Hovey Players Audition Notice
WELL by Lisa Kron
directed by Haris Lefteri
produced by Kristen Dattoli
Production Dates: May 27th – June 12th, 2021
Live in Waltham. Streaming Everywhere.
We will be performing to a smaller audience while livestreaming simultaneously. We will be livestreaming 8 shows.
For our COVID-19 Safety Procedures & Protocols For Cast & Crew please visit -- https://www.hoveyplayers.com/covid-19-safety
Audition Dates: March 26th – April 4th, 2021 (via video submission)
Callbacks: April 6th (in person)
Preliminary Auditions will be held by video submission. The director will provide you with a monologue from the script. Please record yourself and email your audition clip to email@example.com. Callbacks will consist of readings from the script with no more than two actors on stage at a time. You are encouraged to be very familiar with the material. You may request the complete digital script by emailing the producer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sides will be made available to you prior to callbacks.
Time: The Present
Setting: Stage is separated between living room and neighborhood/allergy unit/ “special light” box
Synopsis: Well is a funny and touching comedy from playwright Lisa Kron who gave us the Tony-award winning musical Fun Home. "This play is not about my mother and me," begins the character of Lisa. But of course, it is. It’s about mothers and daughters, mind over body, social activism and theatre itself. Lisa, the onstage playwright, attempts a memory play about her force-of-nature mother, Ann, who though constantly ill manages to heal a changing community. Kron asks the provocative question: "Do we create our own illness?" The answers are much more complicated than they bargained for as the play spins dangerously out of control into riotously funny and unexpected territory.
"This glorious and funny new play opens doors of insight and emotion that no other play in New York is opening. I fell in love with WELL." -- Ben Brantley, The New York Times
Hovey Players is committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive community: on our stage, through our creative and technical teams, and in our house. Below are brief descriptions of the characters as they are depicted in the script. Actors of all ages, genders, races, and/or ethnic backgrounds are welcome to audition for any role that they are interested in portraying.
Lisa Kron - 20’s – 40’s, Narrator of the story, Jewish, New York performance artist who is writing a play that is definitely NOT about her mother and herself.
Ann Kron - 50’s – 70’s, Lisa's mother, Jewish Midwestern housewife and community organizer; lethargic and in pain, yet surprisingly vibrant. Warm and funny.
Company of Actors (below): As the “intended play” unravels and their “rehearsed” scenes are interrupted, we see that these “real people” have to grapple with the unexpected events onstage. As the play continues, we see their standard actor show-must-go-on ethic erode as they (like the audience) start to find Ann a more compelling source of information, entertainment and warm human connection. The company of actors are challenged with playing multiple characters and are key to helping to shape the many layers of this story as it unfolds before the audience. Those auditioning to be a member of the company should be very comfortable moving at a quick pace.
Actor A: Joy/Dottie/Themselves - plays multiple characters in Lisa’s play: Joy, Lisa’s roommate at the allergy hospital; Dottie, one of Ann’s friends and coworkers; and as themselves as an actor who is deeply moved by Ann’s kindness; depicted as a White, female-identifying actor in the script.
Actor B: Lori Jones/Kay/Mrs. Price/Cynthia/Themselves – plays multiple characters in Lisa’s play: Lori Jones, a school girl bully; Kay, a middle-aged woman in an allergy hospital who wants her sister to understand her illness; Cynthia, Lisa's neighbor; and themselves as an actor in the play; depicted as a Black, female-identifying actor in the script.
Actor C: Jim Richardson/Nurse 2/Little Oscar/Big Oscar/Themselves - plays multiple characters in Lisa’s play: Little Oscar, one of Lisa’s school friends; Big Oscar, Oscar’s father; Jim Richardson, a neighbor working with Ann to integrate the neighborhood; and as themselves as an actor; depicted as a Black, male-identifying actor in the script.
Actor D: Howard Norris/Head Nurse/Themselves – plays multiple characters in Lisa’s play: Howard Norris, a neighbor working with Ann to integrate the neighborhood; the Head Nurse of the allergy hospital; and themselves as an actor; depicted as a White, male-identifying actor in the script.