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Generally actors will be asked to read directly from scripts. Scripts are available at both the Sturgis and Hyannis Libraries a few weeks prior to audition dates. Please be prepared to sing 16 bars of any piece of music and provide the sheet music for our accompanist.
Unless otherwise noted above, auditions usually run from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Barnstable Comedy Club.
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DRIVING MISS DAISY by Alfred Uhry
Directed by Ann M. Ring
Tuesday, November 12 at 7:00 PM
Wednesday, November 13 at 7:00 PM
Open auditions for Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, DRIVING MISS DAISY, will be held on November 12 and 13 at 7:00 PM at the Barnstable Comedy Club, 3171 Main Street, Rte. 6A in Barnstable. Director Ann M. Ring, seeks 1 female age 60-75, an African-American male, age 50-60 and a 35-45 male. Actors will be asked to read from the script. Perusal scripts are available at the Sturgis Library and the Hyannis Public Library.
Production dates are January 9 - 26, 2020. For more information, please email AnnRing@comcast.net or call the Club at 508-362-6333
Anyone wishing to work on the production in an offstage capacity (lights, sound, set building, painting, costuming, hospitality, etc.) is welcome to attend auditions or contact the theater by calling 508-362-6333.
This award winning comedy-drama is a warm-hearted, humorous and an affecting study of the unlikely twenty-five year friendship between an aging, crotchety white Southern lady, and a proud, uneducated, soft-spoken black man. This much-loved story explores themes of race, prejudice, friendship, and aging in a way that makes it movingly clear that they have both come to realize that they have more in common than they ever believed possible.
Adult Caucasian Female
(Must play ages 72 to 97)
Daisy is a seventy-two-year-old widow living alone when the play opens. She is independent and stubborn, but her son Boolie insists on hiring a driver for her after she crashes her car while backing out of the garage. Daisy deeply resents Hoke and the implication that she is no longer able to control her own life. However, Hoke's mild manner eventually wins her over, and she finally allows him to drive her to the market. He serves as her driver for the next twenty-five years. Through her friendship with Hoke, Daisy loses some of her deep-rooted prejudice against African Americans and even comes to consider herself a supporter of civil rights. Although she becomes unable to care for herself as she gets older, eventually moving to a nursing home, she never loses her determination or her sense of self. Some of the characteristics that identified her at the beginning of the play, such as her bossiness or her sense of humor, are with her as strongly at the end of the play.
Adult African American Male
(Must play ages 60 to 85)
Hoke is sixty-years-old when the play begins. He is an unemployed, uneducated African American. He has worked as a driver and deliveryman previously. He is pleased when Boolie hires him, both for the job and because he likes to work for Jews. He is extremely patient with Daisy and tolerant of her barely disguised prejudices. He also is not afraid to speak up to her, always, however, in a quiet, respectful manner. When his dignity is at stake, he speaks up for his rights. His integrity teaches Daisy how to be a more humane person. Hoke also develops as a result of their friendship, for instance, Daisy teaches him to read. Perhaps most importantly, the financial security Hoke obtains over the twenty-five years brings him greater self-confidence and self-respect.
Adult Caucasian Male
(Must play ages 40 to 65)
Boolie is Daisy's son. He is forty-years-old when the play begins. He has taken over his father's printing company, and, over the course of the play, he develops into one of the city's leading business figures. As the years pass, he becomes more conscious of how he will be perceived by society, and, consequently, does not want to attend the United Jewish Appeal banquet for Martin Luther King, Jr. Boolie takes good care of his mother, but he sometimes neglects her feelings. When her opinion disagrees with his, he generally overrides her without thinking about what she really wants or why she wants it. However, he humors his mother's stubbornness rather than try to understand it.