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Oscar Wilde's "An Ideal Husband"



Audition Notice: An Ideal Husband
Non-Union, no pay

Written by Oscar Wilde and adapted by Charlotte Kirkby and Maryalice Rubins-Topoleski
Directed by Maryalice Rubins-Topoleski
Produced by Charlotte Kirkby and Hayley Rubins-Topoleski
Stage Managed by Em Ricciardi

In this reimagined version of Wilde's comedic masterpiece of blackmail and political corruption, ActorsNET illustrates how Wilde's world of arched eyebrows and gossip blend beautifully with D.C.'s world of politics and scandal. Proving that the machinations of sex, politics, money and power flow as lavishly in the 1960s as they did at the turn of the century.

Senator Robert Chiltern, a brilliant politician and perfect gentleman, can do no wrong in the eyes of his charming wife Gertrude Chiltern. But when the calculating Mrs. Cheveley appears on the scene, Senator Chiltern's marriage, reputation, and promising career are put at risk. With his world about to unravel, Robert turns to his lifelong friend Arthur Goring, the most eligible bachelor in town, to extricate him from the web of lies that seeks to undermine both his public and private honor.

Audition Dates:
July 15th 7:30 PM- 9:30 PM
July 16th 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Audition Location:
The Heritage Center
635 N Delmorr Ave
Morrisville, PA 19067

Performance Dates:
September 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, and 29.
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Roles

Senator Robert Chiltern (Lead): Male, 25-45
Senator from Connecticut, with presidential aspirations; married to the honest and respectable Gertrude Chiltern; honest, intelligent and upstanding.

Arthur Goring (Lead): Male, 25-45
Handsome and clever with a dashing and reckless façade; has a core of fierce loyalty and wisdom with a penchant for acute analysis of human behavior; close friend of Robert Chiltern.

Gertrude 'Trudy' Chiltern (Lead): Female, 20-40
Robert Chiltern's extremely beautiful wife; champion of the Higher Education of women; member of the National Women's Party; moral, upstanding citizen; loves her husband dearly.

Mrs. Cheveley (Lead): Female, 20-40
A woman on a secret mission; demands curiosity; commands a room as soon as she enters; beautiful work of art, on the whole, but showing the influence of too many schools; intelligent and conniving.

Mabel Chiltern (Lead): Female, 17-30
Robert Chiltern's sister, the perfect example of the American type of prettiness. Has the fascinating tyranny of youth and the astonishing courage of innocence.

Governor Caversham (Supporting): Male, 50-80
Arthur Goring's father; prides himself on dignity and honor. Southern accent required.

Congresswoman Basildon (Supporting): Female, 17-45
Member of the National Women's Party and has considerable wealth; Mrs. Marchmont's primary companion at the Chiltern party.

Mrs. Marchmont (Supporting): Female, 17-45
An American socialite and heiress to a railway empire; Congresswoman Basildon's primary companion at the Chiltern party.

Ms. Cecily Markby, Esq. (Supporting): Female, 50-80
pleasant, kindly, popular woman who is friends with Mrs. Cheveley; very talkative to the point of rambling in a quick and humorous way. Partner at Markby, Markby, and Markby; a firm of the very highest position in their profession.

Phipps (Supporting): Male, 35-70
Arthur Goring's butler; represents the "dominance of form"; known for his complete reticence, making him the "ideal butler."

Ambassador de Nanjac (Supporting): Female, 18-35
Cultural attaché at the French embassy in DC. A guest at the Chiltern's party; she flirts with many of the women and excessively, almost comically, compliments the English language; French accent required.

Mr. Montford (Supporting): Male, 18-40
Senator Chiltern's assistant; described as a dandy.