Directed by Geoffrey King
Performance dates: October 13th-16th (matinee on the 16th)
LOVE/SICK is not one but nine short plays each of 10 to 15 minutes duration & each featuring two characters. The play was written for a cast of 4, 2 women & 2 men all aged in their 20’s/30’s but the author has no problem with casting as many as 18! No decision has been reached on the size or age range of our cast. This will depend on the outcome of the audition process.
If you saw or are familiar with Cariani’s better known play, ALMOST MAINE, you will have no difficulty understanding the mechanics of this more recent & rather darker follow up. However, some explanation is probably necessary. All 9 vignettes take place at the same time of day & in the same locality. Each examines a different aspect of the “love” experience. It is important to point out that two of the plays have a ‘gay’ theme & at least one other involves some serious kissing! Here is a (very) brief synopsis of all nine.
A woman & a man who fall in love at first sight
“The Singing Telegram”
A Singing Telegram man delivers a singing telegram to an enthusiastic, Louise
Ben, a guy who is surprised that he has fallen in love & Andy the sweet guy with whom he has fallen in love
Keith & Celia…a groom & bride
Sarah, an inquiring woman & Bill her contented husband of a year & a half
“Lunch & Dinner”
Kelly & Mark, a power couple, married for 5 years
Jill, a woman who wants more than she has & Kevin, her husband of 9 years, who is happy with what he has
“Where Was I?”
Abbie, a hardworking ‘stay at home mom’ & Liz her hard working wife
Jake a recently divorced man & Emily a recently diviorced woman
Between these 9 offerings, the author seeks to cover the wide arc of “relationships” …from beginning to end, from up to down, from lost to found from success to failure. It is a challenging task for both actors & audience. The author has provided very copious notes & you may find these helpful though I do reserve the right to deviate from his suggestions!
If possible, please try to read the entire work prior to the audition. This will be a somewhat unusual audition given the number of roles & the possibility of single, double, treble or quadruple casting! We shall try a variety of permutations of actors/ages. Rehearsals will begin in late August/early September (date t.b.a.) & because of the nature of the production I intend to be as flexible as possible about the timetable.
One major advantage of “Love/Sick” is that I shall only require two people at each rehearsal until the very last moment when we pull all 9 plays together. This flexibility will encompass daytime, evenings &/or weekends to suit those cast. Although each play is short in duration, each is intense & demanding….a real acting opportunity.
Any questions, please email, text or call Geoffrey King.