New Group, The
Peace For Mary Frances - NYC EPA
Call Type: EPA
Written by Lily Thorne
Directed by Lila Neugebauer
The audition will be attended by Associate Artistic Director Ian Morgan and Casting Associate Nick Peciaro.
First Rehearsal 4/9/18
First Preview 5/8/18
EPA Procedures are in effect for this audition.
An Equity Monitor will be provided.
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Two Actors for the Roles of Eddie and Clara. All other roles have been CAST. See breakdown.
Ninety year-old Mary Frances (Lois Smith) is ready to die, having lived a good and fulfilling life. Born to refugees fleeing the Armenian genocide, and learning the trauma that they went through, she is determined to fulfill her last wish; to die peacefully at home surrounded by her family. However, her best laid plans indeed go awry as three generations of fiesty and determined women invade her home, each trying to get their hands on her possessions.
Faced with anything but a peaceful last few days on earth, Mary Frances is forced to play referee between her children, with tensions and jealousies all reaching boiling point; will she be able to broker peace before she departs her mortal coil?
60s to 70s – The eldest child & only son of Mary Frances, he takes for granted his mother’s love and devotion. He is a serviceable lawyer, divorced with two adult children. He has had his own financial struggles but is working and can provide for himself. He does not see or admit the imminent death of his mother; conveniently optimistic and rather removed, he is distant from his family's suffering and pain. He has a newfound religiosity that is suspicious and can be cold and manipulative. Politely affectionate with his mother, he otherwise prefers to keep his distance and do the minimum required - and keep his own life separate.
late 30s to 50 – a home health care worker from Ghana. With a reserved religiosity, she is highly capable, disciplined, efficient, gentle, and kind with clear boundaries. She does not suffer fools. Caring for the dying is her work and she does it well. The tumultuous family hires Clara to care for their Matriarch in her final days. Quietly adept at her job, when the family begins to go helter-skletler, Clara becomes Mary Frances’s fierce protector.
The following roles have been CAST:
MARY FRANCES, 90 – [ROLE CAST] The matriarch of the Davidian family. Born to Armenian immigrants fleeing genocide, Mary Frances has created a good life. Surrounded by her family, she is preparing to die. She wants to take care of everything before she dies and has a hard time navigating her family caring for her. Sharp, honest, loving, she holds the power in the family.
ALICE, late 50s to early 70’s. [ROLE CAST] The middle child of Mary Frances, she is capable and responsible. The first generation to attend college, she has lifted herself out of her working class family but doesn’t quite fit where she has landed. As her mother’s health declines, ALICE steps in to do the daily work necessary to keep her mother living at home while managing her siblings resentment for being able to do what they will not or cannot do. She desperately wants her mother’s approval. She is loving, tough, capable, and scrappy as well as insecure, vulnerable and needy. She is quick to anger and just as quick to let it go. She is warm and funny until she isn’t and then she is again. ALICE is an astrologer who lives a lifestyle that is beyond her means; a survivor, she scrapes together a good life. She lives in a small apartment in New York City near her two daughters, Helen and Rosie, whom loves incredibly and relies on for emotional and financial support.
FANNY, 50s to 60s – [ROLE CAST] FANNY is the youngest child of Mary Frances, the Armenian matriarch of the Davidian Family. A long time heroin addict, she has now been on methadone for eight years. Like Alice, she too is a survivor. She lives in a city-subsidized apartment at the YMCA five miles away from her mother and works overnights there at the front desk. Due to her decades long drug addiction, she has been exiled from the family for years at a time. She is grateful to be back in the family fold these past 8 years and will do anything to stay by her mother’s side. Rough-edged and unabashed, with a working-class tone, she can be unpredictable and manipulative. She resents her sister for being the “good” one and fights with her brother - always vying for her mother's attention and love which was withheld for so long. She has spent time in jail & on the streets and has no relationship with her adult daughter and her daughter’s baby son. Her mother is the most important relationship in her life.
HELEN, 40s – [ROLE CAST] Alice’s older daughter. She is a successful TV actress who is insecure in that; she has made money but saves it rather than change her lifestyle. She is single and feels rather alone, while still being very connected to Alice and her younger sister Rosie, whom she lives near in NYC, and helping support Alice financially and otherwise. Doesn’t respond calmly to stress; has her mother’s temper, and can be fiercely loyal and protective. Also worldly, ironic and funny, without much pretense.
ROSIE, late 30s to mid 40s – [ROLE CAST] Alice’s younger daughter. Has a husband and two young children, and a loving home life in NYC. Heavily entwined with Alice and Helen, who live nearby, and close to both. A problem-solver and a peacemaker, she takes after Alice in high competence and in earnestness. She’s the levelheaded one in the family, with all the burden that implies. Close to Mary Frances, she wants to understand her more and give her the death she wants.
BONNIE, 40s to 60s – [ROLE CAST] Hospice Nurse and Advisor. Very experienced and professional, accustomed to dealing with families and with the dying. Though seriously overworked and pulled in many directions – partly by a full personal life that she keeps private - she can be fully present when necessary. She’s not easily ruffled, but does respond honestly to the people she cares for. ROLE CAST
MICHAEL, 30s to 40s – [ROLE CAST] Hospice Psychologist. Not a novice, he knows his business and has a desire to make peace, but is not comfortable with conflict of any kind, and prefers one-on- one contact with people. A sensitive soul with a tendency to get tongue-tied, to speak in technical terms in order to fill the air, and to flee. ROLE CAST
Ripley-Grier Studios (305)
305 W 38th St
New York, NY 10018-2902
Room 203 and 205
Thursday, March 1, 2018
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Lunch 1:30 to 2:30
Prepare a contemporary monologue. Bring picture and resume.