NEW THEATRE AUDITIONS:
BY NEIL SIMON
“Maybe I don’t have to become a writer. I’ll just set up seats in the living room.”
The final play in Simon’s quasi-autobiographical trilogy (preceded by Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues) continues the story of young Eugene Jerome. Now an aspiring comedy writer with dreams of radio stardom, he’s struggling to understand the dynamics of sex and of family relationships.
It’s 1949, and Eugene and his brother-cum-writing partner are stuck in the wilds of Brooklyn, with their philandering father, disillusioned mother, and unreconstructed socialist grandfather. Meanwhile his aunt has ‘married well’ and lives the good life on Park Avenue, inciting resentment in her less-fortunate relations. When the boys use their family as fodder for their comedy scripts, the fallout is intense.
This hard-scrabble, working-class Jewish household is a seething mass of passive-aggressive resentments, yet Simon mines the incessant baiting and bickering that substitutes for demonstrative affection with truth, humanity and genuine humour.
Simon’s reverie is bittersweet and nostalgic, but never sentimental. Charting the end of childhood, the closing of one era and the beginning of another, this play is not so much a story of a young man leaving home as of a mother who must stay behind.
“Simon may be the greatest comedy writer of the 20th century” Chicago Critic
Rosane McNamara has directed numerous productions at New Theatre and other venues. Her most recent New Theatre productions were The Clean House, Hay Fever and Entertaining Mr Sloane.
13 Nov – 15 Dec (includes 2 previews).
Based on availability but generally scheduled on evenings during the week and daytimes on the weekend.
Sun 2 Sep, 11am to 3pm
Tue 4 Sep, from 6.30pm
Kate Jerome (about 50)
“She was a terrific dancer. She told me once she danced with George Raft.”
Ben Epstein (75) Kate’s father
“The strange thing about my grandfather is that he has totally no sense of humour. But everything he says I think is funny. Maybe because he doesn’t mean it to be.”
Eugene Morris Jerome (23) Kate’s son
“I’m trying to become a comedy writer some day.”
Stanley Jerome (28) Kate’s son
“My brother Stanley is the only one who appreciates my humor. That’s why the two of us teamed up. We’re going to be a comedy writing team.”
Blanche Morton (mid to late 40s) Kate’s sister
“And what’s the truth about me Poppa? Have I betrayed you because the man I married became wealthy?”
Jack Jerome (55) Kate’s husband
“A man gets older, he changes. He suddenly realizes he only has a few years left to do what he thought he had a lifetime to do.”
A prepared comedy piece (maximum 3 minutes) from a Neil Simon or similar American comedy. The piece needs to be presented in a New York (Brooklyn) accent.
TO BOOK AN AUDITION
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New Theatre is a volunteer-based organisation and there will be no payment for any cast, creatives or crew involved in this production.