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- 2-12 April 2014: The Cat's Meow by Steven Peros, directed by Matt Bentley - see below for audition information
- 4-14 June 2014: Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake) by Sheila Callaghan, directed by Tabitha Arthur
- 6-16 August 2014: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams, directed by David Cox
- 17-27 September 2014: Boys by Ella Hickson, directed by Iona Anderson
- 19-29 November 2014: The Tempest by William Shakespeare, directed by Benjamin Haddock
The Cat's Meow, directed by Matt Bentley
Dates: Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December
Based on the true story of a mysterious Hollywood death, The Cat's Meow offers a fascinating cross-section of Jazz Era characters who intersect for one notorious weekend on board William Randolph Hearst's yacht in 1924. The play was adapted for film in 2002, with a screenplay by the author, directed by Peter Bogdanovich, and starred Kirsten Dunst, Eddie Izzard, and Edward Herrmann.
Weekend guests include: Charlie Chaplin, who has been carrying on with movie star Marion Davies, a secret known to Davies' paramour, the married - and much older - Hearst; and movie mogul Thomas Ince, who is hoping to revive his flagging fortunes by forming a partnership with Hearst. Playing with fire, Ince tries to convince Hearst that he can handle both Marion's movie career and her private life.
During its 1997 Los Angeles premiere, audiences and critics were both entertained and moved by this darkly comic morality play, laced with clandestine romance, Hollywood excess and steadily heating tensions, which erupt in a shocking act of violence.
The Cat's Meow will be presented at The Gryphon Theatre, 2-12 April 2014. Rehearsals will be Tuesday and Thursday nights, and Sunday afternoons.
- ELINOR GLYN - 60, British romance novelist, screenwriter and social dictator.
- THOMAS INCE - 40s, a silent film pioneer and studio mogul.
- MARGARET LIVINGSTON - 20s, an actress and mistress to Ince.
- GEORGE THOMAS - Ince's business manager.
- MARION DAVIES - 27 (but passing for 23), a movie star and Hearst's public mistress.
- CHARLIE CHAPLIN - 35, British, an internationally known movie star.
- LOUELLA PARSONS - 40s, a Hearst movie reviewer from the East Coast.
- WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST - 62, Newspaper and silver mining magnate. A large, wealthy, powerful, married man.
- JOSEPH WILLICOMBE - Hearst's loyal and discreet personal secretary.
- DR DANIEL GOODMAN - 40s, former physician, now a Hearst movie studio executive.
- MRS GOODMAN - 30s, Dr Goodman's conservative wife.
- CELIA MOORE - 20s, a flapper/actress.
- DIDI DAWSON - 20s, also a flapper actress.
- MRS INCE (VOICE ON PHONE) - 40s, Ince's recently awoken wife, who remained at home.
All character ages are indications only. Ideally, Celia and Didi will be singer/dancers. All actors will need to dance the Charleston, but training will be given.
For enquiries about this production or to book an audition time, please contact Production Manager, Joy Hellyer on 021 773 807, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cat's Meow
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