“RIMERS” Audition!!!

AUDITION!!!!

BHS Drama Society will present

The Rimers of Eldritch

by

Lanford Wilson

The Rimers of Eldritch is a portrait of a former mining town in Missouri, “population about 70,” where sin hides behind a facade of Christian morality and people who don’t conform to their neighbors’ standards live in isolation.  Over the course of a year a man is murdered and a woman tried for it, lovers come together and fall apart, bored teenagers search for adventure and escape, and families hide conflicts behind closed doors. Their stories blend together seamlessly in a nonlinear collage of events, relationships and secrets.

Auditions will be held

Tuesday, Sept. 19th and Wednesday, Sept. 20th

from 3 to 5 p.m. in Room 6-250.

–Rehearsals will begin in September for performances Dec 1st, 2nd & 3rd.–

Audition Sides

Below are links to the various sides for readings we’ll be using at auditions. There is no need to memorize these, but you may want to look them over in order to feel prepared. Most actors will read at least two different characters. If you have any questions, please email bwahlers@bboed.org

About the Play

The Rimers of Eldritch is a portrait of a former mining town in Missouri, “population about 70,” where sin hides behind a facade of Christian morality and people who don’t conform to their neighbors’ standards live in isolation.  Over the course of a year a man is murdered and a woman tried for it, lovers come together and fall apart, bored teenagers search for adventure and escape, and families hide conflicts behind closed doors. Their stories blend together seamlessly in a nonlinear collage of events, relationships and secrets.

The play contains some strong language and mature themes.

Characters

Eva Jackson (female, 14): “crippled” (weak legs and back), but more capable than her mother believes.  Naturally sociable, but her isolation has left her somewhat childish when it comes to interacting with others. Robert is her only real friend; their relationship has a little sister/big brother dynamic, but also the potential for mutual affection and understanding between equals and perhaps even romance.  Eva often tries to see how far she can push Robert, but is scared of losing his affection if she goes too far.

Evelyn Jackson (female, middle-aged): Eva’s mother.  Much of her life focuses on taking care of her “crippled” daughter.  She is both overprotective of Eva, and suspicious of her.  Clings to Christianity for solace and defense, and uses Christian morality to attack people who threaten her or her child.

Nelly Windrod (female, middle-aged): Mary’s daughter.  Runs the grain mill.  On trial for shooting Skelly.  She is generally respected and pitied for taking care of her elderly mother, but in private, she sometimes loses her temper with Mary to the point of threats and blows.  Capable, determined, defensive, concerned about her reputation, frustrated with her lot in life.

Mary Windrod (female, elderly): Nelly’s mother.  Starting to become senile, and disturbed by dreams of blood and violence.  Spends a lot of time watching the town from her window, and is often disgusted by what she sees.  Enjoys her pets (living and dead), her memories, and talking to the young people in town.

Patsy Johnson (female, 16-17): In high school.  Daughter of Mavis and Peck; younger sister of Josh.  Hates living in nowheresville; wants nice clothes and nice cars and a more exciting life than the ones she sees around her.  Her main entertainment is dating/sleeping with young men, including Walter.  Best friends with Lena.

Mavis Johnson (female, middle-aged): Wife of Peck, mother of Patsy and Josh.  She’s very focused on her family, but her children disappoint her and her husband doesn’t rein them in, but beats Patsy when she domes home pregnant.  Conservative, meek, concerned with propriety and appearances, always trying to pour oil on troubled waters.

Lena Truit (female, 16-17): In high school.  Patsy’s best friend, Martha’s daughter.  She’s neither as discontent nor as daring as Patsy, but she likes to hear about her friend’s adventures, and if she doesn’t always approve, she mostly keeps it to herself.  She’s dating Josh, who is quite a bit older than she is; she assumes they’ll get married someday, but doesn’t want to sleep with him before that, though he’s pressuring her.

Martha Truit (female, middle-aged): Lena’s mother.  Martha and Wilma spend most of their time together on the front porch gossiping about their neighbors.  Martha is perhaps the follower in her friendship with Wilma, as Lena is to Patsy.  Sympathetic to other people’s suffering, within her narrow worldview.

Wilma Atkins (female, middle-aged): One of the town gossips and arbiters of morality. She and Martha are the center of female social life in Eldritch.  She always has an opinion on what everyone is doing and what they ought to be doing.

Cora Groves (female, middle-aged): Runs the truck stop/café.  Something of an outcast because her husband left her and because she doesn’t always conform to other people’s ideas of appropriate behavior.  Doesn’t care much what other people think about her.  Warm, loving, independent, willing to stand up for the underdog against the majority.

Robert Conklin (male, 18): Just graduated from high school.  Lives in the shadow of his popular older brother, who died in a car racing accident.  A loner, not entirely by choice. Eva is his only friend, but he’s afraid to depend too much on her affection, and of where his affection for her might lead.  Basically decent, but carrying a major load of self-doubt and frustration that eventually explodes into violence.

Peck Johnson (male, middle-aged): A farmer, Mavis’s husband, Patsy and Josh’s father.  Takes a “boys will be boys” attitude towards Josh’s wild behavior, but is strict and unforgiving with Patsy.  Jovial, domineering, competitive, macho.

Josh Johnson (male, early 20s): Patsy’s older brother, son of Peck and Mavis.  Dating Lena.  Self-centered, animated, casually malicious.  He hazes Skelly for fun, and expresses his affection for Lena by pressuring her to sleep with him.

Skelly Mannor (male, elderly): The town homeless man and general scapegoat.  Crude, randy, somewhat rambling, defensive, sees (and tells) things like they are.  He sometimes tries to help the good people in town – but his efforts never produce good results.  Ends up being shot by Nelly.

Preacher/Judge (male, any age): The preacher and judge are two different characters played by the same actor; they merge into each other when speaking from the bench or pulpit.  They give voice to the hypocrisy and blind judgment of the townspeople.  (The Judge/Preacher is more stylized than the other characters.) The Judge is also a local farmer who has his opinions about local events.

Walter (male, 20s): A young drifter, new to town.  Has a romantic relationship with Cora (an older woman), but also sleeps with Patsy (and possibly other women).  Charming but reserved.  He likes people, but figures he doesn’t owe them anything, and wants to keep it that way; entanglements scare him.

Trucker (male, any age): The Trucker doesn’t live in town, but passes through regularly.  Ordinary working guy; bored, casually destructive.  (The Trucker’s actor also sometimes plays random male residents.)

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