Auditions for “Dividing the Estate”

Auditions for Dividing the Estate by Horton Foote

Sunday, February 11 from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Monday, February 12 from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

The Broadview Heights Spotlights will hold auditions for Dividing the Estate by Horton Foote on Sunday, February 11 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Monday, February 12 from 7:30PM – 9:00 p.m. No appointment is needed, but auditioners must arrive by 8:00 p.m. and plan on being in attendance for the full length of auditions. Auditions will take place at the Broadview Heights Cultural Arts Building, located on the Broadview Center Property, next to the Police Station, 9543 Broadview Road, Broadview Heights, OH 44147.

This production will be directed by Brenton Cochran, and co-produced by Adam Bowers and Jean Brennan.

Rehearsals will begin near the end of the February and typically run Sunday – Thursday based on cast availability. The show runs April 27, 2018 – May 12, 2018.

Please bring a list of conflicts between February 26 and May 12.

For additional information please visit www.broadview-heights-spotlights.org. Additional questions may be emailed to the director at fashionlovestheatre@gmail.com.

Play Synopsis:

Dividing the Estate is the story of the Gordon clan, a Texas family who has been hard hit by the precipitous drop in oil prices in 1987. Family matriarch Stella rules over the family, but she is 85 years old, and her family smells their inheritance coming. Her younger daughter, Mary Jo, comes to visit for the day along with her husband, and their two daughters, prompting a family get-together. Mary Jo is deeply in debt and wants to divide the estate before her mother dies. Various members of the family, including the servants, take sides in the debate, and wonder how much, if anything, there actually is to inherit. The family bickers as only a Southern family can, mentioning every slight and insult that has occurred over the past 80 years.

About the Author:

Horton Foote, in full Albert Horton Foote, (March 14, 1916 – March 4, 2009, Hartford), American playwright and screenwriter who evoked American life in beautifully observed minimal stories and was perhaps best known for his adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird. His first two plays, Wharton Dance (1940) and Texas Town (1941), were staged by the American Actors’ Company in New York City. Foote’s best-known original work, The Trip to Bountiful, was written as a television play and broadcast in 1953; later that year it was staged on Broadway, and in 1985 it was produced as a film, for which Foote also wrote the Academy Award-nominated screenplay. His low-key but insightful play The Young Man from Atlanta(1994) won the Pulitzer Prize. Foote won Academy Awards for his screenplays for To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), which was adapted from the novel by Harper Lee, and Tender Mercies (1983). His other notable scripts include Of Mice and Men (1992), an adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel of the same name, and Old Man (1997), a made-for-television movie based on The Wild Palms by William Faulkner.

Character Summary:

STELLA

Female
60-80 Stella is the octogenarian matriarch of the clan, ruling over the family with an iron fist. Bold, brash, and not afraid to speak her mind.

MARY JO

Female
25-40 Stella’s younger daughter. She has come to visit from Houston with her husband, Bob. She has very strong feelings about dividing the estate.

LUCILLE

Female
40-50 Stella’s older daughter who lives with Stella on the farm. Very reserved and caters to Stella’s every word.

LEWIS

Male
40-50 Stella’s only son. An alcoholic. He is in favor of dividing the estate because he wastes all of his monthly income. Very loud and opinionated.

SON

Male
20-30 Lucille’s son. He left college to run the family farm/estate when his father died. Very loyal and responsible. A typical farm boy.

BOB

Male
25-40 Mary Jo’s husband. A loud, bombastic oilman who has lost a fortune with the drop in oil. He is out of money and has nowhere to turn.

DOUG

Male
60-80 African-American family retainer who has lived on the farm since Stella was five years old. He does not get along with the guests.

MILDRED

Female
20-30 African-American housekeeper who is slowly taking over control of the household. Doug feels threatened by her.

CATHLEEN

Female
40-50 African American long-suffering servant of the family. Cathleen often wonders about the estate. She and Mildred are working together.

IRENE

Female
20-30 Lewis’ secret girlfriend. She makes an appearance toward the end of the play. She is known as a “floosy”.

PAULINE

Female
20-30 She is the know-it-all schoolteacher engaged to Son. She is an outsider to the family who gains a lot of admiration for her education and good looks.

SISSY

Female
13-19 One of Mary Joe and Bob’s teenage daughters. They are spoiled rotten and show it through every word that comes out of their mouths.

EMILY

Female
13-19 One of Mary Joe and Bob’s teenage daughters. They are spoiled rotten and show it through every word that comes out of their mouths.