Last Gas

by John Cariani
Directed by James F. Petsche

Production Kickoff: January 24, 2021

Audition: February 07, 2021

Performance Dates

May 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, & 22, 2021 at 8:00PM
May 16 & 23, 2021 at 2:00PM

Unless specifically noted, all roles are open to all regardless of race or ethnicity.

4m; 2f

Last Gas is set in Paradis' Last Convenient Store, its adjoining apartment & the parking lot. Far northern Maine. A May weekend 2013.
There are roles for four men (one to play an older teenager) and two women. Actors should be able to convey the characters' indicated ages even though their own ages may not be similar.

  • Nat Paradis – (40) A slight, seemingly harmless man. Nearly 41 but may be boyish. A charming loser. Good at seeming happy. Passionate Red Sox fan.
  • Troy Paradis-Pulcifer – (16) Nat's son. A substantial, impressive young man, bigger and stronger than his dad.
  • Dwight Paradis – (63) Nat's father. A larger-the-life kind of guy, rough around the edges, substantial, loves a good time.
  • Guy Gagnon – (41) Nat's best friend. Loyal, stoic, and fat. Passionate Red Sox fan.
  • Cherry-Tracy Pulcifer – (41) Troy's mother. A smart, ambitious, substantial woman.
  • Lurene Legassey Soloway – (40) A visitor.

Nat Paradis is a Red Sox-loving part-time dad who manages Paradis's Last Convenient Store, the last convenient place to get gas - or anything - before the Canadian border to the north and the North Maine Woods to the west. When an old flame returns to town, Nat gets a chance to rekindle a romance he gave up on years ago. But sparks fly as he's forced to choose between new love and old. Last Gas takes a hilarious and heartbreakingly hard look at love lost and found, and at what it means to "get back to happy."

James F. Petsche has been a Curtain Player since 2007, and at the Harlem Road playhouse has directed Fireflies, The Trip to Bountiful, The Outgoing Tide, and The Dining Room, and acted in The Diary of Anne Frank, Dinner with Friends, The Boys Next Door, and To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, among others. Jim is a former Curtain Players board president and vice president, and he is a recipient of the company's Richard D. Near Award for dedication to continued advancement of the theatre.

When

Where

Script review, auditions, and performances take place at:
Curtain Players Theatre
5691 Harlem Road, Galena, OH 43021

Curtain Players offers a information session for each of its productions as a help for actors seeking roles, but attendance is not required to audition. The event is an opportunity for actors to become acquainted with the community theatre organization, to discuss the play with the director, and to ask questions about the audition process, rehearsal period, and production plans. Those interested in working behind the scenes are also invited to attend.

Curtain Players conducts open auditions for its productions. Roles are not cast in advance, and, unless specified otherwise in the role's description, are open to all without regard to race or ethnicity. Casting decisions are made by the director and a casting committee comprised of a member of the theatre board, a general member of the organization, and individuals of the director's choosing.

For Last Gas, actors are encouraged to come to auditions familiar with the script and the story's characters, and be prepared to read cuttings from the script. Every effort will be made to give actors equal chances to read. Resumes and head shots are helpful but not necessary.

Requests for an early audition for Last Gas must be made no later than January 24, 2021.

Questions related to the audition process may be directed to production@curtainplayers.org.

The Last Gas rehearsal schedule is determined after consideration of respective personal and theatre schedules. Depending on their roles, actors should expect to rehearse three to four nights a week, and possibly five nights that week before opening. Rehearsals, likely to begin the week after auditions, are conducted offsite to start, before moving into the Harlem Road playhouse on April 12, 2021. Tech week (mandatory) is May 2-6, 2021.
Rehearsals will include character and story discussion, blocking and review, and for several characters, choreography.

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