Calliope Auditions: The Woman in Black
Calliope announces auditions for The Woman in Black, an adaptation by Stephen Mallatratt of the novel of the same name by Susan Hill.
The Woman in Black is set in London in the 1950s and goes back in time to the 1880s and 1920s. The two lead actors take on the telling of the tale playing multiple characters. Each actor must have considerable stage experience and be able to employ a variety of British dialects.
The DirectorDave Ludt
The RehearsalsThree evenings per week beginning mid-August.
The PerformancesOctober 17 - 27:
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.
The CharactersTHE ACTOR: Male, 28-35; well-spoken, well-trained, and technically proficient in the handling of verse. Not mannered or affected, he is confident of his abilities and of his prospects for success. He is also charming, charismatic, and a brilliant storyteller possessed of a great sense of humor.
ARTHUR KIPPS: Male, 50-65; in tremendous pain, very close to an emotional and nervous collapse. Quiet, self-effacing, well-educated with very little in the way of self-confidence. In the course of the play we are to learn what it is in his personal history that has reduced him to this state. This performer must be a versatile character actor able to portray very distinctly different people sharply and with a minimum of props. He must always remember, however, that he is Kipps becoming those people - his default state is that of the nervous lawyer to whom all this actually happened. It is important that the part is played without a trace of self-pity.