“It’s very unusual to have auditions this early,” she said.
But Edward Albee’s classic 1962 play “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” has a lot of “heft” to it, Stevens said, and she plans to use the extra time exploring the complex ideas raised with the cast.
“’Virginia Woolf’ is just filled with complicated symbolism,” she said. “I think it reflects the whole development of women in society.”
The cast of four plays two married couples. Stevens wants to set the production in the 1960s and was happy to find a period record player that could work in the set. The designer will also need to make a home bar.
“Drinking is a big part of the play,” Stevens said. “It’s part of the culture of the time.”
Stevens noted that Albee visited Alaska frequently during his career and had a big hand in the Last Frontier Theatre Conference held each summer in Valdez. She said tackling his play calls for extra resources.
“It’s several years since Fairwinds has done something with meat on it,” she said. “Albee lays it on the line.”
The cast consists of a man and woman in their 50s and another couple aged 25-35. But Stevens said the actors don’t have to be in those ranges to audition for the parts.
“It’s remarkable how flexible actors can be portraying different ages,” she said.
Stevens suggest people who want to audition read the play ahead of time.
“Give it a shot and make sure it’s something you really want to do, she said, noting the show has some mature content.
Actors can prepare a speech from the role they want, and be ready to do some cold readings with other actors.
Auditions will take place 1-4 p.m. Saturday in the Wilson Auditorium Drama Pod. For more information, call Stevens at 486-5047.