Announcing Auditions for
“THE SUNSHINE BOYS”
by Neil Simon
Directed by Ray Parnese
Held at: Center Playhouse,
35 South Street, Freehold, NJ 07728
Dates of Auditions:
Sunday August 7th 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Monday August 8th 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Performance Dates are:
15 shows beginning Oct. 21 to Nov. 20
Fri & Sat at 8PM and Sun at 2PM
CHARACTER BREAKDOWN: 6 males, 2 females
WILLIE CLARK: (m, 65-80) One half of the great vaudeville comedy team, “Lewis & Clark.” Willie is a bitter, sarcastic old man but hasn’t lost his comedic knack. He is always dead on with punch lines and timing.
AL LEWIS: (m, 65-80) The other half of the team. Al is the more timid straight man to Willie’s explosive temperament, yet he can dish it out on an equal level.
BEN SILVERMAN: (m, 30-45) Willie’s nephew and agent. Ben cares very much for his uncle. He tries to find work for Willie, but Willie’s age and personality keep sending roadblocks.
EDDIE: (m, 20-30) A young Production Assistant. Everything falls on his shoulders, and is trying to get this production ready for broadcast.
PATIENT: (m, 30-50) He is an actor playing the role of a patient for the broadcast. He can be a bit overacted and come across as a hypochondriac.
BURLESQUE NURSE: (f, 20-45) Also part of the production. This character’s purpose is to be the object of lewd sexual jokes. She should be curvy and appear not so bright.
REGISTERED NURSE: (f, 45-55) She is savvy and practical, but also enjoys caring for Willie. She seems to be the only person who breaks through his crusty exterior.
VOICE of the TV DIRECTOR: (m, any age) Not seen.
Ages refer to the characters’ age range, not the actors.
COLD READINGS FROM THE SCRIPT
FOR MORE INFO:
Contact Ray Parnese – firstname.lastname@example.org
THE SUNSHINE BOYS
By Neil Simon
Willie and Al were the comedy team known as “Lewis & Clark.” Their vaudeville act lasted for over forty years. For the last twelve years they have not spoken. Willie is wrapped up in his own life, and doesn’t have any empathy for others. Ben, the nephew and agent to Willie is constantly trying to get him into commercials. He finally is able to book a TV special with CBS called “History of Comedy.” Ben explains to Willie that they want him to do one of the vaudeville sketches they made famous. Realizing that he would have to get back with Al is when the fireworks start. A grudging reunion unites the two. Reliving the doctor sketch brings on a flood of memories. The back-and-forth one liner is what makes this play a true comedy.