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The God Game
by Suzanne Bradbeer

Directed by Michael Lipp

Performance dates:
March 3 -19, 2017

Audition Date:
Monday, January 16, 2017

Time: 6:00 pm
Place: Theatre Jacksonville
2032 San Marco Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32207

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

Synopsis:
Tom is a Virginia Senator and rising star in the Republican Party. When a long-time family friend resurfaces and offers the opportunity of a lifetime, Tom faces a crisis of conviction while his marriage hangs precariously in the balance.  He's asked to join the ticket as the Vice-Presidential candidate. The only catch: he needs to sound "more Christian" on the campaign trail. Will he sacrifice his firmly-held belief that faith and religion are private matters or give up an opportunity to govern the most influential country in the world? The God Game is a play about faith and politics, marriage and friendship, choices and consequences. Winner of The Ashland New Plays Festival and NEXT ACT! New Play Summit.

Available Roles:
2 men and 1 woman: age late 30's to early 50's.

TOM - The Junior Senator from Virginia.
Tom is a former Marine and war veteran. He is very intelligent, charming, politically astute, and passionate about issues he takes on. He was on everyone's "Most Likely To Succeed" list and has gone on to exceed all expectations. The central theme of the play focuses on Tom's belief or non-belief in God on which he has always been rather ambivalent, particularly after the recent tragic death of his brother, Jay. Tom has completely lost any faith in God that he ever had, adamant that this is a private matter and should have nothing to do with his public life.

LISA - His wife.
Lisa is Tom's beautiful wife of twenty years, who runs a shelter for women in Richmond. A life-long Republican and devout Christian, the loss of her brother-in-law, Jay, has only deepened her relationship with God. Lisa is smart, independent, and a very devoted wife and mother though she has not fully recovered from the death of Jay and becomes protective and territorial when she perceives a threat from Matt. A veteran of the campaign trail, she suffers no fools, recognizes manipulative behavior instantly, and is not afraid to speak her mind in private.

MATT - Their best friend.
Matt is Tom and Lisa's oldest friend, a closeted gay man, and Jay's former lover. He shares the news that his boss would like to vet Tom for the Vice-Presidency. A veteran of many campaigns, he has made it his life's work getting powerful Republicans elected to high office, though he is perhaps beginning to be disillusioned about the life he has chosen and the sacrifices he has made.  Matt is witty, pragmatic, smart, not easily dissuaded from a goal he sets out to accomplish, and is equally comfortable in huge crowds and back-room deals.  He has made a career of reading people and using his charms to get them to do what he wants, and believes deeply in Tom’s ability to be a great asset to the ticket.

 

People of all races and ethnicities are encouraged to audition for plays and musicals at Theatre Jacksonville.
It is the policy of Theatre Jacksonville that all auditions are open to the public. All interested people, newcomers and stage veterans alike, are welcome. We are also in need of volunteers to assist in other areas of production, including set construction, set artwork, lighting, and backstage technical activities and invite all members of the public to participate in these activities as well.

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Theatre Jacksonville programs are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council,
the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Jacksonville, and the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Inc.