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Cry it Out Auditions
January 13 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 6:30 pm, repeating until January 14, 2019
Auditions for Cry it Out will take place on Sunday, January 13 and Monday, January 14 on Backdoor Theatre’s Dinner Stage. For more information visit: https://www.backdoortheatre.org/auditions.html
Cry it Out by Molly Smith Metzler: Four months ago, Jessie was a corporate lawyer with a glamorous Manhattan life. Today, she is in dirty yoga pants, covered in breast milk, trying to comfort a screaming newborn. Isolated in a sleepy Long Island suburb while her commuter husband works long hours, Jessie is desperate to talk to anyone besides Food Network. So when she spies a fellow new mom and neighbor, Lina, at the local Stop & Shop, she vaults over the cantaloupe to introduce herself. Happy to have found each other, the two moms agree to meet for coffee during naptime in the sweet spot behind their adjoining yards where both their baby monitors get reception, and a fast friendship is born.
Jessie and Lina may be from vastly different financial backgrounds—Jessie is Ivy-educated and of the manor born; Lina has a night-school nursing degree and terrible credit—but they have one huge thing in common: they’ve been cracked open by the love they feel for their newborns. One coffee quickly becomes a daily coffee, as Jessie and Lina laugh through the highs and lows of motherhood. But their intimacy is punctured when a stranger who lives in the mansion up on the cliff appears in the yard, asking if they would include his wife, a new mom who is having “a hard time,” in their coffee klatch.
Reluctantly, the duo tries to become a trio, but with very mixed—and surprising—results. After all, this is a town where the haves and the have-nots live in very close company; up on the cliff is Sands Point, one of the most expensive Great Gatsby-esque neighborhoods in the whole country. How could that woman possibly be having a “hard time”? A comedy with dark edges, Cry It Out takes an honest look at the absurdities of being home with a baby, the power of female friendship, the dilemma of going back to work, and the effect class has on parenthood in America.
*** Please note that these are just guidelines for casting the show.***
JESSIE (mid-30s): Married to a North Shore native; recently relocated to Port (from Manhattan) to raise her family. Educated, articulate, lovely, warm. From the Midwest and has that Midwestern ready-smile. Beloved by every teacher she’s ever had. Always gives the perfect toast; always organizes the group gift. But in private, Jessie bends towards anxiety. She doesn’t like empty dates on calendars, or being alone. Works 90-hour weeks in the city as a corporate lawyer—or did, until Allie was born. Now she’s in yoga pants.
LINA (late 20s/early 30s): From Long Beach (on South Shore of Long Island) and you can tell immediately—she is very South Shore. Acrylic nails, big hoops, velour track suits, Mets trucker hats, and a huge family. Lina failed out of community college, curses too much and blasts Kanye too loudly in the car. But she is also fantastically winning. She’s fun, funny and refreshingly genuine. Works at St. Francis Hospital.
MITCHELL (late 30s/early 40s or slightly older): Adrienne’s husband, works in investment capital. A math nerd who is amazing with numbers, but not people. Serious, shrewd, sensitive. The kid who ate lunch in the library because he was so shy. Mitchell grew up in tough house in a tough part of Utica and scholarshipped his way to where he is now, so grades, status and success are his currency. But becoming a father has changed him. He makes goofy faces now. He stares out windows during meetings. His sentences end in question marks.
ADRIENNE (mid/late 30s): Mitchell’s wife. Elegant, powerful, aloof and slightly rock ‘n’ roll. The kind of woman you see climbing out of a dark sedan at JFK headed somewhere more glamorous than you. Adrienne grew up in Central Park West, attended posh boarding schools, studied art abroad and could give you the best-ever guided tour of MoMA. She has never signed an e-mail with an x or an o, but she is loyal and ferocious in both business and life. A successful jewelry designer.