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Auditions My Old Lady
By Israel Horovitz
Directed by Nancy Curran Willis
Auditions are January 18th and 19th at 7 PM
Callbacks will be January 23rd at 1 PM
Auditions will consist of monologues provided by the director and sides from the script. Please sign up for one of the two nights by contacting the director at firstname.lastname@example.org . Once you sign up you will be sent the monologue appropriate for your character. Rehearsals are on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning Monday March 28th with a read thru to be scheduled after casting. April 29th is tech week with Audience Dress Rehearsal on May 5th.
Performances are May 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 20 and 21, 2016
CHARACTERS: 1 Male, 2 Females ages 50s plus
MATHIAS “JIM” GOLD (American Male 50 plus): A down on his luck, 3 time divorced, career failure receives an inheritance from his estranged father. He heads to Paris to claim his inheritance only to find the Paris flat he thought would be his financial salvation, comes with a complex and complicated twist.
MATHILDE GIRARD (Englishwoman – in her 90’s but living in Paris for many years): A grande dame, still beautiful, still going strong. She has secrets and a past. This character speaks impeccable French. are looking for a strong character actress for this role with the ability to age the right actress. We do not expect to cast a 90 year old!!!!
CHLOE’ GIRARD (50 plus Mathilde’s middle-aged, outspoken daughter): She lives with her mother. She’s a strong willed woman, with her own over-protective nature when it comes to her mother.
NOTE: The actors cast as Chloe’ and Mathias should look to be the same age, it’s an important plot twist. Mathilde will be cast with a character actress who can believably play a beautiful, spry elderly woman. All actors speak some French. Mathias speaks it badly with an American accent. Chloe’ and Mathilde speak perfect French. We will have a dialect coach, however familiarity with French will be helpful for all candidates.
THE STORY: When a down on his luck middle aged man inherits an apartment in Paris, he plans to solve his financial woes by selling it. He arrives on the doorstep and discovers, to his dismay, that the elderly woman living there has lifetime habitation rights under an arcane French law and she is not about to give them up. Because he has no other place to go, she invites him to stay in the spacious apartment. A spiral of friendship, romance with the old lady’s outspoken daughter, and some uncomfortable revelations about his father affect all in this poignant play with strong roles for three actors. In a recent movie version of the play, with a screenplay written and directed by the playwright, Maggie Smith, Kevin Klein and Kristin Scott-Thomas. Scripts are available from Samuel French. Make sure you are using the script that clearly states “newly revised edition.”
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