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Small Mouth Sounds

Directed by Eric Butler

Audition Dates:

Sunday, November 6 at 6:00 PM

Monday, November 7 at 7:00 PM

Callbacks (if needed): November 9 at 7:00 PM

*Actors are required to show proof of vaccination at auditions

Performance Dates:

February 10-19 (reserve February 20-26 for any Covid cancellations)

About the Play:

In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat. As these strangers confront internal demons both profound and absurd, their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect. Filled with awkward humor, this strange and compassionate new play asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us.

Audition Requirements

  1. Sign-up for an audition time slot

  2. Review the audition packet

  3. Prepare one silent “Scenario”

  4. Prepare one scene or monologue

  5. Be prepared to provide the director detailed instructions on how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. This exercise is designed to see how clear, exact, and detailed-oriented you can be as an actor in this show. 

Character Descriptions:

 

Teacher:

Any age/gender/background. A disembodied, androgynous voice with a strange accented way of talking. Sounds throaty and scratchy. The accent is somewhere between affected and foreign. The voice is amplified through a microphone. And. Pauses a lot at. Odd moments. 

 

Joan:

40s/Female identifying/any background. Wears a lot of clothes and jewelry from India. A therapist and sex educator in colleges, high schools, and in private practices with couples. She likes to focus on pleasure rather than on fears or ‘don’ts’. Deeply angry (has been from a young age). Sometimes this anger manifests itself in passive aggression. Judy’s partner.

Judy: 

50s/female-identifying/any background. Joan’s partner. An editor in the art department at O Magazine. Direct and intense. Likes to be in control. Recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Loves Joan deeply and is afraid Joan will leave her at the time she needs her the most. 

 

Alicia:

20s or 30s/Female-identifying/any background. A child actor and beauty pageant star. Recently left an abusive relationship with a hedge bro; still not over the relationship. Seeking a spiritual practice per the advice of her therapist - who she’s also seeing. Loud - bracelets jangle; loud drinker/sipper, loud breather, loud head scratcher. Likes to be watched. Should be comfortable on stage (brief) in underwear.

 

Ned:

30s or 40s/Male-identifying/any background. Has had a severe run of bad luck worse than the worst country-western song. Still bears scars under his hat from cracking his skull open during a rock climbing accident. Wife left him for his brother. Recovering alcoholic. Has used meditation as a way to avoid committing homicide. Should be comfortable on stage (brief) in underwear.

Rodney:

20s or 30s/Male-identifying/any background. Fit; attractive; teaches yoga in New York and the Hamptons; has slept with 18 of his students. Married to a beautiful, fragile, former student, trust fund yoga instructor. Feels trapped in his marriage. Wears jewelry (though not a wedding ring) and can pull it off. Has a panicky fear of aging and death. Ideally, comfortable on stage for a brief, non-sexual, comic nude scene; minimally comfortable on stage in underwear. Final decision to be made around the comfort level of the actor. 

 

Jan:

40s/50s/Male-identifying/any background. Pastor at a small Lutheran church in Finland. Sweet, wide-eyed, and continually curious. Organized and prepared. Came to religion after his six year old son died of a prolonged illness and his wife went to South America to study Argentinian Tango. Seeking answers why things happen the way they do; finds purpose in helping others. Crippled by the perception that he really can’t help others. Hooked on pharmaceuticals. English is not very good. 

 

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