ANNOUNCING AUDITIONS FOR
Staged Reading of DINNER WITH FRIENDS
by Donald Margulies
Monday, Feb. 26, Wednesday, Feb. 28 7-9:30 pm
Eno Memorial Hall, Rt. 10, Simsbury, CT
Directed by Gina Vitolo-Stevens
Sunday, March 18, 2 pm
With a mandatory call of 12 noon at Simsbury Public Library
Limited Rehearsals will be Wednesdays and Thursdays, with the Read Thru on Thursday, March 1st. A schedule of rehearsals by role will be communicated. Rehearsal space will be at Eno Memorial Hall and Simsbury Public Library with the last rehearsal scheduled for Friday, March 16 at the director's home (info will be given at the Read Thru). Rehearsal schedules may have some minor flexibility to adjustments and changes.
For the Audition you will be asked to read from the script. A copy of the script is available at the Simsbury Public Library.
AUDITION FORM (please complete and bring to audition)
Two married couples have been best friends for years. In their Connecticut home, Karen and Gabe, international food writers, are giving a dinner for Beth and Tom, which he doesn't attend. It emerges from the heartbroken Beth that he has left her for another woman. Gabe and Karen are almost as crushed, having expected to "grow old and fat together, the four of us." When Tom shows up at his home in the next scene, late at night, he is enraged that Beth broke the news of their breakup in his absence. Late as it is, he rushes over to his friends in the next scene to present his side of the story. Act two begins with another dinner, twelve and a half years earlier, in a summer house on Martha's Vineyard, where Karen and Gabe are introducing Beth to Tom. Then we skip five months after the events in Act One, as Beth reveals to Karen... that she has fallen in love with an old friend whom she intends to marry... Later that day, in a Manhattan bar, Tom, a lawyer, tells Gabe about his [newfound] happiness, to which Gabe reacts sourly. Still later that night, Gabe and Karen are going to bed in the Vineyard house, and discuss the Tom-and-Beth situation, as well as their own [marriage]... clinging to it like the shipwrecked to a life raft. Gabe and Karen’s marriage will survive because through everything, they are partners, something that Tom and Beth never had.
Karen – 40s. Food writer and cook. Wife of Gabe. Relentless perfectionist whether in her cooking or towards her husband, children and friends. Karen is a deep thinker, controlling, judgmental. As long as Gabe remains submissive, Karen’s compulsions can’t harm their marriage. Her best friends’ marital problems make Karen question the bedrock of her own marriage to Gabe. Karen needs constant reassurance.
Gabe – 40s. Food writer. Karen's husband; they are happily married and devastated by the news of their friends’ separation. Gabe’s touching naiveté, his love of the stability and order of marriage is evident in all he says and does, and he agonizes over having to take sides. Gabe is more idealistic than the other characters.
Beth – 40s. Beth is Tom's wife and Karen's best friend. She is an artist of questionable talent, but perceives herself as an artist, so dresses the part. She is the antithesis of Karen. She can't cook, is unorganized, and leans more on emotions rather than on rational thoughts. As a couple, she and Tom, stand as models directly opposed to the couple represented by Gabe and Karen. Beth is not very communicative or supportive of her husband. Beth flounders in her art and seems to lack direction in her life. She leans on Karen during the initial stages of the separation between her and Tom and then seems more distant once she finds someone else to lean on.
Tom – 40s. Attorney. Beth's husband; they used to be happily married but he has been cheating on her; the play revolves around their divorce and the impact on their friends Karen and Gabe. Tom is brash, alert and borderline shallow. He needs more attention from a partner, oozes physical magnetism…something Beth won’t exude. Tom can turn on the charm whenever needed (as in his first time meeting Beth), like a frat boy. He may typify “Peter Pan syndrome,” but as he tells his friends, he simply wants a partner who is warm and affectionate, which Beth is not.