Theater project tryouts slated

Tribune staff reports

Jackson County Community Theatre will conduct auditions next month for its last play of the 2013-14 season, “Rabbit Hole.”

Auditions will start at 7 p.m. March 2 and 3rd at The Royal Off-the-Square Theatre, 121 W. Walnut St., Brownstown.

The play was written by David Lindsay-Abaire and is the critically acclaimed recipient of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the theater said in a news release. Matthew T. Frick is directing the play.

It will be performed on April 25 and 26 and May 2, and 3.

“Rabbit Hole” is the modern and realistic story of a family that experiences a tremendous loss, the theater said. Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart.

The audience watches Howie and Becca as they deal with the loss together, but in different ways.

While attempting to move on with their lives, they also find that they are constantly reminded of the loss they have experienced, and that perhaps they have not fully begun to heal from it.

The play charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day, the news release said.

Becca’s sister, Izzy, and her mother, Nat, try to help, but they often end up doing more harm than good. They also encounter Jason, a young man who is not a member of the family but mourning with them nonetheless.

If you plan to audition, you will be asked to read from the script and asked to provide any potential rehearsal conflicts you may have. Rehearsals will be conducted on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m., although each actor will not have to be at each rehearsal.

An acting resume is also recommended for the audition.

Roles to be cast are:

Becca, Howie’s wife, in her mid-to-late 30s. She is usually a responsible and sensible person but makes some harsh decisions throughout the play because of grief.

Howie, in his late 30s or early 40s. He is very caring but tends to be angry and depressed (though he hides it as much as possible).

Nat, Izzy and Becca’s mother, who is in her late 50s or 60s and is the voice of reason for her daughters, and provides unsolicited motherly advice to Becca.

Izzy, Becca’s irresponsible but well-wishing sister, in her late 20s to mid-30s. She is pregnant throughout the play.

And Jason Willette, a typical 17-year-old boy who enjoys science fiction and writes a story about rabbit holes in space and the search for his father.

Several crew positions are also open. Anyone interested should come to auditions or contact Frick at 812-358-5228.