Casa Valentina

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by Harvey Fierstein | DPS | Drama

Directed by:

Keith Bowerman

Audition Dates:

Sunday, January 5, 2020, and Monday, January 6, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

Performances:

February 28, 29, March 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 2020 | 8:00 PM
March 8, 15, 2020 |  2:30 PM  Sunday Matinee

Synopsis:

Nestled in the Catskills—1962’s land of dirty dancing and Borscht Belt comedy—an inconspicuous bungalow colony catered to a very special clientele: heterosexual men who delighted in dressing and acting as women. These white-collar professionals would discreetly escape their families to spend their weekends safely inhabiting their chosen female alter-egos. But given the opportunity to share their secret lives with the world, the members of this sorority had to decide whether the freedom gained by openness was worth the risk of personal ruin. Based on real events and infused with Fierstein’s trademark wit, this moving, insightful, and delightfully entertaining work offers a glimpse into the lives of a group of “self-made women” as they search for acceptance and happiness in their very own Garden of Eden.

Characters:

Seeking an ethnically diverse cast of 9 actors (7M, 2F) to play the following roles.  All ages are playing ages. The director will cast actors who can believably play the ages suggested.

George/Valentina : Male, 40-49. Married to Rita, with whom he runs Casa Valentina; an insurance salesman type as a man, strong and poised as a woman; the center of the group; stable and comfortable within the life he’s created for himself, but rattled by the encroaching forces which threaten it; needs an actor with real classical experience (appears in and out of drag).

The Judge/Amy: Male, 60-69. A regular at Casa Valentina; large and imposing as a man, and a clunky sort of Tug-boat Annie woman; older and more repressed than most of the others; we watch his transformation (appears in and out of drag).

Charlotte/Isadore: Male, 50-59. The ultimate WASP, a buttoned-down strict disciplinarian; a school marm. Not your favorite aunt; an activist and a snake; opinionated and manipulative; appears in drag only.

Jonathan/Miranda: Male, 20-29. Making his first visit to Casa Valentina, masculine, shy, and bookish; the youngest of the group; a teacher, overly polite and cautious, excited, but frightened and insecure; has never worn women’s clothing in public before (appears in and out of drag).

Albert/Bessie: Male, 50-59. Chubby; Willie Loman by day, Ethel Mertz at night, fixture at Casa Valentina; quick-witted and friendly, fond of quoting Oscar Wilde, unaffectedly feminine; appears in drag only.

Michael/Gloria: Male, 20-29. A regular at Casa Valentina, very handsome and sexually charged chap who is accustomed to compliments whether dressed as a male or female; the most modern and sexual of the group; appears in drag only.

Theodore/Terry: Male, 64-80. A regular at Casa Valentina; sweet and gentle and slightly silly like a favorite old auntie, but there’s a hard-won integrity and sense of self underneath; appears in drag only.

Rita: Female, 40-49. Married to George; co-owns and operates Casa Valentina; on the outside, she’s a classy lady who owns a wig shop on 5th Avenue but underneath, she’s a resigned, determined, but worn earth mother; her love of the girls barely covers an inner sadness.

Eleanor: Female, 40-49. The Judge’s daughter; brittle, cold and angry.

Details:

LTM’s Audition Form.pdf

Auditions will take place at the theatre. Actors will be asked to perform a cold reading from selections of the play. No monologue is needed.

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