'The Subject Was Roses' - January, 2000

The Subject Was Roses
January, 2000

Audition Notices

ACT 1 is thrilled to announce auditions for its second production of the 2017/2018 season:

Laughter on the 23rd Floor

Auditions will be Sunday, September 17 (2:30-5pm) in the Fellowship Hall and Monday, September 18 (7-10pm) in the Fireplace Room at East End United Methodist Church (1212 Holly St., Nashville, TN 37206).

Those auditioning are asked to prepare a monologue, either dramatic or comedic, no longer than two minutes. Additional readings will be from the script. Headshots and résumés are helpful, but not required.

Synopsis: Laughter on the 23rd Floor is a hilarious comedy based on Simon's experiences as a writer on Your Show of Shows with Sid Caesar in the early 1950s. The play is set in the writer's room for the show, as the writers and the show's star. Max Prince, struggle against network censorship and their own neuroses.

Roles Available: Roles Available: 7 men and 2 women.  Character descriptions are as follows:

  • Lucas Brickman - male, mid-20s, Simon's alter ego in the play.  He is the newest and youngest writer on the show, wanting to make a good impression and fit in during the first act, then more confident and a part of things in the second act.
  • Milt Fields - male, mid to late 40s.  Journeyman comedy writer. Less comic genius and more average Joe, he realizes he has to work twice as hard to keep up with his co-workers.  He tries to dress to impress.
  • Val Skolsky - male, early 40s. A Russian emigrant who still has his accent.  He is the show's head writer and also the most politically aware of the writers.  He tries to run a tight ship, usually to no avail.
  • Brian Doyle - male, around 30.  Irish, and the only non-Jewish member of the writing staff. He is a heavy smoker and drinker, and he has a very caustic view of life.  He dreams of moving to Hollywood to write movies.
  • Kenny Franks - male, early 30s.  The "boy genius" who began writing for Jack Benny when he was 14.  He is the most sophisticated of the writers and dresses impeccably.
  • Carol Wyman - female, late 20s.  The only woman writer in the room, she has a "strong and quick defense system."  During most of the second act she is extremely pregnant.  Also politically aware.
  • Max Prince - male, about 32.  The star of the show, he dominates the room with his personality. In Simon's words, "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." Sid Caesar, basically.
  • Helen - female, late 20s.  Max's secretary.  Attractive, but hides it in typical secretarial garb until late in the play.
  • Ira Stone - male, 30s.  "All energy, with a touch of brilliant madness," according to Simon, and a terrible hypochondriac.  Based on Mel Brooks, which may be all you need to know.

Laughter on the 23rd Floor is directed by Lane Wright. Performances will be November 10-25, 2017 at the Darkhorse Theater.

For additional information, please contact Lane Wright at rwright8675@att.net, or see our Facebook event.