Auditions: Design for Living by Noël Coward, directed by by Barry Park, at the Old Mill Theatre, South Perth
PRODUCTION DATES: April 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30, May 3, 4, 5, 6
AUDITIONS by appointment: 1pm-4pm, Saturday, February 4; 7pm-9pm Monday, February 6; 6pm-9pm, Tuesday, February 7
CONTACT: Dale James email@example.com Mobile: 0407 426 957
REHEARSALS: 7pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and 2pm Saturdays, beginning February 25
Auditionees may wish to present a short rehearsed piece and will be asked to read a section of the script, available when the audition appointment is arranged.
Other production personnel are also required: please express your interest.
From 1930s bohemian Paris to the dizzying heights of Manhattan society, a tempestuous love triangle unravels between the vivacious interior designer Gilda, playwright Leo and artist Otto – three people unashamedly and passionately in love with each other. Noël Coward’s wickedly witty, dark romantic comedy was initially banned in the UK. With Coward’s trademark piquant style, this lively, funny but also atypical play looks at dazzling, egotistical creatures and their self-destructive dependence on each other. Exploring themes of bisexuality, celebrity, success and self-obsession, Design for Living is a stylish and scandalous comedy.
“Coward’s cleverest play… Coward’s technique has never been more dizzy or more deft.” – The New York Times
The script can be read online at: https://archive.org/details/designforliving00cowa
Characters (ages are stage ages. Some doubling is possible for smaller roles):
Gilda – LEAD – stage age 20s to 40s – magnetic and socially mobile interior decorator. In a relationship with Leo and Otto. Later married to Ernest. British.
Otto – LEAD – stage age 20s to 40s – an attractive and loveable visual artist. In a relationship with Leo and Gilda. British.
Leo – LEAD – stage age 20s to 40s – a talented and socially beloved playwright. In a relationship with Gilda and Otto. British.
Ernest Friedman – SUPPORTING – stage age 30s to 60s – a very successful and precise art dealer. Married to Gilda. British.
Miss Hodge (possible doubling) – stage age 20s to 60s – Leo and Gilda’s disapproving maid. Cockney.
Mr Birbeck (possible doubling) – stage age 20s to 40s – Matter-of-fact newspaper reporter. British.
Henry Carver (possible doubling) – stage age 20s to 40s – one half of a wealthy young married couple. Friends with Grace, Ernest and Gilda. New Yorker.
Helen Carver (possible doubling) – stage age 20s to 40s – one half of a wealthy young married couple. Friends with Grace, Ernest and Gilda. New Yorker.
Grace Torrence (possible doubling) – stage age 20s to 40s – wealthy socialite, Europeanised New York matron, friends with Gilda and Ernest. New Yorker.
Matthew (possible doubling) – stage age 20s to 40s – comely houseman to Ernest and Gilda. British.
Weekend Notes has run a story on these auditions , which can be viewed at http://www.weekendnotes.com/audition-for-noel-cowards-design-for-living-at-old-mill-theatre