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The Country Wife [CLOSED]
Theater Schmeater

  • The Country Wife [CLOSED]
  • Theater Schmeater
  • Non-Union Theater
  • Theater or Stage
  • Open to All
  • Seattle, WA
  • Project Begins: Feb , 2018
  • Project Ends: Apr , 2018


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Theater Schmeater is holding auditions for its spring production of The Country Wife, adapted by Rachel Atkins and directed by Elizabeth Wu. We are seeking a diverse cast, and people of all gender identities, body types, ethnicities and sexual orientations will be considered.

Important dates:

TECH
Sunday, March 18 - Wednesday, March 21

PREVIEW
Thursday, March 22

RUN
Friday, March 23 - Saturday, April 14
Shows are Th-Sat at 8:00 PM


AUDITIONS
Sunday, November 19 - 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Monday, November 20 - 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
• All roles available EXCEPT Margery.
• Sides and script will be available upon confirmation of your audition appointment.
• Compensation: $50 stipend + 1% of box office sales
• Rachel Atkins is a Seattle-based playwright and teaching artist whose plays have been produced locally and nationally. Her play BLACK LIKE US received the Gregory Award for Best New Play in 2014, two Seattle Times Footlight Awards, including Top World Premiere, and was a 2014 American Theatre Critics Association Steinberg New Play Award nominee.
• Elizabeth Wu was a director in Intiman Theatre's 2017 Emerging Artists Program, and worked with Desdemona Chiang as Assistant Director for ACT's King of the Yees and Seattle Public Theater's World of Extreme Happiness.

 

Character Breakdown / Project Needs
SYNOPSIS:
Margery Pinchwife is a new bride, just arrived in the city with her husband and sister-in-law as Harry Horner, a notorious playboy, spreads the false rumor of his own impotence as cover for his affairs with the “honorable” women of society, including Sir Jaspar’s wife and her cohorts in the so-called “virtuous gang.” Jack Pinchwife, Horner’s former friend (and possibly lover), desperately attempts to keep Margery under his control and locked away from the temptations of city life, while also trying to marry off his good sister Alithea to Sparkish, a ridiculous fop. Margery makes her escape—to Horner. Sparkish and Pinchwife reveal their true selves. Alithea finds a better match for herself with Horner’s friend Harcourt. And Alithea’s maid Lucy manipulates behind the scenes of everyone’s schemes through a tangled web of sexual innuendo, social hypocrisy, code-switching, and lies, in a society in which nearly all are wearing a mask of some kind.


CAST & CHARACTERS:

FEMALE IDENTIFYING:

MARGERY PINCHWIFE (THIS ROLE IS CAST): Newly married to Jack. Her mask is an innocent, guileless, obedient country bumpkin, and she presents it to almost everyone except Alithea. She learns quickly and is smarter than she lets on. She wants to use her new role as a London wife to her advantage, to gain her freedom in the city.

ALITHEA PINCHWIFE (25-40): Younger sister of Jack, engaged to Sparkish, witty, straightforward, honest and honorable. Margery’s ally, but she is beholden to and powerless under her controlling brother. Falls in love with Harcourt. Her mask is the dependent, submissive woman, but she fights against it with her honesty and intellect. She wants to free herself from her brother’s control without compromising her morals.

LUCY (any age): Alithea’s clever, sensible, and insightful maid. Resourceful in organizing and executing intrigues and schemes. Knows everybody, sees everything, and understands how to use this to her advantage. She can change her mask to suit the situation and her own needs. She wants to personally profit from assisting the upper class in their shenanigans.

LADY FIDGET (25-55): Wife of Sir Jasper Fidget, the leader of “the virtuous gang” of Society ladies. Her mask is the upright, uptight and honorable Society wife, which she uses with her husband and in public, in order to enjoy herself with her friends and lovers in private. Has a secret affair with Horner. She wants to do as she pleases without getting caught, so she can maintain her reputation and standing.

DAINTY FIDGET (25-55): Unmarried sister of Sir Jasper Fidget, one of Lady Fidget’s sidekicks (and competitors) in “the virtuous gang” of Society ladies. Her mask is the upright, uptight and honorable Society woman, which she uses with in public so she may enjoy herself with her friends and lovers in private. Has a secret affair with Horner. She wants to keep up with Lady Fidget and do as she pleases without getting caught, so she can maintain her reputation and standing.

MISTRESS SQUEAMISH (20-35): Unmarried cousin of the Fidgets, one of Lady Fidget’s sidekicks (and competitors) in “the virtuous gang” of Society ladies. Her mask is the upright, uptight and honorable Society woman, which she uses with in public so she may enjoy herself with her friends and lovers in private. Has a secret affair with Horner. She wants to keep up with Lady and Dainty Fidget and do as she pleases without getting caught, so she can maintain her reputation and standing.

MALE IDENTIFYING:

HARRY HORNER (20-50): A notorious, attractive London playboy, rake and wit. He wears a variety of masks to suit his needs: the impotent eunuch in public and in front of the husbands whose wives he wants to sleep with; the loyal Three Musketeers buddy to his male friends; the smitten lover to his sexual conquests. His many masks make it difficult to know who the real Horner is. He wants to do as he pleases without getting caught.

JACK PINCHWIFE (40-60): Newly married to Margery. A former playboy, he is now the archetypal jealous husband: tyrannical, suspicious and violent. He attempts to mask these qualities behind a show of strength, but does not succeed. He may have a sexual history with Horner as well as a friendship. He wants control and power.

SPARKISH (25-40): A shallow, self-centered playboy who considers himself a wit, but is thought a ridiculous fool by everyone else. Believes that others think as highly of him as he does of himself. Engaged to Alithea and wears the mask of the devoted lover until he thinks she has been unfaithful to him. He wants admiration, and Alithea’s dowry.

FRANK HARCOURT (20-40): A witty, rakish but more honest friend of Horner’s. Falls in love with Alithea, which brings out his better nature, although he still employs trickery to attain her. His masks are temporary and primarily aimed at Sparkish (the good friend, the parson). He wants Alithea to agree to marry him.

SIR JASPAR FIDGET (40-60): An oblivious and gullible Society gentleman, married to Lady Fidget. Believes he is more aware and insightful than he is. Wears the mask of the devoted husband because Society expects it. He wants to keep his wife happy and (he thinks) under his control, but without having to exert too much effort.


Audition/Interview Dates:
Nov. 19 & 20

Callbacks or second audition/interview?
TBD, if needed

Audition Requirements:
Sides from script

Sides/Script download:
Available upon appointment confirmation

Monetary compensation:
$50 stipend + 1% of box office sales

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