Town Players of Pittsfield slates "Spoon River Anthology" auditions


PITTSFIELD >> Town Players of Pittsfield is holding auditions Tuesday and Wednesday evening for a staged reading of "Spoon River Anthology" by Edgar Lee Masters.

Auditions both nights are at 6:30 at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave.

John Trainor is directing.

Needed are males and females ranging in age from 15 through 60-plus. Trainor anticipates that only five or six rehearsals will be needed.

This reading will be presented in collaboration with Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum on May 17 at the Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave.

Published in 1915, "Spoon River Anthology" consists of over 200 free verse poems, composed as epitaphs for the deceased inhabitants of the fictional town of Spoon River in central Illinois.

The poems focus on the frustrations, difficulties, cruelties and some successes of the wide variety of characters who rest in the cemetery on "The Hill."

The selections to be included in this staged reading (fewer than half of the total) have been made to give as complete a picture as possible of the wide variety of residents, young and old, rich and poor, lucky and unfortunate, who had some influence on the town, from town drunk to wealthy banker, deserted lover to aspiring politician.


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