BAPTIZED TO THE BONE auditions at Out Front on Main

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Out Front on Main, Inc. (2013 BroadwayWorld TN Best Community Theatre Company) celebrates three years of Excellence with Baptized to the Bone written by Dave Johnson and directed by two time BWW TN Best Director George W. Manus, Jr. Auditions are February 6-8, 2013 6-8pm with run dates March 14-24 Thursdays-Sundays at 7:30pm Info: (615) 869-8617 or www.outfrontonmain.com

“BAPTIZED TO THE BONE”: GET DOWN ON YOUR KNEES AND PREY

Religion can be such fun, especially in North Carolina, where Baptists are like locusts that wait to devour the crops. “Baptized to the Bone” is a Southern Noir play that gives us plenty of insights into how religion can screw up your mind. It’s a sharp commentary on religious hypocrisy.

There is a Preacher who quits his job at the Mill to Preach from the Pulpit. His wife Gladys is not happy with her life and does not like going to the church, so she fakes a headache every time Sunday comes around.

But not going to Church is not the only reason that Gladys wants to stay home. She has a younger swain that comes to visit her. Gladys is older -- he is younger. He is hot to trot – and so is Gladys. Think of Barbara Stanwyck in ‘Double Indemnity’. Clothes literally fly around the rather plain Trailer Park décor as Gladys and Otis make out on the couch. The younger man is sexy and enticing, and Gladys gives him money every time for the tumble. Hey, you would do the same.

There is more going on here than meets the eye. On the other side of the coin – Ottis is also wrangling money out of the Preacher. Seems that many years ago, they had a hot and steamy relationship. In this case, Ottis is quite happy to share his sex with both Gladys and the Preacher. The young Hustler, Ottis is after money “I need it to put on my show the first ‘Gospel Poetry Opera’. I need enough money to get to New York.” – he drawls.

When Gladys asks him to recite some of the Opera, Otis fumbles around and mumble jumble comes out of his sexy mouth.
Otis gives us a true look at a dark, seductive, clever and scheming young man who knows what people want to pay for. On the other hand, the Preacher is also good-looking and no one would want to throw him out of bed. But he doesn’t exude the sexual attitude that Ottis does. But then again, he’s a preacher and is bound to keep a stiff upper lip and not show much emotion.

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