Smith College Department of Theatre AUDITIONS
by Margaret Atwood
directed by Tara Franklin
As portrayed in Homer’s ‘Odyssey’, Penelope – wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy – has become a symbol of wifely duty and devotion, enduring twenty years of waiting when her husband goes to fight in the Trojan War. As she fends off the attentions of a hundred greedy suitors, travelling minstrels regale her with news of Odysseus’ epic adventures around the Mediterranean – slaying monsters and grappling with amorous goddesses. When Odysseus finally comes home, he kills her suitors and then, in an act that served as little more than a footnote in Homer’s original story, ruthlessly hangs Penelope’s twelve maids. Now, Penelope and her chorus of wronged maids tell their side of the story in a new stage version by Margaret Atwood, adapted from her own wry, witty and wise novel.
Auditions: Sunday, February 2, 7:00-9:00 PM, Acting Studio 1
Monday, February 3, 7:00-9:00 PM, Acting Studio 1
Callbacks on Wednesday, February 5, 7:00-9:00 PM, Acting Studio 1
Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Smith College
Performances: April 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 at 7:30 PM, Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center, Smith College.
Casting Breakdown: 13 Actors
Audition Prep: Sides will be provided from the script. No monologues or appointments necessary.
Contact/Questions: Production Manager, Nikki Beck, email@example.com
Scripts: Perusal scripts available in Josten Library, Mendenhall Center, Smith College