"Laughter" Auditions Scheduled Oct. 14-15

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"Laughter" Auditions Scheduled Oct. 14-15

ARTS Resources for the Tri-State would like to invite men  to audition for the hilarious Neil Simon comedy "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" - Monday, October 14th at 7pm OR Tues

day, October 15th at 7pm in the ARTS Renaissance Ballroom - 900 8th Street in Huntington, WV.

The show is directed by Mike Murdock.

SHOW DATES:
November 29th & 30th, December 6th & 7th - 8 p.m.
NO MATINEES

REHEARSALS:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - 7pm - 10pm each night (but most likely earlier, especially the first few weeks). Rehearsals will begin on Monday, October 21st with our first read-through.

Call sheets each week will list which nights you will be needed. Not everyone will be needed every night until we are running the show.

TECH WEEK starts Sunday, November 24th at 2pm and runs through Thursday, November 28th. All actors are required to attend those days.

Builds for the show will be on weekends as needed and we hope everyone can attend them. Typically lunch will be provided by ARTS.

STRIKE will be Sunday, December 8th at 1 p.m. and lunch will be provided by ARTS for all that attend.

You will be asked to cold read scenes and monologues from the play for your audition.


WHAT WE NEED:

We're looking for SIX (6) MEN, between the ages of 18 to 60 to fill the following roles:

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

Max Prince (Star of the Max Prince show): Mid-40s to early 50s.
He appears to be taller than he is because he exudes great strength. His strength comes more from his anger than from his physique. He dominates a room with his personality. You must watch him because he's like a truck you can't get out of the way of. He is quixotic, changing quickly from warm, infectious laughter to sullen anger. He is often monosyllabic, offering a word or two to convey his thoughts.

Lucas Brickman (New Writer): early 20's, sincere & sensible.

Milt Fields (Flamboyant): Mid-20's to 40’s, Milt is a gag man, a joke-a-minute wholesaler who deals in fast paced patter.

Brian Doyle (Irish American): Mid-20s to mid-40s. A heavy smoker, a heavy cougher and a heavy drinker. but with a biting sense of humor as caustic as his outlook on life.

Kenny Franks (Wiz kid): Late-20's to Mid-30’s. Boy genius and the most sophisticated of the writers

Ira Stone (Hypochondriac): Late 20's to early 40's. A hypochondriac who comes in late every day with a new ailment. His greatest wish in life was to have a virus named after him.


BRIEF SYNOPSIS:

This play is based on Neil Simon's experiences as a writer on Sid Caesar's Your Show Of Shows.

Laughter takes place in the 1950's, in the writers room of "The Max Prince Show". The writing staff continually tries to one-up each other with gags to impress Max, all while dealing with the fact that the studio wants to dumb down the program for the Midwest and make the show shorter. Not only that, but McCarthy has started hunting Communists, and no one knows what is going to happen next.

This hilarious, fast-paced comedy is one of Simon's funniest and poignant plays.

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