“Marjorie Prime” Auditions

directed by Kari Steinbach

AUDITION INFORMATION

COVID PRECAUTIONS
The safety of TRP artists, staff, volunteers, and patrons is of the utmost importance to us. Rehearsals and performance will be in-person, indoors. All cast members must be fully vaccinated. During rehearsals, all who are not actively rehearsing will be masked. During performances, any support crew will be masked. TRP will continue to monitor vaccination rates and positivity rates in the metro area and will proceed with this project informed by guidance from Federal, State, CDC and industry guidelines to ensure a safe environment for all.

PERFORMS
Weekends February 11 – March 6, 2022

AUDITIONS
Readings from the script (see sides below)

IN-PERSON AUDITIONS
Auditions on Sunday December 5 and Monday December 6  from 7pm to 9pm. Doors open at 6:00pm.
Please bring a resume and headshot.
Masks are required.  We ask you to observe social distancing while in the building, and remain masked until you begin your audition. Director, stage manager, and audition monitors will all be masked.)

IN-PERSON CALLBACKS

Date and time will be available at auditions

“MARJORIE PRIME” directed by Kari Steinbach
It’s the age of artificial intelligence, and 85-year-old Marjorie — a jumble of disparate, fading memories — has a handsome new companion who’s programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? In this richly spare, wondrous new play, Jordan Harrison explores the mysteries of human identity and the limits — if any — of what technology can replace.

ROLES
Except as noted, roles are open to actors of all identities – racial, ethnic, sexual, gender – and no roles assume the presence or absence of disability.

Walter: Male, 30-36
An artificially intelligent stand-in for Marjorie’s late husband. Genuine, kind, thoughtful, handsome, perhaps too good to be true.  In love with Marjorie whom he treats like an equal, not like an elderly woman with dementia; A good listener; An innocent who is quick to learn irony.
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Tess: Female, 55-ish
Marjorie’s daughter. A thoughtful and quietly intense woman, she feels deeply conflicted by Walter Prime’s presence in her mother’s life. Skeptical, smart, well-read; Judgmental, of herself most of all; Despite her best intentions, she falls into a kind of bickering loop with her mother; Battling depression, but not without humor; Fragile but forceful.
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Jon: Male, 55-ish
Tess’ husband, Marjorie’s son-in-law; formerly a barnstorming hippie, now an upper-middle-class procurer of lattes; warm, caring, tolerant; thinks more of others than himself; he married up when he married Tess; his ease with Marjorie sometimes drives a wedge between his wife and himself; he gets frustrated with Tess’ tendency to see the worst in things, but he’s good at covering this frustration; thinks of it as his secret mission to heal Tess’ family of the dysfunctions caused by their long-buried grief.
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

Marjorie: Female, to play 85
Beautiful, direct, forceful; a former violinist battling dementia; a little vain, a little grumpy, a little frightened (but good at covering it); struggling to connect with her daughter; has an easier rapport with her son-in-law. Reliant on Walter to remind her of what she once was.
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities

AUDITION SIDES
MONOLOGUES
Marjorie – Walter
Jon – Tess
Jon – Marjorie
Marjorie – Tess