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Figaro
by Charles Morey

Directed by Amy Canning

Performance dates:
September 19 – October 4, 2014

Audition Date:
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Time: 6:30 pm
Place: Theatre Jacksonville
2032 San Marco Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32207

About the Show:
Freely adapted from Le Mariage de Figaro by Beaumarchais.

"Mr. Morey strike[s] a deft balance between the popular theater in the age of this work's setting and a more modern sensibility, flavoring the witty dialogue with just the right infusion of contemporary idioms and mannerisms…Beaumarchais's mischievous skewering of the aristocracy caused Louis XVI to ban performances until 1784, six years after the play was written. Mr. Morey's mockery of ruling-class entitlement rekindles that irreverence while also getting in some amusing swipes about the battle of the sexes…tart and funny…the farce takes aim at ruling-class entitlement just as surely today as it did in pre-Revolution France." – NY Times.

The Story:
He's getting married in the morning, and the enterprising Figaro (servant, barber, professional troublemaker) couldn't be happier. But with everybody scheming to come between him and his bride, Figaro will need all his cunning to make it down the aisle. This new adaptation of Beaumarchais' comic masterpiece is not only hilariously funny, but has a razor sharp political edge.

Available Roles:
5 Men
4 Women

Figaro: Thirties. Comic lead. The "trickster." Very smart, very quick. A great heart and joy in life but a deep anger underneath.

Suzanne: Late twenties/early thirties. Beautiful, smart, every bit a match for her fiancé, Figaro.

Count Almaviva: Forties. Imposing and forceful. Aristocratic. A lecher with a comedic twist. Ultimately not unlikeable.

Countess Almaviva (Rosine): Thirties/forties. Beautiful, aristocratic, but deeply saddened by her husband's neglect. Smart and resourceful when she needs to be.

Doctor Bartholo: Fifties. Smart, arrogant and somewhat aloof.

Marceline: Fifties. Faded. Somewhat slatternly. Strong willed. Will do almost anything to get what she wants.

Fanchette: Teens, early twenties. Beautiful and sexy. About as smart as a rock. Utterly without guile.

Cherubin/Doublemain: Early twenties. Cherubin: not much more than a boy. Considers himself a great lover. Doublemain: officious court clerk.

Bazile/Antonio/Bridoison: Forties/fifties. Bazile: Officious, vain, self-absorbed, the private secretary to the Count, maybe a little prissy. Antonio: The Count's gardener, a comic drunk. Bridoison: slightly dim Justice with a significant speech impediment.

 

Theatre Jacksonville Audition Policy:
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.