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Beatrice Herford's Vokes Theatre
97 Boston Post Rd (Route 20), Wayland, Massachusetts 01778
Beatrice Herford's Vokes Theatre announces auditions for the EMACT Mini-Festival entry — Blinders by Patrick Gabridge. Performance date is October 7, 2017 at Cary Memorial Hall, Lexington, MA
Monday, August 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Auditions will consist of readings from the script.
PLAY SUMMARY (Cutting from a full-length satire)
Scientists claim to discover two people — exactly alike — not twins, but two identical human beings. Karen Sayer, a newspaper reporter, can clearly see that the «duplicates», Chris and Alex, don't even look alike (and the audience shares her point of view). No one else seems to notice. Instead, the media engages in a feeding frenzy over this new scientific discovery.
With the power of the media and science behind them, Chris and Alex become instant celebrities. Karen struggles to make her dissenting voice heard, but no one will listen. She loses her job, she is threatened by an angry mob, and her fiancé, Stack, the world's greatest salesman, is hired to be marketing manager for Chris and Alex. Karen escapes to her parents' house, but her family is entranced by Chris and Alex, and they commit her to an insane asylum.
Stack's ability as a salesman brings Chris and Alex's popularity to new heights, as he leads them in a campaign for Presidents of the United States with their slogan «Two Heads Are Better Than One.» Karen escapes from the asylum to assassinate the two frauds, and receives help from The Underground Movement Operating to Stop Chris and Alex from Ruling Our Planet (T.U.M.O.T.S.C.A.F.R.O.P.). When the moment of action arrives, Karen chooses not to shoot the duplicates, afraid of making them martyrs. Instead, she uses her allies at T.U.M.O.T.S.C.A.F.R.O.P. to kidnap Alex. Karen, dressed as Alex, takes his place. No one notices.
In the final presidential debate, the opposition candidate, Senator Caldwell, shoots and kills the remaining duplicate, Chris, just as Karen is about to reveal the truth on national television. The moment of truth passes, and Karen is elected President of the United States (as Alex).
CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS: (3 men, 1 woman, 4+ chorus)
KAREN SAYER — A reporter, committed to the truth, late 20s-30s.
STACK THOMPSON — The world's greatest salesman, 30s.
CHRIS — Age 25-40
ALEX — Age 25-40
CHORUS — Mixed gender and race who play a variety of roles including Jack, Dr. Cooper Gennette, Papergirl, Shopper 1, Shopper 2, Reporter 1, Reporter 2, Tipsy Starlet, Dude, Psychologist, Floyd Sayer, Wanda Sayer, Carnac, Miller, Hideout, Passerby, Cop, Fat Dominic, Wilbur Jenkins, Voice in Crowd, Moderator, Spectator, Voice of Reporter, Optometrist, Mailman, Woman.
The mini-festival is for EMACT member groups to present cuttings of current productions or festival pieces that would be appropriate for an AACT Festival cycle. This day provides the opportunity to experience the theater festival environement without the stresses of a real fesitval. The Festival rules include: No set; no costumes; no rehearsal at the space (groups will be provided a diagram of the stage/layout); work with a rep plot; portable sound cues, may use curtains, may hold scripts/no memorization (the cast is being asked to memorize the cutting); not to exceed 60 minutes, each performance entry will be followed by a 15-minute adjudication by Festival Adjudicator, Fran Weinberg.
Questions — email Celia Couture at [email protected]