AUDITIONS: MISERY BY WILLIAM GOLDMAN
August 29-30, 2022
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.
Annie Wilkes (Female identifying) – obsessed with Paul Sheldon, her favorite author, and willing to go to any length to have him resurrect her favorite character. She is capable of extreme violence.
Paul Sheldon (Male identifying) – author, held captive by Annie after a car crash. Mostly bedridden, this role does require some physical versatility (crawling/falling out of bed, etc.)
Buster (Male identifying) - the local sheriff who comes looking for Sheldon after finding his car near Annie’s house.
“There are no lulls in famed screenwriter William Goldman’s 90-minute stage adaptation of the Stephen King story, which Goldman himself translated into the 1990 film… Exposition that took a dozen pages in paperback and at least several minutes on screen plays out…faster than snow piling up in a Colorado blizzard.” —NBC New York.