PERFECT ARRANGEMENT by Topher Payne
directed by George Seylaz
PERFORMANCES: April 8, 9,15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at 8:00 PM & April 10, 17, 23 at 2:30 PM.
SYNOPSIS: It’s 1950 and new colors are being added to the Red Scare. Two US State Department employees, Bob and Norma, have been tasked with identifying sexual deviants within their ranks. There’s just one problem, both Bob and Norma are gay and have married each other’s partners as a carefully constructed cover. Inspired by the true story of the earliest stirrings of the American gay rights movement, madcap classic sitcom-style laughs give way to provocative drama as two “All-American” couples are forced to stare down the closet door.
“As hiding gets harder, pitch-perfect comedy ensues: slamming doors, strange disguises, preposterous excuses….Eventually, the four must decide whether face-saving domestic lies are worth it, or whether ostracism beats living in fear. In our own era of surveillance and paranoia, their mid-century problems don’t feel so far away.” – The New Yorker
BREAKDOWN: (This is a general breakdown)
– BOB MARTINDALE: Male (30s-40s)
Reserved, works for the State Dept in DC. A solid man’s man. Good-humored and well-mannered. “Married” to Millie but secretly in a relationship with Jim Baxter.
– MILLIE MARTINDALE: Female (late 20s-30s)
Bob’s “wife” – but secretly in a relationship with Norma Baxter. Plays “The dizzy wife” when people are in the house, but actually very quick-witted and observant. Smart enough to maintain the act.
– NORMA BAXTER: Female (30s)
The knowing, efficient, classy dame. Bob’s secretary at the State Department who could just as easily be Secretary of State. A smart woman who’s great with a wisecrack and level-headed in a bind.
“Married”: to Jim but secretly in a relationship with Millie Martindale.
– JIM BAXTER: Male (20s-30s)
Norma’s husband but secretly in a relationship with Bob Martindale. A prankster type, always ready with a comeback. A high school teacher with lots of energy. A little wired, good with a plan.
– THEODORE SUNDERSON: Male (40s-50s)
The boss. Bombastic, loud, a little overbearing. A patriotic windbag.
– KITTY SUNDERSON: Female (40s)
Ted’s wife. Legitimately ditzy. Her brain seems to work on a totally different wavelength than the rest of the world. Very sweet, and very genuine.
– BARBARA GRANT: Female (40s)
No-nonsense, poised, beautiful, brilliant, cultured, woman of color. Works for the government as a translator. In the past she taught college English/Literature, she had an affair with her then student Millie. A formidable opponent.
**Please note all interested in auditioning must show proof of vaccination. Masks must be worn at all times while inside the theater.*