Strathmore Theatrical Arts Group
The Tin Woman by Shaun Greunan
Directed by Stephen Andrews
Performance Dates: 23 May to 1 June
Audition Dates: Sun 4 March 6.30 pm/ Tuesday 6 March 6.30 pm
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The Tin Woman is the story of a woman who receives a heart transplant, and her eventual meeting with the family of the donor. Instead of relishing life after her heart transplant, Joy enters a downward spiral, unsure whether she truly deserves a second chance. Meanwhile, Alice and Hank mourn the loss of their son, Jack, whose heart was used to save Joy. At a friend’s urging, Joy tracks down Jack’s family to find closure. But are Alice, Hank, and their daughter Sammy ready to accept Jack’s death? Based on a true story, The Tin Woman uses humour and pathos to explore loss, family, and what it means to be given new life.
Cast of Characters
JOY, mid 20-late 30s Female, Lead Role.
A freelance graphic artist. At the outset of the play Joy has received a life-saving heart transplant but is conflicted about what to do with her new life. She has a reticence to touch or be touched. Her loss of connection with her family, her boyfriend, her barbed sense of humour are indicative of someone dealing with the early onset of depression. Still she has the spark of something trying to break out and survive and connect in her new life.
A lead female opportunity to explore depression, sarcastic self-elevation and opportunity needs the right actor to bring themselves and all their skill to the role.
JACK, mid 30’s Male, Support Role.
An accountant with aspirations of being a photographer. Jack died in a car accident before the play begins and donated his heart to Joy. Jack appears throughout the show watching the events unfold, as well interactions during flash-back.
Jack is single, fashionably hipster-ish and a disappointment to his father Hank who wanted Jack to follow his footsteps of the family business.
A prominent role, Jack remains on stage for most of the play. Requires a male with strong stage presence, incredible patience and subtle variations. His contribution to the show should be immense even though he doesn’t often speak.
ALICE, early 60’s+, Female, Supporting Role.
Alice is Jack’s mother grieving the loss of her son while trying to hold her family and her marriage together. She is a solid, loving and has an enduring presence. Alice is crucial to the momentum of the play, attempting to drag both Joy and Hank from their grief while trying come to terms with it herself. Alice is the hero of this play, like many mothers are for their family.
HANK, early 60’s+, Male, Supporting Role
Hank is Jack’s father and Alice’s husband. Nearing retirement as head of a small building supplies company. Hank is trying very hard to wallow in or even barely acknowledge his grief and guilt about Jack. He can be quite abrasive, prone to alcohol and doesn’t really want to talk to anyone about anything.
SAMMY, 20-30’s, Female, Support Role
Sammy is Jack’s sister and daughter of Alice and Hank. A pre-school teacher she is somewhat ‘new agey’. She really wants to help all the time, she’s writes a blog that over-shares her life and lets emotions get the better of her. A really fun role for the right misfit.
NURSE / DARLA 20’s up to 60’s, Female, minor roles
Two roles for some person.
Nurse is a very competent but somewhat condescending nurse during Joy’s staying in hospital.
Darla is Joy’s best friend. A functionary, somewhere flamboyant, artsy, very caring friend. Darla is there to give joy motivation and help.
An enjoyable small couple of roles for an actor who excels at characterisation or being over the top.
Rehearsals, 1 to 2 weeknights per week and 1 weekend afternoon. More closer to performance.
Venue, STAG theatre, Strathmore
Rehearsals begin 17 March.
Auditions will take place at an appointed time, will be in small groups of two or three and run for about half an hour.
Auditionees will be given scene scripts prior for the purpose of background and preparation.
Please contact the director to schedule an audition appointment.