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We will be holding open auditions for our spring production of It's Only a Play by Terrence McNally.

Audition dates are Sunday, December 9 @ 2:00 pm and Wednesday, December 12 @ 7:30 pm. Callbacks if necessary will be announced at the auditions. The auditions will be held at Grace Lutheran Church located at 71st Road and Union Turnpike in Forest Hills, NY. Auditions are held on a first-come/first-served basis, but we like to remain flexible in case we want to see people act off each other.

It's Only a Play will be directed by Bernard Bosio.

Show dates are February 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, March 1 & 2, 2019. Friday & Saturday performances start at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances start at 2 p.m.

Synopsis: In Terrence McNally’s hilarious comedy, a wealthy first-time Broadway producer, Julia Budder, is throwing an opening night party for The Golden Egg at her luxurious Manhattan home. The playwright, Peter Austin, is joined by the director, a lead actor, and assorted friends and hangers-on (including a critic) as they nervously wait for the late-night reviews printed in the newspapers. As they wait, they gossip and name-drop celebrities who are in attendance and chat about their respective theater experiences. Virginia Noyes, the star of the show, is taking drugs. James Wicker, an old friend of the playwright, is now a successful TV actor who turned down the lead in the play, and is relieved and secretly thrilled about the bad reviews that arrive. And, although Ira Drew is a theater critic, he is very critical of the theater because he has no talent to actually participate, despite his secretly writing plays. Not discouraged by the bad reviews for The Golden Egg, the assembled parties eagerly make plans for their next play, which they know will be a hit.

The Character breakdown is as follows:

 
Peter Austin Male, 40-49. The excitable author of a new play, "The Golden Egg;" the type who sincerely believes that ''you can write a serious play for Broadway and still have a place in the Hamptons.

Julia Budder Femaile, 40-59. The extremely wealthy, neophyte producer of the play; enthusiastic and passionate devotee of ''the theatre," charmingly dotty and benevolent dilettante, not the most self-aware woman in the world, such as when explaining the concept of ''breaking a leg'' to a roomful of seasoned theatre people.

James Wicker Male, 40-59. A witty, sarcastic, middling sitcom star; has been best friends with Peter since their off-off Broadway days. "An egotistical but insecure comic actor who passed up a chance to star in the play for a television series—which has since been cancelled. Egotistical but insecure, turned down the lead in "The Golden Egg”. Secretly relieved and thrilled with the terrible reviews the play receives.

Virginia Noyes Female, 40-59. The pill-popping, Tony-winning leading lady of the play; trying to resurrect her career by returning to Broadway after a series of movie flops and more than a few cocaine hits. She wears an ankle monitor and drinks and snorts cocaine throughout.

Frank Finger Male, 25-29. The young, angst-ridden, “l’enfant terrible” British director of "The Golden Egg.” An egomaniacal, boy-wonder, self-deprecating almost to the point of self-loathing. After a string of 14 theatrical successes, longs for the flop that will reveal him to be the poseur he claims he actually is. Prone to bouts of histrionics and kleptomania.

Ira Drew Male, 50-59. Fawning, sycophantic, two-faced drama critic who is a closet playwright. He skewers the theatre world he desperately wants to be a part of.

Gus P. Head Male, 20-29. Actor/waiter hired to work the party; just off the bus from Kansas, wide-eyed and naïve, star-struck and impressionable, extremely enthusiastic.


We are also in need of many non-acting positions. These include:

Set builders and designers
Stage crew
Costumers
Ushers
...and other production-oriented positions.

If you are interested in any of the non-acting positions, E-mail the producers and they will set up an interview.

 
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