CAST (Carolina Actors Studio Theatre) announces auditions for the Regional Premiere of Neil LaBute’s latest comedy/drama, “Reasons To Be Pretty,” a love story about the impossibility of love! Performances are March 6-March 29.
“Reasons To Be Pretty” introduces us to Greg, who really, truly adores his girlfriend, Steph. Unfortunately, he also thinks she has a few minor “physical imperfections” and he made the mistake of mentioning them to Steph’s BFF, Carly … who just happens to be dating Greg’s BFF, Kent.
A hopelessly romantic drama about the hopelessness of romance, Reasons To Be Pretty is a gorgeous play… and a reminder (warning!) never to tell your girlfriend another girl is pretty – the reasons of which a smart boyfriend would have already known.
Auditions are for the following roles:
Carly: young woman in her 20’s, beautiful and sexy with a high school education, works security for a manufacturing plant, somewhat naive when it comes to men and to relationships but not stupid, very street smart and knows how to get what she wants, she may be a bit too trusting and too quick to pass judgment, we get the feeling she hasn’t really passed the emotional maturity of the high school pretty girl’s club, through the course of the play she grows up fast and is forced to confront her naiveté and her judgmental nature, best friends with Carly, married to Kent
Steph: young woman in her 20’s, sexy and pretty in a different and interesting way – Greg calls her ‘regular’ in comparison to supermodel beauty – she works as a hairdresser – a really good one in a high end salon – she has ambition and goals – she wants Prince Charming and she wants a perfect wedding and a perfect relationship to go along with it – she has an explosive temper that’s been known to turn violent coming from her own personal insecurity but also from the fear that she won’t get what she wants or needs – she’s afraid of risk – best friends with Carly, in a long-term relationship with Greg
Greg: young guy in his late 20’s/early 30’s, works 3rd shift in a manufacturing plant, super smart with little ambition, he loves to read. We get the sense that he didn’t pursue school because of finances, lack of vision or laziness – he’s drifting through life without any specific aim or purpose – is in a long term relationship with Steph but they fight frequently to the point that the neighbors have called the police. He’s never violent although he has a very quiet brute strength that remains dormant – he truly loves Steph and is clueless as to how she feels or what he does to contribute to her feelings of discontent – his experience with Steph teaches him valuable lessons on how to treat women and ultimately pushes him to be the better man that Steph needed all along – his experience with Kent teaches him to finally make a choice and a decision about who he is, who he wants to be, and what he believes in and stands for.
Kent: young guy in his late 20’s/early 30’s with the arrested development of an 18 year old boy – no impulse control, no moral compass or compassion, and the libido of a jackrabbit – he’s a total chauvinist, selfish and only concerned with what he wants and what he can get away with – very attractive and athletically fit with a smooth charm – while he is the least likeable of the three characters, it’s important he be a real person who is also on a journey – we may not like him but we hope that he will change. Kent works 3rd shift in a manufacturing plant with Greg, his best friend. His wife is Carly.
Auditions are by APPOINTMENT ONLY, Saturday, Dec. 7, beginning at 11 a.m. Actors should be familiar with the script (versions are available at www.dramatists.com). Actors should be familiar with the CAST rehearsal philosophy and should bring a hard copy of their a headshot and resume as well as emailing them when requesting an appointment to: firstname.lastname@example.org and copy email@example.com.
Please note: This play contains a lot of profanity, sacrificial fish in a bowl, inappropriate behavior in a mall, and seriously stupid boyfriend behavior.