Produced by Special Arrangement with Origin Australia
BY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS
DIRECTED BY BARBARA STONE
Tennessee Williams was noted to say that “Menagerie” was an experience born of grief. The saddest play I have ever written. It is full of pain. The parallels between the Williams/Wingfiled families have been well established.
In this “memory play” Williams transports us into private worlds where desire clashes with reality, where loss replaces hope.
As the fractured world of the Wingfield family unfolds, the first apparent crack’s to appear are the social distances into which they have fallen. They live in one of those vast hive like beehives that are collectively segregated.
Amanda, Laura and Tom live out secret horrors. All the while unsuccessfully trying to control or repress their respective dreams from each other. As a result “Menagarie” reveals the story of family members whose lives form a triangle of quiet desperation, each struggling with an individual version of hell.
At the same time seeking escape from the gravity of each others pathologies.
Thought provoking and always relevant through the years, “Menagerie” will make you laugh and cry.
THE MOTHER: AMANDA WINGFIELD, aged 50-65 She has endurance and a kind of heroism. Her foolishness makes her unwittingly cruel at times. There is tenderness in her personality. Paranoia fills her mind.
THE DAUGHTER: LAURA WINGFIELD, aged 20-40 Because her mother failed to live with reality, Laura’s situation is even graver. A childhood illness has left her with a limp which leaves her vulnerable to the world and as fragile as a piece of her glass in her collection.
THE SON: TOM WINGFIELD, aged 20-40 The narrator of the play. A poet with a day job in a warehouse. His nature is not remorseless but to escape from a trap he has to act without pity. This being a memory play – Tom has direct contact with the audience and a huge amount of dialogue.
THE GENTLEMAN CALLER: JIM O’CONNOR, aged 20-40 A nice young man.
An audition piece will be given to every auditionee. It is expected that the auditionee will learn the lines of the audition piece and present it on an agreed date with the director.
We are looking for high standard of performance for each of the roles.
A rehearsal schedule is prepared and will be given on first response to any enquiries made by an auditionee.
It is a clever idea to come to auditions in character, dress/shoes/hair, anything that you feel is appropriate for the role you are seeking.
Applicants should note that reading the play prior to their audition would be highly advantageous.