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OPEN AUDITION NOTICE
Mrs. Warren's Profession by George Bernard Shaw
Performance dates: March 13 - 29, 2020
635 N. Delmorr Avenue
(next to the Calhoun Street Bridge)
AUDITION DATES AND TIMES
Saturday, December 14, 2019 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, December 18, 2019 7:30 p.m.
No appointments required.
All roles are unpaid.
The play is about a former prostitute, now a madam (brothel proprietor), who attempts to come to terms with her disapproving daughter. It is a problem play, offering social commentary to illustrate Shaw's belief that the act of prostitution was not caused by moral failure but by economic necessity. The story centers on the relationship between Mrs Kitty Warren and her daughter, Vivie. Mrs. Warren, a former prostitute and current brothel owner, is described as "on the whole, a genial and fairly presentable old blackguard of a woman." Vivie, an intelligent and pragmatic young woman who has just graduated from university, has come home to get acquainted with her mother for the first time in her life. The play focuses on how their relationship changes when Vivie learns what her mother does for a living. It explains why Mrs. Warren became a prostitute, condemns the hypocrisies relating to prostitution, and criticizes the limited employment opportunities available for women in Victorian Britain.
The roles of Mrs. Warren and Sir George Crofts have been cast.
- Mr. Praed: (Plays Age 40+): A friend of Mrs. Warren, middle-aged and attractive, a good man. A suitor to Vivie Warren.
- Reverend Samuel Gardner: (Plays Age 40+): A local minister and (possibly) Vivie's biological father.
- Vivie Warren: (Plays Age 20-25): Mrs. Warren's daughter, recently graduated from university with honours.
- Frank Gardner: (Plays Age 20-25): Youthful son of Reverend Gardner, in love with and beloved by Vivie Warren. Possibly her half-brother.
Auditions will consist of readings from the script. The Script may be obtained here: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/1097/1097-h/1097-h.htm
Questions should be directed to the Director, David Deratzian (email@example.com).