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Auditions for RTC’s production of….
CURIOUS SAVAGE
by John Patrick
Richardson Theatre Centre (non equity)
Directed by Rachael Lindley
**AUDITIONS: PLEASE READ ALL DETAILS**
Saturday May 29, 1 – 4pm
Sunday May 30, 6 – 8pm
Callbacks Sunday May 30, 8 – 10pm
Sign up:
Please bring a resume and current photo (professional headshots are not required). Walk-ins are welcome, but reserved times are preferred. There will be cold readings from the script. Please come prepared to list ALL conflicts. NO conflicts accepted during tech week, Aug 22-26.
WE HIGHLY ENCOURAGE ALL ACTORS TO BE FULLY VACCINATED BY THE START OF REHEARSALS.
PERFORMANCES:
Aug 27 – Sept 12
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Sundays at 2:00 pm and
Thursdays at 7:30 of the second and third week.
REHEARSALS:
Read through will be July 12 and blocking rehearsals will begin July 19.
CHARACTERS:
Mrs. Ethel P. Savage – This role has been pre-cast.
Florence Williams – The elegant “mother” of The Cloisters, she believes she has a five-year-old son named John Thomas; in fact, John Thomas is a doll. During Mrs. Savage’s stay at The Cloisters, Florence believes that John Thomas has the measles.
Fairy May – Fairy is a compulsive liar who is obsessed with having others love her. She is unkempt throughout the play, but believes herself to be stunningly beautiful. She is also very childlike, behaving and speaking in the tone of a six-year-old.
Jeffrey – Once a military pilot, Jeff was shot down in the war, surviving a crash that killed all his men. He now believes that he has a scar on his face, which he constantly hides from others. He plays the piano, but is too shy to do so around other people. He is also married to Miss Willie, but does not remember that he is, due to the crash.
Hannibal – Hannibal, once a statistician, was fired and replaced by an electronic calculator. He has then taken up the violin, which he wrongly believes he can play beautifully. He is a kind man with a vast array of knowledge stored in his sometimes sarcastic head.
Mrs. Paddy – Mrs. Paddy paints with the quality of Hannibal’s violin playing. She paints only seascapes, although she’s never seen the ocean.” The other patients say that Mrs. Paddy stopped talking when her husband told her to “shut up” one day, and she hasn’t spoken since. She only speaks to announce what she hates. She hates “everything in the world.”
Titus – He is the eldest step-son of Mrs. Savage. He has been sent so many threatening letters that he is listed by Western Union as a “tangible asset”; Titus is the least popular senator in congress. He is sober, humorless, and direct. Titus also has a temper that tends to come out most when dealing with his mother.
Lily Belle – Lily Belle, the middle step-child, was once married to a Slovak prince, and has remarried five times since then. A celebrity heiress, she is arrogant, chic, and self-assured. She is also very selfish and is constantly putting forth the effort to make sure others are respecting her.
Samuel – The youngest step child of Ethel, Samuel has the distinction of being the judge with the most overturned decisions in the U.S. He walks in the shadows of his siblings, offering a sassy, short comment every once in a while, only to be shot down.
Dr. Emmett – The staff doctor for this wing of The Cloisters, Dr. Emmett is kind, warmhearted, and he works hard to help his patients.
Miss “Willie” Wilhelmina – Miss Willie is an administrative assistant and nurse. She is married to Jeff, but struggles to pretend not to be because he doesn’t remember her. He is the reason she is working here, but she is nonetheless extremely kind and understanding towards all the residents of The Cloisters.
The Curious Savage is the story of an elderly widow named Mrs. Savage, whose husband has left her $10 million dollars. She intends to give the entire fortune away to people who wish to pursue their “foolish dreams,” but her stepchildren strongly object. To prevent her from doing away with their family’s wealth and ruining their legacy, they have her committed to a sanatorium called The Cloisters, and it is among the gentle residents there that she finds her true family. The Curious Savage is a warm comedy that compares the kindness and loyalty of psychiatric patients with the greed and hostility of so-called “normal people.”

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