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September 6, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
SCP seeks actors for Arthur Miller’s “The Ride Down Mt. Morgan”
SENECA FALLS, NY, September 6, 2016 ——- Seneca Community Players will be holding open auditions for their next production The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, by Arthur Miller, on Sunday, September 18th from 6-9 p.m. at 115 Fall Street, lower level, Seneca Falls, NY.
The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, which is scheduled for October 28-30 and November 4-6, 2016, at the Delavan Theater, NY Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls,
is one of Arthur Miller’s final plays.
The play’s setting is in an Elmira, New York hospital, following a serious car accident involving the central character, Lyman Felt. Lyman is a wealthy insurance agent who, for nine years, has maintained a double life; one in New York City, with his wife for 32 years, Theodora; the other in Elmira with his other wife, Leah, whom he secretly married nine years before the accident. Lyman has an adult daughter, Bessie, with Theodora, and an eight-year old son, Benny, with Leah. When Lyman is hospitalized following his car crash, both wives are somehow notified, show up at the hospital, and discover that their husband is a bigamist. The route to this crisis is shown through the use of flashbacks, alternating with Lyman’s eventually futile attempts to explain and justify his actions.
The roles for 3 men and 3 women are as follows:
Lyman Felt– early 60’s at the time of the play– a fit man for his age; a combination of passionate poet and savvy businessman who exudes charm, energy, and creativity; both emotional and intellectual, with a strong sexual instinct despite his age.
Theodora Felt– early 60’s– sophisticated, intellectual, reserved and conservative in contrast to Lyman’s exuberance.
Leah Felt– early to mid-30’s– earthy, passionate, sexy; business school education, but without the Ivy League education and sophistication that Lyman and Theo share.
Bessie– Lyman and Theo’s daughter, late 20’s to early 30’s– a pampered child of high society, emotional; varying between her intense love for both parents in the flashback scenes, to unforgiving hatred of Lyman when his duplicity is discovered.
Tom Wilson– late 50’s to early 60’s– Lyman’s longtime friend and lawyer– Quaker– compassionate, but confused and horrified by the discovery of Lyman’s secret life– torn by his deep affection for both Theo and Lyman after that discovery; the moral conscience of the play.
Nurse Logan– black female, 30’s to 40’s– humorous, practical, calm and practical; mildly amused by the confusion surrounding Lyman, and the only character who does not condemn him outright.
Auditioners are invited to use the rear door on the canal side of the building. Actors will read from the script and should bring a list of any scheduling conflicts they may have.
For more information or a preview of the script, contact the director, Jamie Bruno: firstname.lastname@example.org; or call 315-406-7435.
Seneca Community Players is one of NY’s oldest continually running Community Theatre organizations. A member of TANYS, Theatre Association of New York State, you can visit them at www.senecacommunityplayers.org.