THE GORGES MOTEL
a comedy by Gretchen Cryer, Lynne Halliday, Isaac Himmelman,
James Hindman, Arlene Hutton, and Craig Pospisil
Directed by Rhonda Clark
When: 3:00-6:00 p.m. Sunday, July 22, 2018 - Readings from the script.
Plan to arrive no later than 4:30 p.m.;
6:30 p.m. Monday, July 23 – Callbacks.
Where: At the theatre, located at 806 W. Main. Parking is free on the
street, at Dagwell Dixie next door, and in nearby parking lots.
What: Please bring a recent photo and résumé.
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check out a script. Call or contact Melinda before dropping by to make sure a
script is available and someone is in the office to check it out to you.
Office Hours: Closed Mondays. Open Tuesdays through Fridays 1-6:00 pm.
Performance dates: September 7-29, 2018 (Sep 7-8, 14-15, 20-23, and 27-29
with brush-up rehearsal on Sep 13)
Rehearsals begin: Approximately July 30. Most rehearsals are scheduled
Mon-Fri at 7 p.m. with Saturday or Sunday rehearsals scheduled only if needed to
accommodate week-night conflicts. 1st tech is the afternoon of Sunday, September
CAST: 3 Men aged 30s-40, 4 Women (1 aged 60s-80,
one aged 50s, and two aged 30s)
Five actors play multiple roles.
VIRGINIA (60s-70s) The owner of The Gorges Motel.
ROBERT/GREG (30s) Robert is a
hometown young man who is estranged from his family. Greg is the high school
sweetheart of the bride, Jennifer, a photographer, and amateur drone pilot.
30s) Dani is in town for a wedding, but recently slept with the groom. Angie is
an Italian-American Long Island chick. Laura is Robert’s estranged sister, and
Jennifer is the bride, bloodied from a drone hitting her husband-to-be during
LIAM/WAYNE/TREVOR (early 30s) Liam
is Dani’s husband. Wayne is an officiant at the wedding, a rapper, and in lust
with Debbie. Trevor is the Best Man at Jennifer’s wedding.
20s-early 30s) Dani’s younger sister, a bartender, who unknowingly slept with
the groom at the wedding she is attending. Debbie is a prim, reserved young lady
who Wayne has the hots for. Willow is a wine producer, a widow and the estranged
daughter-in-law of Virginia, the owner of the motel. Kayla is the maid of honor
at Jennifer’s wedding.
LOLA/PENELOPE (50s) Lola is a chic
Italian-American matron who believes the spirit of her deceased husband is
visiting her at night. Penelope is a writer who has been in a relationship for
20 years, but the relationship recently “exploded.” She’s desperate for passion
in her life.
TERRY (late 30s) A handyman at the
hotel, and a devoted single father to his 5-year-old son. Fairly laid back pot
smoker who is thinking about moving back to Breckenridge, Colorado soon. He is
described as having tattoos, a ponytail, and an earring.
“THE GORGES MOTEL [is] a tantalizing, comic daisy chain of  short plays by
six playwrights.” —The New York Times.
Lives intersect in comic and dramatic
fashion in a motel that has seen better days in Watkins Glen, New York near “the
towers of rock.” Break-ups and a wedding, a rapping reverend and a drone attack,
the ridiculous and the sublime all come together in one unlikely place.
"MISSING by James Hindman is in three parts…[The
first] focuses on Virginia the proprietor of the motel and one of the guests,
Robert. Virginia assumes Robert is in town to visit the 400-foot-deep gorge in
Watkins Glen State Park. But Robert, a hometown boy, is actually returning to
climb out of a deeper, albeit metaphorical hole, one left by his estrangement
from his family. The second is his meeting with his sister, the most affecting
scene in the play. Lynne Halliday expands on Virginia’s story in SECOND CHANCE,
in which she too is estranged from her family…The funniest piece is KISSING
COUSINS by Craig Pospisil, in which two sisters discover that they both slept
with the groom—one 15 years ago, one last week…The most extensive and surreal
piece, by Arlene Hutton, starts with the bride sitting in shock, her wedding
dress covered in blood." —New York Theater.
Standing out are Craig Pospisil’s KISSING
COUSINS and Gretchen Cryer's BRECKENRIDGE…Ms. Cryer's
script…is rich in tropes and authentic characterization."
—Off Off Broadway Review.
Hutton’s HERE COMES THE DRONE ties the anthology’s strands together and tops
them with a great sight-gag bow…" —Time Out New York.
WHAT LOLA SAW embodies “the ridiculous
and the sublime” mentioned previously, as Lola finds meaning in her visitations
from her deceased husband
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