By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Andy Rassler
Monday, Jan 30th at 7pm-9pm
Tuesday, Jan 31st at 7pm-9pm
Location: Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St, Davidson
Auditions will consist of cold reads from the script.*
*Actors interested in Big Daddy, Brick, and Maggie are encouraged to consider preparing a memorized monologue to showcase memorization ability.
Production Dates -March 23 – April 2 at Armour Street Theatre
In a plantation house, a family celebrates the sixty-fifth birthday of Big Daddy, as they sentimentally dub him. The mood is somber, despite the festivities, because a number of evils poison the gaiety: greed, sins of the past and desperate, clawing hopes for the future spar with one another as the knowledge that Big Daddy is dying slowly makes the rounds. Maggie, Big Daddy’s daughter-in-law, wants to give him the news that she’s finally become pregnant by Big Daddy’s favorite son, Brick, but Brick won’t cooperate in Maggie’s plans and prefers to stay in a mild alcoholic haze the entire length of his visit. Maggie has her own interests at heart in wanting to become pregnant, of course, but she also wants to make amends to Brick for an error in judgment that nearly cost her her marriage. Swarming around Maggie and Brick are their intrusive, conniving relatives, all eager to see Maggie put in her place and Brick tumbled from his position of most-beloved son. By evening’s end, Maggie’s ingenuity, fortitude and passion will set things right, and Brick’s love for his father, never before expressed, will retrieve him from his path of destruction and return him, helplessly, to Maggie’s loving arms.
Margaret [Maggie] :
Age 23-30. Wife of Brick. Sharp tongue; a calculating survivor.
Age 25-35. Youngest son of Big Daddy and Big Mama, husband of Maggie. Ex-professional/collegiate football player.
Age 35 to 40 [eight years older than Brick]. Oldest son of Big Daddy and Big Mama, husband of Mae, father of five children. The unloved and unnoticed son; Seeking to be the loved and noticed son; Successful lawyer with tediousness.
Age 30 to 38. Wife of Gooper, mother of five children with one on the way. Schemer; Cutesy-aging beauty queen; Listener through keyholes; Inept manipulator; Excitable.
Age 65. Head of the household, husband of 40 years to Big Mama; Hard and insensitive; Domineering; Fills a room with his presence.
Age 60-65. Wife of Big Daddy; Suffering in silence for 40 years; Unreciprocated love from husband and children; Soft and round; Appears less intelligent than she really is; Drained strength; False humor.
Age 40s-60s. A tactless, opportunistic, and hypocritical guest at Big Daddy’s birthday party.
40s-70s. The sober Baugh is Big Daddy’s physician.