Auditions for The Curious Savage will be held on:
- March 28, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Director Nick Cherone will be casting:
Florence, a woman in her late twenties, is an inmate at The Cloisters. She
is naturally elegant and maternal, and her warm smile always lightens the
mood. She believes that the doll that she carries around is, in fact, her
five-year-old son, John Thomas. She is polite and kind to everyone, making
sure to always have proper etiquette.
Hannibal, a man in his thirties, is an inmate at The Cloisters. He is
described as "pink, plump, and cherubic." He is gifted at mathematics, and he used to be a statistician for the government; he uses math constantly
and often muses on such things as the placement of body parts. He believes
that he is a master of the violin, but in reality he cannot play.
Fairy May, a woman in her early twenties, is another inmate at The
Cloisters. She believes she is beautiful despite her unkempt appearance:
she is pale and slender with frazzled hair, unflattering dresses, and
wide-rimmed glasses. Her energy and light-hearted attitude are always
amusing but sometimes annoying. She is a compulsive liar, inventing
fantastical stories about her childhood that are clearly not factual.
Jeff, one of the inmates at The Cloisters, is a handsome man of about
twenty-five. He is more quiet and reserved than some of the other inmates,
but he possesses a maturity that surpasses his age. He fought in World War II, but quit before his plan was shot down. He believes that this has left him with physical scars on his face, when really he possesses only
emotional scars. He is married to Miss Willie, which is revealed at the end
of the play.
Mrs. Paddy, the final inmate at The Cloisters, is a stout, middle-aged
woman of "awesome ferocity." She is hostile and detached from the other
inmates. When her husband told her to shut up, she decided never to talk
again; now she merely lists the countless things that she hates. She
frequently paints "seascapes," which consist of one undulating line. While
she may come across as vicious and stubborn, she expresses her affection
for Mrs. Savage at the end of the play.
Miss Willie is the nurse at The Cloisters. She is very compassionate,
treating the inmates with warmth and respect despite her occasional
frustration. She used to be an army nurse but has worked at The Cloisters
ever since her husband, Jeff, was admitted there. She enjoys her job and
has never let any inmate pay her to escape.
Dr. Emmett is the doctor at The Cloisters. S/he is rational and calm,
trating every situation with composure and sensibility and providing an
authority figure to the inmates. S/he acts as the voice of reason in the
sanitarium, genuinely caris about the inmates and wanting them to enjoy
their stay at The Cloisters.
Titus, one of the Savage step-children, is a wealthy, successfully
businessman. He is aristocratic, stuck-up, and greedy, just like his
siblings. He looks upon the inmates in The Cloisters with scorn and
disgust, and he always acts very pompously. He is disrespectful to everyone
around him, including his brother and sister.
Lily Belle, the sister of Titus and Samule, is tall, thin, and very chic.
She is self-confident and assured, but has a quick temper. She has been
romantically involved with many men in the past, and her various past
relationships are often ridiculed by her siblings and stepmother. Lily
Belle is stubborn, stuck-up, and very materialistic. She is rumored to
sleep wearing a tiara.
Samuel, the third Savage sibling, is less pretentious than the other two.
He is short, awkward, and undistinguished, seeming to follow whatever his
siblings do and say. He seems to have the least power among the Savage
Ethel Savage is an eccentric woman who desires to fulfill the dreams of
others. She has a small and youthful face with bright, expressive eyes,
making her always seem amused and cheerful. Her hair has a blue tint, and
she always carries around a large teddy bear. She is kind and accepting,
not judging any of the inmates despite their obvious quirks. While
initially resistant to staying at The Cloisters, by the end she expresses
her desire to live there permanently. In contrast with the other inmates,
Mrs. Savage is peculiar yet still maintains an accurate perception of
herself and of the world around her.
Please bring headshot, resume and conflicts between date of audition and
?June 25, 2017. Also bring a prepared comedic monologue 1-2 minutes in
length. The Director will have some monologues available also. See below.
While the director would prefer to hear each auditioner perform a monologue
of his or her own choosing, he also recognizes that choosing ones own
monologue could be a daunting proposition. If you would prefer, you are welcome to prepare one of the following monologues from the show for your audition. It would be ideal to have audition monologues performed from
memory, but that isn't a requirement.
Hannibal (pg. 25)
Fairy knows that I used to be a statistician. My last position was with the government, charting trends. I was supposed to keep my finger on the pulse
of the public and my ear to the ground. It was a very vulnerable position.
I was fired and replaced by an electronic calculator. I don't hate
electricity like Mrs. Paddy--but I did want to make money with my brains. So
I spent the next two years trying to think of something that could be made
for a dime--sold for a dollar--and was habit-forming. I'm afraid that my
education was wasted.
Dr. Emmett (pg. 75)
Jeffrey sees only what he wants to see--an excuse for not facing the future. Does Florence see that her child was taken from her? Does Fairy see what
the mirror should tell her? No. They've found refuge in an egg-shell world
where you don't belong. For you see yourself clearly, I'm sure. You belong
in the world you can best serve. The impulse to live your life with courage
was right. Go ahead with your Memorial. And don't be betrayed by the
illusion of contentment. The door is open for you. Make your peace with
Performances are scheduled to run from June 2, 2017 to June 25, 2017.