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AUDITIONS

Merely Players Presents Auditions
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CALL BACKS & REHEARSALS FOR:

GOOD PEOPLE

CALL BACKS: FEBRUARY 29 AT 7PM

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who came out for auditions!

Call backs will be on February 29th at 7 p.m. and rehearsals will take place at:

 3770 Central Avenue, Doraville GA 30340, home of Merely Players Presents.

CASTING CALL

AUDITIONS

Call backs will be February 29 at 7 p.m. 

Rehearsals will take place at:

 3770 Central Avenue, Doraville GA 30340, home of Merely Players Presents.

  • Please come with a prepared monologue (either comedic or dramatic) 60 to 90 seconds.

  • If you are auditioning for the role of Margaret, be prepared to read Margaret’s monologue available in the link below. You do not need to memorize Margaret’s monologue.  

  • Be sure to read the synopsis of the play before the audition (also available on the website).

  • Those who are cast will need to be able to perform with a Southie (Southern Boston) dialect except for Kate.

  • Those who are cast will receive a $100 stipend.

CHARACTERS

  • Margaret (nickname Margie with a hard "g"): white, about 50.  She has lived a hard life but tends to see the best in people.

  • Stevie:  White, mid to late 20’s.  A hard worker who is doing the best he can.  …and he likes to play bingo, but he is NOT gay?

  • Dottie:  White, late 60’s, or 70’s, or maybe 80.  If she were your best buddy’s grandmother, you would adore her.  If she were your grandmother, not so much!

  • Jean:  White, about 50.  One tough cookie.  You would want her as your friend because you sure do not want her as your enemy.

  • Mike:  White, about 50.  He escaped the cycle of poverty and became a medical doctor.  He is the boy who got away in more ways than one.

  • Kate:  African American, early 30’s.  A sophisticated lady born with a silver spoon in her mouth.

 

All actors must be able to learn/perform a Southie (Boston) accent except for the actor playing Kate.

SYNOPSIS

Margie Walsh, a lifelong resident of Southie, a blue-collar Boston neighborhood, is fired for tardiness from her job as a cashier at a dollar store. A single mother and knowing that she and her handicapped adult daughter Joyce, "are only a single paycheck away from desperate straits", Margie goes to her old high school boyfriend Mike — now a doctor, but formerly from her neighborhood — looking for employment. After a verbal game of chicken, Margie shames Mike into inviting her (however reluctantly) to his birthday party in Chestnut Hill. Margie is looking forward to the party because she views it as a chance to meet potential employers. Her friends, Dottie and Jean, encourage her to tell Mike that her daughter Joyce was not born premature but is his, in hopes of getting support from Mike. When Mike calls to tell her that the party has been cancelled, Margie assumes that he is disinviting her because he's embarrassed to have her mix with his bourgeois doctor friends. She decides to go to the house anyway, with the intent of crashing the party.

At the beginning of Act II, Margie arrives at Mike's house only to discover that the party has, in fact, been cancelled. Mike's elegant young African American wife Kate at first mistakes Margie for a caterer coming to pick up left-over party paraphernalia. Once the misunderstanding is resolved, Kate invites Margie to stay and reminisce about Mike's past (though Mike is clearly less than enthusiastic at the prospect). A discussion begins, in which Mike tells Margie that her current financial problems are her own fault for not trying hard enough, and Margie tries to explain to Mike that he had lucky breaks that most people from Southie didn't. She talks about the time Mike was beating an African American boy and Mike's father intervened to prevent him from possibly killing the boy and ending up in prison. Then she goes further and tells him that he is Joyce's father, and that she never told the truth about the paternity because she wanted Mike to be able to "get out". Mike says that it wouldn't have made a difference if she'd told him, as he had been planning to leave her anyway. Kate, though she had been taking Margie's side, says to Margie that if Joyce was indeed Mike's, it was selfish of her to hide that fact and not do everything she could for her child. Margie finally claims she was encouraged by her friends to try to extort Mike and it was, indeed, a lie, before finally leaving in shame (though not without implying that Mike is cheating on Kate).

Later, Margie's landlady receives an envelope marked as having Margie's rent inside - thinking it has been sent from Mike, Margie intends to return it to him. At bingo, though, it is revealed that the envelope is from Stevie, her former boss at the dollar store - upon learning this, Margie accepts the money as an indefinite "loan" and Stevie agrees to help her find a new job. In a final twist to the plot, Margie asks Jean how she knew that Joyce was indeed Mike's baby, to which Jean replies that "everybody knows."

Good People (play) - Wikipedia

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