Equity actors, men and women.
Please prepare a brief contemporary monologue.
Please bring a picture and resume, stapled together.
First Rehearsal: January 28, 2014.
Announced Run: February 25, 2014 through April 6, 2014.
Artistic Director: James Houghton
Associate Artistic Director: Beth Whitaker
Author: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Director: Liesl Tommy
General Manager: Adam Bernstein
Casting: Telsey + Company
· EPA Rules are in effect.
· A monitor will be provided.
Performers of all ethnic and racial background are encouraged to attend.
Always bring your Equity Membership Card to auditions.
APPROPRIATE: The estranged members of the Lafayette clan have returned to Arkansas and their crumbling old plantation home to settle the accounts of their recently deceased patriarch. As they sort through a lifetime of hoarded mementos and junk, the discovery of a gruesome relic and a surprise visitor send the family into a spiral of crackling confrontations, repressed histories, and regret.
White male, plays 18. Toni’s youngest son. Born and raised in Atlanta, GA. Just beginning to be aware of what people think about him, he is charismatic but still awkward, shy, has a slightly dark edge. Was doing well in school and was college bound but he “got caught” dealing drugs in this school where his mother was the principal. He is very protective of his mother; a bit elusive, a bit cool.
BEAUREGARD “BO” LAFAYETTE
White male, late 40s. The middle sibling. Publisher for a major magazine in NY, always doing business, always wears a collar and a watch, he has grown into his success. Very smart, very driven, not comfortable being with his siblings and their issues or the anything about the family he grew up in. When he is upset, he can turn – and always has turned – into a bit of a brat.
White female, early-mid 40s. Bo’s wife. Jewish, attractive, well-groomed, Yale-educated, “upper west-side wife,” very conscious of being on the outside of this family. A bit of an over-bearing parent, can hold her own in an argument, but would rather not fight unless provoked.
CASSIDY “CASSIE” LAFAYETTE-KRAMER
White female, plays mid-teens. Bo and Rachel’s oldest child. She is still in the process of developing into a very pretty young woman but is still a bit of a “nerd.” She can be awkward and negligent of social cues but not self-conscious – very present, very perceptive, smart.
White male, plays 8. Bo and Rachel’s youngest child. Rambunctious, energetic, intelligent.
FRANCOIS “FRANZ/FRANK” LAFAYETTE
White male, late 30s-early 40s. The youngest sibling. Sort of an aging hippie-type with possibly a slight undercurrent of “redneck.” A little rugged, a little ragged, a sharp edge lays over his deep vulnerability. Charismatic with young people, his disruptive youth, possible substance abuse, and some close brushes with the law have led to a long-term estrangement from the family, which has been marked by bitterness and resentment. But he now hopes to change and find his way if not back than at least to a new sense of self. He is an “appealing project.”
White female, 23. Franz’s fiancée. The youngest of four girls, daughter of two environmental lawyers, who has become a yoga instructor and “healer.” Grew up outside of Spokane, very outgoing, eager to impress, eager to prove she’s older than she looks, very perceptive, is able to hold her own in tough situations. The “wins more flies with honey” type. She views Franz as a kind of project and really believes in him. She considers herself very much “in touch” spiritually – e.g. might be getting certified in reiki, believe in spirits, etc.
The following role has been CAST. Actors may be considered for possible replacement if needed:
ANTOINETTE “TONI” LAFAYETTE
CAST. White female, late 40s-early 50s. The oldest sibling. A former school principal, she is used to dealing with others’ children and family conflicts but not her own. Around her family, she can turn into a bit of a bully. She is accustomed to being in charge, and she is losing her grip – mostly due to the fact that she is overwhelmed and tired and doesn’t recognize it. But she is a compassionate person with a good sense of humor who is dealing with some very difficult emotional issues. Smart, tough-spirited, pretty grounded, maybe a slight trace of Georgian twang but she is not “southern.” CAST.