Costa Mesa Playhouse
Costa Mesa Playhouse is holding auditions for
DANCING AT LUGHNASA
by Brian Friel
Winner of the 1992 Tony Award for Best Play
October 28th-November 20th
Directed by Kathy Paladino
September 6th, 7-9
September 7th, 7-10 (Call Backs)
(Audition information below)
Dancing at Lughnasa is a powerful memory play set in the summer of 1936, the last time the five Irish Mundy sisters were together. It is a summer of changes: Uncle Jack returns from a long mission in Uganda, their first radio brings music into the home, and a young man with a lust for adventure returns for a visit. Dancing at Lughnasa is a story told by the youngest sister’s son, whose memories of this fateful summer transports the audience back in time to meet these strong women and their family. He says at the end, “What fascinates me about that memory is that it owes nothing to fact. In that memory, atmosphere is more real than incident and everything is simultaneously actual and illusory…Dancing as if language no longer exists because words were no longer necessary.”
• Michael: 30 – 40. The narrator through whom we see the events of this summer of 1936. Michael is strong, yet wistful. We see the Mundy family through his eyes. Michael has several multi-page monologues and answers as his younger self.
• Kate: upper 35-45. Kate is the eldest sister, tight and prim. She is a schoolteacher and contributes the most to the family income. Respected by her sisters, she is clearly the head of the family.
• Maggie: 35-45. Second eldest and chief homemaker. While Kate works outside the home, Maggie takes care of everything inside the home. Fun-loving, with a serious side, Maggie carries the defusing jokes when things become tense.
• Agnes: 30’s. Third sister, the quiet one. Agnes is the main sister who looks after Rose. She and Rose take in knitting to help the family supplement their income. Agnes is patient and kind to Rose and is particularly suspicious of Chris’ beau, Gerry.
• Rose: early 30’s. The fourth sister, Rose has a developmental disability as described in the script. Her main caretaker is Agnes with whom she is particularly close. She helps Agnes with the knitting and is a delightful character.
• Christina (Chris): 20’s. The youngest of the sisters, Chris has a child, Michael, out of wedlock. Her beau has a lust for adventure, quick money and travel and she is easily swept off her feet by his attentions. She is a good mother to young Michael, but her sisters often chide her carefree outlook.
• Gerry: 20-35. Gerry is the wanderlust who breezes into the Mundy household between adventures. We see him several times during this summer of 1936 and each time he brings tales of his success, his plans for the future, and the promise of a bike for young Michael.
• Uncle Jack: 50-65. Uncle Jack, a priest, has spent most of his adult time at a mission in Africa. Sent home because he could no longer distinguish Catholic ritual from native, he spends the last summer of his life with his five sisters re-learning English and presenting a reason why the local priest no longer visits the family.