MATTHEW BARBER (Playwright) was born in Los Angeles, California, and studied literature and drama at UCLA. His first stage play, Enchanted April, premiered at Hartford Stage in 2000, followed by a Broadway production in 2003, earning the John Gassner Award for Outstanding New American Play and Drama League and Tony Award nominations for Best Play. Subsequently published in both the U.S. and UK, Enchanted April continues to enjoy award-winning productions throughout the world. Matthew currently lives in New York City. His original screenplay, Independence, and a new stage play, Eleanor & Abel, are in development.
Auditions for Enchanted April, Tragedy Full of Joy: Stories by Bernard Malamud, and The Language Archive are Feb 2-3 2015 7:30 PM at the Majestic Theater. Report to the Community Room on the second floor of the Majestic Theater. Scripts for these shows are available for checkout at the Majestic Theater business office.
Attached is the Audition Form 2 that you can print out and fill out in advance. Bring it with you to the auditions. You can also forward this form to friends who you think might be interested.
March 29, 2015 – Director: Leigh Matthews Bock, Enchanted April by Matthew Barber . When two unhappy London housewives rent a villa in Italy for an impulsive holiday away from their husbands, they recruit a pair of independent upper-class women to share the cost and the experience. Alone together under the Mediterranean sun, all four women clash — and then begin to bloom — until men once again upset the balance. A classic fable of loss, hope, and romantic rebirth. (3 men, 5 women)
April 26, 2015 – Director: Robert Leff, Tragedy Full of Joy: Stories by Bernard Malamud. Malamud was a novelist famous for writing The Natural and author of many short stories. Leff has read all 55 of Malamud stories and has adapted four to the stage. Malamud taught at Oregon State College from 1949 to 1961. The performance date is the 101st anniversary of Malamud’s birth.
The chosen four are: Steady Customer 1943; The Magic Barrel, The Jewbird 1963 and A Wig 1980.
May 24, 2015 – Director Michael Winder, The Language Archive by Julia Cho. George is a man consumed with preserving and documenting the dying languages of far-flung cultures. Closer to home, language is failing him. He doesn’t know what to say to his wife and he doesn’t recognize the deep feelings that his lab assistant has for him. (2 men 3 women)