Springhouse Theatre Company and Director Paula Parker announce auditions for The Curious Savage by John Patrick. Auditions will be cold readings from the script; a comedic monologue is welcomed but not required. Headshot and resume are also welcomed but not required. Show dates are March 29, 30, April 5, 6, 12, 13, and 14.


  • February 10, from 3pm – 6pm
  • February 11, from 6 pm – 9 pm

Location: Springhouse Theater Company, Smyrna TN

All Roles available:

The Residents of The Cloisters

Florence Williams: (20s-40s) The elegant "mother" of The Cloisters, she believes she has an eight-year-old daughter named Esther Ruth; in fact, Esther Ruth is a doll.

Fairy May: (early 20s) Fairy is a compulsive liar who is obsessed with having others love her. She is plain, but believes herself to be stunningly beautiful. She is also very childlike.

Jeffrey: (20s-30s) A former military pilot, Jeff was shot down in the war, surviving a crash that killed all his men. He now believes that he has a scar on his face, which he constantly hides from others. He plays the piano, but is too shy to do so around other people.

Hannibal: (20s-40s) Once a statistician, Hannibal was fired and replaced by a computer. He has then taken up the violin, which he believes—although wrongly—that he can play beautifully.

Mrs. Paddy: (40s-50s) Mrs. Paddy paints with the quality of Hannibal's violin playing. She paints only seascapes, although she's never seen the ocean. The only time she speaks is to give a list of the things she hates. She's given up electricity for Lent and turns off lights whenever she enters a room.

The Savages

Titus: Sent so many threatening letters that he is listed by Western Union as a "tangible asset," Titus is the least popular senator in congress. He is sober, humorless, and direct.

Lily Belle: Lily Belle is a celebrity heiress, married multiple times, is arrogant, chic, and self-assured.

Samuel: Samuel has the distinction of being the judge with the most overturned decisions in the U.S. Lives in the shadow of his siblings.

Mrs. Ethel P. Savage: Ethel is a crafty but kindhearted woman with a shifted viewpoint of humanity.

The Staff at The Cloisters

Dr. Emmett: The staff doctor

Miss "Willie" Wilhelmina: The administrative assistant and nurse

About The Curious Savage

Mrs. Savage is the eccentric widow of a multi-billionaire who wants to make the best use of her inheritance, despite her adult stepchildren's plans. To keep her from wasting the entire family fortune—and to control her bizarre behavior—Mrs. Savage's stepchildren have her committed to The Cloisters, a private mental home. At The Cloisters, Mrs. Savage meets the other residents, each who have unique personalities and challenges. In getting to know these gentle souls, Mrs. Savage realizes she can find happiness among them and plans to live the rest of her life there. Until her stepchildren learn that she has converted the family fortune into bearer bonds and has hidden them. Her stepchildren are driven to distraction in their efforts to convince Mrs. Savage to reveal the location of the fortune. A high comedy, the audience is left with a feeling that the neglected virtues of kindness and affection have not been entirely lost in a world that seems motivated by greed and dishonesty.

For more information, contact Director Paula Parker or Asst. Director Mary Meriwether at thecurioussavagestc@gmail.com.

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