Auditions for Closer by Patrick Marber
Closer won the 1997 Olivier award for Best New Play, the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Foreign Play, and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play in 1999.
Audition guidance: – A quartet of strangers in a sexual square dance – partners are constantly swapped, caught between desire and betrayal. Their lives intertwine over the course of four and a half years in this densely-plotted, stinging look at modern love and betrayal: chronicling their love affairs, rivalries, seductions and betrayals in a spare, intense style – sometimes coarse, sometimes obscene, but also revealing real sensitivity and vulnerability. Except for Alice, they are all weak, giving in to temptation, to easy pleasure, to the promise of success, without ever finding much fulfillment. Alice remains needy, but at least she knows exactly what she wants, ultimately, that isn’t good enough either.
The language is raw and sexually explicit at times, but the dialogue is sharp and witty with moments of great comedy and huge tragedy. The play needs four strong, open-minded actors, who are happy to explore the characters’ individual needs and motives.
Alice – 20s: A lost soul, a self-described waif who works as a stripper. Her outward self-assurance hides a vulnerability and a need to be loved.
Dan – 30s: A would-be writer, who writes obituaries for newspapers. He rescues Alice after a road accident, and achieves some fame through writing a book about her. He later falls for Anna.
Anna – 30s: A professional photographer, who takes publicity shots for Dan’s new book, then takes shots of Alice for her own exhibition. She is attracted to Dan, but instead embarks on a relationship with Larry.
Larry – 30s: A hospital doctor with emotional intimacy issues, who takes some relief from internet chat rooms and gets set up for a blind date by Dan, posing online as a woman. At this date Larry actually meets Anna and, after initial misunderstandings are resolved they fall for each other.
Market Harborough Drama Society Auditions are open to anyone, but, if you get involved with a play, you will need to become a member of the Society. The auditions are held in the theatre Lounge/studio.