Original Play "Buried Child" Needs Males
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: (5M)
DODGE (in his 70s) an alcoholic ranting grandfather with spasmodic coughing attacks. He is the patriarch of the family and his home is falling apart. He is annoyed by his nagging wife, Halie, sometimes concerned for his son, Tilden, and denies his son, Bradley, whom he fears. He admires Shelly's powerful life force, but also mocks her for being a "hoper" like his wife. He dissociates himself from his family and ignores the topics the deeply bother him. Years earlier, Dodge murdered his grandson and buried him in an undisclosed location. His terrible sin has tainted him and his family, forcing all of them to hide it as a secret. LEAD ROLE (316 lines and several monologues).
TILDEN (their son, in his early 40s) an idiot-savant has had a complex relationship with both his mother and father. Once possibly a sports star, and the pride of his parents, he is now burned out, a husk of a man- almost a child. He got himself in trouble in New Mexico, was banned from the state and has come home to find comfort where he is safe, but restless, drawn back to the location in the backyard where his son was buried. He has apparently shared an incestuous relationship with his mother, Halie. He tries to care for his father now. He loves to drive through open spaces because it's the only place he can find himself then. At the end of the play, he spares his family from their sin and unearths his son's muddy corpse from the backyard, carrying it upstairs to his mother as the lights black out. LEAD ROLE (149 lines and a monologue).
BRADLEY (their next youngest son, in his late 30s) he is the incomplete one-legged bully. He is abusive towards anyone he can hurt, but is like a crying baby without his wooden leg or blanket. He bullies Tilden, metaphorically rapes Shelly, and cuts his father's hair short enough to make it bleed when he sleeps. SUPPORTING ROLE (30 lines).
VINCE (Tilden's son, Dodge & Halie's grandson, 22 years-old) is the prodigal son, looking for his roots and meaning, returning to find himself unrecognized and unacknowledged. He is the Rock and Roll cowboy, with a beautiful girlfriend, and is in need. He has stopped at all the places that hold his memories. He finds a nightmare at home, tries to humor his family and finally escapes. On his trip he has a vision of several generations of his family in his rearview mirror. Coming to understand his place in the family, he returns violent and drunk, unable to communicate. By the end of the play, he inherits his grandpa's home and possessions, transforming into the new, but old Dodge. LEAD ROLE (114 lines and one monologue).
FATHER DEWIS (a Protestant Minister) Father Dewis represents organized religion, and is a hypocrite, having an affair with Halie. He is inept, cowardly, immoral, unable to cope with the outbursts and needs of the family, and unwilling to even try. He represents the immorality and helplessness of the church. Halie attempts to escape the house with him, to have some of her dreams, like honoring Ansel (her other dead son), come true, but he brings no real escape to her, nor to anyone. FEATURED ROLE (20 lines).