FALL MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION
By Caryl Churchill, directed by Mary Job
6-9 pm Sunday August 28
7-10 pm Monday August 29
Dart Auditorium, 500 N. Capitol Ave.
Rehearsals begin after Labor Day (Sept. 6) and will generally run M-F 7-10pm, except for the week before opening when technical rehearsals begin.
very black comedy about financial greed and
predatory capitalism run amok by one of
England's leading feminist playwrights. Inspired
by the deregulation of the financial markets in
England in the mid 1980's, the play examines the
corrupting influence of money that transcends
geography, class, race and gender. The story
involves a pair of siblings, Scilla and her
younger brother, Jake, both up and coming
traders in the London financial markets. (See
Guide to the Financial World of Serious Money)
When Jake, faces investigation for insider
trading and dies suddenly, Scilla begins to
suspect that his death is not a suicide, but
murder. Her suspicions take her deep into the
world of global finance as she tries to track
down her brother's last "big deal". But Scilla's
quest turns from a "whodunit" to a "who has it",
when she realizes that her brother's shenanigans
in a convoluted and risky corporate takeover
were yielding "serious money." The setting is
global - all the places high and low where money
is traded for power, riches and influence. The
tone is definitely satirical, the language can
be gritty, and the pace is fast and furious,
featuring Churchill's trademark dialog of
overlapping lines with the added fillip of
rhymed couplets, suggesting the jingle of sales
pitches as the characters attempt to outdo each
other in profit and influence.
- Auditions are open to current LCC students,
LCC alumni and community members.
- Actors need only attend one of the two
scheduled nights for auditions. If you have a
headshot, please bring it with you. A copy of
our audition forms can be downloaded here:
- All actors auditioning for SERIOUS MONEY will
be asked to prepare ONE of the selected
monologues for presentation at auditions.
here for monologues. Choose a monologue that
represents your age range (in terms of casting -
not your true age), gender and the kind of role
you are seeking. Please note that since many
roles are double cast, these monologues are
representative of the many diverse roles in the
- Don't worry about accents. Focus on the
language and the character. Monologues need not
be memorized, but you should be able to read it
with ease and to make character choices.
- After presentation of the monologues, actors
will be asked to read short scenes from the
- A variety of accents and dialects are used to
indicate the global scope of the play and define
the different characters (Possible casting noted
below.) Dialect coaching will be provided. Use
of dialects during auditions is not required.
There are also two songs (sung by the entire
cast - no special musical talent is required)
and some choreography.
We are looking for a diverse ensemble of about 15 actors
to play these high rollers as they wheel, deal and claw their way to influence and riches.
SCILLA TODD-Late 20's, early 30's. A licensed trader at LIFFE. An upper class but likes
the rough and tumble of bond trading (and its potential for a big payoff). British
public school accent, but tends to use slang and colloquialisms of the middle and lower classes.
JAKE TODD - mid 20's, Scilla's younger brother,
another trader. Clever, charming, ambitious and lazy. Likes to
take short-cuts, regardless of the moral or ethical implications. Accent similar to Scilla.
GREVILLE TODD - 50's, Scilla's and Jake's father,
a stockbroker. Pompous and a snob. British public school accent.
ZAC ZACKERMAN - early 30's, American banker with
Klein Merrick, a major player in world financial markets.
Energetic, smart, charming and brash. Speaks with a NYC accent.
GRIMES - early 30's, another trader, a colleague
and friend (with benefits) of Scilla. British middle class accent,
rougher than either Scilla or Jake. (Think Michael Caine).
BILLY CORMAN - early 40'S, A British corporate
raider. Commanding and ruthless. British middle class accent.
MERRISON - 50's, a banker and co-managing
director of Klein Merrick. American, Ivy League type.
DURKFELD - Late 30's - early 40's, a trader
with Klein Merrick, just made co-managing director. Vulgar,
ruthless, American, New Jersey accent.
MARY LOU BAINES - 40's, American, an arbitrager.
The type of woman who looks like a kindly aunt, but has the soul
of a shark. Mid-Western American accent.
TK - 20'S, personal assistant to Mary Lou Baines.
Very personable, but also ambitious and underhanded.
FROSBY - 50's, British, a jobber. Meek, but
resentful of his marginal status in the financial word. Middle class British accent.
JACINTA CONDOR - 30'S, a Peruvian businesswoman,
sexy, beautiful and corrupt. Speaks with a Spanish accent.
NIGEL ABJIBALA - 30'S, an importer from Ghana. Speaks excellent English with a West African accent.
MRS. ETHERINGTON - 30's -50's a British Stockbroker with a reputation for integrity.
Totally illusory - she is used as a front for all sorts of financial chicanery. Standard British Accent.
DUCKETT - 50's Chairman of Albion Industries, a British firm about to be acquired by Billy Corman. His veneer is
"old-fashioned businessman", in actuality, ineffective and self-serving.
Northern British or Scottish Accent.
MS BIDDULPH - An investor who serves as a White Knight for Albion. Northern British
or Scottish Accent. Another shark in respectable British tweeds.
DULCIE STARR - late 20's to 40 - a PR consultant and fixer. Confident and sleek. Standard British Accent.
SOAT - President of Missouri Gumballs. Small town entrepreneur. Missouri accent.
GREVITT - An inspector for DTI (the British version of the SEC). Standard British Accent.
A variety of dealers, floor traders, industrial spies, flacks, moneyed fools and other colorful people.