by Tennessee Williams
Amanda Wingfield is a faded, tragic remnant of Southern gentility who lives in poverty in a dingy St. Louis apartment with her son, Tom, and her daughter, Laura. She strives to give meaning and direction to her life and the lives of her children, though her methods are ineffective and irritating. Tom is driven nearly to distraction by his mother’s nagging and seeks escape in alcohol and the world of the movies. Laura is crippled and this defect, intensified by her mother’s anxiety to see her married, has driven her more and more into herself. The family struggles through a world of illusion in their attempt to find happiness, redemption and, possibly, freedom.
January 13 and 14, 2020
Auditions will be held at the Players Guild of Dearborn, 21730 Madison, Dearborn, Michigan 48124.
Registration opens at 6:30 p.m. Auditions will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Registration closes at 7:30 p.m.
You must be registered to audition.
It is highly recommended to complete the audition form and conflict calendar, found by clicking the links below, before arriving. Please list all actual and all possible conflicts.
March 6-8, 13-15, and 20-22, 2020
Produced in Cooperation with Dramatist Play Service
Co-Producers: Megan Lizbinski and Colleen Meade Ripper
Director: Paul Bruce
All ages listed are “playing ages” as perceived by the audience. (Those who fall out of the playing age parameters, but who could pass for the playing age will most certainly be considered.)
The following character descriptions are listed precisely as presented by the author.
AMANDA WINGFIELD: (the mother) A little woman of great but confused vitality clinging frantically to another time and place. Her characterization must be carefully created, not copied from type. She is not paranoiac, but her life is paranoia. There is much to admire in Amanda, and as much to love and pity as there is to laugh at. Certainly she has endurance and a kind of heroism, and though her foolishness makes her unwittingly cruel at times, there is tenderness in her slight person. AGE 48-58
LAURA WINGFIELD: (her daughter) Amanda, having failed to establish contact with reality, continues to live vitally in her illusions, but Laura’s situation is even graver. A childhood illness has left her crippled, one leg slightly shorter than the other, and held in a brace. This defect need not be more than suggested on the stage. Stemming from this, Laura’s separation increases till she is like a piece of her own glass collection, too exquisitely fragile to move from the shelf. AGE 26-30
TOM WINGFIELD: (her son) And the narrator of the play. A poet with a job in a warehouse. His nature is not remorseless, but to escape from a trap he has to act without pity. AGE 22-26
JIM O’CONNOR: (the gentleman caller) A nice, ordinary, young man. AGE 23-27