Fifth of July
By Lanford Wilson
Directed by Joseph Fava
Oct 13 – 15 and 18 – 22, 2017
Fri & Sat @ 8:00 PM / Wed & Thu @ 7:30 PM / Sun @ 2:30 PM
The scene is a sprawling farmhouse in rural Missouri, which is home to Ken, a legless Vietnam veteran, and his lover, Jed, a horticulturist. They are visited by Ken’s sister, June, and her teenage daughter, and by Gwen and John—the former a hard-drinking, pill-popping heiress who aspires to be a rock star, the latter her wary-eyed husband and manager. All are old friends from college days, and former activists who agitated for what they hoped would be a better world. The action centers on Gwen’s offer to buy the farm, which she plans to convert into a recording center, and on Ken’s Aunt Sally, who has come to the family homestead to scatter the ashes of her late husband. Their talk, as the play progresses, is sharp and funny and, in the final essence, deeply revealing of lost hopes and dreams and of the bitterness that must be fought back if one is to perceive the good that life can offer.
Auditions for The Fifth of July @ Schenectady Civic Playhouse
12 South Church Street, Schenectady NY 12305
Auditions June 6th and 8th, 2016 @ 7:30PM, Sign-up 7:00PM
Kenneth Talley – 32+ – Ken had both legs shot off in the Vietnam war; uses crutches. Strong, good-looking; a touch cynical. Former teacher; Does not appreciate his lover as much as he probably should.
Jed Jenkins – 25+ – Ken’s lover. Larger, stronger; an almost silent observer; garden lover; devoted to Ken; patiently bears his whims.
June Talley – 35+ – Ken’s sister; ineffectual mother to Shirley.
Shirley Talley – 14 – June’s illegitimate daughter; rebellious, sensitive, intelligent.
John Landis – 33+ – Childhood friend of the Talleys; businessman; probably Shirley’s father.
Gwen Landis – 33+ – John’s wife; racy and rich.
Weston Hurley – 25+ – Composer friend of John and Gwen; voracious reader, but listens late. Plays guitar in the show.
Sally Friedman – 65+ – Ken and June’s aunt; not really batty, just preoccupied.