Leon Tolchinsky is ecstatic. He’s landed a terrific teaching job in an idyllic Russian hamlet. When he arrives, he finds people sweeping dust from the stoops back into their houses and others milking cows upside down to get more cream. The town has been cursed with Chronic Stupidity for 200 years and Leon’s job is to break the curse. No one tells him that if he stays over 24 hours and fails to break the curse, he too becomes Stupid. But, he has fallen in love with a girl so Stupid that she has only recently learned how to sit down.
Audition Dates: November 13 and 14, 2017
Registration begins at 6:30pm. You must be registered to audition. Auditions begin promptly at 7:30pm. You can attend either audition night or both nights. If you attend the first night, you may not be asked to read on the second night.
A WORD ABOUT SCHEDULES
Within the rehearsal period for this show, we experience a series of major holidays. It is very important to be honest about your availability. It may be assumed that rehearsals will be held Sunday through Thursday (evenings only) and will avoid these holidays. A detailed rehearsal schedule will be provided after the show is cast.
A WORD ABOUT AGE
The ages listed in the descriptions below are the “playing ages” of the characters in this show. Actors who fall out of these parameters with respect to their own chronological age should still audition for the role. In other words, it’s okay to be a twenty-something and audition for someone who’s forty-something. We will work to develop physical characteristics (and yes, there will be a physical aspect to this production), as well as apply hair and make-up techniques, to achieve the desired age effect.
Leon Tolchinsky – (late 20s–early 30s) Eager, idealistic, intelligent, likable. He’s a new schoolteacher from Moscow. His stubborn enthusiasm to end the curse is often stymied by the villagers. Leon tends to break the fourth wall and address the audience.
Snetsky – (40s) A shepherd in search of his flock (literally) as well as the rest of his name. Earthy, outdoorsy.
Slovitch – (40s) The town butcher, who is slow and steady … and slow, even by Kulynchikov standards.
Mishkin – (50s) The postman, who is well-informed about the curse. After many years of service, he is just now understanding what his job is.
Yenchna – (60s) The local vendor, loud and strong. She is misguided about most of the items she sells, but believes in them implicitly.
Magistrate Kupchik – (70s) The town official, who believes in law and order — whatever they are.
Count Gregor Yousekevitch – (“You-seh-kev-itch”; 40s) Imposing and militant, one might consider him the “bad guy” since it was his family that placed the curse on the town. A bit of an egomaniac, although he’s nearly as lost as everyone else. In other words, he’s a ham.
Dr. Nikolai Zubritsky – (50s) Dedicated and charming, he tries hard to be helpful, but ultimately frustrates others and is frustrated by others. A true fool. In addition to being the town’s physician, he’s considered an unofficial leader.
Lenya Zubritsky – (40s–50s) His wife. A spirited, flustered housewife. She’s smarter than others might think (although that may not be saying much).
Sophia Zubritsky – (19–early 20s) Their daughter. Simple, sweet and lovely. She is romantic, but aware of her limitations. Rumor has it she is the key to ending the curse. She craves knowledge and can match Leon in stubbornness
Performance Dates: January 12-14, 19-21, and 26-29, 2018