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Ten roles to be cast for TPNC's 'Of Mice and Men'

Published 3:26 pm, Wednesday, February 20, 2013
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Town Players of New Canaan is conducting open auditions for John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" on Monday, Feb. 25, and Tuesday, Feb. 26, with callbacks on Wednesday, Feb. 27.

The auditions take place at 7 p.m. at the Powerhouse Theatre, Waveny Park, 677 South Ave.

There are roles for nine men ages 20s to 60s and one woman age 20s to early 30s. Perusal scripts are available to read at the New Canaan Library and actors will read sides from the script.

"Of Mice and Men" is about two drifters, George and his friend Lennie, who have delusions of living off the "fat of the land." They have just arrived at a ranch to work for enough money to buy their own place. Lennie is a man-child, a little boy in the body of a dangerously powerful man. It's Lennie's obsessions with things soft and cuddly that have made George cautious with whom he associates. His promise to allow Lennie to "tend to the rabbits" on their future land keeps Lennie calm, amidst distractions, as the overgrown child needs constant reassurance. But when a ranch boss' promiscuous wife is found dead in the barn with a broken neck, it's obvious that Lennie, albeit accidentally, killed her.

Realizing they can't run away anymore, George is faced with a moral question: how should he deal with Lennie before the ranchers find him and take matters into their own hands.

Actors will be cast for Lennie and George; Candy, an aging ranch handyman; Curley's wife, the only female character in the story; Crooks, the black stable-hand; Curley, the boss' son; Slim, a highly skilled mule driver; Carlson, a ranch hand; The Boss, the stocky, well-dressed man in charge of the ranch; and Whit, a ranch hand.

For information, contact director Julie Bell Petrak at juliebellpetrak@gmail.com.