"Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts set 'Superior Donuts' in the Uptown area of Chicago, and that has led to casting challenges for a community theater in the western suburbs," confided Village Theatre Guild director Judy DiVita, as she searches for the right ethnic mix. Added auditions are set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5.
They will take place at Panera Bread, 25 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton, on Butterfield Road just east of Naperville Road.
"We will be looking for seven men, ages 21 to 59, and two women, one in her 40s and the other 60 to 80," DiVita said.
Letts wrote "August: Osage County," currently in movie theaters.
The play will be staged at the Village Theatre Guild in Glen Ellyn weekends from March 21 through April 12, with rehearsals beginning in mid-January. It's a non-Equity, nonpaid production, open to anyone with a desire to have fun putting on good plays, notes the guild.
A character breakdown and dialogues to be used in auditions are posted at www.villagetheatreguild.org/auditions/auditiondetail.asp?prodno=51.3.
In the story, Arthur, a holdover from the 1960s, operates a rundown donut shop in the city. Franco, a young African-American assistant, is writing his own great American novel. Despite a contentious relationship, they build an unlikely friendship. The young Franco is eager to add healthful foods, music and a trendier atmosphere to the shop. Arthur wants to keep everything as is. At times in the play, Arthur reminisces in humorous and poignant ways about his city, his family and his past.
"Superior Donuts" debuted at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago before opening on Broadway in 2009 to much acclaim.