Everyman auditions ‘Bountiful’

Jan 24, 2013

Rockport — Everyman Repertory Theater will hold auditions for “The Trip to Bountiful” by Horton Foote Thursday, Feb. 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St. The play calls for men and women of a range of ages, but mostly middle age to older adults.

The play, adapted from a television play by Foote, tells the story of a lonely widow (Carrie “Mother” Watts) who wants to return to her hometown but is consistently thwarted by her overbearing son (Ludie) and bossy daughter-in-law (Jessie Mae). One day, she succeeds in breaking free and embarks on her trip to Bountiful, Texas, in hopes of gaining understanding and peace of mind.

Along the way, she encounters a kind policeman (who has been looking out for her by request of her son) and a young woman (Thelma) traveling alone, who elicits memories of the Mother Watts’ youth. The drama is an understated and elegiac portrayal of the struggle-of-self associated with aging and the bittersweet nostalgia of loss. It is considered Foote’s greatest work, and the film adaptation won Geraldine Page her first Oscar for the role as Mother Watts.

In addition to casting, the Everyman Rep is seeking a producer, stage manager and a sales and marketing person to sell advertisements for the rest of the season. All positions are paid, the sales position via a 20 percent commission.

The Everyman Repertory Theatre is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit professional theater company committed to bringing live theater to the Midcoast. The troupe typically holds one open audition for the year. Auditioners may prepare a monologue but it is not required; they will read from the script alone and with other auditioners.

“The Trip to Bountiful” will be presented April 5 through 21 at the Rockport Opera House. For more information, visit everymanrep.org or the troupe’s Facebook page.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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