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Nov. 13, 2002 – A week before the opening of its first show of the season, "The Fantastics," Epiphany Theater Company of St. John will be holding auditions for its second planned production, "The Shadow Box."
The casting call for this prize-winning drama is for nine characters — four men, four women and one teen-ager. Epiphany's managing director, Paul Devine, said tryouts will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday and Monday, Nov. 17 and 18, at Julius E. Sprauve School.
Epiphany's Frank Bartolucci will direct the production.
"The Shadow Box" won playwright Michael Cristofer a Tony Award for best play and the Pulitzer Prize for best drama in 1977. It actually is three stories, each set in a cottage on the grounds of a large hospice. One critic described it as "a taut, poetic meditation on life, love and the ultimate journey."
Each of the three cottage inhabitants interacts with loved ones as all try to face and make sense of death. One is a working-class man whose wife, in denial, has not told their 14-year-old son of his father's condition. Another is a forthright gay man with a doting lover and a wild ex-wife. The third is a blind, wheelchair-bound but feisty woman with a long-suffering, dutiful daughter. The voice of an unseen "interviewer" from time to time poses questions in a rather mechanical manner that elicit insights into the various characters.
For more information about auditioning, call Devine at 914-2897.

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