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FIVE WOMAN WEARING THE SAME DRESS - Henry Ford College Theatre Arts Non Equity Auditions

Posted: November 26, 2021
Audition Location: Dearborn, MI

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HFC THEATRE ARTS IS AUDITIONING ACTORS FOR ALAN BALL'S "FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS" IN EARLY DECEMBER.

The HFC Theatre Arts will be holding auditions for its Spring 2022 production of Five Women Wearing the Same Dress in early December. Those interested in auditioning can either do so in-person or via video.

In-person auditions will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Adray Auditorium (Room F-100) in the MacKenzie Fine Arts Center (Building F on the main campus). At the auditions, actors will read from the script. They should also bring a photograph and résumé.

Video auditions are due by 11:00 a.m. on Dec. 11. A video monologue of 1-2 minutes is required. Actors should send their video or video link, photograph, and résumé to director Christopher Bremer at ctbremer@hfcc.edu.

Rehearsals and performance dates

Once chosen, the cast must be available to begin rehearsals, which start Monday, Jan. 10, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at the Adray Auditorium. Rehearsals will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Cast members will be called only when needed in order to follow HFC’s COVID-19 protocols.

All cast members are required to attend tech week, which is Sunday, April 24, and runs through Friday, April 29.

Performance dates will be:

·       Thursday, April 28, at 8:00 p.m.

·       Friday, April 29, at 8:00 p.m.

·       Saturday, April 30, at 8:00 p.m.

·       Sunday, May 1, at 2:00 p.m.

·       Thursday, May 5, at 8:00 p.m.

·       Friday, May 6, at 8:00 p.m.

·       Saturday, May 7, at 8:00 p.m.

·       Sunday, May 8, at 2:00 p.m.

If cast in this production, actors must enroll in either THEA-1901: Theatre Experience I or THEA-1902: Theatre Experience II. Both courses are 1 credit hour.

About the play

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress debuted in 1993 at the Manhattan Class Company (MCCC) Theater, an off-Broadway theater company, in New York City. It’s a comedy set at an estate in Knoxville, TN during the ostentatious wedding reception of newly-married couple Scott and Tracy McClure (both of whom, while mentioned, are never seen in the play).

Five reluctant bridesmaids, all of whom are identically dressed, hide out in an upstairs bedroom of Tracy’s younger sister Meredith. Each bridesmaid has her own reason to avoid the festivities occurring below. As the day wears on, these five women come to realize they have more in common with each other, despite their differences, than they do with the bride as they joyously discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, irreverent, and touching celebration of the female spirit.

Character descriptions (five women, one man) are as follows:

·       Frances: A painfully sweet but sheltered fundamentalist Christian who is the bride’s cousin

·       Mindy: The cheerful, wisecracking, outspoken lesbian sister of the groom

·       Georgeanne: The bride’s “ugly sidekick” from high school and college, whose heartbreak over her own failed marriage triggers outrageous behavior

·       Meredith: The bride’s younger sarcastic, pot-smoking sister whose precociousness and rebellious streak mask a dark secret

·       Trisha: A jaded beauty and friend of the bride whose die-hard cynicism about men is called into question

·       Griffen Lyle Davenport III (alias Tripp): The only male seen in the play, this usher falls for Trisha

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress was written by award-winning writer/director Alan Ball, an alumnus of the University of Georgia and Florida State University. Ball won an Oscar and Golden Globe for writing 1999’s American Beauty. He also created the critically acclaimed TV series Six Feet Under and True Blood.

NOTE: This production contains adult language and situations and is intended for mature audiences only.

All roles are open. Casting is colorblind. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

For questions or more information, contact Bremer at ctbremer@hfcc.edu.

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