It’s Only a Play

Written by Terence Mcnally

Directed by David J. Wallis

It’s the opening night of The Golden Egg on Broadway, and the wealthy producer Julia Budder is throwing a lavish party in her lavish Manhattan townhouse. Downstairs the celebrities are pouring in, but the real action is upstairs in the bedroom, where a group of insiders has staked themselves out to await the reviews. The group includes the excitable playwright; the possibly unstable wunderkind director; the pill-popping leading lady, treading the boards after becoming infamous in Hollywood; and the playwright’s best friend, for whom the play was written but who passed up this production for a television series. Add to this a drama critic who’s panned the playwright in the past and a new-in-town aspiring singer, and you have a prime recipe for the narcissism, ambition, childishness, and just plain irrationality that infuse the theatre—and for comedy. But don’t worry: This play is sure to be the hit they have all been hoping for.

Audition Start:
Apr. 19, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Audition End:
Apr. 20, 2020 at 10:00 pm
Audition Details:

Apr. 19 & 20, 2020, from 7:30-10 pm

Audition Location:

Lakeside Community Theatre
6303 Main Street
The Colony, TX 75056

Callback Dates:

Apr. 21, 2020, at 7:30 pm

Rehearsal Dates:

Beginning Apr. 27, 2020

Performance Dates:

June 12-27, 2020
Fridays and Saturdays

To Signup:
  • Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.
  • Headshots and resumes are appreciated but not required.
  • All roles available, any ethnicity.
Roles Available:
  • Peter: Male, 40-49, the excitable author of a new play, The Golden Egg; the type who sincerely believes that ”you can write a serious play for Broadway and still have a place in the Hamptons.”
  • Julia: Female, 50-59, the extremely wealthy, neophyte producer of the play; enthusiastic and passionate devotee of ”the theatre,” charmingly dotty and benevolent dilettante, not the most self-aware woman in the world, such as when explaining the concept of ”breaking a leg” to a roomful of seasoned theatre people.
  • James: Male, 40-59, a witty, sarcastic, middling sitcom star; has been best friends with Peter since their off-off-Broadway days, egotistical but insecure, turned down the lead in The Golden Egg to remain on his (just canceled) television series, secretly thrilled with the terrible reviews the play receives.
  • Virginia: Female, 50-59, the pill-popping, Tony-winning leading lady of the play; trying to resurrect her career by returning to Broadway after a series of movie flops and more than a few cocaine hits.
  • Frank: Male, 25-29, the angst-ridden, boy-wonder/enfant terrible, British-by-way-of New Jersey director of The Golden Egg; a self-deprecating almost to the point of self-loathing sort who, after a string of 14 theatrical successes, longs for the flop that will reveal him to be the poseur he claims he actually is, prone to bouts of histrionics and kleptomania.
  • Ira: Male, 50-59, fawning, sycophantic, two-faced drama critic who is a closet playwright, skewers the theatre world he desperately wants to be a part of.
  • Gus, 18-25, who checks the coats and hats but has aspirations for a Broadway career
  • Stipend,
  • Comp tickets and/or other perks
Originally Posted:
Mar. 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm

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