✩✩✩ AUDITIONS ✩✩✩


True West Auditions

by Sam Shepard

Auditions: July 23 - 24, 7pm - 10pm | Callbacks: July 25, 7 - 10pm
Location: Main Street Players, 6766 Main Street, Miami Lakes, FL 33014
Production Dates: September 27 - October 20, 2019


Well-educated Austin, and thieving con man Lee are estranged brothers from different worlds who reunite in their mom's California home, where Austin is working out a screenplay deal he has sold to Hollywood producer Saul. Lee pitches his own idea for a movie to Saul, who then wants Austin to junk his bleak, modern love story and write Lee’s trashy Western tale.Challenges are issued, many drinks are downed, Toaster and TV are stole and the siblings find that they might not be such opposites after all. This dynamic, darkly funny play by iconic actor-writer Sam Shepard is a tale of brotherly love and competition and the Fallibility of the American Dream.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

AUSTIN – To play early to mid-30s, attractive, appealing, has worked hard to escape the legacy of his alcoholic father, forged his own identity, went East to an Ivy League college and now lives in Northern California, but his initial early success as a screenwriter has stalled in the last several years and he is desperate to make a sale with this new script, questioning everything he has worked hard to achieve: professional success, his role as a husband and father, playing the game, feels stuck, his calm, arranged demeanor belies the simmering volcano within. 

LEE  - To play mid to Late 40s, Austin's older brother, a drifter, con-man, jack-of-all-trades, scoffs at material and professional success and pretention even as he is deeply envious of his younger brother's accomplishments, identifies with their alcoholic father and feels he needs to save him, cunning, dangerous, charming, charismatic, funny, has reached the end of the line at the top of the play, arrives with nothing: no money, no car, no plans.

SAUL - To play 40s-60s, a Hollywood movie producer, probably worked his way up from the bottom over the years, a surrogate father to both Austin and Lee, a player, can be affable but is a shark and has to be underneath it all.

MOM – To play early 60s, Austin & Lee's mother, a featured role only appearing in the final scene but a heartbreaking and layered character. 

People of all races and ethnicities are encouraged and invited to audition.

 

  • PREPARATION:  

  • Please prepare a 1-3 minute modern comedic monologue. Be prepared to improvise.  Be prepared for cold readings from the script. A headshot & resume is not required, but extremely helpful (and very highly encouraged!) . Be prepare to provide all known conflicts. Rehearsal will be held during August and September. Rehearsal schedule will be weekdays evenings 7:30-10:00 and over the weekend with times to be determine based on cast schedules. 

For more information and to reserve an audition timeslot please contact director Isaac Polanco at info@mainstreetplayers.com


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