by Tracy Letts
Director: Mary Lynn Dobson
Production dates: Nov. 6-21, 2015
Auditions: Fri, June 19 at 7:00 & Sat, June 20 at 12:00.
Callbacks: Sun, June 21 at 12:00.
Auditions & callbacks are at the Summit Playhouse
Synopsis: Arthur owns a decrepit donut shop in the Uptown neighborhood
of Chicago. Defeated and unambitious, he goes through life basically
existing. Franco Wicks, a young, charismatic African-American college
student with a past, finds his way into the shop and asks to be hired.
Arthur ends up giving him a job and in turn Franco ends up giving Arthur
hope, leaving both men changed forever. This comedy-drama by Tony Award
and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Letts (August: Osage County)
explores the challenges of embracing the past and the redemptive power
Arthur Przybyszewski: Must read late 50's -- Polish American. A hold-over from
the 60's, his daily routine consists of carrying on the legacy of his father's
dated donut shop. He is literate, well-educated, gruff with a wonderful dry
humor. A draft dodger, he still hasn't reconciled his actions and his
anti-establishment beliefs linger in his values. The actor must be comfortable
doing stage combat for a fight sequence.
Franco Wicks: Must read early 20's -- African-American. The spark plug of
the play. He has written what he calls, the new great American novel. He
is quick witted, street smart, wise beyond his years and undeniably
likable. A versatile wordsmith he can go from the hood to ivy league in
a flash. He is very good at talking his way in and out of situations,
but when a gambling debt catches up with him, this proves futile. The
actor needs to have verbal and physical dexterity.
Max Tarasov: Must read 45 to 50's -- Russian immigrant. A video store
owner who came to Chicago to pursue the American dream. He is driven,
hard-working and is larger than life. He has many of the play's funniest
lines. Ability to speak in a Russian accent a plus.
Luther Flynn: Must read 40 to 50's. Irish/Italian-American. A small time
boss/loan shark/bookie and a person you don't want as an enemy. He has
an ulcer and is constantly medicating himself. Although he has a minion
to do his dirty work, he will not run from a fight. The actor must be
comfortable doing stage combat for a fight sequence.
Officer Randy Osteen (female): Mid to late 40's -- Irish American. A
Chicago beat cop and Officer James' senior partner. She is single, the
middle child of seven brothers and a big sports fan. Underneath her cop
exterior, she has a big heart and is at times funny without realizing
it. She can be tough but around Arthur she displays a charming
awkwardness. She cleans up nicely.
Officer James Bailey: 30's to 40's -- African American. A Chicago beat
cop and Officer Randy's partner. He understands the neighborhood and its
people. Like a good cop he is part cop/part social worker. In his off
time he is a Star Trek fanatic.
Kevin Magee: 20 to 30s -- Irish American. A thug who flaunts his place in
the small-time mob world. Serves as the physical back up for Luther when
collecting bad debts, etc. Needs to look like he can handle himself in a
Lady Boyle (female): Must read late 60's to 70's -- Irish-American. A
part-time recovering alcoholic homeless lady, who is often a bit less
than lucid. She can always count on Arthur for a donut.
Kiril Ivakin: 20s-30s -- Russian immigrant. Max's nephew who has just
come to the United States from Russia. A gentle giant that could hurt
someone on demand. Speaks no English but will speak a line or two in
Russian. Familiarity with Russian a plus, but not necessary.