Blue Slipper announces new auditions for short plays by Tennessee Williams

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Enterprise Staff
Thursday, December 9, 2021
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Courtesy of Blue Slipper Theatre

Auditions to fill select roles in the returning production of four Tennessee Williams’ one-acts will be held at the Blue Slipper Theatre, 113 E. Callender St. in downtown Livingston, on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at 7 p.m.

“Talk to Me Like the Rain: Short Plays by Tennessee Williams,” directed by Marc Beaudin, includes the twoperson plays “Auto-Da-Fé,” “Mooney’s Kid Don’t Cry,” “I Can’t Imagine Tomorrow” and “Talk to Me Like the Rain And Let Me Listen ….,” a Blue Slipper news release said.

This production is the return of these plays, originally scheduled to hit the boards nearly two years ago, when the sudden rise of the COVID-19 pandemic caused a cancellation five days before opening night.

“The set, featuring scenic backdrops created by local artists Aaron Schuerr, Jim Barrett, Edd Enders and Angie Froke, and sponsored by several generous donors, has been hanging in silence, waiting for the lights to come back on. It’s finally time,” the release said.

Parts are available for men, from 20s to 50s, and women, from 20s to 60s. No prepared material is necessary — there will be an opportunity to review excerpts from the scripts prior to auditioning. The production will run weekends, Feb. 25 through March 6.

Williams, along with his contemporaries Eugene O’Neill and Arthur Miller, is considered among the three foremost playwrights of 20th-century American drama, the release said. After years of obscurity, at age 33 he became suddenly famous with the success of “The Glass Menagerie” (1944). It was the first of a string of hits, including “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1947), “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” (1955), “Sweet Bird of Youth” (1959), and “The Night of the Iguana” (1961). He also wrote over 70 one-act plays, as well as short stories, poetry, essays and a memoir.

Beaudin has worked in theater professionally for over 20 years as a director, scenic designer and technical director at venues ranging from unheated warehouses and art galleries to a 1,000-seat, state-of-the-art theater. Directing favorites include “Macbeth” (with The 303), “Amadeus” (with Pit & Balcony Theatre) and the Blue Slipper productions of “No Exit,” “Dracula” and “Proof.”

The Blue Slipper has been bringing a wide range of community theater to Livingston since 1964. For more information, visit blueslipper.org or call 222-7720.

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