THE FATAL WEAKNESS - Mint Theater Company Auditions

Posted: March 3, 2014

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THE FATAL WEAKNESS - Equity Principal Auditions

Mint Theater Company|New York, NY

Date of Audition:

Call Type
Equity Principal

Equity Principal Auditions
Monday March 24, 2014
9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
lunch 1 to 2


Actors' Equity Association Audition Center
165 West 46th Street
16th Floor
New York, NY 10036

Equity actors, men and women.

see breakdown.

Sides will be provided at the auditions. Bring picture and resume, stapled together.

Sides will also be available on the Mint Theatre website (by 3/19):

Other Dates
First Rehearsal: July 22, 2014
First Performance: August 19, 2014
Closing (tentative): October 12, 2014


Writer: George Kelly
Director: Jesse Marchese
Producing Artistic Director: Jonathan Bank

· 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.


SUMMARY: George Kelly’s last produced play is a wise and witty adult comedy about the complications of married life. Even after 28 years of marriage, Mrs Espenshade is an incurable romantic (her fatal weakness). Perhaps discovering that her husband is a lying cheat will cure her?


(late 20s-30s): Mrs. Espenshade’s daughter. Sophisticated-to-a-fault and self-serving, Penny has a strained relationship with her mother, but adores her beloved “Popsy”. She abhors sentimentality and thinks herself too modern to take her own marriage seriously.

Mr. Paul Espenshade
(50s): Mrs. Espenshade’s husband—smooth, complimentary, and very charming. He has taken a suspicious new interest in his appearance and is, more often than not, away from home “playing golf”. His inherent sweetness, gallant behavior, and ability to lie with a straight face greatly aid him in his infidelity.

Mrs. Mabel Wentz
(50s-60s): Mrs. Espenshade’s friend, confidante, and co-conspirator. A self-sufficient divorcee who is always ready with a tart quip and a load of gossip.


The following roles have been CAST. Actors auditioning may be considered for possible emergency replacements if needed:

Mrs. Paul (Ollie) Espenshade
THIS ROLE IS CAST. (50s): A middle-class housewife who finds out that her husband of 28 years is having an affair. She is an incurable romantic (her “fatal weakness”) who can’t resist making an appearance at anyone’s wedding—whether she knows them or not. Mrs. Espenshade’s “old-fashioned” notions of romance come into conflict with the more “sophisticated” opinions of her daughter Penny.

THIS ROLE IS CAST. (60s): Mrs. Espenshade’s nosy, knowing housemaid

Vernon Hassett
THIS ROLE IS CAST. (late 20s-30s): Penny’s husband—dutiful, sincere, but a bit beleaguered. He is fully committed to saving his marriage, which he takes quite a bit more seriously than his wife—but is at his wit’s end.

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