Directed by Coleen van Staden"One of the subtlest plays Broadway has seen in years, by one of the most extraordinary writers of the English speaking theater." – Newsweek
Audition Date: Sat 22 March at 14:30
Call backs: Thu 27 March 2014 at 19:30
Venue: False Bay Rendezvous, 57 Promenade Road, Muizenberg
Production Dates: Fri 25 July to Sat 2 August 2014
Rehearsals start Wednesday 16 April 2014.
For more information, or to obtain your audition piece, email Coleen or telephone 072 120 5645Auditionees must obtain the audition pieces beforehand so that they are familiar with the pieces to be read.
If desired, auditionees can audition for both parts but should indicate their preference.
David, a somewhat aloof but idealistic architect has taken on the re-development of a South London slum with the “do-good” intention of providing well-built and attractive new housing for the masses. Budget constraints force him to compromise more and more, and he ends up having to design high rise tower blocks that keep getting taller as the number of obstacles in his way increase.
His wife, Jane, forever the pragmatist, grapples with her loyalty to him and his “cause” and loyalty to their friends whose floundering marriage cries out for her help. Her good intentions backfire horribly and end up being the ultimate undoing of their marriage and worse still, the ultimate failure of David’s project.
The “hapless” friends, Sheila, the quiet and needy put-upon wife and Colin, her cynical and sometime cruel husband, turn out to be the real puppet-masters of the piece as the dynamics in the relationships shift and true colours are revealed.
“Progressive Collapse” an architectural term for the tower blocks, becomes a metaphor for the collapse of a marriage and a friendship.
The plot unfolds in a series of scenes both present and past, where the actors address the audience directly, think out loud and move seamlessly between the 1980’s and 1960’s on a minimalistic set. The characters are multi-layered , the comedy subtle, the language beautiful and the structure elegant.
It’s an exciting and challenging piece of theatre.
Please note: This is an amateur production, and there will be no payment.