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Auditions: Rhinoceros

rhinologohorizontal By Eugène Ionesco

Directed by Matthew FitzGerald
Produced by Kelli Harless

Audition Dates & Times: Sunday, February 1, 2015, 7-10pm
Audition Venue: 116 S Kalmia St, Escondido, CA 92025
Between Vinz Wine Bar and Continental Deli

Performances: March 20-April 19, 2015; Fri & Sat, 8:00pm; Sun 2:00pm
Venue: 116 S Kalmia St, Escondido, CA 92025
Between Vinz Wine Bar and Continental Deli

Synopsis: A rhinoceros barges through the peaceful streets of a small French village. Soon there are two, then three. The villagers obsess over “Was there one or two rhinoceroses?” “Did it have one horn or two?” One by one, the villagers transform into rhinoceroses simplifying their lives while complicating the lives of the remaining people. Should a woman divorce her rhinoceros husband? Can she collect insurance? In this absurd world, everyday situations erupt with explosive laughter and nightmare anxiety. Under the cover of absurdity and humor lie lessons of conformity, culture, mass movements, philosophy and morality.

Role Descriptions: 

Berenger -This role has been pre-cast. Berenger is the protagonist of the play, an Everyman slacker who finds neither his work in an office nor the culture around him fulfilling. Alienated, yet still confused as to why he has been displaced, he is unwilling to commit himself to anything in life but his love for Daisy. His friend Jean constantly reprimands the submissive Berenger for his uncouth appearance and apathetic attitudes.

Jean - Jean is Berenger's foil, a highly cultured, somewhat arrogant and angry young man who prides himself on his rationality. He urges Berenger to be more like him. His occasional lapses, however, expose cracks in his façade of efficiency.

Daisy - Daisy is Berenger's love interest. She, too, is fairly uncommitted to anything and does not mind the presence of the rhinoceroses. Nevertheless, she is the one other character of proportion in the play that has an emotional life.

Botard - Botard is a senior member of Berenger's office. He is cynical and skeptical, and jealous of Dudard's rising stature. He refuses to believe at first the presence of the rhinos and seeks rational explanations for everything.

Dudard - Dudard is a co-worker of Berenger's and a rival for Daisy's affections. He prides himself on his intellect and rationality.

Papillon - Papillon is the head of Berenger's office. He privileges work above his employees.

Mrs. Boeuf - The wife of Mr. Boeuf, another co-worker of Berenger's, remains devoted to him despite his new form. (Mr. Boeuf only appears offstage as a rhinoceros.)

Townspeople - The Logician, The Old Gentleman, the Grocer, the Grocer's Wife, the Housewife, the Café Proprietor, and the Waitress appear in the first act. They are characterized largely by their trivial concerns.

Note: The roles of Botard, Papillion, Mrs. Boeuf will also be cast as one of the Townspeople.

Audition Information and Instructions:
Please bring a prepared 1-min monologue and be ready to do a cold reading from the script. Monologue auditions will be from 7:00-8:30pm. Cold readings will be from 8:30-10:00pm.

If you are unable to attend auditions, contact the director at mattfitzgerald@patioplayhouse.com.