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Auditions: It's Only a Play


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On Saturday, May 5th at 1 p.m. we will have open auditions for the comedy “It’s Only a Play” by Terrence McNally and directed by Scott Carpenter.

The production will begin evening and weekend rehearsals at the end of June and continue through the month of July. The play opens on August 3rd and closes on August 26th.

Callbacks will be on Monday May 7th at 7pm as needed.

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.

This play contains adult language

No monologues required. Script sides will be provided.

All Ethnicities

Julia Budder: (Female 30s and up) a first-time producer of the Broadway play The Golden Egg

Peter Austin: (Male 30s and up) the nervous playwright

James Wicker: (Male 30s and up) an egotistical but insecure comic actor who passed up a chance to star in the play for a television series

Virginia Noyes: (Female 30s and up) a dissolute, bawdy, experienced star of the play; she wears an ankle monitor and drinks and snorts cocaine throughout

Frank Finger: (Male 20s) the young, egomaniacal, "genius" British director

Ira Drew: (Male 30s and up) an insecure theater critic, who secretly yearns to be a playwright

Gus: (Male 20s) temporary help who checks the coats and hats but has aspirations for a Broadway career