Auditions for MAURITIUS by Theresa Rebeck
Auditions for The Drama Group’s production of MAURITIUS by Theresa Rebeck are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, December 10 and 11. There are roles for 3 men and 2 women of any race (see character descriptions below). Auditions are by appointment only. To schedule an audition, visit dgauditions.info . Indicate for which character you will be reading and choose the date and time you prefer. Audition sides will be emailed with your appointment confirmation. Performances are March 21 to April 5, 2014.
The Drama Group is an all volunteer theatre company. Robert Bauer is directing.
Jackie and Mary are estranged, half-sisters (same mother, different fathers). Jackie, the younger sister, stayed home to care for their dying mother, while Mary went off to live her life. Jackie is now anxious to sell an inherited stamp collection, which she believes to be quite valuable. Mary believes the stamps are hers, and hers alone, since they were passed down from her paternal grandfather. Mary wants to keep the stamps for their sentimental value. Jackie just wants the money. What will the two women do when Philip, Sterling, and Dennis, three less than ethical, high-stakes stamp dealers, begin vying for the collection? And how far will each of the dealers go to get his hands on the rare stamps they covet? Who’s being honest with whom? Who can be trusted? And who’s in league with whom?
CHARACTERS (Characters may be any race. All ages are very flexible):
JACKIE (20s) stayed home to care for her dying mother, while her older, half-sister, Mary, went off to live her life. Jackie has in her possession an old family heirloom. It’s a stamp collection which she believes to be quite valuable, and which she is eager to sell for as much as she can get for it. Not only does she feel she is owed compensation for the care she provided to her mother, but she also wants the money. Jackie really wants that money!
MARY (30s) has returned home following the death of her mother, to reconnect with her younger, estranged, half-sister, Jackie, and to claim an old family heirloom. It’s a stamp collection which has strong sentimental value for her, since it was passed down from her paternal grandfather. Mary believes the stamps are hers, and hers alone, and she is not willing to part with them, no matter what they’re worth. Mary’s mind will not be changed.
DENNIS (20s) is a young hustler. He always has a deal in the works, or is planning his next money-making scheme. Right now, he has his sights on Jackie’s stamps, and is counting on Sterling and Philip to help him get his hands on them. He is convinced that Jackie doesn’t know their true value and that he can sweet-talk her into trusting him. Dennis thinks he’s charming.
STERLING (40s) has money, or at least he knows how to get his hands on it when he needs it. He’s willing to pay a small fortune for the stamps in question, but he has no patience with the games that are being played by the others involved in the negotiations. Sterling is a cool customer who is willing to use a little force if it means getting what he wants. You don’t mess with Sterling.
PHILIP (60s) buys and sells stamps in the little shop he’s owned for years. He’s heard it all and seen it all and doesn’t believe most of it. People are always coming to him with stamps that are supposed to be worth a lot of money, and he’s reached the point where he doesn’t even want to look at them, except for a fee. You can’t fool Philip. Philip knows his stamps. Now go away and don’t bother him.