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Audition: 'The Pillowman' at Dover Little Theatre

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Dover Little Theatre will be holding auditions for Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman. Directed by Tom Blewitt of Budd Lake, this show echoes the works of Stoppard, Kafka, and the Brothers Grimm and centers on a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state who is being interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a series of child murders. The result is an urgent work of theatrical bravura and an unflinching examination of the very nature and purpose of art.

Auditions will be held Monday January 6, 2014 and Tuesday January 7, 2014 at 7 p.m. with call backs on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Sides from the script will be provided. A 1-2 minute contemporary monologue is welcomed but not necessary. All those auditioning should be prepared to do a cold reading from the script.

Blewitt is seeking to cast non-union actors for the following:

Katurian – male, age 20-40, Brother of Michal, a writer of short stories, intelligent, has rebellious quality

Michal – male, age 20-40, Older brother of Katurian, mentally challenged, innocent, good sense of humor, inner toughness

Tupolski – male, age 30-50, Superior to Ariel, high ranking officer, sarcastic, has dark sense of humor, cruel

Ariel – male, age 20-40, Works with Tupolski, prone to violence, volatile, has inner vulnerability

There are also four ensemble characters who are an integral part in storytelling: Two males, one adult and one child ages 9-15 and two females, one adult and one child ages 9-15. These characters will be asked to improv a scene without words. Please be advised that the content of the material may be inappropriate for some children. Parents are free to attend all rehearsals. Actors should move well.

The production runs March 15-29, 2014. Friday and Saturday performances start at 8 p.m. and Sunday matiness begin at 2 p.m. Please note that everyone cast in this show MUST be available for every performance. There is no compensation for this performance.

Technical & Backstage Volunteers are also sought. Please email director, Tom Blewitt, at tomsquad73@yahoo.com with any audition questions, concerns or if interested in volunteering. If you need to speak to a live person, call Dover Little Theatre (973) 328 9202 and someone will return the call.

Auditions and performances will be held at the Dover Little Theatre, 69 Elliott Street, Dover. http://www.doverlittletheatre.org

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