IT’S ONLY A PLAY – CASTING BRIEF
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.
30 - 50
The nervous playwright. Everything is riding on tonight.
30 - 50
A first-time producer of the Broadway play The Golden Egg. Attractive and genuinely nice.
40 - 60
The insecure theatre critic, who secretly yearns to be a playwright. Wears glasses and has food stains on his tie.
20 - 30
The young, egomaniacal, "genius" British director. Soon to be knighted. He has a British accent.
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.
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.
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 | www.thefugard.com
The Fugard Theatre (Pty) Ltd
Cnr. Caledon & Buitenkant Str. Cape Town 8000
Telephone +27 21 461 4554 Fax + 27 21 461 1241
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