27 Wagons Full of Cotton / Something Unspoken
A Tennessee Williams Double Bill
Directed by Marti Ibrahim
Season Begins on 16 August 2018
Audition Dates: Sat 26 May 2018 at 2 pm and Tues 29 May 2018 at 7.30 pm
Venue: Strathmore Community Hall, Loeman Street, Strathmore
Audition requirement: You are asked to prepare a 3 minute monologue. It doesn’t matter what it is as long it is presented using the Southern American accent – you may also be asked to read from the script on the day. There are examples of Southern accents on youtube, please have a listen to some.
27 Wagons Full of Cotton
Set during the Great Depression, and in the midst of the oppressive heat of summer in Mississippi, this is a play about desperation and revenge. Business has not been going well for Jake and Flora Meighan, the owners of a cotton gin near Blue Mountain. In a desperate attempt to rescue himself from his financial woes, Jake sets fire to the neighbouring Syndicate Plantation, owned by the young but pragmatic Silva Vicarro. Over a 24-hour period, Silva finds out about Jake’s crime. How will Silva take the ultimate revenge against Jake? And who is the real victim in this story?
Characters: 2 males, 1 female
Jake Meighan: A cotton-gin owner. He is described as a fat man of sixty, with arms like hams. Controlling, strong, oblivious to others.
Flora Meighan: Jake’s wife, a quintessential Southern Belle, aged in her fifties, heavy set but fragile and somewhat naïve.
Silva Vicarro: The superintendent of the Syndicate Plantation. Described as a small, wiry man of dark Latin looks and nature. Catholic values. Not afraid to take revenge when he has been wronged. Aged anywhere between 30 and 50.
The play opens on the morning of the Daughters of the Confederation society club’s elections and Cornelia, too terrified to attend the vote in case she isn’t elected unanimously, sits at her table eating breakfast. Her secretary accompanies her. There is a strange tension between the two women, “something unspoken” simmering beneath the surface of their conversation. When Cornelia learns the outcome of the election, the situation between her and Grace comes to a head in a confrontation between them.
Characters: 2 females
Cornelia Scott: Miss Cornelia Scott is a wealthy Southern spinster in her sixties, who is consumed by her desire to be named president of a society club called “Daughters of the Confederation”.
Grace Lancaster: A woman in her forties who has been Cornelia’s secretary and companion for 15 years.