Script.png

Upcoming Auditions

Lady Windermere’s Fan
A Play About a Good Woman
by Oscar Wilde

Audition Dates

Friday August 5th 7:00-8:30 pm

Sunday August 7th 3:00 – 5:00 pm


Where

Beckwith Theatre, 100 New York Avenue, Dowagiac MI


Director

Jack Gannon


The audition will consist of cold reads from the script.

Lady Windermere’s Fan was Oscar Wilde’s first produced play and was an instant success on the
London stage. The themes of the play are societal pressure and mores, the consequences of
mistakes, and the meaning of redemption. In his letters, Wilde stated that he did not want the
play to be viewed as “a mere question of pantomime”; he was interested in the piece as a
psychological study. As such, LWF adds to Wilde’s signature wit, satire, and amusing irony a
dramatic and moving story line, which leaves us with a deep appreciation of love, loyalty and
forgiveness.

 

Characters


Lord Windermere – age 20’s or 30’s. Society sees him as the perfect man and great husband.
He is the center of the conflict because there are rumors about him and Mrs. Erlynne, a
somewhat scarlet woman he is keeping company with.
Lady Windermere – age 20’s or 30’s. The wife of Lord Windermere and the mother of his child.
She is young and somewhat naïve, with very high moral standards. She becomes conflicted
about her duties as a mother and about leaving her husband because of the rumors going
around about him. The play takes place during her twenty-first birthday party.
Lord Darlington – age 20’s to 40’s. A charming bachelor in society, he is good friends with Lord
and Lady Windermere. He has feelings for Lady Windermere, and in the face of the rumors,
entreats Lady Windermere to run off with him.

Mrs. Erlynne – age ~ 40’s. A beautiful, calculating woman in her forties who left her husband
and child years ago. As such, scandal surrounds her, and she is struggling to regain a place in
English society. She begins the play as a conniving woman, but by the end drives the subtitle of
the play: “A Play About a Good Woman.”
Lord Augustus Lorton – age 40’s +. A sweet, older, bumbling sort of man. He is in love with Mrs.
Erlynne. He allows her to tell him what to do and doesn't mind in the least.
Mr. Cecil Graham – age 30’s +. A supporting character, he is very eccentric. He is part of high
society, but he is not like the other men. He has a witty sense of humor: his character is much
like Wilde himself.
Mr. Dumby – age 30’s +. A supporting character. He is the typical Englishman of high society.
Mr. Hopper – age 30’s +. He is an Australian businessman in high society, in love with the
Duchess of Berwick's daughter, Lady Agatha. He is an outsider in the London high society
because he is Australian.
Parker – age indeterminate. The quintessential English butler.
Duchess of Berwick – age 50 +. She is considered a noblewoman by high society. The role of the
Duchess has been cast.

Lady Agatha Carlisle – age 20’s. The Duchess of Berwick's obedient daughter, who throughout
the whole play repeatedly says only two words: "Yes, Mamma." She is in love with Mr. Hopper.
Rosalie – age ~ 20’s. The Windermere’s maid.

 

There are several additional minor characters to be cast, men and women, who are part of
the party scene in Act II.

PERFORMANCE DATES

November 4 & 5 at 7:30pm

November 6 at 2:00pm

November 11 & 12 at 7:30pm

November 13 at 2:00pm