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This program is supported in part by a grant from the Melrose Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Maria Sundquist - Producer
James Ravan - Stage Director
Rob MacRobbie - Technical Director
Auditions will be held in the Parish Hall of Trinity Episcopal Church, 131 West Emerson Street, Melrose, MA on Mon. Nov. 30, Wed. Dec. 2, and Sun. Dec. 6 - all at 7 pm. The Dec. 6 session will have auditions at 7 pm (for those who can’t make the other dates) and callbacks as needed at 8 pm.
SYNOPSIS / SETTING: Set in John Barrymore's old apartment in New York City, the play follows successful television actor Andrew Rally as he struggles with taking on the dream role of Hamlet, and playing host to the ghost of John Barrymore, who, clothed as Hamlet, has come back to earth for the sole purpose of convincing Rally to play the part. [Wikipedia]
AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: As the play is a comedy, being adept with comedic timing is necessary for all six parts. Please prepare a soliloquy if auditioning for the roles of either Andrew Rally or John Barrymore. All other roles will require only cold readings from the script.
Andrew Rally, 20s-40s, television actor
A recently out-of-work television actor on the hit series 'Dr. Jim Corman, Rookie Surgeon.' A charmer and a star. The part requires a compelling soliloquy; please come prepared with one of your own. The role requires some physicality; staged sword play ends Act I.
John Barrymore, 30s-60s, famous stage actor
A towering legend of the theatrical arts who knows next to nothing about television. A commanding presence with a joy for life, women, and wine. The part requires more than one compelling soliloquy; please come prepared with one of your own. The role requires some physicality; staged sword play ends Act I.
Gary Peter Lefkowitz, middle-aged, TV producer from Los Angeles
Gary is the consummate west coast high stakes narcissist living for the next deal. For Gary, it's all about the money.
Deirdre McDavey, 20s-40s, Andrew's wacky girlfriend and an aspiring New York actress
Deirdre's parents are rich, so she has grown up with a unique view of the world. While she is a wild romantic, she also lives her life with an undertone of desperate confusion. She loves the stage.
Felecia Dantine, 30s-60s, New York real estate agent
A very experienced and successful realtor who needs to convince Andrew to buy, or at least rent, Barrymore's old New York Apartment. She dabbles in New Age occultism.
Lillian Troy, middle-aged to elderly, Andrew's agent
Lillian is the experienced actor's agent who has made her own way in the world, and although fiercely independent, she secretly fears her approaching death.
Fridays and Saturdays, February 5, 6, 12, 13, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 2:00 PM
Performances take place in the
Parish Hall of Trinity Episcopal Church - Melrose, MA
(As for accessibility of the locale: five steps up, single floor to navigate
with slight slope up for parlor, refreshments and restrooms.)
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