Written by Franz Xaver Kroetz
Translated by Estella Schmid and Anthony Vivis
Directed by Beng Oh
On the surface Otto Meier’s world exudes cool German efficiency. Underneath his world is about to explode. Haunted by the minutiae of his work environment he dreams of a better life for himself and his family. A daring and compelling drama, Tom Fool focuses on the everyday lives of ordinary working-class people and takes us back to the moment when women changed the rules of the game. Tom Fool is a new translation of Franz Xaver Kroetz's superb 1978 play Mensch Meier – showing that life at its most ordinary is never far away from disruption, chaos and violence. The Scotsman described Kroetz as charting this story of breakdown with a wonderful, rich yet cold-eyed hyperrealism that is his hallmark.
• Auditions are by appointment only.
• Dates: Sunday, 18 January 2009 and Monday, 19 January 2009
• To make an appointment please contact the director on 0412 224 968 or send expressions of interest, CVs and head shots by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
"The husband, average and about 40, likes to smoke and drink, rather nervous, erratic, in his best moments he appears almost elegant." Would suit actor in his late 30s to 40s.
"The wife, average and about 40, very honest and practical." Would suit actress in her late 30s to 40s.
"Their son, a nice fellow of about 15, looks more like his father than his mother, shy and silent, listens a lot but says little." Would suit actor in his late teens to 20s.
• A play reading is scheduled for week commencing 15 February 2009
• The rehearsal period will be from 2 March 2009 - 30 April 2009
• There will be a minimum of three rehearsals scheduled per week.
• A rehearsal schedule will be confirmed upon the production being cast.
• Preview: Friday, 1 May 2009
• Season: 2 – 23 May 2009
• Tuesday to Saturday 8.15pm
• Sundays 5.00pm
• Venue: Mechanics Institute Performing Arts Centre, corner Sydney & Glenlyon Roads, Brunswick