Auditions for “Painting Churches”

Painting Churches

A Comedic Family Drama by Tina Howe and directed by Joseph Wright

Courtesy of Samuel French

Run Dates: Mar 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16
Audition Dates: Dec. 15-16, 2012, 2:00 pm each day

Needs:  1 man- 60s to 70s. 2 women- early 30s and 50s – 60s

On the verge of celebrity, Mags Church returns to her childhood blue-blooded home and a collision of changes.  Determined to capture the long-put-off painting of her eccentric parents before they move from the house and its memories,  Mags is forced to confront her complicated feelings for her flaky, hat-sporting, jabbering mother, and her absent-minded, literary father, who is now tumbling into senility.  In the end, acceptance triumphs neuroses, to permit an aesthetically and emotionally honest portrait, of the two unusual people who raised her, and of the artist herself.

“Beautifully written. . . . Tina Howe has dramatized an illuminating connection between life an art.  A theatrical family portrait that has the shimmer and depth of Renoir portraits.” – The New York Times

“A radiant, loving and zestfully humorous play . . . distinctly Chekhovian. Howe captures the same edgy surface of false hilarity, the same unutterable sadness beneath it, and the indomitable valor beneath both.” – Time

Rating:  All Audiences, however, theme may be less accessible for younger children

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