Department of Theatre

CALLBOARD

Auditions for Diana of Dobson's

by Cecily Hamilton

Directed by Robin Post (Root)

 Suffragist, actress and playwright, Cicely Hamilton, was a woman ahead of her time. In 1908 she founded the Women’s Writer’s Suffrage League in the UK and her play, Diana of Dobson’s, had its London premiere. The play had and extended run in London and NY and portrays a woman of means, who after being left penniless by her deceased father, finds herself living the life of a “shop-girl” – a form of bonded slavery.  She realizes that choices for women are ridiculously limited and after receiving an unexpected sum of money, takes an intentional journey of extravagance while testing what she believes to be the disparities of men and women and the power dynamic that society seems to support. Diana of Dobson’s is a romantic comedy tinged with an edginess that tends toward caustic and sardonic. The play has a wisdom way ahead of its time making it relatable and relevant. Having just celebrated the 1oo year anniversary of women rights in the UK to be followed by the same in the US, it feels like the right time for Diana to reemerge and to potentially contemplate how far we have come. (Cast breakdown 9 W/4M)

 

The first rehearsal will be on Monday, August 12, when the Academic year begins, a week before classes begin.

You can pick up a copy of the script to borrow and read from Sue Wilder in the main office. We will post an audition sheet on the call board where you can sign up for a time slot a week before the auditions. Send questions to Robin Post (Root) rootr@uncw.edu.

Auditions will be held in Movement Studio 1 (CAB 1092) as follows:

Fri. April 26th, 5:30-9:30. Perform a monologue (2 minutes or less) from a modern or contemporary script of your choice.

 Mon. April 29th, 5:30-9:00 callbacks; scene work. (sides will be available immediately prior to the audition.)