Audition Information

MONDAY, AUGUST 22 — 7:00 pm


MISERY by William Goldman based on the novel by Stephen King
Director: Michael Glorioso
Assistant Director: Allison Granat
Stage Manager: Ashleigh Happer

MISERY follows successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon, who is rescued from a car crash by his “number one fan,” Annie Wilkes, and wakes up captive in her secluded home. While Paul is convalescing, Annie reads his latest book and becomes enraged when she discovers the author has killed off her favorite character, Misery Chastain. Annie forces Paul to write a new Misery novel, and he quickly realizes Annie has no intention of letting him go anywhere. The irate Annie has Paul writing as if his life depends on it, and it does.

Please looks below for character descriptions/information. This is a very physical show so please be aware of this when auditioning. We will be having a possible callback on Saturday August 27 with rehearsal starting August 29th at 7 pm. Rehearsals will be Monday- Thursday from 7-9:30pm. Please feel free to reach out to Michael or Allison for more information if needed.

Character Descriptions

Paul Sheldon 30-55

Paul is an author of the “Misery Chastain” novel series, which take place in Victorian-era England. Although this is the series which have launched his career and made him rich Paul views them as cheap romance novels. He is a man who’s only success in life is writing something he has no heart for. During his time as Annie’s prisoner, Paul swings between utter terror, hopelessness, and depression and inspiration, hope, and bravery.

The actor who plays Paul needs to be comfortable being physical onstage. Although he is mostly in a medical bed and wheelchair the role does require him to, at time, navigate the whole stage and fight with his fellow actor.

Annie Wilkes 30-55

Annie is a middle-aged woman, a former nurse, who lives by herself on a remote farm in Colorado. She is Paul Sheldon’s self-described “number-one fan” though her fandom crosses the line into dangerous obsession. Annie grew up in Bakersfield, California but has lived in many places across the nation. She considers herself a proper woman who dislikes cussing, so she uses words such as “fiddle-de-foof” and “cockadoodie” instead.

The actress who plays Annie skirts the line between loving caregiver and complete psychopath although she seems perfectly sane and reasonable to herself. Stephen King characterizes her as a cunning, brutal and devious women who hides her malice behind a cheery façade. She is paranoid and is suggested she may have borderline personality disorder. The actress needs to be able to lift/drag her fellow actors at time, be able to move quickly around the stage and not be opposed to stage combat/gun play.

Sheriff Buster 25-55

After Paul Sheldon disappears, Buster is contacted by his agent to begin an investigation. Clues lead him to Annie’s house and his suspicion of her lead him to investigating her background. His suspicion proved to be correct but ill-fated in the end.

The actor who plays Buster needs to be comfortable with falling on stage and being dragged.


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