AUDITIONS

The Misanthrope by Moliere - Directed by Brett Landis
Auditions on:
Saturday 2/10 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Sunday 2/11 from 5pm - 7pm
If callbacks are necessary, they will be on Sunday 2/11 at 7pm.

What to prepare: There will be cold reads from the script available, but please come with a 1-2 minute comedic monologue to present.

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About the play:
“The Misanthrope” is one of Moliere’s masterpieces, written during the reign of Louis XIV. Alceste is the titular misanthrope due to his over-blunt honesty and refusals to falsely flatter and conform to the courtly standards of his society. This creates significant conflict as he courts Celimene, a popular and wealthy woman who flirts with and flatters others, but speaks ill of them behind their backs. Stylistically, this is a hilarious marriage between farce and parody.

The play is told through rhyming couplets that accentuate the comedy and turn the dialogue into “Dr. Seuss for grown-ups”. I have re-set the play to our contemporary social media culture. Celimene becomes a popular social mediainfluencer with millions of followers on Instagram; Oronte is posting his self-written music all over YouTube; and Arsinoe is posting daily devotions on Facebook. Alceste is sick of it all and trying to find authenticity in the midst of so many #blessed posts.

Actors will receive a small stipend (typically under $100) & we abide by Colorado Theater Standards as stated by the Colorado Theater Guild. Theater Company of Lafayette complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, gender, or sex.

 

CHARACTERS

Please note: genders and ages listed are meant to describe the characters, not necessarily the actors playing those characters. Casting will be based on how well an actor can portray a character, regardless of gender, race, or age.

Alceste - 20-40, man- the misanthrope. He is reluctantly engaged in social media, but struggles to reconcile its falseness with his need to tell people the harsh truth. He is in love with Celimene.
Philinte - 20-40, man- a reasonable man. He is friends with Alceste and strives to be diplomatic and courteous to others without causing harm. He is in love with Eliante.
Oronte - 20-40, man- an amature musician. He is in love with Celimene. He must sing (or rap) on stage, but does not, necessarily, have to do so well. He just needs to think he does so well.
Celimene - 20-40, but will not admit to being older than 30, woman. She is the ultimate Influencer and revels in her status and ability to charm people.
Eliante - 20-40, woman- a reasonable woman. She is Celimene’s cousin. She is in love with Alceste… or is she?
Arsinoe - 25-45, woman- a religious woman. She posts on social media about how much she loves God, but spends little time doing charity work in the real world. She is in love with Alceste.
Acaste - 20-40, man or nonbinary- a friend of Celimene, also an influencer.
Clitandre - 20-40, woman or nonbinary- a friend of Celimene, also an influencer.
Basque - 40-60, woman, or nonbinary- Celimene’s Momager/Manager. May be double cast with the Guard and Dubois.
A Guard - any age, man, woman, or nonbinary- a law enforcement officer. May be double cast with Basque and Dubois.
Dubois - any age, man, woman, or nonbinary- Alceste’s lawyer, kind of shady. May be double cast with Basque and the Guard.

DETAILS

Auditions:
Sat February 10, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Sun February 11, 5pm - 7pm
Callbacks: If necessary, will be on Sunday 2/11 after 7pm.

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Rehearsals from February 19 - April 18.
All actors and crew must be there for every tech rehearsal from Sunday April 14 - Thursday April 18.

Performances:
Fri April 19 at 7:30pm
Sat April 20 at 7:30pm
Sun April 21 at 2pm
Fri April 26 at 7:30pm
Sat April 27 at 7:30pm
Sun April 28 at 2pm
Friday May 3 at 7:30pm
Saturday May 4 at 7:30pm
Sunday May 5 at 2pm