Auditions for ENCHANTED APRIL
March 11 & 12 - 7:00 pm at The Playshop (15 Lovers Lane)
by Matthew Barber
Adapted from the novel by Elizabeth Von Arnim.
Directed by Carin Zakes
Performances: April 26, 27, 28, May 2, 3, 4, 2013
Feeling lost in their marriages and within the rapidly shifting social currents of post-WWI London, two unhappy middle-class housewives rent a villa in Italy for an impulsive holiday away from their everyday lives, reluctantly recruiting a pair of independent upper-class women to share the cost and experience. There, among the wisteria blossoms and Mediterranean sunshine, all four clash - and then begin to bloom - rediscovering themselves in ways that they never could have imagined.
Lotty Wilton, 30-40s, a Hampstead housewife. "Her essence is of deep sadness and withering valiance, from which genuine hope spontaneously and regularly bursts forth, leaving her endlessly off-balance."
Mellersh Wilton, 30-50s, Lotty's husband, a solicitor. Stuffy, pretentious, self-involved."Believes himself to be the image of premature wisdom"
Rose Arnott, 30-40s, a Hampstead housewife. Shy, sad, tightly wound. "Rose is spare to the point of severity" A disappointed Madonna.
Frederick Arnott, 30s-50s, Rose's husband, a writer. Jovial, casual, creative.
Caroline Brambile, 20s, a socialite. "Caroline's youthfulness shines through a weary air". Chilly, aloof, private at first...
Anthony Wilding, 20s, owner of the villa. Warm, open, an artist. Smitten with Rose.
Mrs. Graves, 50 plus, a London matron. Imperious, demanding.
Costanza, age open, an Italian housekeeper. Warm, happy, secure
*Please note, who the characters begin the play as, is not how they end. Each is transformed during one enchanted April in Italy.