Desire Under the Elms
by Eugene O’Neill
Directed by Javen Tanner
*Auditions will be held Friday, February 24th, 6:30pm.
*Callbacks will be the following morning, 9am – Noon.
*Auditions and Callbacks will be at The Waterford School Black Box
1700 East 9400 South, Sandy, UT
From 9400 South, turn south on 1700 East. Go past the paved parking lot on your right, and then take a right onto the small road that goes behind the school. (There is a brick Waterford sign where you turn.) Enter the gravel lot and veer left toward the southernmost building on campus, the Heuston Center for the Arts.
The role of Ephraim Cabot will be played by Bob Nelson.
We are currently casting the following roles (NON-EQUITY):
About 30 – 35.
Buxom, full of vitality. There are strength and obstinacy in her jaw, a hard determination in her eyes, and about her whole personality, the same unsettled, untamed, desperate quality so apparent in Eben.
About 25. Athletic build.
“There is a fierce, repressed vitality about him.”
Mid to late thirties.
Half brother to Eben.
Half brother to Eben.
Simeon’s and Peter’s “shoulders stoop a bit from years of farm work. They clump heavily along in their clumsy thick-soled boots caked with earth.” They are “fleshier in body, more bovine and homelier in face, shrewder and more practical’ [than Eben]. (The roles of Simeon and Peter will be doubled with minor roles in Act 3.)
ALL ROLES ARE PAID.
WHAT TO PREPARE
Please prepare a one-minute, dramatic monologue in a dialect of your choice. Your monologue should not be in verse. This will help me see your comfort with a dialect.
Also prepare to read the given side for the character for which you are auditioning. I want to see how you do with the play’s dialect as written. Don’t be afraid of this. Just go for it.
Please email a head shot and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org to request an appointment for Friday evening.
I killed him, I tell ye! I smothered him. Go up an’ see if ye don’t b’lieve me! Don’t ye dare tech me! What right hev ye t’ question me ’bout him? He wa’n’t yewr son! Think I’d have a son by yew? I’d die fust! I hate the sight o’ ye an’ allus did! It’s yew I should’ve murdered, if I’d had good sense! I hate ye! I love Eben. I did from the fust. An’ he was Eben’s son–mine an’ Eben’s–not your’n!
(harshly) They was chores t’ do, wa’n’t they? (a pause–then slowly) It was on’y arter she died I come to think o’ it. Me cookin’–doin’ her work–that made me know her, suffer her sufferin’–she’d come back t’ help–come back t’ bile potatoes–come back t’ fry bacon–come back t’ bake biscuits–come back all cramped up t’ shake the fire, an’ carry ashes, her eyes weepin’ an’ bloody with smoke an’ cinders same’s they used t’ be. She still comes back–stands by the stove thar in the evenin’–she can’t find it nateral sleepin’ an’ restin’ in peace. She can’t git used t’ bein’ free–even in her grave.
SIMEON and PETER:
Mebbe. I didn’t say nothin’ and he says, lookin’ kinder queer an’ sick: “I been hearin’ the hens cluckin’ an’ the roosters crowin’ all the durn day. I been listenin’ t’ the cows lowin’ an’ everythin’ else kickin’ up till I can’t stand it no more. It’s spring an’ I’m feelin’ damned,” he says. “Damned like an old bare hickory tree fit on’y fur burnin’,” he says. An’ then I calc’late I must’ve looked a mite hopeful, fur he adds real spry and vicious: “But don’t git no fool idee I’m dead. I’ve sworn t’ live a hundred an’ I’ll do it, if on’y t’ spite yer sinful greed! An’ now I’m ridin’ out t’ learn God’s message t’ me in the spring, like the prophets done. An’ yew git back t’ yer plowin’,” he says. An’ he druv off singin’ a hymn. I thought he was drunk–‘r I’d stopped him goin.’
HERE is a link to the play.
*Rehearsals will begin Monday, August 7th.
Monday – Friday, 6:30 – 10pm.
Saturday, 9am – 3pm, with a lunch break.
Rehearsals will take place at the Waterford Black Box.
*The show will open on Friday, Sept. 1st, at the Regent Street Black Box (Eccles), with three shows that opening weekend (two on Saturday).
*After that, it will perform Thursdays through Saturdays, closing on Sept. 16th.
*There will be two pick up rehearsals, line-throughs with marked blocking. Wednesday, Sept. 6th, and Wednesday, Sept. 13th.
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