THE GIRL IN THE GOLDFISH BOWL
By Morris Panych
“My mother says you know when you’ve grown up. It’s the moment you stop being happy and start remembering when you used to be.”
These are the last few days of Iris’ childhood. Amid threats of an atomic missile crisis, her parents’ crumbling marriage, and the promise of a mysterious stranger, Iris takes us on a journey full of hope, heartbreak… and halibut.
Directed by Tamara Smith.
Sunday, December 9, 2018, 1 pm – 4 pm
Monday, December 10, 2018, 7 pm – 9 pm
6 Parkhill Rd. (off the Purcell’s Cove Rd., #15 Bus route)
March 14 - 30, 2019.
Iris: a precocious ten-year-old girl. Hopeful, but discovering the world is more complicated than she thought it was when she was little. She desperately wants everything to be like it was before. The actor in this role does not need to look like a child but should be able to take on child-like mannerisms and energy.
Owen and Sylvia: Iris’ parents. Money is tight, and their marriage is ending. Owen is intelligent, if a bit unexciting. A wartime injury makes it hard for him to work. Sylvia is “happy by nature,” but unhappy in her current life, she longs for something she’s been missing.
Mr. Lawrence: odd, mysterious, and vaguely fish-like. Possibly an amnesiac drifter. Possibly the reincarnation of Iris’ dead goldfish.
Miss Rose: a middle-aged boarder in Iris’ home. Lonely, outgoing, and frequently hung-over, Rose is (according to Iris’ mother) hopelessly stuck in the war years.
Minimum age: 18 years
The story is drawn from a child’s memory, and so has a dreamlike quality. All the characters are somewhat distorted, as though viewed through a goldfish bowl.
This production embraces inclusive casting. Actors of any ethnicity or gender are encouraged to audition.
Readings will be provided from the script. No appointments necessary.