Olympic Theatre Arts announces open auditions for ‘A Facility for Living’

Olympic Theatre Arts is holding open auditions for its May production of “A Facility for Living,” a comedy by Katie Forgette.

Auditions are scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, and 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8.

In this, a two-act comedy set in “a somewhat darker but farcical alternative reality,” retired actor Joe Taylor moves into a prison-turned-elder-care facility shortly after the demise of Medicare. There he discovers what play creators call a community of “lovable, irascible inmates, hell-bent on bucking the dehumanizing system in which they have landed.”

“This show has a colorful cast of characters, so actors should make bold choices and have fun,” director Christy Holy said.

“The environment in the nursing home where these characters live is almost completely automated, but they manage to find comfort in their relationships with each other.”

Auditioners will be asked to cold read from the script. Copies of the play can be borrowed from the OTA office.

Auditioners unable to come to auditions may contact Holy at clholy@gmail.com to arrange for other opportunities to audition.

The production is looking to fill six roles — three men, three women — that the author described as follows:

• Joe Taylor, age 65-plus: a loyal, tenacious, retired actor

• Kevin, age 25-35: an aide, aspirations exceed opportunities and perhaps intellect … has tattoos

• Wally Carmichael, age 65-plus: a cranky mush-pot; overweight; well-hidden but present regard for human frailty

• Beatrice “Judy” Hart, age 65-plus: ill, but not so that one would necessarily notice

• Nurse Claudia, age 30-50: re-energized in her role as a nurse now that personal responsibility is the new slogan in health care; speaks quickly and with authority; a tough-love practitioner, but not sadistic

• Mitzi Kramer, age 65-plus: a former nurse, now resident who is declining in health but not kindness; speech is fluid, bright; could very easily be mistaken for an employee at the nursing home, except for rare moments of eccentricity.

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