmother who cheats on him by going on drinking bouts around town with the local minister, Father Dewis.
Their two middle-aged sons are burdensome to the family - Tilden, a former All-American halfback, now a creepy hulking semi-idiot; and Bradley, a man who appears unbreakable that lost his leg to a chainsaw accident.
In the dysfunctional family's midst comes twenty-two year-old Vince, the grandson (son of Tilden's), who nobody seems to remember or recognize. Along with him is his energetic yet determined girlfriend, Shelly (nineteen), who cannot comprehend the madness to which she is suddenly introduced. Chaos continues to stir.
As the play progresses, Shelly discovers the family secret- years earlier the grandfather, Dodge, had buried an unwanted newborn baby in an undisclosed spot, outside in the backyard; possibly a product of incest between Tilden and his mother, Halie? The cloud of guilt is only dispelled when Tilden decides to unearth the child's mummified remains and slowly carry it upstairs to his mother. The lights slowly dim as Halie delivers the final monologue of the play and the lights turn to black.
Possible callbacks on Thursday, December 1st, same time and place. Please make arrangements to clear all conflicts for that day.
The show runs January 25-28, 2017.
Only 1-2 rehearsals will take place over Winter Break, and none during the days of Finals.
Auditions will consist of a 1-2 minute contemporary dramatic monologue and cold readings from the script itself. Do not provide a Comedic/Shakespearean monologue or anything from that time period. We will allow monologues from other plays by Sam Shepard but none from Buried Child itself.
YOU MUST ATTEND AN AUDITION AND POSSIBLE CALLBACK TO BE CONSIDERED FOR ALL ROLES.
Character Breakdown: (2 F)
HALIE (Dodge's wife, mid-60s) is a sanctimonious mother and grandmother, always trying to discipline her sick husband, Dodge, mentally-damaged son, Tilden, and other physically-disabled son, Bradley. While Halie displays dominance in the family, she also wishes to take no part in it sometimes; she goes out on drinking bouts with the local minister, Father Dewis, cheating on her husband. Metaphorically, she is part-prostitute, part-saint; and hypocritical. Halie is particularly good at jabbing at her family as we see her make both her sons cry and kick her husband, Dodge. She has and is emotionally crippled by the murder of her baby, as well as the dreadful secret. LEAD ROLE (168 lines and several monologues).
SHELLY (Vince's girlfriend, 19 years-old) the audience absolutely needs Shelly as an anchor to reality. Shelly is the outsider and powerful life-force in the play, representing normalcy. She is at first amused to discover the Norman Rockwell cover painting-like promise of Vince's ancestral home, but discovers that the charm of the home is a veneer. The home is filled with secrets and sin, misery and the grotesque. Although she tries to help both Dodge and Tilden, and confronts Halie in particular with some truths, in the end Shelly escapes. LEAD ROLE (205 lines and two monologues).