Auditions for the first SNAP! show of 2014, COME BACK LITTLE SHEBA by William Inge, will be held on Sunday, November 24, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, and on Monday, November 25, from 7:00 to 10:00pm at the theatre, 3225 California St. (68131) The production is slated to open March 6, 2014 and run through March 30.
Casting calls for 8 males and 3 females of varying ages:
Set in the 1950’s, COME BACK LITTLE SHEBA takes place in the cramped Midwestern home of The Delaney’s. Doc Delaney met Lola when she was a pretty teen coquette and he was a promising medical student. Passions reached the point of no return and the strict mores of the time dictated marriage. Doc was forced to quit med school and become a chiropractor. In a sad twist of fate, Lola lost their baby.
Now overweight and slovenly, Lola is housebound and stilted, living in the past. Doc, plagued by what might have been, is a recovering alcoholic, maintaining a precarious sobriety by avoiding the past. Their tenuous existence is disrupted by Marie, a lustful young college student who boards with them.
Lola has always engaged in mild flirtations with the milkman and mailman and she sees in Marie herself at that age. Lola encourages her boarder’s pursuit of several suitors—the BMOC of the college, muscle-bound Turk, as well as wealthy businessman, Bruce.
For Doc, Marie represents the youth and opportunity he sacrificed, and his eventual realization that she is not as pure and perfect as he imagined sends him back to the bottle and a slow descent into unbridled rage.
The title of the play refers to the Delaney’s missing dog. Little Sheba represents Lola’s unwillingness to live in the present and deal with what life has become for the couple.