Struggling actor Audrey (Claire Armstrong) and aspiring playwright Lillian (Naomi Skwarna) pour all of their creative energy into the only paying work they can find: corporate role-playing demonstrations. When they book the biggest gig of their careers at a hotel conference, they commence work on their most ambitious production to date and the ensuing tensions threaten to derail both the production and their friendship. As wryly funny as it is unexpectedly poignant, DIM THE FLUORESCENTS is a one-of-a-kind portrait of the artistic life and process in the unlikeliest of settings.
AUDREY: A gifted actor who strives above all for honesty and connection with an audience. Despite her precocious talent, her emotional vulnerability and need for validation have led her to a crossroads in her personal and professional life.
LILLIAN: A writer who performs out of necessity, Lillian has grand artistic ambitions, but long ago learned to be pragmatic. She is organized, funny and doggedly optimistic.
FIONA: An extremely bright, relatively confident teenager, whose determination to be a well-adjusted adult occasionally conceals his inner turmoil.
JUNE: A well-regarded playwright whose productions eschew commercial considerations, she believes strongly in the power of art, and in her friends.
BRADLEY: A genuinely warm, nice person, with a quick wit and a somewhat artistic temperament, he’s ambivalent about his success in middle management.
GARY: A regional office manager par excellence, with slightly Machiavellian tendencies. He’s the nicest he can be while looking out for number one.