Auditions for Theatre du Mississippi’s “Return Engagement”

Theatre du Mississippi announces auditions for the upcoming production of Return Engagement, a play written by Kathleen Peterson. The play explores an older gay male actor’s struggle with multiple sclerosis and the necessity of moving home to receive help from his family. Auditions will be held on July 9th and 10th at Curiosi-Tea House. Performances are planned for September 29th – October 1st and October 6th – October 8th

Sunday | July 9 | 3-5 pm
Monday | July 10 | 6:30-8:30 pm
Curiosi-Tea House | 901 W 5th St.
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Return Engagement 

Synopsis of the show: The play explores an older gay male actor’s struggle with multiple sclerosis and the necessity of moving home to receive help from his family. Richard is from a very small town and has lived in New York for decades. He’s kept his family at a distance since he moved away. The story arc explores how his M.S. opens unexpected windows in his life while still recognizing his complex struggle with the disease. As he is drawn into directing a community play in his hometown, Richard comes to understand that it’s never too late to discover a new perspective on one’s own family or hometown and that navigating a serious chronic illness has challenges but also unexpected rewards.

Act One takes place in Olivia’s NY apartment. Rest of the play is set in an empty store front in Mill Bluff, Wisconsin.

Character Descriptions: 

Richard Dayton, male: 60’s, gay. A stage actor with advancing multiple sclerosis.

Olivia Bolton, female: 50’s to early 60’s. A stage actress with a waning career; Richard’s best friend.

Jake Nelson, male: College age. Richard’s nephew.

Marian Luvinski, female: Around 50. Richard’s sister-in-law.

Christine Nelson: Around 50. Richard’s younger sister.

Sophia Vasquez: Around 15. Actor in the community theatre play.

Audition Dates: 

Sunday, July 9th from 3 pm – 5 pm

Monday, July 10th from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Curiosi-Tea House – Winona (901 W 5th Street, Winona, MN 55987)

Prepare: No preparation needed, but please bring conflicts for August – October 15th

Performances: Planned for September 29th – October 1st; October 6th – October 8th

Theatre du Mississippi and Kathleen Peterson are members of the River Arts Alliance. To learn more about the benefits of membership, please visit: riverartsalliance.org/membership/.

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