Grand HorizonsBy Bess Wohl

Directed by Jason Darlington

Audition Date: Tuesday 6th August
Arrive: 7:30 pm – Briefing – All Auditionees

Location: The Pavilion Theatre, Doran Drive, Castle Hill

Call back Date (if needed/subject to change): Sunday 11th August 2024

Show run:      Opens 15 November 2024. Closes 7 December 2024.

Previews:      Monday 11th November 2024 (curtain 7.30 pm)

Wednesday 13th November 2024 (8.00 pm)

Performances: Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (8:00 pm), Sundays (4.00 pm)

Rehearsals: Monday and Thursday nights, beginning 2nd September plus Sundays from 13th October 2024. 

Synopsis: Fifty years into their marriage, Bill and Nancy want a divorce. While they seem unfazed by the decision, their two adult sons are shaken to the core, forced to re-examine everything they thought they knew about their parents’ outwardly happy lives. As the family grapples with their new reality, each must reckon with their own imperfect past and how their collective love for each other might express itself in new and unlikely forms.

Setting: This play is set in the USA in a retirement community where all homes are replicas. Time period: present day.

Bill – (60-70 M) lives in Grand Horizons. Nancy’s husband (for 50 years). Grumpy and a little resigned. Former pharmacist. Working on his stand-up routine. Specializes in crude and dirty jokes. Notices more than he lets on. Deflects earnestness. Scared of dying alone.

Nancy – (60-70 F) lives in Grand Horizons. Bill’s wife (for 50 years). Kind, giving, and resourceful. Willing to speak her mind. Former librarian. Now the habitual caretaker of Bill. Eager to feel something, anything. Of late, very invested in the Syrian refugee crisis.

Ben – (35-45 M) Nancy and Bill’s eldest son. Largely financially responsible for his parents. An attorney. Worried about his marriage/marriage in general.

Brian – (33-40 M) Nancy and Bill’s second son. High school drama teacher. High-strung and lonely. Worried about the spring High School production of ‘The Crucible’.

Jess – (35- 45 F) Ben’s wife. Pregnant with her first child. Newly credentialed family therapist (and sometimes it shows). Strong-willed and outspoken.

Tommy – (25-35 M) Brian’s late-night hook-up. Flirty and blunt. A little freaky.

Carla – (60+ F) Cheerful, quirky in disposition and outfits. Warm with an easy laugh, the kind of person who wears themed outfits for holidays.

Actor considerations: Actors need to use an American accent and be comfortable swearing and talking about adult sexual themes. Physical jostling between actors (Bill and Ben).

Tuesday 6th August 2024 7:30pm (see online audition link below).

Call-backs: (if needed) will be on Sunday, 11th August 2024.

Actors auditioning for Bill and Nancy will perform their monologue first, while all other auditionees are paired up and given time to work on their selected scene.

Ben + Jess

Brian + Tommy

Nancy + Carla

Bill + Ben

Brian + Nancy

–  American accents preferred.

– Reading from the script is fine.

– Hard copies of each piece will be available at the audition or bring your own.

– Be prepared to ‘cold’ read other scenes as requested.

If applying for multiple roles, please indicate your preference by number order.

To do before your audition:

  • Fill in the online form to book your audition from the link below
  • Request an audition pack including audition pieces by emailing your headshot and a 1-page brief bio to the director  

Online Audition Form Link: 


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Looking forward to meeting you!

Jason Darlington


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