THE CURIOUS SAVAGEBy John PatrickDirector: Mark Monfils
PRODUCTION DATESRehearsals beginning Monday, August 21st from 6:30 to 9:00pmMost rehearsals will be held Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00pm, with rehearsals during tech week. A more detailed rehearsal schedule will be available at auditions. Actors are required to be at ALL performances.
Eight Performances will be held at Watertown-Mayer Primary School Auditorium:Friday, Sept 29 at 7pm, Saturday, Sept 30 at 7pm, Sunday, Oct 1 at 2pmFriday, Oct 6 at 7pm, Saturday, Oct 7 at 7pm, Sunday, Oct 8 at 2pmFriday, Oct 13 at 7pm, and Saturday, Oct 14 at 2pm
Full Length, Comedy5 men, 6 womenTotal Cast: 11, Interior
THE STORY: Mrs. Savage has been left ten million dollars by her husband and wants to make the best use of it, in spite of her grown-up stepchildren’s efforts to get their hands on it. Knowing that the widow’s wealth is now in negotiable securities, and seeing they cannot get hold of the fortune, the stepchildren commit her to a sanatorium hoping to “bring her to her senses.” In the sanatorium Mrs. Savage meets various social misfits, men and women who just cannot adjust themselves to life, people who need the help Mrs. Savage can provide. In getting to know them, she realizes that she will find happiness with them and plans to spend the rest of her life as one of them. But when the doctor tells her there is no reason why she should remain, she hesitates to go out into a hard world where people seem ready to do anything for money. The self-seeking stepchildren are driven to distraction by their vain efforts to browbeat Mrs. Savage, but she preserves her equanimity and leads them on a merry chase. At last her friends conspire to get rid of her stepchildren, and through their simple belief in the justice of her cause, they enable Mrs. Savage to carry out her plans to establish a fund to help others realize their hopes and dreams. The dominant mood is high comedy, and the audience is left with a feeling that the neglected virtues of kindness and affection have not been entirely lost in a world that seems at times motivated only by greed and dishonesty.
AUDITION DATES:Tuesday, August 15 6:30-9:00pmWednesday, August 16 6:30-9:00pm
Auditions will consist of scene work (sides supplied at audition). All parts are available and will be cast without regard to age, gender, or race.
The Residents:Florence Williams: (20's-40's) * Elegant "mother" of The Cloisters * Believes she has a five-year-old son: John Thomas; in fact, John Thomas is a doll. She believes that he has measles.* Delusional. Motherly. Warm. Gentle. Eager to please.* A sweet and tremulous smile is her best and most disarming weapon
Fairy May: (early 20's) * A compulsive liar, obsessed with having others love her.* Unkempt throughout the play, but believes herself to be stunningly beautiful. * Very childlike, behaving and speaking in the tone of a six-year-old.* Tells many fairy tales; “I did this, I did that…”
Jeffrey: (20's-30's) * Once a military pilot, he was shot down in the war, surviving a crash that killed all his men. He now believes that he has a scar on his face, which he constantly hides from others. * Plays the piano, but is too shy to do so around other people. * Married to Miss Willie, but does not remember that he is, due to the crash. Miss Willie works at the Cloisters in the hopes that one day her Jeffrey will remember her.
Hannibal: (20's-40's) * Once a statistician, was fired and replaced by an electronic calculator. * He has then taken up the violin, which he wrongly believes he can play beautifully. * A kind man with a vast array of knowledge stored in his sometimes sarcastic head.
Mrs. Paddy: (40's-50's) * Paints with the quality of Hannibal's violin playing. She paints only seascapes, which strikes Hannibal as "odd, because she's never seen the ocean."* The other patients say that Mrs. Paddy stopped talking when her husband told her to "shut up" one day, and she hasn't spoken since. She only speaks to announce what she hates.* She hates "everything in the world." Her main lines are lists of random things she hates, strung together loosely alphabetically.* Her tirades are ignored by the other characters. She has given up electricity for Lent and turns off all the lights multiple times throughout the play, causing mayhem.
The Savages:Titus:* The eldest step-son of Mrs.Savage.* He sent so many threatening letters that he is listed by Western Union as a "tangible asset," * Titus is the least popular senator in congress. He is sober, humorless, and direct. * Has a temper that tends to come out most when dealing with his mother.* A well-dressed businessman with conservative tastes
Lily Belle: * The middle step-child, was once married to a Slovak prince, and has remarried five times since then.* A celebrity heiress, she is arrogant, chic, and self-assured. She is also very selfish and is constantly putting forth the effort to make sure others are respecting her.* When she first met Ethel, she bit her new stepmother's finger and has promptly been just as vicious ever since.
Samuel: * The youngest step child of Ethel, he has the distinction of being the judge with the most overturned decisions in the U.S.* Walks in the shadows of his siblings, offering a sassy, short comment every once in a while, only to be shot down.* Undistinguished and somewhat lost in the penumbra of his brothers cold authority.
Mrs. Ethel P. Savage:* Referred to as "Mrs. Savage" for the majority of the play* A witty, kindhearted, blue haired woman with a shifted viewpoint of humanity. * The events of the play are centered around her and her decision to hide the money, which she has inherited from her late husband, from her greedy stepchildren* She desires to give the money away to those less fortunate or to fulfill others' random, yet important lifelong dreams.* She dislikes her stepchildren, but learns to love the residents of The Cloisters, accepting their own realities and delusions with an open-mindedness that others on the outside do not.
The Staff:Dr. Emmett: * The staff doctor for this wing of The Cloisters* Kind, warmhearted, and he works hard to help his patients.
Miss "Willie" Wilhelmina: * An administrative assistant and nurse. * Married to Jeff, but struggles to pretend not to be because he doesn't remember her. * She occasionally calls Jeff her pet name "Bingo." He is the reason she is working here, but she is nonetheless extremely kind and understanding towards all the residents of The Cloisters.
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