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by Horton Foote

May 19 – June 3, 2017

All evening performances 7:30 PM. Sunday matinees 2:30 PM.

Directed by Amber Devlin
Dupree Theatre, Irving Arts Center

It's 1929, on the eve of the Great Depression, and America is on the precipice of big change with a looming financial crisis. In the small town of Harrison, Texas, the residents of a local boarding house deal with numerous dilemmas, both large and small. Quarrels arise between estranged husbands and wives, the future of a railroad engineer hangs in the balance, and the town is turned upside down with the coming of the 'talkies' to the local movie theatre. It's the end of an era, and a job, for the woman who plays live music for the films. When the silver screen is no longer silent, who will speak up?


Audition dates:
Sunday, Mar. 26, 2017 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Monday, Mar. 27 2017 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Cold readings from the script. Texas Gulf Coast dialect preferred but not required.

Rehearsals set to begin April 17, 2017, weekend rehearsals likely.
Performances:  May 19 – June 3, 2017

Book an audition - – include stage name and contact phone number

Auditions will be held at the MainStage Irving-Las Colinas Studio at the corner of Story and Rochelle in Irving, TX 75062 (physical address is 2333 West Rochelle – some GPSs do not pinpoint the exact location.)

Available roles

Seeking strong ensemble of 11 actors: 5 women, 6 men


MYRA TOLLIVER – mid- 30’s; single mother trying to earn a living playing the piano for silent movies while raising a 14yr. old boy
KATIE BELL JACKSON – 16; curious, dreamer, open-minded
VESTA JACKSON – 18; prim, obedient, worrier
MRS. JACKSON – 40s-50s; Methodist mother of Katie Bell and Vesta
GLADYS – late 20s-early 30s; married, but separated from Willis and living with Ashenback;  indecisive


WILLIS – mid-30s; earnest, hardworking brick layer; in love with Myra
MR. JACKSON – 40s-50s; father of Katie Bell and Vesta; works on the railroad and loves his garden; sad, soft spoken man
ESTAQUIO TREVINO – 17 years old, Mexican; hoping to become a Baptist preacher
PETE TOLLIVER – 14 years old; trying to negotiate divorced parents: serious mother in small town vs. exciting father in Houston
ASHENBACK – 30s-40s; in love with Gladys; passionate
GERARD ANDERSON – 30s-40s; Pete’s father; contractor; married again with children; drinker

MainStage is a non-union theatre that offers actors a gas allowance.

Irving Community Theatre (dba MainStage Irving-Las Colinas) is an IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Funded in part by the City of Irving through the Irving Arts Board.