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Auditions

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Sordid Lives
by Del Shores

 

Directed by Keri McClain

Runs: June 1 – 17
Rehearsals: begin Apr 23

 

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Audition Times

  • Sat, Apr 7, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
  • Sun, Apr 8, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Callbacks: Wed., Apr 11, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Location

Auditions will held at the theatre, 319 N. Gay Street [directions]. For more information, email info@theatreknoxville.com.

Available Roles

  • Bitsy Mae Harling – Female, 18+ – a local ex-con singer with "a reputation" who is a close friend of Peggy's. MUST SING AND PLAY GUITAR.
  • Ty Williamson – Male, 25-35 – the son of Latrelle, Ty is a closeted gay man who left behind the small Southern Baptist town in Texas and moved to West Hollywood to become an actor.
  • Sissy Hickey – Female, mid 50s – Peggy's caretaker and dear family friend who picked the wrong day to quit smoking.
  • Noletta Nethercott – Female, early 40s – Sissy's next-door neighbor, angry and overweight, the distraught wife of G.W. Nethercott and best friend to LaVonda.
  • Latrelle Williamson – Female, early 50s – One of Peggy's daughters, Ty's uptight proper mother, LaVonda's sister.
  • LaVonda Dupree – Female, late 40s – Latrelle's young sister and Peggy's younger daughter, a free spirit who is also Noleta's best friend.
  • G.W. Nethercott – Male, late 40s – Distraught legless Vietnam vet, Noleta's husband.
  • Wardell "Bubba" Owens – Male, late 40s – former gay-bashing remorseful bartender who is also G.W's friend and the object of Brother Boy's affection.
  • Odell Owens – Male, mid 40s – Bubba's brother who is scarred for life by a pig-bloating incident and is a worthless storyteller who hangs out in Bubba's bar.
  • Dr. Eve Bolinger – Female, late 40s – the over-sexed, pill-popping, alcoholic therapist.
  • Earl "Brother Boy" Ingram – Male, late 40s – a Tammy Wynette-obsessed transvestite who has been institutionalized for 23 years for being a cross-dressing homosexual.
  • Juanita Bartlett – Female, 50-60 - local barfly with huge hair and makeup to match, Wardell's short-term memory friend.
If you are auditioning for Bitsy Mae, please prepare a short song accompanying yourself on the guitar.

The roles of G.W., Wardell, and Odell involve the actors appearing on stage in their underwear.

Audition Requirements

  • A current headshot and resume are strongly encouraged but not required.
  • A monologue is not required. We will primarily do cold readings from the script.
  • Bring a detailed list of conflicts for April-June.

Synopsis

A black comedy about white trash! A colorful family from a small Texas town must come to grips with the accidental death of the elderly family matriarch during a clandestine meeting in a seedy motel with her much younger married neighbor. The woman's family must deal with their own demons while preparing for what could be an embarrassing funeral.

"[This play by] the master of Texas Comedy...is maybe funnier than Daddy's Dyin'. His colorful eccentrics are dead on, teetering on a Bowie knife's edge between the hilarious improbable and the achingly real."
— The Los Angeles Times

"Run, don't walk to Del Shores new play!"
— DramaLogue

"Pick of the Week."
— L.A. Weekly

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