Zoom Auditions: Mama's Boy
January 14 7pm-9pm
Stageworks Theatre will kick off 2021 with Mama’s Boy, by Rob Urbinati, opening March 11, 2021. This play is the riveting story of Lee Harvey Oswald and his complex relationship with his overbearing mother, Marguerite. Mama’s Boy follows Marguerite's reckless attempts to reunite her family, from Lee's return to the U.S. from Russia, through the assassination of Kennedy, to her son's own murder and her defense of his innocence in the months that follow. A fascinating examination of family dynamics and obsessive maternal devotion played out in the shadow of history.
Auditions will be held via Zoom on Thursday, January 14, from 7pm-9pm via Zoom. All auditions are open to the community and actors are required to be at least 18 years old at the time of auditions. Roles may be cast without callbacks. If callbacks are required, these will be conducted in person on Saturday, January 16 in a socially distanced space at the theatre. Rehearsals and performances are held at Stageworks Theatre, 10760 Grant Road, Houston, Texas 77070.
26 rehearsals prior to Tech Week - Though all actors will not be called for every rehearsal, actors required to be conflict-free for a minimum of 22 rehearsals given conditions may warrant rehearsal postponements.
Technical Week: April 3-8 (we cannot accept conflicts for this week)
Rehearsals begin early February.
Rehearsals are generally held Monday-Thursday 7:00pm -10:00pm & we may hold periodic rehearsals on Saturdays 9:30am - 1pm. Schedule will vary from 3-5 rehearsals per week depending on conflicts, calls & conditions in the Houston area.
Required pickup rehearsals are held every Thursday evening during the run of the show.
We will perform to small audiences (40-50 patrons) and run for four weekends from April 9 - May 2.
Health & Safety
All actors, production team, volunteers and staff at Stageworks Theatre are expected to abide with our Pandemic Health & Safety Guidelines. These protocols include mandatory mask wearing inside the Stageworks facility, social distancing, daily self health checks, rigid hygiene and sanitizing standards, strictly enforced Stay Home and Return protocols and heavily scrutinized adherence to a rehearsal “bubble.” We may also require a negative COVID test during the production as conditions change. Out of respect for the health of others, please do not audition if you are not ready to adhere to strict health and safety protocols. Note: We are seating a maximum up to 50% of the total available capacity in our theatre, and have also installed six air purification systems, to continually clean the air of viruses, as used in hospitals. Our audience is social-distanced and also required to abide with many of these same strict guidelines within our control.
How to Audition
Prepare and perform a one minute dramatic monologue.
Additionally, prepare to read this scene with another actor
Complete our online audition form. You will need an acting resume, a headshot, an emergency contact, and your thorough conflict information.
Select an audition time at this link.
MARGUERITE OSWALD - Mid-fifties, but looks older. She's as gracious and loving as a grandmother, but also imperious, meddling and defensive. She demands attention, and must be "in charge." She's lonely, and craves family, but her behavior makes that difficult. She speaks with a New Orleans lilt. She wears cat eye glasses.
MARINA OSWALD - Early twenties. A stranger in a strange land, her personality and confidence emerge gradually. She's learned to rely on others to get what she wants, and craves material things. She can be fiery and opinionated, and her relationship with Lee is passionate and volatile. She speaks with a heavy Russian accent, which gradually softens, and some of her initial lines are in Russian.
ROBERT OSWALD - Mid twenties. A Southern gentleman. He's reticent, a hard worker, conservative and fair-minded. Long ago, he grew weary of his mother's antics, and when the play begins, he can barely tolerate her, although as a Southern gentleman, he treats her kindly -- as often as possible. Although he's grown apart from Lee, he still has tender, kid brother feelings for him, and is protective of Marina. He speaks with a slight southern drawl.
LEE HARVEY OSWALD - Early twenties. Not traditionally handsome like Robert. Lee is close to his mother, and shares many traits with her. He remains polite, even when she tests his patience. Lee is fond of his brother, but questions his values. He adores Marina, and wants to control the relationship, but Marina isn't easily controlled. Lee is capable of rage, tenderness and vulnerability. He's intelligent and secretive. He speaks with a slight southern accent.