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Join us for auditions for the exciting production of THE CLEAN HOUSE by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Camile Thomsen. Please find information regarding the auditions below.
If you are unable to make the audition date and time, never fear! Please contact Camile at email@example.com to schedule an audition time.
THE CLEAN HOUSE by Sarah Ruhl
The play takes place in what the author describes as "metaphysical Connecticut," mostly in the home of a married couple who are both doctors. They have hired a housekeeper named Matilde, an aspiring comedian from Brazil who's more interested in coming up with the perfect joke than in house-cleaning. Lane, the lady of the house, has an eccentric sister named Virginia who's just nuts about house-cleaning. She and Matilde become fast friends, and Virginia takes over the cleaning while Matilde works on her jokes. Trouble comes when Lane's husband Charles reveals that he has found his soul mate, or "bashert" in a cancer patient named Anna, on whom he has operated. The actors who play Charles and Anna also play Matilde's parents in a series of dream-like memories, as we learn the story about how they literally killed each other with laughter, giving new meaning to the phrase, "I almost died laughing." This theatrical and wildly funny play is a whimsical and poignant look at class, comedy and the true nature of love.
Lane, a doctor, a woman in her early fifties. She wears white.
Matilde, Lane’s cleaning lady, a woman in her late twenties. She wears black. She is Brazilian. She has a refined sense of deadpan.
Virginia, Lane’s sister, a woman in her late fifties.
Charles, Lane’s husband, a man in his fifties. A compassionate surgeon. He is child like underneath his white coat. In the first Act, Charles plays Matilde’s father.
Ana, a woman who is older than Lane*. She is Argentinean. She is impossibly charismatic. In the first Act she plays Matilde’s mother.
*Ana is named as sixty-seven within the dialogue. This number may be changed from production to production if need be.
Everyone in this play should be able to tell a really good joke.
Casting: 4 women and 1male
Audition: Monday, May 22 from 6p-8p (or by appointment) at the Old Town Actors Studio
Please be prepared with 2 contrasting contemporary monologues, and tell 1 joke, preferably in the spirit of the show.
Tentative note on rehearsal schedule:
Rehearsals will begin 3rd week in June; production dates are August 18, 19, 21, 25, 26, 28, Sept. 1 & 2
Except for performances, no Friday or Saturday rehearsals; no rehearsals during Independence Day holiday break from 6/30 - 7/10; and there will be the following (4) Sunday rehearsals: June 25, July 16, 23, and 30.
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