Theater Company of Lafayette
Shorn by Nora Douglass, directed by Madge Montgomery, will be produced by Theater Company of Lafayette. Rehearsals begin in June, 2019, and tech rehearsals will be held Sunday, July 28th thought August 1st. Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays, August 2nd though August 17th. There will be two Sunday matinees at 2 pm on August 4th and 11th. The rehearsals schedule will be set after casting, but will generally be held on weekday evenings with some weekend rehearsals possible.
The role of Lena has been cast. We will be auditioning actors for Claire, a young woman, and August, a young man.
Auditions will be held on May 5th and 6th at the Mary Miller Theater (300 East Simpson Street in Lafayette). No monologue is required. There will be cold readings from the script. Please bring a resume and headshot, and be prepared to list any conflicts with the rehearsal process.
Please contact the director via email for more information or to receive an excerpt from the script: [email protected]
Shorn has been in development for a few years. It received a reading through Saturday University, sponsored by the Seattle Asian Art Museum, and had a fully staged, script-in-hand production with professional actors at Theater 33 in Wllliamette, Oregon.
The play is a character driven piece about individual survival when the world is under siege. The location and time are indeterminate, but the characters are very recognizable. Lena, an older woman, has held onto to her scrubby piece of land even as a war rages on around her. She cares for a young man named August who is mute and appears to be profoundly impaired. Claire, a disgraced outcast, is dumped on Lena’s property after having her hair shorn by the women from a neighboring town. Claire proves to be a disruptor to the quiet life that Lena and August have built. Gradually, we discover that the characters hold many secrets, and nothing is quite as it seems.
Though the play is poignant and deals with the ravages of war, it is quite funny in many places, with quick witted characters and some physical comedy. In the end though, the play is about the lies that we tell to protect ourselves from exterior and interior pain, and what is required to find truth and connection between deeply wounded people.
|| Madge Montgomery