Directed by: Deanna Lohnes
Produced by: Ricki Bowser
Stage Managed by: Matthew Sherman
The story: 15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.
Auditions will be held at the First Parish Church, 842 Tremont Street, Duxbury, MA, on Tuesday, August 14th, 7PM, and Wednesday August 15th, 7PM. If necessary, callbacks may be scheduled for the following week at the auditionees availability.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. A 1-to-2 minute prepared dramatic monologue is encouraged, but no required. Plan to arrive with enough time to complete your audition form and familiarize yourself with audition sides; please bring your headshot and theatrical resume if you have them.
Rehearsals will be 2 to 3 times per week, based upon cast availability. All rehearsals and performances will take place at the the First Parish Church, 842 Tremont Street, Duxbury, MA.
Saturday, October 20th, 8 PM
Sunday, October 21st, 3 PM
Friday, October 26th, 8 PM
Saturday, October 27th, 8 PM
Actors of all ethnicities and physical abilities encouraged to audition. If you have any questions, please reach out to the Stage Manager, Matthew Sherman, at email@example.com.
Note: The play takes place in Wiltshire and London, with most actors portraying multiple characters from different parts of England and different social levels. Previous experience with various British accents is a plus, but not necessary. We will be doing significant dialect work through the rehearsal process.
CHRISTOPHER BOONE (young-looking male, able to convincingly play 15): Incredibly intelligent but shy and mistrusting of strangers, Christopher feels things deeply but doesn't know how to express or articulate them. He has a brilliant mind, can be fixated on certain topics, and thinks in a highly logical way, which makes him excel in math and science, but because he perceives language literally, he does not understand sarcasm or metaphors. He notices things in minute detail yet has difficulty understanding social and emotional cues and difficulty empathizing with others. This lack of understanding often makes the world seem frustrating and frightening to him, and he can become agitated and even violent when he has to deal with too many overwhelming external stimuli. This role requires a high level of physicality and energy, so actors should be physically fit and agile.
SIOBHAN (female, age 30-40): Christopher's teacher and mentor, the only person in Christopher's life with an understanding of his situation. She strives to teach him how society works and how to behave within its guidelines. Constantly negotiating around his anger, she is professional, warm, caring, calm, gentle and self-possessed and also sensitive to his strained relationship with his father. She often serves as the narrator of his story and of his feelings.
ED BOONE (male, age 35-50): Christopher's father; estranged from his wife, Judy and struggling as a single parent trying to raise his son the best he can. A working class man. Proud, gruff, and brusque, he is unable to convey his emotions and feelings but loves his son deeply. He is a good man but there is a lot on Ed's shoulders when he first enters the play in pain and near breaking point, though he does not openly express it. He has trouble communicating with Christopher, who often frustrates him. And though he's naturally practical and much more patient in dealing with Christopher, a difficult situation can make him lose it, sometimes violently. A plumber and heating engineer by trade, naturally good with his hands.
JUDY BOONE (female, age 35-45): Christopher's mother; she works as a secretary and is a working class woman with a tough exterior who has no support system to raise her son and blames herself for her inability to cope with him effectively. She has had a hard life and had to fight for things, which she is ready to do, as she is feisty and doesn't take anything lying down. Loving, yet impatient, she has felt very alone in her situation with Christopher and it frustrates her to a point of absolute desperation. She wishes she knew how to truly reach and care for Christopher. Independent, lonely, and proud, she doesn't easily ask for help and has never had the proper social resources to help her.
ENSEMBLE (all genders, age 16+): FOUR to SIX ensemble members, of varying genders and ages; strong versatile actors to play multiple roles.
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