Our December production Greetings! directed by Don Taco opens in a week, Sunday December 28th for two performances 3 PM and 7 PM. Do you must know somebody who will be aching for entertainment via a feel-good Christmas story between the Holidays? Please invite them this week. Here is the story: Andy (Gary Prince) has a sweet Catholic mother (Wendy McCoy), a sour Catholic father (Rus Roberts) and a severely retarded younger brother named Mickey (Chuck Skinner). When Andy brings his Jewish atheist fiancé (Catherine Polan Orzech) to meet the folks on Christmas Eve, his worst fears about family blow-ups are realized. But when Mickey, whose entire vocabulary has been limited to “oh boy” and “wow,” suddenly spouts the word “Greetings!” the entire family’s belief system is turned upside down. For it seems an ancient, wise and witty spirit who is set upon healing the family’s wounds has borrowed Mickey’s body! Think “Abie’s Irish Rose” meets “All in the Family” with a mixture of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”. Depending on your age Google as many of the previous references you need to.
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PLAYWRIGHT Actor-turned-playwright Tom Dudzick has written two other familiar pieces: Over The Tavern and King of The Moon.
Mr. Dudzick attended Catholic school in 1950’s New York and incorporates many personal experiences into his writing.
The auditions for Greetings!, The Seafarer and Deadman’s Cell Phone are Monday November 3rd and Tuesday November 4th beginning at 7:30 PM. Report to the rehearsal 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.
Greetings! by Tom Dudzick – Director: Don Taco. December 28, 2014 – It’s a miraculous comedy that has become an alternative to “A Christmas Carol” in theatres all across the country. A young man brings home his Jewish atheist fiancé to meet his very Catholic parents on Christmas Eve. With the inevitable family explosion comes an out-of-left-field miracle that propels the family into a exploration of love, religion, personal truth and the nature of earthly reality. ( 3m, 2 f)
The Seafarer by Conner McPhereson – Director: Craig Currier. January 25, 2015 – The play centers on James “Sharky” Harkin, an alcoholic who has recently returned to live with his blind, aging brother, Richard Harkin. As Sharky attempts to stay off the bottle during the holidays, he contends with the hard-drinking, irascible Richard and his own haunted conscience. It was nominated for multiple Tony Awards as well as the Laurence Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Play (5 m – the director would cast females into male roles.)
Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl – Director: Pat Kight. February 22, 2015 – The play was awarded a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play in 2008. It’s a quirky, surrealistic, hallucinatory and bizarre fantasy. A woman answers the cell phone of a stranger who dies in a café. Instead of turning the phone over to authorities she keeps it and takes messages from the dead man’s business associates, friends, family members, even his mistress. The more we learn about the man the more we realize he was a terrible person who loved himself far more than anyone else in his life. However, the woman’s imaginative reinvention of his character brings peace to his family ( 2m, 4f)
Our next performance is October 26, 2014 – Director: Leigh Matthews Bock, Tomorrow Too: The Brenda Monologues by Don Colburn in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The companion play is Walking with Alice written by Laura Mason Caldwell.