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Two Rooms

by Lee Blessing

directed by Coleman Crenshaw

at The Olathe Community Theatre Association
500 E Loula Street
Olathe, KS 66061-5402

 

Audition Dates and Times
Tuesday December 6 2011 07:00 PM to 10:00 PM

 

EXPECTATION and PREPARATION:   Bring a headshot/resume & conflicts between Jan 8th and Feb 17th.

Auditions will consist of short dramatic monologue (memorized if possible) of less than 2 minutes and cold readings from the script.

Rehearsals will begin Jan 8th,  Sun – Wed evenings mostly until Februar

CALLBACKS: Invited Callbacks will be held on Monday, December 12th  at 6pm if necessary.

PRODUCTION DATES:
February 17, 18, 19*, 24, 25, 26*, Mar 2, 3, 4*

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm
*Sundays at 2:00pm

SYNOPSIS:

The two rooms of the title are a windowless cubicle in Beirut where an American hostage is being held by terrorists and a room in his home in the United States, which his wife has stripped of furniture so that, at least symbolically, she can share his ordeal.  In fact the same room serves for both and is also the locale for imaginary conversations between the hostage and his wife, plus the setting for the real talks she has with an ambitious reporter and a determined State Department official.

Lee Blessing’s taut psychodrama focuses on an intensely personal story of love, separation, and hope.  Yet Blessing carries the audience through the three perspectives of the individual, the public, and the government and their struggles to respond to the new world of global terrorism.

In the end, there are no winners, only losers, and the sense of futility and despair that comes when people of goodwill realize that logic, compassion and fairness have become meaningless when dealing with those who would commit such barbarous acts so willingly.

ROLES AVAILABLE:

Michael Wells — educator

Lainie Wells — educator, married to Michael

Walker Harris — reporter

Ellen Van Oss — representative of the State Department

More Info at:

http://www.olathetheatre.org/Audition.aspx?EventID=58

Robert Trussell from the KC Star previews A Very Accidental Holiday opening this Sunday (Nov 27th) at Lidia’s Restaurant.

Theater returns to Lidia’s

By ROBERT TRUSSELL

The Kansas City Star

The Living Room and Lidia’s have joined forces again to present a unique form of theater.

“A Very Accidental Holiday,” a celebration of silent cinema, begins performances Sunday in the upstairs banquet room at the Freight House District restaurant.

The family show is a follow-up to “The Accidental Waiter,” a physical-theater piece conceived by Alex Espy and Matt Weiss that was performed twice earlier this year at Lidia’s. In the show, a hobo clown steps off a train and wanders into the restaurant, hoping to score a free meal. The piece was later expanded and restaged with Damian Blake, a skilled Charlie Chaplin impersonator, as the hobo.

In the new show, a traveling family is stranded on Christmas Eve, circa 1924, and finds its way to the restaurant, which has been closed for renovations. There our frantic Chaplinesque hero does all he can to create a memorable Christmas morning for the travelers.

Joining Blake are Annie Cherry, Coleman Crenshaw, Megan Secrest and, returning as the restaurant manager, Alan Tilson.

Performances are scheduled at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday and at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 10 and 11.

Tickets cost $20. For reservations, call Lidia’s, 101 E. 22nd St., at 816-221-3722.

Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/11/23/3273904/theater-returns-to-lidias.html#ixzz1eYARZMIV

Announcing Auditions for Two Rooms by Lee Blessing

Directed by Coleman Crenshaw

Olathe Community Theatre Association
500 E Loula Street
Olathe, KS 66061-5402

4 roles available: 2 women, 2 men.

Open Call Auditions on Dec 6th: 7pm to 10pm at OCTA.  Audition times assigned upon arrival.

Possible Call-Backs Dec 12th at 6pm (if necessary and by invitation only).

Auditions will consist of short dramatic monologue (memorized if possible) of less than 2 minutes and cold readings from the script.

Production dates are Feb 17th to March 4th.  Rehearsals will begin Jan 8th (Sundays – Wednesdays mostly until Feb).

 

ABOUT THE PLAY:

The two rooms of the title are a windowless cubicle in Beirut where an American hostage is being held by terrorists and a room in his home in the United States, which his wife has stripped of furniture so that, at least symbolically, she can share his ordeal.  In fact the same room serves for both and is also the locale for imaginary conversations between the hostage and his wife, plus the setting for the real talks she has with an ambitious reporter and a determined State Department official.

Lee Blessing’s taut psychodrama focuses on an intensely personal story of love, separation, and hope.  Yet Blessing carries the audience through the three perspectives of the individual, the public, and the government and their struggles to respond to the new world of global terrorism.

In the end, there are no winners, only losers, and the sense of futility and despair that comes when people of goodwill realize that logic, compassion and fairness have become meaningless when dealing with those who would commit such barbarous acts so willingly.

CHARACTERS:

Michael Wells — educator

Lainie Wells — educator, married to Michael

Walker Harris — reporter

Ellen Van Oss — representative of the State Department