Oleanna by David Mamet
Audition dates: Monday, June 10 and Tuesday, June 11, at 7:00 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 199 Valley St., Willimantic, CT. Auditions will consist of reading from the script. If you have a monologue prepared, you may be able to perform it, too, but it is not required.
Performance dates: September 20, 21 at 7:30 p.m. and September 22 at 2:00 p.m. at the Burton Leavitt Theatre, 770 Main Street, Willimantic. Rehearsals will run from late July through August and September.
THE STORY: A college student, Carol, drops by her professor’s office in an effort to gain his help to do better in class. John, the professor, in the midst of buying a house to celebrate his nomination for tenure, at first seems distant. As the first meeting progresses the two discuss the nature of understanding and judgment in society, as well as their very own natures and places in our society. It seems as if a bond has been made. When next they meet we find that a report has been filed to the tenure committee. Carol has joined a “group” and has decided that John sexually harassed her during their first meeting. Their second meeting dissects the first; every word, every nuance of the first meeting has been twisted into something else. Or has it? John’s unsuccessful attempts to convince Carol to retract her accusation escalate to a more dangerous level. The third meeting, one the court officers warned against, climaxes violently, leaving John and Carol both physically and emotionally devastated. — Dramatists Play Service
CHARACTERS:CAROL. Playing age: early twenties. College student. JOHN. Playing age: forties. Assistant professor.
For more information, contact the Director Tina Huey at firstname.lastname@example.org.