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Love Goes to Press
by Martha Gellhorn and Virginia Cowles

Directed by Tony Walsh

Performance dates:
November 7 - 22, 2014

Audition Date:
Sunday, September 21, 2014

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

About the Show:
Written in the aftermath of World War II, Love Goes to Press opened in London in 1946 and on Broadway in 1947. Written as a relief for the survivors of the Blitzkrieg and ration cards, today it is a devilishly entertaining portrayal of the Battle of the Sexes. In this wise-cracking romantic comedy, set in a press camp on the Italian front in 1944, two women war correspondents - smart, sexy, and famous for scooping their male competitors - struggle to balance their professional lives with their love lives. The two glamorous American journalists are autobiographical creations of the authors: Martha Gellhorn and Virginia Cowles who met while covering the Spanish Civil War.

Available Roles:
8 Men
3 Women

Leonard Lightfoot: (male) International Information Agency (English)
Uptight, reserved, everything by the book, pipe smoking and good looking.
(Late 30's – early 40's
)

TEX CROWDER: (male) Union Press (American)
Easy going American next door type, Been around the block, knows the ropes, very likeable guy, southern accent.
(Late 30's)

HANK O'REILLY: (male) Alliance Press (American)
Seasoned, been around the block, fast talking, probably a New Yorker, likeable, humorous, looks at thinks always on the BRIGHT side!
(mid to late 30's)

JOE RODGERS: (male) San Francisco Dispatch (American)
Handsome leading man type, wise guy type…but likable…even loveable, smooth talker and operator, Ex of Annabelle, needs to get things HIS way.
(early to mid-30's)

MAJOR PHILLIP BROOK-JERVAUX: (male) Public relations Officer (English)
By the Book , class conscious "everything and everyone" in their own place and station, male to a fault…make that "English Male" to a fault, self-proclaimed champion of the "weaker" sex. (early 40's)

CORPORAL CRAMP: (male) Assistant to Maj. Jervaux (English)
Knows his place, subordinate to Jervaux, polite, considerate, "kind", respectful, a "lamb".
(mid-40's)

JANE MASON: (female) New York Bulletin (American)
Attractive American female journalist, very much her own kind of woman, stylishly uniformed…with accessories…even on the front, smart, quick, intelligent, thinks for herself, operates in a "man's" world and knows how to navigate in it, a woman AND a fe-male! (short haired, possibly golden or blond.)
(Late 20's – early 30's)

ANNABELLE JONES: (female) San Francisco World (American)
Another attractive and stylish American female war correspondent and journalist, wealthy upbringing but that did NOT spoil her, wants to "save the world"…always striving for a cause…also navigates well in the "man's world" and make no apologies for it, champions the underdog, fast talking, dark brunette or black hair.
(Late 20's-early 30's)

DAPHNE RUTHERFORD: (female) (English)
Young, shapely, impressed with her own traits, attractive, endlessly fast talking and rapidly rising actress. Completely enveloped in "her" own world. Blue eyed, blond hair, "bird-like", something "flighty" about her!
(Early to mid-20's)

MAJOR DICK HAWKINS: (male) U.S. Air Force officer (American)
Big strapping lad, handsome, a bit slow on the uptake, likeable and loveable, out to "save and protect womankind", kind, helpful and polite.
Early 30's)

CAPTAIN ALLISTAIR DRAKE: (male) English officer.
Healthy, wealthy, confident, likeable, jolly and rotund like. A real "cheerio" type!
(late 40's-early 50's)

 

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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