Auditions

A Delicate Balance
by Edward Albee

April 10, 12, 13   |  8:00 PM   |   In gym

United Methodist Church of Floral Park
35 Verbena Ave, Floral Park, NY 11001

Performance dates: July 27, 28, 29 & August 3, 4, 5

First rehearsal: May 21

Tech Dates: July 23, 24, 25

Rehearsal schedule:  Mondays & Wednesdays 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Must be available for all performances. All roles are open.

Description:
Middle-aged, upper-class, and delicately-balanced couple Agnes and Tobias maintain a financially comfortable but emotionally uncomfortable existence in their suburban empty nest, along with their permanent houseguest, Agnes’ alcoholic sister, Claire. When their neighbors and self-professed best friends Harry and Edna arrive at the house, running from some unnamed “terror” lurking in their own home, the tenuous complacency Agnes strives to maintain begins to falter. The conflict is brought to a head by the arrival of Tobias and Agnes’ adult daughter, Julia, fleeing her fourth unsuccessful marriage. Over the course of one very rocky weekend, the delicately maintained equilibrium is bound to go flying.

Roles:
Agnes -
Agnes is the main female character of the play. She is woman in her fifties, well off, and married to Tobias. She is also the mother of Julia and the sister of Claire. Agnes believes herself to be the fulcrum of the family, keeping everyone in balance. She often maintains this balance, or order, by not confronting issues, not taking a stand, and not processing emotions. She tries to keep the peace by not dealing with anything that might upset it.

Tobias - Tobias is Agnes’s husband and the father of Julia. He is a well-to-do, retired businessman. Although he is tolerant of people around him, he, like his wife, tends to avoid emotional topics. His tolerance toward his sister-in-law Claire is shown in his nonjudgmental attitude toward her drinking. 

Claire - Claire is Agnes’s younger sister. She claims that she is not an alcoholic but rather a willful drinker. Of all the characters in the play, whether it is due to the alcohol or not, Claire has the loosest tongue. She speaks her mind and is the least affected by social politeness.

Julia - Julia is the thirty-six-year-old daughter of Agnes and Tobias. Three times divorced, she has just recently left her fourth husband and has returned home. Her father calls her a whiner, and her mother has little time for her. Julia, based on a relative of Albee’s, his cousin Barbara Lauder, has set a pattern in her life of marrying for the wrong reasons and then divorcing and returning home. Her parents welcome her, although they make it clear that they wish she would establish an independent life of her own.

Edna - Edna is Harry’s wife. It is not clear if she is really Agnes’s friend or if she and Agnes know one another only because their husbands are friends. Edna arrives one day at the door of Agnes and Tobias’s home. She takes it for granted that they will let her and Harry stay there for however long it takes them to get over their unnamed fear.

Harry - Harry is Edna’s husband and Tobias’s best friend. At one point in the past, Harry and Tobias, coincidentally, had an extramarital affair with the same young woman. Besides both having been businessmen and meeting at the same club, it is unclear what else Harry and Tobias have in common except that they have known one another for a long time and neither sleeps with his wife. 

Sides will be provided. Please contact Kate Lenzo with any questions.

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