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THE STEWARD OF CHRISTENDOM
THEATRE: Center Theatre Group/ Mark Taper Forum
AEA LORT A/ $1,250 week
Artistic Director: Michael Ritchie
Producing Associate: Lindsay Allbaugh
Playwright: Sebastian Barry
Director: Steve Robman
CTG Casting: Mark B Simon, Andy Crocker, Kevin L. Cordova
AUDITIONS: mid September
SUBMISSION METHOD: SUBMIT ELECTRONICALLY ASAP
THOMAS DUNNE: Cast- BRIAN DENNEHY
WILLIE DUNNE: 13, Thomas’ son, died very young in combat during World War 1. Thomas remembers him as a boy of 13 in his Army uniform. Must sing well, with an unchanged voice. NOTE: Studio teacher provided; must be LA local hire and live within 50 miles of the Mark Taper Forum.
MRS. O’DEA: 50+ or older. A seamstress at the county asylum. An interesting character- any shape or size
RECRUIT/MATT: ONE ACTOR PLAYS BOTH ROLES.
RECRUIT: around 18, a young police recruit. Thomas is his mentor in the Dublin Metropolitan Police and he wants to impress Thomas.
MATT: mid-late 20s, Maud’s suitor and later her husband when he is mid-late 30s. A painter, uses his art as a way of escaping the narrow confines of his family and community. A certain kind of creativity and intelligence sets him apart from the men around him.
MAUD DUNNE: early 20s in 1922. Thomas’ eldest daughter. The only sister to marry and have two sons. Plain looks, neurotic, suffers from depression after the birth of her second baby that never goes away
ANNIE DUNNE: about 20 in 1922. Thomas’ middle daughter. She has a bowed back from childhood polio. A sharp tongued, bitter spinster. Jealous of her two marriageable sisters.
DOLLY DUNNE: about 17 in 1922. Thomas’ youngest daughter. Looking to escape the narrow confines of her life. Contracts to be a servant in America, hoping it will be her ticket to opportunity. Smart, independent, brave, aware.
This play is set in Ireland in 1932, with flashbacks to the 1910s and 1920s. All characters are Irish. All actors must have excellent Irish accents
CREATIVE TEAM BIOS:
SEBASTIAN BARRY (PLAYWRIGHT) A playwright, novelist and poet, Sebastian Barry’s early plays include “Boss Grady’s Boys,” which opened in 1988, and won the BBC/Stewart Parker Award. “The Steward of Christendom,” which transferred to Broadway after its run at the Royal Court, won the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize, the Ireland/America Literary Prize, the Critics' Circle Award for Best New Play, and the Writers' Guild Award (Best Fringe Play). “Our Lady of Sligo” (1998) was joint winner of the Peggy Ramsay Play Award and was seen off-Broadway, and “Hinterland” premiered at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, and the Royal National Theatre, London, in 2002. He subsequently wrote “Whistling Psyche” (2004). Barry has also written poetry, including the collections “The Water-Colourist” (1983) and “Fanny Hawke Goes to the Mainland Forever” (1989); a novel for children, “Elsewhere: The Adventures of Belemus” (1985); and short novels including “Time Out of Mind/Strappado Square” (1983). His novels include “The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty” (1998), translated into seven languages, and “Annie Dunne” (2002).
STEVE ROBMAN (DIRECTOR) At the Mark Taper Forum Steven Robman has previously directed “Says I, Says He” (featuring Dennehy) by Belfast-born playwright Ron Hutchinson, Hutchinson’s adaptation of “Babbitt: a Marriage,” Adrian Mitchell’s “Hoagy, Bix and Wolfgang Beethoven Bunkhaus” and Alvin Boretz’s “Made in America” (featuring Dennehy). Theatre work in Chicago includes Hutchinson’s “Moonlight and Magnolias” and Alan Gross’s “High Holidays” at the Goodman Theatre, as well as Hutchinson’s “Rat in the Skull” at the Wisdom Bridge Theatre and the revival of Gross's “Lunching” for the Apollo Theatre Group. In New York he has directed at Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, Chelsea Theater Center, the Phoenix Theatre and the Jewish Repertory Theatre. He has also staged plays at many regional theatres including the Guthrie Theater, Arena Stage, Yale Rep, Long Wharf Theatre and Actors Theatre of Louisville. He has directed premieres of plays by Wendy Wasserstein, D.L. Coburn, Fay Weldon, Alan Knee and James Yoshimura. Last winter he directed the premiere of Kathy Graf's "The Snake Can" at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles. For television Robman has directed numerous episodes of dramatic and comedy series, movies-of-the-week, and the ABC miniseries “The Audrey Hepburn Story.”