A U D I T I O N S
THE RIDE DOWN MT. MORGAN
By Arthur Miller
Directed by Jo Skilton
Produced by Rose Pye
In Arthur Miller’s drama, a successful businessman's life goes off the tracks when a car crash forces an unintended meeting between his two wives in his hospital room. While he believes that marrying two women is a totally truthful form of love, his sense of the truth has not extended to telling his two wives about the existence of the other...
"witty, beautifully written and naughtily provocative ...”
This is a challenging script, and the play depends on 6 really talented actors for the roles below. There are also 2-3 non-speaking roles for male or female actors, as nurses and orderlies. The play requires mostly American accents. The Nurse is from Canada.
LYMAN: Lead role: Male, 50s.A wordy, demanding and pivotal role. He is a very successful, powerful insurance executive. He is a BIGAMIST. But has not disclosed this to either wife. He is energetic, lusty, embraces life and believes that social laws do not apply to him. Must be charming, and audience must be swayed by his arguments. The actor must be able to play comedy, drama, and sometimes melodrama.
THEO: Lead female role: 50s: Lyman's first wife for 30 years. The daughter of an Episcopalian minister, she is very WASP. Initially quiet and contained, and very much Upper West Side, following disclosure of the bigamy, she becomes more outspoken!
LEAH: lead female role: 40s: Lyman's second wife. Jewish, Brooklyn accent. Has son by Lyman. Is a business partner with him. Direct, sexy, very opposite in style and looks to THEO. Fun!
BESSIE: supporting female role: 30s. Daughter of Lyman and Theo. devoted to Lyman, but shocked and upset when she learns what her father has done. New York accent or thereabouts.
TOM: supporting male role: 30s -40s: an important supporting role. Lawyer to Lyman. Shocked and astonished at what Lyman has done. Is the moral compass of the play in some ways.
NURSE: supporting BLACK female role: any age up to 60: is Canadian. Is on stage for most of the play, with a small amount of dialogue. Is a sensible, down to earth woman, who lives a simple life. She listens to Lyman's arguments for his lifestyle, but does not make any decisions about him, either from disinterest or because she is non-judgemental.
ORDERLIES and OTHER NURSES: non speaking roles, preferably 20s - 30s. These roles can be played by inexperienced actors looking for a beginning in theatre. A lot of stage time, mostly helping with set and costume changes...but you will be seen!!!
Sunday, June 21, 2015 – 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Monday, June 22, 2015 – 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Garstin Centre for the Arts, 37 Market St S., Dundas
Fri. Oct. 23, Sat. Oct. 24,
Thurs. Oct. 29, Fri. Oct. 30, Sat. Oct 31,
Thurs. Nov. 5, Fri. Nov. 6, Sat. Nov. 7, 2015 at 8:00 pm
Matinees Sun. Nov. 1, and Nov. 8 at 2:00 pm
Rose Pye at email@example.com for an electronic version of the script
and for any other information.
This is a non-paying, non-Equity production