|AUDITIONS FOR 2017-2018 PRODUCTIONS|
|2017 - 2018 Season|
The Man Who Came to Dinner
by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart
Produced by TBA
Oct. 14, 21, 22m, 28, 29, 2017
A dramatic parable
by John Patrick Shanley
Produced by TBD
Jan. 13, 20, 21m, 26, 27, 2018
A romantic comedy
Play It Again, Sam
by Woody Allen
Directed by Linda Correll
Produced by TBD
Mar. 10, 17, 18m, 23, 24, 2018
A dramatic comedy
by Thomas Heggen
Directed by Steve Lemenille
Produced by Kay Macrae
May 5, 12, 18, 19, 20m, 2018
Dates subject to change
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|The Man Who Came to Dinner|
directed by Linda Viel
Mon. July 10, 2017 Time: 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Tues. July 11, 2017 Time: 6:30 - 9:30 PM
Thurs. July 13 at 6:30 - 9:30 PM Auditions & Call-backs
Westfield Community Players
1000 North Avenue West
Westfield, NJ 07090
SYNOPSIS OF THE PLAY
The Man Who Came to Dinner A comedy by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart
Sheridan Whiteside, having dined at the home of the Stanleys, slips on their doorstep, breaking his hip. A tumultuous six weeks of confinement follow. The Stanley living room is monopolized by the irascible invalid; ex-convicts are invited to meals; and transatlantic calls bring a $784 phone bill. The arrival of strange gifts from his friends further destroys domestic tranquility. It would take a stoical housewife to harbor penguins in her library, an octopus in her cellar, and 10,000 cockroaches in her kitchen. When Maggie, his secretary, falls in love with the reporter, Bert Jefferson, Whiteside summons a glamorous actress, Lorraine, to win the affections of the young man. Knowing the girl's charms, Maggie enlists the aid of a clever impersonator who, affecting the voice of Lord Bottomley, whom the actress hopes to marry, asks her by phone to return to him and be married. The ruse almost works, but Whiteside, becoming suspicious, finds that no calls have come through from London. In revenge, Lorraine suggests a three-week rewrite on a play of Bert's in which she feigns great interest. Lake Placid is to furnish the quiet for his inspiration, and she is to be his collaborator. The unexpected arrival of a mummy case, just as the relenting Whiteside is frantically seeking to get rid of Lorraine, furnishes a malicious idea. Tricking her into stepping into the case, he shuts the lid and blackmails his host into having the case carried to the airport, preparatory to a round-the-world cruise. Whiteside departs from the Stanley's home triumphantly, but a second later a crash is heard—he has again slipped and fallen!
ROLE BREAKDOWNS --- All roles are open; some will be doubled
SHERIDAN WHITESIDE: (stage age 40-60+) Male. A pompous critic, lecturer and radio personality; Falstaffian
MAGGIE CUTLER: (stage age 20s-40s) Female. Whiteside's executive assistant, very businesslike most of the time, but also a romantic who falls in love with Bert Jefferson. Whiteside's private secretary and chief interference runner for the past ten years. She is sarcastic and cynical. After she meets Bert Jefferson and goes ice skating with him, she decides that the fast lane with Whiteside is infinitely less preferable than conventional delights of domesticity. The fear of losing a good secretary prompts Whiteside to try to destroy the relationship, but her seriousness about her love induces him to help her achieve her goal.
MR. EARNEST W. STANLEY: (stage age 40-60) Make. Rich factory owner, uptight and put out by the audacity of his guest.
MRS. STANLEY (DAISY): (stage age 40-60) Female. Always trying to play the hostess, and keep her husband from flying off the handle.
RICHARD STANLEY: (stage age 18-25) Male. Grown son of Earnest and Daisy, photographer, wishes he could travel and take pictures.
JUNE STANLEY: (stage age 18-25) Female. Grown daughter of Earnest and Daisy, wants to get married to Sandy who is starting union trouble at the factory.
HARRIET STANLEY: (stage age 50+) Female. Earnest Stanley's eerie sister, floats in and out when Whiteside is alone.
MISS PREEN: (stage age 30+) Female. Frantic Nurse attending to Whiteside, not enjoying the task of taking care of him. A spinsterish, humorless prude, she becomes the constant butt of his insults and name-calling, to which she reacts with routine indignation.
JOHN: (stage age 40+) Male. Butler who has been around awhile
SARAH: (stage age 40+) Female. Housekeeper who has been around awhile
MRS. DEXTER: (stage age 30+) Female. Visiting society friend of Mrs. Stanley
MRS. McCUTCHEON: (stage age 30+) Female. Visiting society friend of Mrs. Stanley
DR. BRADLEY: (stage age 50+) Male. Whiteside's doctor. He diagnoses Whiteside's injuries by looking at the wrong X rays. He is also a late-blooming author who tries to get Whiteside to read his book, "Forty Years an Ohio Doctor".
BERT JEFFERSON: (stage age 20s-40s) Male. The owner and editor of the Mesalia Journal. He is "an interesting looking young man" who has written a producible play. He naïvely and ambitiously allows himself to be lured by the chance of making it to the big time, even if it means the sacrifice of personal happiness.
PROFESSOR METZ: (stage age 30+) Male. "A strange-looking little man," an entomologist who once lived for two years in a cave with nothing but plant lice. He is the first of three eccentrics to visit Whiteside during his convalescence. He brings the great man a present of a colony of ten thousand roaches.
LORRAINE SHELDON: (stage age 30s-40s) Female. A snobby actress, young and beautiful, the vicious epitome of the glamorous, brainless, superficial superstar. Whiteside lures her to Ohio by telling her that Jefferson's play has a marvelous part for her. She thus unwittingly lets herself be used to break up the romance between Jefferson and Maggie. Seducing a man for benefit is, for her, all in a day's work.
SANDY: (stage age 20s) Male. A labor-organizer in Mr. Stanley's factory, big strong lad.
BEVERLY CARLTON: (stage age 30s-50s) Male. English thespian, songwriter, musician. A Noël Cowardish character who dashes around the world composing and writing plays and being devastatingly charming. His latest comedy, he says, is the best since Molière. He breezes in to visit Whiteside and wish him a "Merry Christmas. He stays about a quarter of an hour, using part of the time to regale him with a number from his new revue. Maggie enlists him in an attempt to lure Jefferson away from Lorraine Sheldon, trying to counter Whiteside's attempt to break up her romance.
BANJO: (stage age 30s-60s+) Male. A famous Hollywood comedian, a grown-up adolescent. He is as loony off-screen as on-the Marx brothers all wrapped into one-but he good-heartedly allows himself to be the means by which Maggie can retrieve her happiness.
4 Men, 20's-40's, to play multiple smaller & non-speaking roles, including:
WESTCOTT (the head radioman)
the LUNCHEON GUESTS (prisoners)
a) Please bring a current headshot & resume OR complete AUDITION FORM at: AUDITION FORM
b) Monologues are NOT required. Those auditioning will be reading scenes from the script.
c) Bring your calendar and be prepared to list all conflicts. Conflicts not listed at time of audition may not be honored.
Oct. 14, 21, 28, 29, 2017 @8PM; Oct. 22, 2017 @2PM - Matinee
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|Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs. |