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Auditions for The Insanity of Mary Girard



Auditions for The Insanity of Mary Girard
By Lanie Robertson

Summary: In 1790, Mary Girard is committed to an asylum. Having become pregnant by another man, her husband has had her declared legally insane. Mary sits in a chair as the “furies” dance around and impersonate people from her past.

The Insanity of Mary Girard is an extremely provocative script and may not be appropriate for younger children. Parents are advised to become familiar with the script before letting a minor audition. Portions of the script are available online at Google books and numerous versions of the play can be viewed on YouTube. Note that some of the stronger language towards the end of the play will be cut from our performance.

Audition Dates and Location: August 22, 2009 from 4pm – 6pm, Call backs August 23, 2009 from 1pm -3pm at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre (7713 Lead Mine Rd, Raleigh, NC)

For Auditions: All women auditioning for the furies need to wear loose clothing and be prepared to move. Dance experience for these roles is helpful but not a requirement. Everyone needs to be prepared to perform a one-minute dramatic monologue. Please bring a resume and headshot if you have one.

Show Dates: October 23 and 24, October 30 and 31 at Common Ground Theatre in Durham
(Please note that there will be a Halloween matinee and evening performance; times are TBA)

Cast Breakdown:
Mary Girard (ages 16 – Adult, Female): A strong, stubborn woman forced into captivity by her husband. Doubts her sanity.
Fury (ages 16 – Adult, Female): The eldest, the embodiment of rage and revenge, the hysteric
Fury (ages 16 – Adult, Female): The middle, obsessive compulsive and depressed
Fury (ages 13 – Adult, Female): The youngest, child-like and bi-polar
Mrs. Hatcher (16 – Adult): A “cured” woman who is no longer at the asylum
Mrs. Lum (Adult, Female): Mary’s mother, a woman trying to be grander than she is
Mr. Girard (Adult, Male): Mary’s husband, the wealthiest man in all of Pennsylvania
The Warder (ages 16 – Adult, Male): Cockney man of middle age who takes great pleasure in his role of keeping the inmates locked up
Polly Kenton (ages 16 – Adult, Female): Sultry, simple woman who takes Mary’s place as Mr. Girard’s mistress
Mr. Phillips (Adult, Male): Head of the insane asylum

For more information: Contact

*Please RSVP if you plan on attending auditions. Walk-ins will be welcome, but we would like to have a general headcount. Thanks!*

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