Town Players of Pittsfield slates auditions for roles in upcoming shows


PITTSFIELD >> Town Players of Pittsfield has scheduled two sets of auditions next week at the Whitney Center for the Arts — one for the lead role in a fully staged production to be presented in March; the other for roles in a pair of staged readings scheduled for Nov. 27.

Auditions on Oct. 26 are for the lead role in Samuel D. Hunter's "The Whale," directed by Jackie DeGiorgis. Performances are scheduled the weekends of March 17 and 24 at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave.

Charlie, a 600-pound recluse surrounded by computer screens and food containers in his rural Idaho home, is determinedly eating himself to death. Only his estranged daughter, an extremely acerbic and bitter teenager, can make Charlie see any kind of future beyond his current despair.

Auditions for the role of Charlie will be from 6–8 p.m. Men between the ages of 45-65 with a stocky build are encouraged to audition at that time or you may contact the director at to arrange for a private audition.

No monologues are needed. Sides from the play will be provided. A fat suit will be built and used to supplement the weight of the actor.

Auditions for the other four roles will be the last week in December. Rehearsals will begin in January.

Next Tuesday evening, also from 6-8 p.m., Town Players will audition for roles in two staged readings, which will be performed at 2 p.m. on Nov. 27, also at the Whitney.

"Overtones," a one-act play by Alice Gerstenberg, directed by Jerry Greene, is a fierce battle of wits between two ladies of sophistication and etiquette with bloodthirsty inner selves. Needed are four women of any age.

The second reading, "The Book of Herself," directed by Jenn Smith, is a Japanese Noh-theater-inspired one-act drama by the late local playwright, Frances Benn Hall, from her collection, "Ezra's Noh for Willie." Set in Ireland, writer Lady Gregory Augusta is called to a mountain in the mist where she encounters Grania, a character from her pages.

Needed are two women of any age, and two observers/co-narrators of any gender and age.

No monologues are required. Sides from the plays will be provided at the auditions.


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