Stage actors Mariah and Daniel play lovers every night, but their onstage romance lacks spark. One slow afternoon, they discover that today's matinée performance will make or break both their careers. Daniel wants to make big changes, and Mariah starts to wonder: are Daniel's suggestions reasonable? Or has he lost track of the boundary between actor and character? Rushed to the stage, in front of a live audience, they must figure it out together. Written by
How far would you go for the sake of art?
Did You Know?
Because of its combination of scripted acting and explicitly sexual performance, the audition process for "Matinée" was carefully crafted. In order to make sure that all the actors and actresses would be comfortable and fully understand the challenges of the role, director Jennifer Lyon Bell
needed to create a multistage audition process. After reading the script, every actor and actress had an initial private conversation with director, and the chance to ask detailed questions. Subsequent auditions involved increasing involvement with the role: plain readings followed by improvisations followed by an improvisation involving nudity. Then finalists were paired and auditioned together. Finally, each finalist was asked which other partners he/she most preferred to work with. Steven McAlistair and Alicia Whitsover - who had never met each other before the auditions - turned out to be the couple with the right combination of acting talent, bravery, spontaneity, and sexual authenticity. See more