AUDITIONS FOR GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER by Todd Kreidler
Sunday, September 24, 2023 at 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Monday, September 25, 2023 at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Burton Leavitt Theatre, 779 Main Street, Willimantic, CT
The Draytons are a progressive white couple living in San Francisco in the heady days of 1967. Their liberal convictions are put to the test when their daughter brings home her fiancé from a whirlwind romance. He is perfect, a doctor, and an accomplished, published world renowned researcher. He is also black. The Draytons are faced with the difference between supporting the integration of races and welcoming someone of another color into your family. The situation also has to cope with objections from the other side of the racial divide as well. This is an adaption from the famous film Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, which you are encouraged NOT to watch before auditions.
CAST OF CHARACTERS
- all character ages are stage ages, not the age of the actor
- Due to the nature of the story, the racial backgrounds of the characters are set.
MATILDA (TILLIE) BINKS – 55, black. Tillie has worked 27 years as a domestic for the Drayton's. She is protective of the family and particularly of Joanne who she has known all her life. She is has a strong personality but also a clear idea of social conventions and roles.
HILARY ST. GEORGE – 43, white. She is the Associate Director of the Drayton Gallery. She is stylish and used to operating within the upper echelons of society if only as a facilitator.
CHRISTINA DRAYTON – 64, white. Runs the Drayton Gallery. She is warm, gracious with a strong sense of family as well as a progressive outlook on life.
MATT DRAYTON – 67, white. Publisher of progressive San Francisco newspaper The Guardian. He is passionate about issues of the day and takes life at an enthusiastic pace despite his wife and doctor’s orders to only work three days a week.
JOANNA DRAYTON – 23, white. “Joey” recently interned for a medical research hospital in Hawaii. She has her mother’s and father’s optimism and fierce approach to life which means that she is her own woman but is idealistic to the point of being naïve.
DR. JOHN PRENTICE – 37, black. A medical research Doctor. He has endured tragedy in the death of his wife and son but has found new life in this relationship. Despite this he is pragmatic and has certain expectations of how to navigate this situation.
MONSIGNOR RYAN – 75, white. Long time family friend of the Draytons. He is part philosopher and well versed in world affairs.
JOHN PRENTICE SR. – 63, black. School teacher. Proud of John but also has expectations of how his son has to navigate the world.
MARY PRENTICE – 59, black. Department store clerk. She is on the quiet side but knows when to assert herself with her headstrong husband and son.
Show Dates: November 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18 & 19, 2023
Actors only need attend one of the two audition days.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.
Sides can be obtained in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions, please contact the director Wallis Johnson at email@example.com