Belles, originally published in 1989 and revised in 1997, has entered the theatre canon as one of the most delightful and endearing plays about southern women, and enjoys popularity to this day. Told in “two acts and forty-five phone calls,” Belles visits six southern sisters, who, over the course of an autumn weekend, seek to bridge the physical and emotional distance between them via the telephone, and in the process come to terms with their shattered family history. The six Walker sisters all hail from Memphis, but now they are scattered all over the country. Only Peggy still lives in Memphis, where she cares for Mama.
When the play begins, Peggy is phoning her sisters with the latest about Mama … whether they want to hear it or not!
The gold standard among Mr. Dunn’s many plays about southern women, and offering very strong roles for an ensemble of six actresses, Belles continues to pack an emotional punch after all these years.
Directed by Terie Spencer
Belles was first presented on January 29, 1988, as winner of the Margo Jones playwriting award competition sponsored by Texas Woman’s University. Its production on the TWU campus was directed by Mary Lou Hoyle. The play opened in New York City at the Thirteenth Street Repertory Company on April 5, 1989. This production was directed by Seth Gordon.
The cast includes roles for 6 actresses and 1 supporting actor with a voice-only role:
Peggy Reece, age 40, Memphis Tennessee, (Area Code 901)
Aneece Walker, age 37, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Area Code 215)
Roseanne Johnson, age 29, Atlanta, Georgia (Area Code 404)
Audrey Hart, age 32, Collierstown, Mississippi (Area Code 601)
Sherry “Dust” Walker, age 30, Elk Run, Washington (Area Code 206)
Paige Walker, age 22, Austin, Texas (Area Code 512)
Mike Kozlowski, age 21 (Voice only)
All roles are available
Audition cuts can be downloaded here:
1) You must have access to a computer with a high quality web cam
2) You must have wireless earbuds with built-in microphone (e.g. Apple Airpods)
NOTE: The rehearsal schedule will be determined collectively based on cast availability.
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All auditions will be held over Zoom. A link to join the Zoom audition meeting will be sent out via email prior to the audition date.
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Finally, don’t forget to download the audition cuts! They are available online here: