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January 20, 2023

Auditions – Private Wars at Dionysus Theatre Co.

Graphic for Private Wars at Wilton Playshop
Dionysus Theatre Company will be holding auditions for all roles for our upcoming production of Pvt. Wars by James McLure, on Monday, Feb. 6th and Thursday, Feb. 9th from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Auditions (and Performances) will be held at Art Center East 709 Hartford turnpike Vernon, CT.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. If you have a prepared, comedic monologue that would be helpful. No appointment is necessary.
Show dates are April 29,30 and May 5,6,7,12,13,14. Please see below for play synopsis and character breakdowns. Any further questions, contact Phil Godeck(Director) at pgodeck@gmail.com or Gabbi Mendelsohn at dionysustheatrecompany@gmail.com

Play Synopsis:

Pvt. (‘Private’) Wars is about three veterans trying to recuperate in an Army veterans’ hospital in the 1970s. It is a comedy for three men, with strong compassionate undertones and great poignancy. It does not dwell on the war in Vietnam itself, but on the small talk that conceals the inner turmoil of the patients. We capture glimpses of their mundane activities and conversations. It is both compassionate and very funny whilst remaining uncompromisingly honest; it’s full of the soldier’s sexual banter and frustration and shines a light on what war does to people both physically and mentally. Comprising a series of brief scenes, the play creates a meaningful mosaic as the three men tease, torment, entertain, exasperate and, on occasion, console each other maintaining throughout a hilarity which belies their deep concern about the uncertainties of the civilian world to which they will soon be returning.
*Directors Note: Although Pvt. Wars was written depicting the Vietnam era, there is barely a mention of the war itself in this play and it can be relatable to any war, and we will be exploring this during production. Behind all the laughter, of course, lies the fact that that safe place doesn’t really exist for those who have faced head-on the insanity of war; in today’s environment, the central messages of McClures play are as relevant as ever.

Casting for the following roles:

Woodruff Gately: Male (20-50) Childlike, mentally slow but not stupid. The most personable character, Gately is from the American South, and very slow of thought and deed. His frustrating attempts to fix a radio piece by piece are a physical task that also plays an important part in his mental psyche: An idiot savant, he acts as a peacemaker/middle man for the other two.
Silvio: Male (20-50) Italian American, Streetwise, tough but not cruel, who passes the time in hospital pulling hysterical and destructive pranks, things couldn’t get worse. An Italian American Catholic predator prowling the wards flashing the nurses, he is high energy, arrogant, cocky and loves to torment Natwick in particular. While bravado and bragging define his character, we later learn his macho posturing and periodic displays of violence are cover-ups for the war-inflicted wounds that emasculate him.
Natwick: Male (20-50) Thinker of the trio; the prim product of a privileged life in Great Neck, Long Island, he’s intelligent and sensitive, and sometimes heard reciting poetry. He should have never been in the Military. Despite his wealth and intelligence, in hospital with the other men he’s reduced to being their equal and he’s seen as an ‘asshole’. His knowledge of TS Eliot may have been applauded back home, but here; it’s laughed at.
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