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The Country Wife (adapted by Rachel Atkins)
Theater Schmeater

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  • The Country Wife (adapted by Rachel Atkins)
  • Theater Schmeater
  • Non-Union Theater
  • Theater or Stage
  • Non-Union; Other Union
  • Seattle, WA
  • Project Begins: Jul 31, 2017
  • Project Ends: Oct 7, 2017
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  • Contact Person: Emily Harvey
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  • Prefered method of submission: Email

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Adapted by Rachel Atkins (Black Like Us, Emma)
Directed by Emily Harvey (emilymarieharvey.org)
presented by Theater Schmeater

Sexual innuendo and intrigue rule the day as an innocent young country wife is brought to London and is confronted by the temptations of city life. Wycherley’s 1665 satire retains its bite in the age of social media, body shaming, and the often hypocritical tension between the private and public.

Plot:
HORNER pretends impotence to get closer to the so-called "moral" aristocratic women of London. MARGERY falls in love with him while her husband PINCHWIFE controls her more and more tightly. Meanwhile ALITHEA is engaged to SPARKISH - a courtly idiot - and HARCOURT tries to woo her away.

 

Other details:
All ethnicities, genders and body shapes are encouraged to audition!

FULL REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE CALENDAR:
Mon Jul 31 6:00pm – 10:00pm Rehearsal
Tue Aug 1 6:00pm – 10:00pm Rehearsal
Wed Aug 2 6:00pm – 10:00pm Rehearsal
Sun Aug 6 12:00pm – 4:00pm Rehearsal
Mon Aug 7 6:00pm – 10:00pm Rehearsal
Tue Aug 8 6:00pm – 10:00pm Rehearsal
Wed Aug 9 6:00pm – 10:00pm Rehearsal
Sun Aug 13 12:00pm – 4:00pm Rehearsal
Mon Aug 14 6:00pm – 10:00pm Rehearsal
Tue Aug 15 6:00pm – 10:00pm Rehearsal
Wed Aug 16 6:00pm – 10:00pm Rehearsal
Sun Aug 20 12:00pm – 4:00pm Rehearsal
Mon Aug 21 6:00pm – 10:00pm Rehearsal
Tue Aug 22 6:00pm – 10:00pm Rehearsal
Wed Aug 23 6:00pm – 10:00pm Rehearsal
Sun Aug 27 12:00pm – 4:00pm Rehearsal
Mon Aug 28 6:00pm – 10:00pm Rehearsal
Tue Aug 29 6:00pm – 10:00pm Rehearsal
Wed Aug 30 6:00pm – 10:00pm Rehearsal
Sat Sep 2 10:00am – 8:00pm Dry Tech
Sun Sep 3 10:00am – 10:00pm Tech with Actors
Mon Sep 4 6:00pm – 11:00pm Dress Rehearsal
Tue Sep 5 6:00pm – 11:00pm Dress Rehearsal
Wed Sep 6 6:00pm – 11:00pm Dress Rehearsal
Thu Sep 7 8:00pm – 11:00pm Preview
Fri Sep 8 8:00pm – 9:00pm Performance
Sat Sep 9 8:00pm – 9:00pm Performance
Thu Sep 14 8:00pm – 9:00pm Performance
Fri Sep 15 8:00pm – 9:00pm Performance
Sat Sep 16 8:00pm – 9:00pm Performance
Thu Sep 21 8:00pm – 9:00pm Performance
Fri Sep 22 8:00pm – 9:00pm Performance
Sat Sep 23 8:00pm – 9:00pm Performance
Thu Sep 28 8:00pm – 9:00pm Performance
Fri Sep 29 8:00pm – 9:00pm Performance
Sat Sep 30 8:00pm – 9:00pm Performance
Thu Oct 5 8:00pm – 9:00pm Performance
Fri Oct 6 8:00pm – 9:00pm Performance
Sat Oct 7 8:00pm – 9:00pm Performance Closing

 

Character Breakdown / Project Needs
5 male identifying
1 male identifying, trans or nonbinary
3 female identifying
3 female identifying, trans or nonbinary

British accents will be used in the play

Schmeater encourages all ethnicities, actors of color, ages, disabilities, and gender identities to audition for any role that interests you!

Male Identifying
Harry Horner (20-50) - A notorious London rake who, in order to gain sexual access to “respectable” women, spreads the rumor that venereal disease has rendered him impotent. In the course of the play he manages liaisons with several of the female characters. Horner is the most insightful of all the “wits” in the play, often drawing out and commenting on the moral failings of others, but in his sexual conduct he is the most depraved.
Jack Pinchwife (40-60) - A middle-aged London man, newly married to the rustic Margery. A rake before his marriage, he is now the archetypal jealous husband: he lives in fear of being cuckolded, not because he loves his wife but because he believes that he owns her. He is a latent tyrant, potentially violent.
Frank Harcourt (20-40)- A rakish friend of Horner, Harcourt meets Alethea early in the play, flirts with her in front of Sparkish, and soon falls in love with her. His devotion to the meritorious Alethea bespeaks his basic good nature, and in the course of the play he is converted to a vision of marriage based on mutual love and esteem.
Sir Jasper Fidget (40-60) - A middle-aged or older man of business who derives no end of amusement from the rumor of Horner’s impotence. He is happy to entrust his wife, Lady Fidget, to Horner’s company, on the theory that the presence of the supposed eunuch will keep her occupied and discourage the advances of other, more potent men.

male identifying, trans or nonbinary:
Mr. Sparkish (25-40) A shallow and foolish playboy who considers himself, wrongly, a “wit.” He is engaged to Alethea, attracted primarily by her money. He appears to Alethea incapable of jealousy, but this is true only insofar as the envy of other men increases the “value” of his prospective wife, whom he thinks he owns.

Female Identifying
Margery Pinchwife (20-35) - The attractive young “country wife” of the title, Margery is newly married to Jack Pinchwife and is visiting London for the first time to see Alethea’s wedding. Unaccustomed to city ways, she is largely guileless but perhaps not so incapable of intrigue as she first appears. Her unrefined sexual vitality and all-around naturalness contrast with the hyper-civilized corruption of the Londoners around her.
Alethea Pinchwife (25-40) - The younger sister of Jack Pinchwife, who wants to marry her off for financial reasons. She is engaged to Sparkish, whom she values because he appears incapable of jealousy; in the course of the play, however, she attracts the amorous attentions of Harcourt, whom she begins to value for his intelligence and gallantry. Alethea is the most straightforwardly admirable person in the play: her residence in London and enjoyment of the pleasures of the town have sharpened her wits but not dulled her morals.
Lady Fidget (30-55) - The wife of Sir Jasper Fidget, younger than her husband and a leading figure in “the virtuous gang.” Utterly hypocritical, she piques herself on her virtue in public and avails herself of Horner’s physical charms in private.

Female identifying, trans or nonbinary:
Lucy (any age)- Alethea’s clever and sensible maidservant. She is skeptical of her mistress’s plans to marry the vapid Sparkish, and resourceful in coming up with schemes to encourage a match with Harcourt. Horner also enlists her to spread the rumor of his impotence.
Dainty Fidget (30-50) - The unmarried sister of Sir Jasper Fidget. Like Lady Fidget, she is a member of “the virtuous gang” and secretly a conquest of Horner’s.
Mistress Squeamish (20-35)- A young unmarried cousin of the Fidgets. Like Lady Fidget, she is a member of “the virtuous gang” and secretly a conquest of Horner’s.

Audition/Interview Dates:
email for appointment

Callbacks or second audition/interview?
May 22-24

Audition Requirements:
Sides will be emailed when audition times are confirmed
Auditions will be May 22-24
Callbacks will be 27th/28th

Sides/Script download:
available soon

Monetary compensation:
$50 per person

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