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Taking Leave

Director: Randi Green

Sunday, August 11, 7:00 p.m.
Monday, August 12, 7:00 p.m.

Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Open call – no appointments. You do not have to attend both nights.

Taking Leave
Written by Nagle Jackson
Presented by Special Arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc

2 males: age 60s
1 female: age 40s-50s
2 females: age mid-30s
1 female: age mid-20s

In the middle of the night, Eliot Pryne, professor of English Literature – specialty Shakespeare – is packing what he thinks is a suitcase and leaving what he thinks is a hotel. In the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, he is “taking leave” of the real world and imagining a new one, but the transition is painful. His alter-ego, seen only by the audience, charts this final voyage speaking as Eliot once did when he was the leading authority on Shakespeare’s King Lear. The visitation of Eliot’s three daughters, Alma, Liz and Cordelia, forms the central event of this oddly comic, yet full sympathetic play. The decision - whether or not to have Father put in a “home” – provides the central conflict among the three very different sisters: Alma, the public school counselor; Liz, the TV actress; and the ne’er-do-well vagabond, Cordelia, who arrives in her black leather motorcycle outfit fresh from a year in Paris and a history of drug abuse. As in Shakespeare’s play, it is the young Cordelia who assumes responsibility for her father and leaves us with the bittersweet realization that, while all will not be well, Eliot’s taking leave will be a gentle one. Filled with the often farcical behavior that goes along with this disease, and decorated with “good talk” from the literate professor and his daughters, this play had packed houses at the Denver Center laughing, weeping and finally standing and cheering. As the alarming number of Alzheimer’s victims keeps growing, this play’s relevance increases daily.

Performances: Oct. 4-6; 11-13;18-20
Fridays & Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the Director, Randi Green at

Eliot Pryne

age 60s.
A once brilliant Shakespeare scholar now in the middle stages of Alzmeimer’s


age 60s.
A narrator of sorts who represents Eliot’s trapped intelligence as it used to be

Mrs. Fleming

age 40s-50s.
A common sense nurse who is not fazed by anything; she has seen it all


age mid-30s.
The eldest daughter; a spinster school counselor who refuses to face reality


age mid-30s.
The practical middle daughter; a TV actress who sees a clear path and just wants to take it.


age mid-20s.
The youngest; a carefree wild card who can see Eliot’s transformation for what it is.

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General Info

Audtioning at Peninsula Community Theatre

Generally, Auditions are held for each show during the run of the previous show. They are held on stage at our Theatre at 10251 Warwick Blvd. Newport News, Virginia, usually on Sunday and Monday evening. You only need attend one of the two audition dates. Different shows will have different call-back requirements, usually completed in the week following the audition.
Audition forms will be available at the theatre, but you can print and fill-in the form ahead of time as well.

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