Auditions for Theatre in the Grove’s production of “August: Osage County” will be at 7 p.m. December 8th and 9th at Theatre in the Grove, 2028 Pacific Avenue in Forest Grove.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Monologues of 1-2 minutes are welcome but in no way mandatory. No appointments necessary. All roles are volunteer.
Performance dates are February 28th through March 16th 2014, Fri and Sat at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm.
Rehearsals will officially begin the first week of January, with potentially a TBA read through and table work in December.
Discretion is advised as the show deals with adult subject matter and language.
For more information please contact the director Zachary Centers at ZatchTheNinja@gmail.com
Beverly Weston (Age: 60-70)
The father and patriarch of the Weston family, aged 69. An alcoholic and former poet, his mysterious disappearance one evening and eventually discovered death are the reasons for the family’s reunion. The reasons for his alleged suicide are a major plot point that bring some of the family’s dark past painfully back into the light.
Violet Weston (Age: 55-70)
The mother and matriarch of the Weston family, aged 65. Suffering from cancer of the mouth, she is addicted to several prescription drugs, mostly depressants and narcotics. After an ugly rant at Beverly’s funeral dinner, the family’s focus shifts to keeping her clean. Despite her drug-induced episodes, she is sharp-tongued and shrewd: she is aware of the family’s many secrets and not hesitant to reveal them for her own benefit.
Barbara Fordham (Age: 40-50)
The oldest daughter of the Weston Family, age 46. Mother of Jean and wife of Bill, though they are currently separated. She is a college professor in Boulder, Colorado. She wants to save her marriage, but has the intense need to control everything around her as it falls apart.
Ivy Weston (Age: 35-45)
The middle daughter of the Weston family, age 44. The only daughter to stay in Oklahoma, she teaches at the local college, and her calm and patient exterior hides a passionate woman who is gradually growing cynical. She is secretly having an affair with her “cousin”, Little Charles, and plans to move to New York with him.
Karen Weston (Age: 35-45)
The youngest daughter in the Weston family, age 40. She is newly engaged to Steve, whom she considers the “perfect man”, and lives with him in Florida, planning to marry him soon. Karen can talk of little else but her own happiness even at her father’s funeral, and she clearly chooses to lie to herself about her sleazy fiancé rather than face the reality of not getting a happy ending.
Bill Fordham (Age: 40-50)
Barbara’s estranged husband and Jean’s father, age 49. A college professor, he has left his wife for a younger woman named Cindy, one of his students, but wants to be there for his family. His marriage is disintegrating and his patience is slowly running thin.
Jean Fordham (18+ able to play 14-15)
Bill and Barbara’s smart-tongued 14-year-old daughter. She smokes pot and cigarettes, is a vegetarian, loves old movies, and is bitter about her parents’ split. More naive than she would like to believe.
Steve Heidebrecht (Age: 40-50)
Karen’s fiancé, age 50. A businessman in Florida, (whose business, it is hinted, centers around the Middle East and may be less than legitimate) and not the “perfect man” that Karen considers him. He eventually sexually molests Jean after the two smoke pot together.
Mattie Fae Aiken (Age: 55-65)
Violet’s sister, Charlie’s wife and Little Charles’ mother, age 57. Just as jaded as her sister, Mattie Fae constantly belittles her son and antagonizes her husband. Eventually she reveals the major plot point that Beverly, not Charlie, is the real father of Little Charles.
Charlie Aiken (Age: 55-65)
Husband of Mattie Fae and the presumed father of Little Charles, age 60. Charlie, a genial man, was a lifelong friend of Beverly. He struggles to get Mattie Fae to respect Little Charles.
“Little” Charles Aiken (Age: 35-40)
Son of Mattie Fae and Beverly, 37 years old—but, like everyone else, he believes Charlie is his father. Unemployed and clumsy, his mother calls him a “screw-up”, which may be a self-fulfilling prophecy. He is secretly having an affair with Ivy, who is revealed to actually be his half-sister.
Johnna Monevata (Age: 20-30)
A Cheyenne Indian woman, age 26, whom Beverly hires as a live-in housekeeper shortly before he disappears. Violet is prejudiced against her, but she wins over the other family members with her cooking skills, hard work, and empathy. Johnna is the silent witness to much of the mayhem in the house.
Sheriff Deon Gilbeau (Age: 40-50)
A high-school classmate and former boyfriend of Barbara’s, age 47, who brings the news of Beverly’s suicide to the family.
Ages listed are a suggested age range to fit the characters ages. If you are capable of the listed age range but not within it please still feel encouraged to audition. The role of Jean will be played by an actor 18 years or over due to content of the show/character.