It’s Only a Play
Written by Terence Mcnally
Presented by Lakeside Community Theatre
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.
Apr. 19 & 20, 2020, from 7:30-10 pm
Lakeside Community Theatre
6303 Main Street
The Colony, TX 75056
Apr. 21, 2020, at 7:30 pm
Beginning Apr. 27, 2020
June 12-27, 2020
Fridays and Saturdays
- No sign-up required, send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.
- Headshots and resumes are appreciated but not required.
- All roles available, any ethnicity.
- 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
- Comp tickets and/or other perks