Curse of the Starving Class
By Sam Shepard
Directed by Frank Duffy
Assistant Director: Justin Schiedel
Stage Manager: Chelsea Smith
Auditions will be held in the Visitors Center at Fort Wadsworth, 255 New York Avenue, Staten Island NY 10305
Friday December 6 — 6:00 to 10:00pm
Saturday December 7 — 12:00 to 7:00pm
Some callbacks will follow on each audition day, with a possible final callback from 4:00 to 7:00pm on Saturday.
Walk-ins are taken, but appointments are given preference.
To make an appointment contact Chelsea Smith, Stage Manager, at email@example.com
Headshots and resumes can be sent digitally.
ALL ROLES ARE OPEN. There will be a stipend provided to actors.
Performances will take place on the following dates in the Carpenter’s Shop at Snug Harbor Cultural Center:
Friday, March 20, and Saturday, March 21 at 8:00pm
Sunday, March 22 at 2:00pm
Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28 at 8:00pm
Sunday, March 29 at 2:00pm
Please be familiar with the play before you audition.
Consider: there are some ugly themes and events, and there is nudity.
It is recommended, but not necessary, you learn a monologue from this play if you’re auditioning for a lead role, one of the Tates.
Shepard’s Curse of the Starving Class, is a dark comedy set on a dilapidated California Farm inhabited by the doomed Tate family, a satirical picture of dysfunction, drunkenness and disorder.
Wesley Tate — a nearly grown son who takes care of the chores his malingering father ignores. This character appears naked on stage. (18-23)
Emma Tate — a firebrand, the Tate daughter, is bent on leaving her house and family for something better. She experiences her first period during the play. (13-15) Will make exceptions with this part, though the ideal actor will be able to play a teenage girl.
Ella Tate — an abused woman, wife of Weston and mother to Emma and Wesley. She cannot hold the family together through the tumult of Weston’s alcoholism. She dreams of, and half-bakes a plan to take the kids to France once she sells the farm. (Mid-40s)
Weston Tate — the drunken patriarch. He is at once observant and clueless, charming and foul-mannered, and the cause of this family’s woes. (Mid-40s) Preferably tall, strong and menacing.
Ellis — a slimy bar owner. (Adult male or female)
Emerson — one of the men Weston is in debt to and a car bomber.
Slater — Emerson’s accomplice.
Sgt. Malcolm — police officer who informs the Tates that their daughter has been arrested for riding a horse into Ellis’ bar, The Alibi Club, and shooting up the place.
Taylor — a lawyer, who is helping Ella sell the land and farm without Weston knowing. It turns out he has swindled Weston before in a land deal.