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Auditions have begun for the 2016-2017 season.
by August Wilson
By Wendy MacLeod
Auditioners must come in to sign up on the callboard in Room 325 at the Roy W. and Elizabeth E. Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre. The sign-up sheet will be posted on October 14, 2016.
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Fences Character Breakdown
Reynell – is a child, and the actor must be believable as a 5-6 year old African-American girl.
Troy Maxson – 50s, African American man who works for the sanitation department and is a former baseball star in the Negro Leagues. Hard-working, strong and prone to telling compelling, fanciful stories and twisting the truth. Troy is a tragic-hero dictated by ‘two-strikes’ that life has dealt him and yet in spite of that loves his family deeply … perhaps to his ultimate detriment.
Cory Maxson – 17/22, African American. The son of Troy and Rose Maxson. A good student whom college recruiters are coming to play football. An ambitious young man who has the talent and determination to realize his dreams, Cory comes of age during the course of the play when he challenges and confronts Troy.
Rose Maxson – 40s, African American. Troy’s wife and mother of Cory, Rose is a realist, not a romantic longing for more innocent times. She has high hopes for her son and possesses an endless depth of compassion most potently demonstrated at Troy’s great betrayal of their marriage.
Gabriel Maxson – 40s/50s, African American. Troy’s brother who was a soldier in the Second World War, during which he received a head injury that required a metal plate to be surgically implanted into his head. Because of the physical damage and his service, Gabriel wanders around the Maxson family’s neighborhood and sings. He often thinks he is the angel Gabriel who opens the gates of heaven with his trumpet for Saint Peter on Judgment Day.
Jim Bono – 50s/60s, African American. Troy’s best friend. Bono looks up to whom he met in jail, where Troy learned to play baseball. He is married to Lucille, who is friends with Rose. Bono is a devoted husband and friend. Bono’s concern for Troy’s marriage takes precedent over his loyalty to their friendship.
Lyons Maxson – 30s, African American. Troy’s son by his first wife. An ambitious and talented jazz musician. He grew up without Troy for much of his childhood because Troy was in prison. For income, Lyons mostly depends on his girlfriend, and only shows up on Troy’s payday.
Women in Jeopardy Character Breakdown
Mary: Female, 40-49
A divorced librarian, she is “still” pretty; the motherly type; has a vivid imagination and feels it is her duty to protect her best friend from danger, be it real or imagined; has no problem enlisting others to do her dirty work for her.
Jo: Female, 40-49
A divorced publicist; Mary’s best friend; very sardonic; goes along with and feeds into Mary’s schemes; concerned for her friend’s welfare.
Liz: Female, 40-49
Mary’s other best friend; divorced Director of Admissions at the local university; she is boy-crazy and a bit of a drama queen; has a new dentist boyfriend who is a little odd and may be involved in a missing persons case.
Amanda: Female, 19
Liz’s daughter, an exceptionally pretty college student whose SATs were in the single digits; has recently broken up with her boyfriend; likes her mother’s new boyfriend despite his oddities and is planning to go on a weekend camping trip with him.
Jackson and Sgt. Kirk Sponsullar: Male 40-49
Played by the same actor; Jackson is a dentist, Liz’s new boyfriend, creepy, given to strange pronouncements about death and disease, he may or may not look like Christopher Walken. Sgt. Kirk Sponsullar is a police sergeant, a John Wayne type, courtly, a man of few or entirely obfuscated words.
Trenner: Male, 19
Amanda’s oversexed and clueless boyfriend who has the hots for Mary.