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Auditions: 'Good People' for Director Frank Licato and Summit Playhouse

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The Summit Playhouse’s first production of its 2014-2015 season will be “Good People.” This play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, screenwriter, lyricist and librettist David Lindsay-Abaire, “Good People” is a stark, yet frequently humorous depiction of people with insecurities driven by limited means and education.

Set in South Boston, Lindsay-Abaire’s birthplace, the play juxtaposes two contemporaries – one held captive by her roots, another who “got out,” but can’t seem to reconcile who he is now with who he once was. Open auditions will be held on Saturday June 14 at 4pm and Sunday June 15 at 7pm at the Playhouse, 10 New England Avenue. Performance dates are November 7, 8, 14, 15, 16 (Sunday matinee), 21, 22 and 23 (Sunday matinee).

Director Frank Licato requests prepared monologues for the auditions. He is seeking six actors (four women and two men). Sides will be provided for callbacks only. Some actors may be asked to read sides at the first audition, and scripts will be provided. Please bring resume and headshot if available. To access sides prior to the auditions, please visit the playhouse website at www.summitplayhouse.org. Character descriptions are below; everyone (except Kate) must have an authentic “Southie” Boston accent.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

MARGARET (MARGIE WITH A HARD “G”) WALSH

Female, Caucasian, 40-50. Can’t catch a break. Rough around the edges, wry, working-class South Boston. Has had a hard life that has taken away most of her attractiveness, but it still shines through. Physically fit from taking care of her adult daughter with disabilities - not from going to the gym. Desperate and determined.

MIKE (MIKEY) DILLON

Male, Caucasian, 40-50. A working-class kid who made good. From South Boston, now lives in the upper-class suburb of Chestnut Hill. Went to UPenn and then medical school to become a fertility doctor for affluent patients. Married into an elite family from Georgetown. Smart, hardworking, ambitious, and attractive. Has worked hard to refine himself, but his Southie accent slips out at moments of stress or high emotion. Has a dangerous edge and lots of anger that he tries to keep hidden. He goes to couples’ counseling with his wife, Kate, because of issues that pertain to him lying or not telling the whole truth.

KATE

Female, African American, Early 30s. Upper class, intelligent, cultured and refined. From an elite and influential family. In love with her unfaithful husband, but is wise to his ways and insists on going to couples’ counseling with him. Kate loves to host parties and teaches literature at Boston University.

JEAN

Female, Caucasian, Mid 40s. A tough talking truth teller. “A mouthie from Southie.” Funny. Takes no sh.t and is a good friend to Margie. Works a catering job at a banquet hall. Could throw a good punch if pushed.

STEVIE

Male, Caucasian, Late 20s. Manager of a Dollar Store. From South Boston, patient, understanding, but has a job to do. Tries to be a good person. Likes to play Bingo no matter how nerdy it looks. Probably kept quiet through high school so as not to be noticed.

DOTTIE

Female, Caucasian, Late 60s. Margie’s landlady who lives upstairs. She sits with Margie’s daughter Joyce when Margie is at work. Coarser than her friends, she considers herself a realist.

The Summit Playhouse has an open call casting policy. ALL roles are open, none are precast, and everyone is encouraged to audition. For directions please visit www.summitplayhouse.org.