OBP to Hold Auditions for True West


The Off-Broadway players have selected the play True West by American playwright Sam Sheppard as the group's entry in the 61st Newfoundland and Labrador Drama Festival and will be holding auditions this coming weekend.


True West is the story of two brothers, Austin, an aspiring screenwriter, and Lee, an alcoholic and petty-thief. During the play, the lives of the two brothers clash when a movie producer turns down a script that Austin is working on, in favour of an idea that Lee has. This causes a role reversal of sorts amongst the two siblings.

Stephen Perchard, who has directed such Off-Broadway productions as "The Rocky Horror Show, "Closer," and "1949" will assume the director duties for this production, which will play at the Corner Brook Arts and Culture Center on April 20th and 21st before travelling to Grand-Falls Windsor over the Easter holidays.

"True West has been one of my favourite plays since I first read it seven or eight years ago," says Perchard. "It's a show that I have wanted to direct for some time, and I was lucky enough this year to have the show selected by Off-Broadway's reading committee."

Auditions will be held this coming Sunday, December 5th, from 3:00 - 5:00 at Dance Studio West on West Street.

"There are four roles that we need to fill," says Perchard. "There are the two brothers, the movie producer, and their mother."

True West has garnered a strong reputation as an actor's script. Many Hollywood heavyweights such as John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, John C Reilly, James Belusshi, Dennis Quaid and Randy Quaid have cut their teeth on various productions of the play.

Those interested in auditioning need not prepare anything. "Auditions will be fairly informal. We'll sit around and read different parts," says Perchard.

Anybody interested in being involved in this production, either as cast or crew, can drop by the open audition or contact Perchard directly by calling him at 632-2146 or by e-mailing him at steveperchard@yahoo.ca.

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