Equus by Peter Shaffer, Directed by Co-Artistic Director: Derek Bertelsen
Inspired by a true story, Equus sets out to explore the complex relationships between devotion and myth. When teenager Alan Strang's pathological fascination leads him to blind six horses in a Hampshire stable, psychiatrist Martin Dysart is tasked with uncovering the motive behind the boy's violent act. As Dysart delves into Alan's world of twisted spirituality, passion and sexuality, he begins to question his own sanity and motivations in a world driven by consumerism.
Alan Strang - Male identifying, early to mid-20s to play 17. Volatile, vulnerable. Has an intense and religious fascination with horses. This role requires nudity.
Martin Dysart - Male identifying, age mid-40s/50s. Alan's psychiatrist. Martin is extremely dissatisfied with his life and occupation.
Harry Dalton/Nurse/Horse - Male identifying, 30s/40s. The owner of the stable at which Alan and Jill work, and where Alan blinded the horses. The nurse works for Dysart, who brings him news about Alan throughout his treatment.
Dora Strang/Horse - Female identifying, 40s. Alan's fragile mother. She is a devout Christian who read Alan passages from the Bible throughout his childhood.
Jill Mason/Horse - Female identifying, early to mid-20s to play late teens. An outgoing and free-spirited girl who works at the stables with Alan, and who eventually becomes romantically interested in him.
Young Horseman/Nugget - Male identifying, mid-20s to late-30s. Regal, graceful, athletic, the actor playing him should also be very charismatic and comfortable with baring their chest on stage.
Rehearsals for Equus start Monday, August 12th with performances: September 28th - October 27th. Performances will be at the Edge Theatre
Material To Prepare:
Sides will be sent upon invitation to audition