Pride Films and Plays announces auditions for the upcoming Chicago premier of CASA VALENTINA by Harvey Fierstein, directed by Michael D. Graham. PFP is committed to an expansive and inclusive casting process in regards to all gender identities/expressions, sexualities, disabilities, ethnicity/race, socioeconomic status, age, language, country of origin, and other identities.
About the show: June, 1962. Nestled in the Catskills, an inconspicuous bungalow colony catered to a very special clientele: heterosexual men who delighted in dressing and acting as women. These white-collar professionals would discreetly escape their families to spend their weekends safely inhabiting their chosen female alter-egos. But given the opportunity to share their secret lives with the world, the members of this sorority had to decide whether the freedom gained by openness was worth the risk of personal ruin. Based on real events and infused with Fierstein’s trademark wit, this moving, insightful, and delightfully entertaining work offers a glimpse into the lives of a group of “self-made women” as they search for acceptance and happiness in their very own Garden of Eden.
Material to Prepare:
Sides will be provided upon confirmation of time slot.
Rehearsals begin in late-May/early-June. Exact schedule TBD.
Previews begin August 22.
Opening is August 27; Closing is September 29.
Performances after opening are Thursdays – Saturdays 7:30 pm; Sundays 3:30 pm
Seven men, aged 30 – 70s, some of whom appear only as their female alter-egos and the others who appear as both their male and female selves.
Two women, mid-40s to mid-50s, one co-owns and runs the bungalow with her husband; the other is the daughter of one of the older men.
(More character detail can be found on the Dramatists preview page for the script: https://www.dramatists.com/ previews/5069.pdf)
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