January 24 - February 9, 2020
By Harvey Fierstein
Directed by Charlie Marenghi
Auditions: Friday, November 22 from 6pm - 9pm and Saturday, November 23 from 6pm - 8:30pm
Location: The Portland Players, 420 Cottage Road, South Portland, ME
Nestled in the Catskills—1962's land of dirty dancing and Borscht Belt comedy—an inconspicuous bungalow colony catered to a very special clientele: heterosexual men who delighted in dressing and acting as women. These white-collar professionals would discreetly escape their families to spend their weekends safely inhabiting their chosen female alter-egos. But given the opportunity to share their secret lives with the world, the members of this sorority had to decide whether the freedom gained by openness was worth the risk of personal ruin. Based on real events and infused with Fierstein's trademark wit, this moving, insightful, and delightfully entertaining work offers a glimpse into the lives of a group of "self-made women" as they search for acceptance and happiness in their very own Garden of Eden.
From the Director:
This play is an actor's dream. If you are interested in challenging yourself and by extension the perceptions of others then this is the play for you! I am not interested in "acts" or "impersonations." I'm looking for authentic, real, heartfelt actors who will bring love, skill and passion to this production. I am so looking forward to seeing you all audition.
Rehearsals - Important.
I rehearse Monday to Thursday 6:30 - 9pm until near tech week. I start and end on time. We all have lives outside of the theatre and that time is precious. I honor that by being very punctual and professional. This is why if you know of any conflicts now please tell us. It won't necessarily preclude you from casting. I've worked around all sorts of conflicts to get the right people.
Rehearsals are due to begin somewhere around the first week of December. I'm also currently planning on giving everyone the entire Holiday week off, plus three days around New Year's.
Best of luck to you all,
(All ages are suggested parameters. If you don't quite fit within these parameters but the role speaks to you try out. If you're right for it, I'll cast you.)
Rita - Female, 40's to 50's. A resigned, determined but worn earth-mother. Her love of the girls barely covers her inner sadness.
Jonathon/Miranda - male, 20's to 30's. Masculine, shy and bookish. Overly polite and cautious as a male. As a female she is ebullient. (Appears in and out of drag.)
Albert/Bessie - male, 40's - 50's. Willy Loman by day. Ethel Mertz at night. Quick witted and friendly. Unaffectedly feminine. (Appears in drag only.)
George/Valentina - male 30's - 40's. Married to Rita. An insurance salesman type as a man. Assured and charming as a woman. (Appears in and out of drag.)
Isadore/Charlotte - male, 40's - 50's. The ultimate WASP. A buttoned-down strict disciplinarian. Not your favorite aunt. (Appears in drag only.)
Michael/Gloria - 30's. A very handsome and sexually charged chap who is accustomed to compliments, whether dressed as a male or female. (Appears in drag only.)
Theodore/Terry - male, 60's - 70's. Sweet and gentle and slightly silly, like a favorite old auntie. (Appears in drag only.)
The Judge/Amy - male, 60's - 70's. Large, distinguished, powerful and imposing as a man, and a clunky Tugboat Annie woman. (Appears in and out of drag.)
Eleanor - female, 30's - 50's. The Judge's daughter. Brittle, cold and damaged. (This is a smaller part but requires a powerful female actor.)
Have questions? Contact director, Charlie Marenghi at firstname.lastname@example.org