by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Helen Ellis
Please contact the director to confirm your audition.
Audition dates: Monday 24 September at 7.30 pm
Possible callbacks – Monday 1 October at 7.30 pm
Audition venue: Guide Hall, Glebe Ave, Cheltenham (off Charman Rd)
Season dates: 15, 16, 17*, 21, 22, 23**, 24*, 28 February, 1, 2 March 2019 Evenings: 8 pm
Matinees: **Saturday, *Sundays at 2.30 pm
Performance venue: Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Rd, Parkdale
Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighbourhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month’s pay check covers last month’s bills, and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling, who has made it out of Southie, might be her ticket to a fresh new start. Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out.
With his signature humorous glow, Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.
Frances McDormand played Margie in the initial Broadway production, and hailed her character Margie Walsh as one who would be studied in classrooms in years to come, which is not surprising as Margie is a great American archetype: a female Willy Loman, perhaps.
Margaret – About 50, tough, working class single mother, with a sense of humour even in her desperation (lead role)
Mike – About 50, a doctor, wealthy, affable, married to Kate (featured supporting role)
Jean – 50+, Margie’s friend, pushy, loud, protective (supporting role)
Dottie – 60s, Margie’s landlady, manipulative, opportunistic (supporting role)
Stevie – Late 20s, store manager, practical, self-assured (supporting role)
Kate – 30s, Mike’s wife, African-American, dignified, kind (supporting role)
All auditionees must have read the script. Please contact the Director for a copy.
Boston accent is essential for all except Kate.