Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Auditions Announced for Heartland Theatre's "Mauritius"

Heartland Theatre has announced open auditions for its upcoming production of Theresa Rebeck's "Mauritius," a play about two sisters, three shady men, and some very valuable stamps.

Auditions are scheduled for Tuesday, December 20, and Wednesday, December 21, from 6:30 to 9 pm at Heartland Theatre.

In the play, half-sisters Jackie and Mary have found a stamp collection, left by their recently deceased mother. They are at odds almost immediately over what to do with the stamps and who between them has the right to make that decision.

When Jackie takes the stamps to a dusty, run-down stamp shop owned by Philip, he is mostly uninterested and unimpressed. But Dennis, a guy always on the lookout for a scheme, thinks there's more to Jackie and her stamps than Philip is giving her credit for. Enter Sterling, a wealthy, aggressive collector who isn't the type to fool around.

About these characters, Variety said "The emotionally fraught edges of their twisty encounters [are] made all the more intriguing by the fact that items as apparently innocuous as postage stamps fuel the friction."

When I read the play, I called it "American Buffalo" with girls.

Director Sandra Zielinski will be looking for five actors. The roles are:
  • Jackie: (Age 25-40) Younger sister who wants to sell the stamps left by her deceased mother.
  • Mary: (35-50) Jackie’s older half-sister who doesn’t want to sell and disputes who the stamp collection belongs to.
  • Sterling: (Male, Age 50-65) A greedy stamp collector who is used to getting whatever he wants.
  • Phillip: (Age 45-60) World-weary owner of a dusty shop that sells stamps.
  • Dennis: (Age 30-45) A smooth, handsome wheeler dealer who is interested in Jackie, but mostly interested in her stamps.
Performance dates for "Mauritius" are February 16-19 and 23-26 and March 1-4, 2012. For more information, visit Heartland's website here.

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