The Sidekick Players Club will be holding auditions next week for the first show of its 23rd season.
Set to debut on Oct. 10, Bordertown Café, written by Kelly Rebar and directed for Sidekick by Bernice Fehr, will be the introduction to another great season featuring three Canadian plays and one Irish one.
In Bordertown Café, 17-year-old Jimmy faces the archetypal Canadian dilemma: stay home in Canada, with all its obvious flaws, or go south to the land of opportunity. Jimmy’s dad is the powerfully encoded Western hero of American popular myth – the cowboy as trucker, living his freedom and riding the roads of Wyoming.
He offers Jimmy the prosperity of his new American home, a large modern house fully equipped with everything, including a capable new wife. In contrast, Jimmy’s mom, Marlene, is a failed wife and a weak, tentative mother. The home she has made for herself and her son “on the Canadian side of nowhere” is provisional and shabby: half finished, ill equipped, badly decorated.
Jimmy’s conflict is writ large as the play dramatizes Canada’s struggle to negotiate a unique identity in the shadow of its brash, superpower neighbour. Although global realities have shifted in the decades since the play’s inception, its themes of personal and cultural identity endure.
Auditions for Bordertown Café will be held on Saturday, June 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. and Monday, June 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Tsawwassen Arts Centre. The cast requires two females (40s & 60s) and two males (60s and late teens).
Auditions will be on a first come, first served basis and will include a cold read from the script.
It is a non-equity production.