Olney Theatre Center (Olney, MD) COST; $632/week
Director: Martin Platt
Rehearsals from: March 12, 2013- April 3, 2013
Previews from: April 4-6, 2013
Opening: April 6, 2013
Closing: April 28, 2013
Possible extension through May 5, 2013
SYNOPSIS: Four out of condition, middle-aged businessmen sent off on a team-building exercise succeed in being the first people ever to get shipwrecked on an island in England’s bucolic Lake District. Bound in by fog, menaced by wildlife and cut off from the world, this perfunctory middle-class exercise turns into a carnival of recrimination, French cricket, and sausages. What should have been a bonding process for Gordon, Angus, Roy, and Neville turns into a muddy, bloody fight for survival. Because when night sets in, strange things happen out in the wilds. And what took place on Neville’s island that foggy November weekend none of this particular middle-management team would ever forget …
All characters are English, accents required. A bit Northern or Middle England preferred (Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds). Definitely not posh London or cockney. North West England is perfect.
(mid 40s) A bully, although a funny one - always ready with a joke and a dig. He knows he is smarter and more deserving than anyone else on the trip. He’s a little man with a big personality, more bark than bite perhaps, but who would know that? If one were to think Ricky Gervais or Rowan Atkinson, one would not be far from the mark. “ROCKS, Neville. Well. I think I did my job as a look-out. How were things in the steering department?” Gordon can be physically threatening.
(mid 40s) The orderly guy, he over-thinks everything. He is so earnest and he means so well. Neville is the Team Leader – and it is his over analyzed decision that leads to the four men being stranded on Rampsholme Island. He is somewhere between a really boring accountant and a green-grocer. Neville has read all the manuals on how to be a good leader, but his sense of improvisation is perhaps a bit lacking. A very nice man if somewhat harried when we meet him. But he does try to keep the men together.
(mid 40s) He is SO anal. He is the perfect bean counter. Repressed, so sure he is doing everything right, so possessive of what’s his as opposed to what’s yours. I'm sure he cleans his silverware in restaurants before he'll use them. I see him in a semi-detached house with a small garden and his small wife, living a small life and thinking its perfect. Angus has bought about $10,000 worth of top-of-the-line camping gear for this little weekend – the only outdoors trip of his life. We love Angus, but he also drives us crazy.
(mid 40s) A bit otherworldly, and gangly. He's had a break-down recently, over euthanizing his mother. He's a bird-watcher, a lovely, simple, but damaged soul. He lopes, he smiles awkwardly. Did I mention he was a Christian, with a capital ‘C’? And yet he might be the most creative in a crisis, the man who can get back to nature the easiest. Roy has never said a bad word about anyone, nor had a meal not begun with a prayer.
Olney, MD auditions will be held on September 17 and 18, 12pm to 4pm each day, by appointment only.
For consideration, email picture and resume to: email@example.com
In the subject line, indicate “NEVILLE’S ISLAND/ MD Audition Submission.
Auditions will take place at the Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney Sandy Spring Road, Olney, MD 20832, Actors' Hall (Second Floor)