PLAYERS BY THE SEA ANNOUNCES AN OPEN CASTING CALL
Written by AUGUST WILSON
Directed by JEREME RAICKETT
Run Date: March 17 - April 1, 2017
WHEN: Monday, January 23rd at 7:00pm
WHERE: Players by the Sea Studio Stage
DRAMA |Set in 1950s Pittsburgh, FENCES follows the story of Troy Maxson, a former baseball player in the Negro Leagues now reduced to collecting trash to make a living. Troy must deal with his headstrong son whose football career has the potential to eclipse his own and with his wife, who reevaluates their marriage when Troy brings home the baby he fathered with another woman. Winner of the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for drama, FENCES is a heart-wrenching tale of love, ambition, and the struggles of black families in the 50s.
1950s; Backyard of an urban home in a North American industrial city
1 Woman, 4 Men, 1 Young Teen, 1 Young Girl
Troy Maxson (53) Actors between 30-50 years old
Troy is the protagonist of Fences. He is a working class African American man who lives with his wife, Rose, and son, Corey, in the Hill District of Pittsburgh. He works for the Sanitation Department as a garbage collector. Troy is a tragic-hero; he is dedicated to a fault to providing for his family and to making sure his sons have better lives than he has had. He was once a great baseball player in the Negro Leagues, but he was too old to join the Major Leagues when they were integrated. His past mistakes and failures greatly influence his outlook on life and his relationship with his sons.
Rose Maxson (Mature) Actors between 30-50 years old
Rose is Troy's second wife, who he married after being released from prison. Troy maintains an affectionate patriarchal relationship with Rose, demanding respect from her as the head of the household and primary bread winner, though he is greatly influenced by her realistic take on the changing world. Rose is the mother of Corey, Troy's youngest son.
Gabriel Maxson (Mature) Actors between 30-50 years old
Gabriel, or Gabe, is Troy's brother. He suffered a traumatic head injury in World War II that left a metal plate in his head. Because of his diminished mental capacity, he acts in a childlike manner and believes that he is the Angel Gabriel, waiting for St. Peter to open the gates of Heaven for all of the saved. Troy used Gabe's disability check from the army to buy the house in which the play takes place. At the time of the play, Gabe has moved into his own apartment, a fact that weighs on Troy.
Jim Bono (Mature) Actors between 30-50 years old
Bono is Troy's best friend and drinking buddy. Several scenes of the play revolve around Troy and Bono's conversations in Troy's backyard while drinking on Friday nights. Troy met Bono while in prison. Bono both remembers Troy's past and serves as a moral compass for Troy in his relationship with his wife, Rose.
Lyons Maxson (Mid age) Actors mid 20-late 30’s
Lyons is Troy's eldest son, fathered with his first wife. Lyons works as a jazz musician in Pittsburgh but often has a hard time making ends meet. Lyons often appears on Fridays, Troy's payday, to ask for money. Troy's complicated relationship with Lyons encompasses his admiration for his son's attempt to do something he loves with his life, but contempt for his refusal to be a breadwinner and responsible head of household.
Cory Maxson (Teen) Actors 16-25 years old
Cory is the son of Troy and Rose. Cory has a relationship of conflict and violence with Troy. He believes that Troy is trying to hold him back in life by refusing to sign papers that would allow him to go to college on a football scholarship. Troy insists that Cory get a real job and be responsible. In the play's final scenes, Cory is kicked out of Troy's house after a violent struggle, only reluctantly returning eight years later for Troy's funeral.
Raynell Maxson (Young Child) Actors 5-13 years old
Raynell is Troy's daughter, fathered out of wedlock with Alberta, Troy's mistress. Alberta dies in childbirth and leaves Troy to raise Raynell. Rose agrees to raise his husband's daughter for her sake, not for his. The audience only sees Raynell as an infant and then as a small girl just before Troy's funeral.
• Please be prepared to read sides from the script.
• Please bring a prepared 1 minute Monologue, Headshot & Resume.
• A copy of the script is available for perusal. Please email PBTS Audition Services at email@example.com if you would like to read the script prior to auditions (this is encourage). Compose the Subject Line as "FENCES Script Request".
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