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Do you know family drama? Audition this weekend

Do you think you would make a vitriolic mother? Perhaps you’re more like the laconic alcoholic ex-poet patriarch. You could be the epitome of the awkward young man who is both ready for and terrified of independence. Or maybe, just maybe, you’re the young woman who has watched all of this play out long enough. 

Whoever you may be, perhaps you should be auditioning for August: Osage County this weekend at the Fischer Theatre in Danville. All you need is a prepared one-minute monologue. There will also be cold readings from the script. 

Auditions will be held May 29th-30th at 6 p.m. and the performances are set for August 25-27. The Fischer Theatre is at 158 N. Vermillion St., Danville, IL 61832. This Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play by Tracy Letts will be directed by Joel Shoemaker.

Character descriptions from the press release: 

Beverly Weston: The father of the Weston family, an alcoholic and washed-up poet.
Violet Weston: The mother of the Weston family. Undergoing treatment for oral cancer, she is addicted to several prescription drugs, mostly depressants and narcotics.
Barbara Fordham: The oldest daughter of the Weston Family. Mother of Jean and wife of Bill, though they are currently separated.
Ivy Weston: The middle daughter of the Weston family.
Karen Weston: The youngest daughter in the Weston family.
Bill Fordham: Barbara’s estranged husband and Jean’s father.
Jean Fordham: Bill and Barbara’s smart-tongued teenage daughter.
Steve Heidebrecht: Karen’s fiancé.
Mattie Fae Aiken: Violet’s sister, Charlie’s wife and Little Charles’ mother.
Charlie Aiken: Husband of Mattie Fae and the presumed father of Little Charles.
“Little” Charles Aiken: Son of Mattie Fae and Beverly.
Johnna Monevata: A Cheyenne Indian woman, whom Beverly hires as a live-in housekeeper shortly before he disappears.
Sheriff Deon Gilbeau: A high-school classmate and former boyfriend of Barbara’s

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