Announcing auditions for Top Girls!

Ghost Light Players are thrilled to announce our November, 2018 show – Top Girls by Caryl Churchill.  A landmark production in the feminist movement, Top Girls is about a career-driven woman named Marlene, who is only interested in women’s success in business. In the famous opening scene, she hosts a dinner party for a group of famous women from history. As the play unfolds, the audience learns that Marlene has left behind a “poor” life in order to tread the path to “success.”  Directed by Krisha Maynard and produced by Bryson Michael, this production will examine the role of women in society, and what it means to be a “successful” woman.
We recognize and celebrate the value of diversity in our art and in our lives, and would like in particular to encourage artists of color to audition.  One of the play’s characters–a thirteenth-century Japanese concubine named Lady Nijo–calls for an actress of Asian or Asian-American descent.

Auditions: June 27 and 28 by Appointment at First Church in Marlborough
Callbacks, as needed: July 1
Performances: November 9-11

Marlene – A woman in her mid to late 30’s, who has just been promoted to managing director at the Top Girls employment agency and is the first woman to have done so. Marlene’s career ambitions have led her to make great sacrifices. Her anxieties about these sacrifices manifest themselves in an imagined dinner with women throughout history at the top of the show, and her experiences with her co-workers and family echo that dream throughout the show.

Please Note – with the exception of Marlene, all characters are multi-cast.

Pope Joan/Joyce (age range: 40 – 50)

  • Pope Joan – A legendary German woman believed to have disguised herself as a man and serve as the Pope from 854-856. Joan is brilliant and well-versed in philosophy, theology, metaphysics, and poetry. Her reign as Pope ended tragically.
  • Joyce – Marlene’s sister; Joyce and Marlene do not get along because Marlene wanted to escape Ipswich and pursue a career. Joyce represents the perspective of the working class, and is very resentful of her sister.

Dull Gret/Angie (age range: late teens – mid-twenties)

  • Dull Gret – This character is the living embodiment of Brueghel’s famous painting called Dulle Griet.  The painting depicts a woman in an apron and armor, leading an army of women in battle against a horde of demons in Hell. She is one of Marlene’s dinner guests in Act I.
  • Angie – Marlene’s 16-year-old niece. Her mother is Marlene’s sister, Joyce. She is aggressive and seems to be unintelligent. She spends most of her time with her younger neighbor, Kit.  Angie makes an unexpected visit to London to see Marlene because she aspires to be like her.

Isabella Bird/Louise/Mrs. Kidd (age range: 40 – 50)

  • Isabella Bird – A Scottish woman who lived from 1831-1904. She was an avid explorer and travelled all around the world between the ages of 40 and 70. She wrote extensively about her experiences abroad. Bird married late in life because of her professional aspirations. She is one of Marlene’s dinner guests in Act I.
  • Louise – A middle-aged woman interviewing at the Top Girls employment agency. She wants a new job after twenty-one years at a firm that does not truly value her experience.
  • Mrs. Kidd – The wife of Howard Kidd, one of Marlene’s co-workers. Mrs. Kidd visits Marlene at the Top Girls office to ask Marlene to give up her promotion since Howard has worked at the firm longer and has a family to look after.

Lady Nijo/Win (age range: 30 – 40)

  • Lady Nijo – A concubine to the Emperor of Japan in the 13th Century, and later, a Buddhist nun. She had four children, all of whom were taken away from her. She is one of Marlene’s dinner guests in Act I.
  • Win – One of the female employees at Top Girls. She is focused on her career, and nothing else.

Patient Griselda/Nell/Jeanine (age range: mid-20’s – mid-30’s)

  • Patient Griselda – Based on the character of the obedient wife in the Clerk’s Tale from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. In Chaucer’s story, Griselda marries a Marquis who tests her fidelity by taking her children from her. She is one of Marlene’s dinner guests in Act I.
  • Nell – One of the female employees at Top Girls. She is also career-driven and is jealous of Marlene’s promotion.
  • Jeanine – A twenty-year-old woman who Marlene interviews at Top Girls. Jeanine wants to save money for a wedding and eventually have children.

Kit/Shona (age range: late teen’s – early 20’s)

  • Kit – Angie’s younger next-door neighbor and closest friend. Kit is a bright girl with academic ambitions.
  • Shona – A young girl who interviews with Nell. Nell is impressed with her until she discovers that Shona has falsified her background and actually has no experience at all.

We welcome auditions from all women, as well as transfeminine or nonbinary performers, to portray the women of Top Girls.

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