Written and Directed by Mark Newman
Told through scenes that move between the present and the recent and distant past, The Prescribed Distance, is the story of Bernie and Joe, two old friends who share a disturbing secret. Into their lives comes Maggie, a woman of a similar age, who Bernie meets in a bar. When she is introduced to Joe, they are all forced to confront events that have long been buried, to find they may have more in common than they knew.
I’m looking for 2 men and 1 woman, all with a playing age of mid-60’s and a third male actor with a playing age of about 15.
Auditions will consist of readings of short passages from the play, concentrating on the interactions of the characters and the actors’ understanding of the text and response to direction – they’ll need to have the flexibility and ability to convey subtle nuances, both with dialogue and without. The play is as much about what is not said as what is, so actors will need to be able to hold onto their character’s motives and history, even when the dialogue is seemingly mundane or incidental. Actors will be given some ‘back story’ at auditions and will be expected to retain and reflect those fundamental motivations in the passages they are asked to perform. Rehearsals are limited and intense, so actors will need to be highly focused and committed to the production. For this reason it is unlikely we will be able to accommodate any absences during the rehearsals period.
Scripts will be available before auditions, as the work is still being drafted and is likely to be finalised as characters and situations take shape during rehearsals.
Reading: Tuesday 6th February at 8:00pm
Auditions: Thursday 8th February at 7:30pm
Production Dates: 12th, 13th & 14th April 2018
Mark Newman (Writer and Director)