announces auditions for


Riverbend Theatre announces open auditions for THE FATHER – Written by Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton and directed by Jay Harvey.

Saturday, August 3, 2019 – 12pm-3pm and Sunday, August 4, 2019 – 12pm-3pm at Main Street United Methodist Church, Alton, IL

Andre is a man facing persecution from all sides, and he refuses to take it any longer. First some girl, a “helper” -- whom he doesn’t need at all -- steals his favorite watch. Then his daughter Anne, a scheming woman who worries too much, tries to take his flat away -- the beautiful flat he’s had for over thirty years, in which he is still quite capable of living, thank you very much! His daughter Elise, the one he actually loves… where is she? She never comes to visit. Anne’s husband -- or lover -- Pierre, with whom she is moving to London -- or staying in Paris -- threatens Andre with violence if he will not cooperate, and to top it off, strangers keep entering Andre’s flat, telling him that they are his friends and family, telling him that he doesn’t live in his flat anymore. However aged he may be, Andre knows that he is a powerful man, a man of authority, and he will find some way to assert it. After all, he still has all his faculties…. Doesn’t he? In a darkly humorous and deeply poignant translation by Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller’s The Father is a tragi-comic mystery, a sobering and realistic family story, and an unsentimental, emotionally intense look at the world through the eyes of a man experiencing dementia, a dramatic illustration of the physical losses which occur along with the mental ones.

Andre: Male 50's to 80’s
A complex man who is slowly losing his mind to dementia. At turns ferocious, and at others charming and vulnerable. He slowly unravels along with his memory.

Anne: Female, 20's-49
Andre's patient and kind daughter. Worried for her father's well-being, she struggles to find the balance between caring for him and demands of her personal life. Sensitive, though she is not one to show that side of herself willingly.

Pierre: 20's-49
Anne's partner. Genuinely cares about Anne, but increasingly resents her father's intrusion on their lives and the toll his sickness takes on her. Implacable, practical. Capable of cruelty and dishonesty.

Laura: 30-39
a professional caretaker. Kind, upbeat, experienced. Appealing. Seems to have a way with Andre.

Man: Male, 20's-49
this actor plays a series of men whom Andre experiences as strangers because of his dementia, but who are/were known to him.

Woman: Female, 40-49
this actress plays a series of women whom Andre experiences as strangers because of his dementia, but who are/were known to him.

NOTE: Auditioners will be asked to read sides from the script.
Rehearsals will be M, T, Th, Fr from 7pm-9:30pm beginning August 19.
Performance dates are September 27-28, 2019 at 7pm and will take place at Jacoby Arts Center. If you have any questions or are not able to make the initial audition dates, please contact the director, Jay Harvey by email @ jeremiahharvey731@gmail.com.