By JAMIE MORRIS
Performances: May 16 - June 7, 2014
Sunday, March 23 and Monday, March 24
2317 Mechanic Street, Galveston, TX 77550
See below for further details.
Rehearsals begin April 16th (7 - 10pm).
RE-DESIGNING WOMEN is a spoof of the 80’s television show “Designing Women.” The Sugarbaker girls are back and funnier than ever! Plagued by the faltering economy, Atlanta-based Sugarbaker Design Firm is on the brink of collapse when Suzanne, the vapid ex-beauty queen, has an outrageous idea to save the family business by pitching a reality show to Bravo TV. Soon camera crews are following the zany day-to-day antics of the four Southern Belles, their ex-con delivery man Anthony, and their daffy family friend Bernice. The producers get more than they bargain for and plenty of footage of Julia’s infamous, highly-charged tirades and long, long over-the-top speeches; Mary Jo’s tell-all testimonials after a few cocktails; and Charlene’s down-home hillbilly there’s got-to-be-a-point-to-this-story stories.
Roles: 7 men
** Please note that all roles will be played by men. Descriptions below provided by author.
- JULIA SUGARBAKER - Commanding, outspoken, liberal co-owner of Sugarbaker Design Firm. Julia is classy, refined, a true Southern lady who is never afraid to speak her mind. She works and lives at home, and there is never a doubt who rules the roost. Julia often goes on long tirades earning her the nickname “The Terminator.” (Actor must channel Dixie Carter while making the role his own.)
- SUZANNE SUGARBAKER – Julia’s stunningly beautiful sister, an ex-beauty queen with many titles, and just as many ex-husbands. Suzanne has always had a struggle with her weight, but she is not fat…until the second act. She is equally as outspoken as Julia but not as informed. Her logic tends to suit her own shallow outlook on life. Suzanne lives in her own narcissistic world. (Actor must channel Delta Burke while making the role his own.)
- MARYJO SHIVELY – Maryjo is the overworked, overstressed Mom of the group who is always juggling her personal life and work life. She is petite – the smallest one of the group – with an unruly mop of red hair. Maryjo always keeps it together…until she has a few drinks and gets “Shivelyed.” Then all bets are off. (Actor must channel Annie Potts while making the role his own.)
- CHARLENE STILLFIELD – Charlene is Sugarbaker’s tall, naïve office manager, another southern lady from a different part of the south, the Ozarks. Some may call her a hillbilly, but Charlene is not dumb; she is a true innocent who greets every day like a wide-eyed child. She is statuesque and beautiful, the tallest one in the group. (Actor should channel Jean Smart while making the role his own.)
- ANTHONY BOUVIER – Anthony is Sugarbaker’s African-American ex-con deliveryman turned co-owner with a heart of gold. He is now married to Suzanne but has to constantly fend off the advances of batty Bernice. (Actor must channel Meshach Taylor while making the role his own. Actor must also portray a convincing Nene Leakes, the reality TV star in the second act.)
- BERNICE CLIFTON – Bernice is a close family friend who isn’t “all there.” A very eccentric senior who speaks her mind and doesn’t always make a lot of sense due to “an arterial flow problem above the neck.” She has a crush on Anthony often screaming “Black Man, Black Man” to get his attention. She wears a Christmas tree skirt all the time, emphasizing her “fruitcake” behavior. (Actor must channel Alice Ghostly while making the role his own.)
ANDY COHEN – Andy is the reality TV star/producer of Bravo’s “Real Housewives” series. Salt and peppered with a wonky eye that makes him look like his eyes are constantly crossed, he is upbeat and always “on.” A bit of an opportunist, Andy can at times be smarmy, but always likable. He is Julia’s nemesis. (Actor should channel Andy Cohen while making the role his own.
If you have high heels, please bring them. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Please bring a current headshot and resume (if not already on file at ETC).
For additional information, please call Kim at ETC at 409-762-3556, email her at email@example.com, or visit our website at www.islandetc.org. Callback time and date (if necessary) will be announced at the initial auditions. All members of the cast will receive a production stipend.