Friday, July 12, 2013

Auditions in San Antonio for 'Night, Mother, Woodlawn Black Box Theatre, July 29 and 30, 2013

Woodlawn Theatre San Antonio
Auditions Monday, July 29 7:00 pm and Tuesday, July 30 7:00 pm in the Woodlawn Black Box Theatre, 1920 Fredericksburg Rd., San Antonio, 78201 - click for mapfor 'Night, Mother by Marsha Norman, directed by Pam Wells

'Night, Mother Night Mother Marsha Norman Woodlawn Theatre San Antonio TXis a 1983 play by Marsha Norman about a daughter, Jessie, and her mother, Thelma (referred to as "Mama" in the play). The play opens with Jessie calmly telling Mama that by morning she will be dead, as she plans to commit suicide that very evening (she makes this revelation all while nonchalantly organizing household items and preparing to do her mother's nails). The subsequent dialogue between Jessie and Mama slowly reveals her reasons for her decision, her life with Mama, and how thoroughly she has planned her own death, culminating in a disturbing - yet unavoidable - climax. The original production on the1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and 4 Tony Award Nominations: Best Play, Best Actress in a Play (for both actresses) and Best Director (Tom Moore)

Characters Needed:

Jessie Cates: A divorced woman who lives with her widowed mother. She is an epileptic who has experienced seizures most of her life. Nothing in life has worked out for this woman, including raising a grown son who turned out to be a disappointing loser. She has suffered with severe extended depression that has never been treated. In the play her long standing despair has been temporarily relieved by a decision that has her uncharacteristically peaceful and talkative. The usual gray pallor and unsteady physical energy of this woman have given way to a new purpose that is expressed in productivity and detached humor.

Thelma "Mama" Cates: A widow, she is starting to feel her age and has easily allowed her depressed daughter to come and take care of all of the details of her life. She sees life as she wants it to be, rather than how it is. She speaks quickly and enjoys talking. She is a simple country gal who never wanted much and could find a way to be happy with whatever she had, even if it meant lying to herself and others. She has no need for intimacy in relationships, but is energized by social situations

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