AUDITIONS, ZOE'S AUDITIONS, PART 2
Written and Performed by SUZANNA GERAGHTY
Part of the 1st IRISH Festival
September 5 through 22, 2012
The Drilling Company Theater, 236 West 78th Street at Broadway, NYC
www.auditionszoes.com and www.suzannageraghty.com
Consultant Director and Movement Coach ANDY CROOK
Stage Manager ASHLEY SCHOLES
Lighting Designer MIRIAM NILOFA CROWE
Original Lighting Designer SARAH JANE SHIELS
Sound Designer ALEXIS NEALON
Set Designer MAREE KEARNS
In her comedy, AUDITIONS, ZOE'S AUDITIONS, PART 2, Suzanna Geraghty performs as Zoe, an assistant stage manager and aspiring actress who goes on a series of auditions and invites the audience along for the ride. Played as quite an endearing soul, Zoe’s does not necessarily charm or impress the casting agents, but her endeavours to land an acting job treat the audience to some laughs, and perhaps the opportunity to become part of the action, as she almost effortlessly coaxes a couple of spectators onstage, and at the end inspires participation by the audience as a whole.
AUDITIONS offers a glimpse into Zoe’s day job backstage, as she negotiates through a sea of personalities on a production of "A Christmas Carol" and dreams of her time in the spotlight. In her quest to get there, at times the piece requires a decidedly physical performance, with many quick changes as Zoe dashes through a series of auditions that range from traditional musical theater, dramatic classics, to the avant-garde and a particularly amusing stab a landing a spot in "Riverdance". In addition to the audience sharing in Zoe’s misadventures in theater, we are also privy to her particular take on classics such as "The Three Sisters", which inspires her to add a character to the play so the sisters can travel by train to Moscow.
Quick-paced, and coming in at about an hour, AUDITIONS is a nice showcase for Ms. Geraghty. The production design elements complement the work, with simple set pieces and an illuminated stage and curtain adding just the right touches to facilitate scene shifts with a mere change of lighting, and perhaps the addition of a costume piece or two.
- Kessa De Santis -