Au­di­tions open for ‘Watch on the Rhine’

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CHURCH HILL — Lil­lian Hell­man’s pow­er­ful and timely “Watch on the Rhine” will open the 2019 sea­son at Church Hill Theatre. Di­rected by Mary Aver­ill James, the play will run for three week­ends from Jan. 18 to Feb. 3. Re­hearsals will be­gin as soon as pos­si­ble af­ter au­di­tions to al­low the cast time to en­joy Thanks­giv­ing and Christ­mas with their fam­i­lies.

“Watch on the Rhine” takes place near Wash­ing­ton, DC, just be­fore the out­break of World War II, at the wealthy Far­relly home. Ten­sions arise when Fanny Far­relly’s vis­it­ing daugh­ter Sara and her Ger­man pa­triot hus­band in­ter­act with a ti­tled Ro­ma­nian house­guest. “Watch on the Rhine” re­ceived the 1941 New York Drama Crit­ics’ Cir­cle award for the best play and was widely praised for its anti-nazi theme.

James is mak­ing her di­rec­to­rial de­but at Church Hill Theatre but brings sub­stan­tial ex­pe­ri­ence from St. Mar­tin’s Com­mu­nity Theatre and the Colo­nial Play­ers. She said she looks for­ward to work­ing with both CHT vet­er­ans and new­com­ers. “Watch on the Rhine” has roles for men, women and chil­dren, span­ning a flex­i­ble range of ages and eth­nic­i­ties, with even the smaller parts play­ing key roles in the drama. Au­di­tion­ers will be asked to par­tic­i­pate in cold read­ings from the script. James also in­vites those in­ter­ested in back­stage or tech­ni­cal po­si­tions to come to an au­di­tion.

Au­di­tions will be held on at 1 p.m. Satur­day, Nov. 3, and at 6 p.m. Mon­day, Nov. 5, on the Church Hill Theatre stage. If needed, call-backs will be held on Wednes­day, Nov. 7.

The char­ac­ters in “Watch on the Rhine” are:

Fanny Far­relly, 60s -70s, a wealthy and well-con­nected Vir­ginia ma­tron

David Far­relly, her son, 30-40s, at­tracted to Marthe

Sara Mueller, Fanny’s daugh­ter, in her 40s

Kurt Mueller, Sara’s Ger­man hus­band, 40s to early 50s

Joshua Mueller, their teen-aged son

Ba­bette, Mueller, a 10-12 year old daugh­ter

Bodo Mueller, a younger son Joseph, the Far­relly but­ler, is an older African-amer­i­can

Anise, Fanny’s long-time French house­keeper

Teck de Bran­co­vis, a so­phis­ti­cated Ro­ma­nian count, 30s – 50s

Marthe de Bran­co­vis, his wife 20s – 30s

Con­tact the Church Hill Theatre at 410-556-6003 or ex­ec­man­ager@ church­hillthe­atre.org with any ques­tions about the play, the roles, or the au­di­tion sched­ule.

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