It's Only A Play Auditions

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

It's Only A Play Auditions


Written by Terrence McNally
Directed by Greg Karvellas

Eric Abraham presents a Fugard Theatre production of Terrence McNally’s hilarious comedy It’s Only A Play.

Written by four-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally, It’s Only A Play is a celebration of theatre at its best and theatre people behaving their not-so-best and proves that sometimes the biggest laughs happen offstage.

It’s opening night of writer Peter Austin’s new play as he anxiously awaits the reviews from the New York critics. With his career on the line, he shares his big first night with his “best” friend, a television star, his novice producer, his doped-up diva actress, his genius director, a lethal drama critic and a fresh-off-the-bus coat check attendant on his first night in Manhattan. This raucous, ridiculous and tender comedy is a reminder that there’s no business like show business.



Rehearsals commence Monday, 16 March 2020

Tech week from Monday, 6 April 2020*
Previews from Tuesday, 14 April 2020
Season will run for 6 to 8 weeks and will close no later than Saturday, 6 June 2020

It’s Only a Play is a Cape Town based production and we will be auditioning artists who consider themselves to be Cape Town based at this stage. Should an artist from elsewhere wish to be considered, they do this in full knowledge of the home city, and should their audition be successful, they will be contracted accordingly.

*PLEASE NOTE: Tech week includes some time over the Easter weekend.



Please note that all ethnicities will be considered for all roles unless specified. All artists should be comfortable with an American Accent.

Peter Austin
30 - 50
The nervous playwright. Everything is riding on tonight.

Julia Budder
30 - 50
A first-time producer of the Broadway play The Golden Egg. Attractive and genuinely nice.

Ira Drew
40 - 60
The insecure theatre critic, who secretly yearns to be a playwright. Wears glasses and has food stains on his tie.

Frank Finger
20 - 30
The young, egomaniacal, "genius" British director. Soon to be knighted. He has a British accent.

Virginia Noyes
30 - 50
A dissolute, aging star of the play; she wears an ankle monitor and indulges in drugs and alcohol throughout the play.

Gus P. Head
20 - 30
The party staff who handles the coat check but has aspirations for a Broadway career. Fresh off the farm.

James Wicker
30 - 50
The best friend. "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"



Auditions will be held at The Fugard Theatre on the 15th, 16th and 17th of April 2019. Artists submitted must be fully available on all three days.  

Please email your artist(s) one-page CV’s with headshot to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with the subject IT’S ONLY A PLAY. 

Deadline for CV submissions: Monday, 11 March 2019. No late submissions will be considered.
Should your artists be successful in securing an audition you will be contacted via email no later than close of business on Friday, 15 March 2019.


Tel - 021 461 4554 |Fax – 021 461 1241 |

The Fugard Theatre (Pty) Ltd
Cnr. Caledon & Buitenkant Str. Cape Town 8000  
Telephone +27 21 461 4554 Fax + 27 21 461 1241
Vat No. 4500238987 | Registration No. M2007/004338/07


Friends of The Fugard

As a Friend of The Fugard you are eligible for great discounts on each of our current and upcoming productions. These discounts are exclusively available from our box office on 021 461 4554 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Each registered Friends of The Fugard member will receive their first 2 tickets discounted, on the usual applicable performance days and seating categories when booking through the box office. Thereafter the member’s guests will pay the full price (or other category discount, if applicable) on additional seats as required.

One member per discount. Multiple kinds of discounts do not apply. Terms and conditions apply.