Woodinville Repertory Theatre will be holding auditions for their upcoming production of The Skin Of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder.
Auditions Dates and times: December 18 and 19 2017 email for time: Steve Cooper: firstname.lastname@example.org
Callbacks or second audition/interview?
Callbacks: December 20 2017
Prepare a monologue of your choice
A small stipend
email your picture and resume
Produce the publisher prize winning play of Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth directed by Steve Cooper
Performance dates: Mar. 2,3,9,10,16,17,23,24 at 7:30 PM and Mar 3, 11,18 and 25 at 2 PM
Meet George and Maggie Antrobus of Excelsior, New Jersey, a suburban, commuter-town couple (married for 5,000 years), who bear more than a casual resemblance to that first husband and wife, Adam and Eve: the two Antrobus children, Gladys (perfect in every way, of course) and Henry (who likes to throw rocks and was formerly known as Cain); and their garrulous maid, Sabina (the eternal seductress), who takes it upon herself to break out of character and interrupt the course of the drama at every opportunity (“I don’t understand a word of this play!”). Whether he is inventing the alphabet or merely saving the world from apocalypse, George and his redoubtable family somehow manage to survive – by the skin of their teeth.
Completed by the author less than a month after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, The Skin of Our Teeth (1942) broke from established theatrical conventions and walked off with the 1943 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Combining farce, burlesque, satire, and elements of the comic strip, Thornton Wilder depicts an Everyman Family as it narrowly escapes one end-of-the-world disaster after another, from the Ice Age to flood to war.
The Skin of Our Teeth is a play by Thornton Wilder which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It opened on October 15, 1942 at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut, before moving to the Plymouth Theatre on Broadway on November 18, 1942. It was produced by Michael Myerberg and directed by Elia Kazan. The play is a three-part allegory about the life of mankind, centering on the Antrobus family of the fictional town of Excelsior, New Jersey. The original production starred Tallulah Bankhead, Fredric March, Florence Eldridge, and Montgomery Clift. Bankhead won a Variety Award for Best Actress and the New York Drama Critics Award for Best Actress of the Year for her role as Sabina. When she left the production in March 1943, she was replaced by Miriam Hopkins. Hopkins was in turn replaced by Gladys George. For two performances, while George was ill, Lizabeth Scott, who had been Bankhead’s understudy, was called in to play the role. Scott then played the role for the production’s run in Boston. Originally billed in New York as “Elizabeth Scott”, she dropped the “E” before taking the part in Boston, and it became her breakthrough role. The epic comedy-drama is noted as among the most heterodox of classic American comedies — it broke nearly every established theatrical convention.
Character Breakdown / Project Needs
Skin of our Teeth character breakdown:
George Antrobus – Father, 50ish. Not only the father of the family, but of the entire human race
Maggie Antrobus – Mother, 50ish. “mama-bear” facing each new crisis with energy and determination to survice
Gladys Antrobus – Daughter, ages from 8 to about 20ish. Innocent, emerging sexuality
Henry Antrobus – Son, ages from about 10 or 12 to 30ish. Cain, the evil within
Lily Sabina – Family Maid; the temptress of the play
Ensemble breakdown (the actors in these roles will all play multiple characters. A strong background in improvisation and movement will be useful):
Actor 1 – male, 40 to 50ish
Mr. Fitzpatrick (stage manager), Chair pusher, Conveener
Actor 2 – male, 30ish
telegraph boy, Homer, Broadcast official, Fred Bailey
Actor 3, male 30 to 50ish
Mr. Tremayne, Moses, Conveener
Actor 4 – female, 20ish
Dinosaur, Ivy, Bingo Caller, Miss E. Muse, Conveener
Actor 5 – female, 30ish
Mammoth, Hester, Fortune Teller, Miss T. Muse, Conveener
And other characters that may be needed….
- Contact Person: Steve Cooper
- Primary Phone: 206-660-3753
- Secondary Phone: 206-714-4783
- E-mail: email@example.com
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