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Closing Time Auditions

Irish Players of Rochester Community Players announces auditions for its spring production of Closing Time, by Owen McCafferty.

Performances will take place at MuCCC between March 30 and April 15. In addition, the play will be Irish Players’ entry in this year’s Acting Irish International Theatre Festival, which will take place in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, during the week of May 21. Cast members must have the flexibility to travel at that time. Details about the festival will be shared at auditions.

Auditions will take place on Monday, December 4 and Tuesday, December 5, with call-backs if necessary on Wednesday, December 6. Actors will be asked to read scenes from the script, and to perform a monologue if they have one ready. (Prepared monologues are preferred but not required.) Auditions will take place in the Anderson Arts Building, 250 N. Goodman Street, on the corner of Goodman and Anderson. To enter the building, go to the rear and look for a yellow and orange door. The studio is on the second floor, number 217.

For more information, please contact Jean Gordon Ryon, or leave a comment here.

About the Play

Closing Time, by Owen McCafferty
From the script back cover: “A run-down pub/hotel in Belfast acts as a refuge for the drinkers who stop there – including the owners. This is a day like many before it – yet different – sometimes we have to face up to the truth. A tender and comic portrait of love, dignity and emotional damage…”
From The Guardian, reviewer Michael Billington: “As all the action takes place in a grotty, run-down Belfast pub-hotel, it is impossible not to see the play as a metaphor for Northern Ireland’s own political stasis…To his credit, however, McCafferty focuses primarily on the sad circumstances of the bar’s drunken denizens. Robbie, the publican heavily in debt to the brewery, dreams of development plans in the morning but sinks into inebriated sloth by nightfall. His wife, Vera, has a bag permanently packed for departure without ever quite making it out the door. And of the topers, both the ageing resident Joe and the new arrival Iggy are refugees from domestic disaster, while Alec is a brain-damaged handyman with severe pyromaniac tendencies. …Clearly, McCafferty owes a huge debt to Eugene O’Neill. Like Harry Hope’s waterfront bar in The Iceman Cometh, this pub is a home of lost illusions and a sanctuary from the terrors of the outside world. But, while scarcely mentioning politics or religion, McCafferty constantly reminds you that these Belfast topers are symbolically drinking in the last chance saloon.”


Robbie (early sixties): pub owner with big dreams, but little awareness.
Vera (fifties): Robbie’s discontented wife.
Joe (sixties): permanent resident at Robbie’s hotel, a man with secrets and regrets.
Iggy (mid-thirties): a man with secrets and regrets.
Alec (fifties): brain-damaged after an explosion in Belfast, works as a handy-man and lives in a shelter.

Note: Actors will be cast on the basis of the age they can play, not the age they actually are; and all character ages can be shifted up or down somewhat.

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Jamie has been performing with RCP since 2013. Notable roles include playing Helena in the ASL-English production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Highland Bowl and Ophelia in HAMLET and ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD. She joined the Shakespeare Players Committee in 2016.

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