The new year is coming, and so are new theatre presentations. One of these is a play by Justin Asher, titled "Haint." It will be a New Moon Theatre Company production, and auditions for the various characters will be held Sat., Jan. 25, 2014 at 3:00pm and Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 at 7:00pm. Possible callbacks will be Mon., Jan. 27, 2014 at 7:00pm, according to Gene Elliott. The auditions and callbacks will be held at Theatreworks, 2085 Monroe Ave., Memphis, Tennessee 38104
The play, which will be directed by Leigh Ann Evans is needing a cast of three men and three women, with none of the roles being precast. The rehearsals will begin in mid April, 2014, with productions dates of May 30 - June 15, 2014. A copy of the plays synopsis, reads.
"Haint tells the story of Mercy, who loved her son Charlie with all her heart, no matter how many secrets he kept from her. Together they lived a reclusive life on White Horse Mountain, tucked away in the shadows and hidden from the prying eyes of the town below. Charlie was his mother’s whole world. A world that came crashing down in 1953 when his body was discovered less than a mile from their home on Gull’s Wing Road. Mercy, now alone and scared, is not sure if she has the strength to hold on to the dilapidated family home or the rural, folk traditions that were handed down in her family for generations. Local sheriff John Thomas tries to persuade Mercy to sell her home and start again someplace new. But, how do you let go of the ghosts of the past when they don’t want to let go of you? Charlie narrates his mother’s struggle for solitude and slowly reveals to her the hidden life that was supposed to have died along with him. Every little town has its secrets. Some just refuse to stay buried."
The six characters' descriptions for this production are:
"MERCY - 50-60, Charlie's mother. A reclusive mountain woman with a quick temper and a sharp tongue.
CHARLIE - 20-30, A mountain boy who lives with his mother but longs for an independent life.
YOUNG CHARLIE - 8-10, An image of Charlie who lives in Mercy's memory, before he grew up and before his innocence was lost.
JOHN THOMAS - 30-40, The sheriff of Cullman. Husband to Evangeline. An "every man" type character. Has a love/hate relationship with Mercy.
EVANGELINE - 20-25, The young bride of John Thomas. Daughter of migrants, raised exceedingly poor and now a first time mother.
MIRIAM JESSUP - 50-60, The wealthy busy-body from town. Mercy's former employer and Charlie's former Sunday school teacher."
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