Auditions

 

 AUDITIONS FOR NEIL SIMON'S LOST IN YONKERS SEPTEMBER 3 & 4 FROM 7-9 PM AT SPTC

 

The Santa Paula Theater Center announces auditions for Neil Simon's touching comedy drama LOST IN YONKERS on Tuesday, Sept. 3rd from 7-9 pm, Wednesday, Sept. 4th from 7-9 pm at Santa Paula Theater Center, 125. South 7th Street (corner of Main and 7th Street in downtown Santa Paula). Invited callbacks scheduled are for Thursday, Sept. 5 from 7-9 pm, also at the theater.  Performances for LOST IN YONKERS will be from Nov. 8-Dec. 15 on Friday and Saturdays evenings at 8 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:30 pm.  This is a non-equity production.  There is no pay. 
 
This production will be directed by Brian Robert Harris.  Actors will be asked to do cold readings from the script.  No appointments are necessary.  Questions about the audition or audition preparation may be answered directly by the director, Brian Robert Harris, at brianrobertharris1970@yahoo.com  or on the web site www.santapaulatheatercenter.org  No conflicts for performances or for tech week ( the week preceding opening).  All roles open.
 
Neil Simon, one of America's most beloved comic playwrights, tells the funny and poignant story of two teenage boys in 1942, whose recently widowed father takes a traveling sales job and sends them to live with their grandmother in Yonkers. Life with Grandma is challenging and bewildering and includes a childlike aunt and a mobster uncle which result in a combination of laughter and tears in this Pulitzer Prize winning play.
 
CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS:
JAY KURNITZ:  Male, to play 15. Smart, practical, polite when he needs to be, good in a crisis, a teenage Hamlet in times that require action. Trying desperately to evolve. Can be a bit of a wiseguy, usually at the worst possible moment. Determined to become a man as quickly as he can for the sake of his family, especially his brother.
ARTY KURNITZ: Male, to play 12. Charming, impulsive, a touch obnoxious but basically a good kid, tends to create crisis, a pre-adolescent daredevil in times that require delicate diplomacy. Stubbornly refusing to evolve. Makes an immediate enemy of Grandma, hero-worships Louie a little bit. The thing he wants most in the world is for everything to go back to how it was.
BELLA KURNITZ: Female, 35-40. Kind, lonely, eccentric, imaginative, instinctively loving, perhaps a little childlike. A lot of people think Bella is “slow” or “crazy.” She’s not. She’s afraid and naive (though less of both of these things than anyone knows), and that combination makes her say silly things sometimes. But she has the heart of a lion and an almost superhuman self-awareness. She also has secrets within her that she ferociously guards - and when she releases them, this family will never be the same.
GRANDMA KURNITZ: Female, 70-80. Cold like steel, remote, sometimes cruel, sad, angry, a survivor who no longer knows what she survived for. Grandma has spent her life ruthlessly preparing her children for a dangerous world, and has left them somewhat defenseless as an unintentional result. And she knows it. She carries 70 years of regret on her back like a huge stone, and will never admit it. But somewhere deep inside her is a woman who remembers what it is to be loved.
LOUIE KURNITZ: Male, 35-40. Jocular and hardened, deceptive and mercurial, Louie is a gangster’s gangster ... or so he’d like you to believe. With his mysterious black bag, his tough-guy patter, and his loud suits, he’s stepped off the screen of a Jimmy Cagney picture and right into Grandma’s living room, where he’s hiding out from a pair of thugs. In a family where everyone has secrets, Louie is no different. But his greatest secret of all is that underneath the flash, he’s really just a foiled, disappointed mama’s boy.
EDDIE KURNITZ: Male, 40-45. Soft-hearted, warm, anxious, a good father, a nice man in a hard world that’s getting harder. Grandma’s eldest surviving child is a bit of a crier, and people laugh at him for that, but he has tremendous hidden strength. A refugee from his sorrowful family, Eddie has only come home to protect his boys. That is his mission statement and his compass, and he will do whatever he needs to do to keep his true north.
GERT KURNITZ: Female, 35-40. Quiet, shy, seemingly delicate, a bit mysterious, possibly the secret heart of this family. Arguably the most hurt of all of Grandma’s children. Suffers from an embarrassing and comically heartbreaking speech impediment, so doesn’t say much, but when she speaks, it matters. A supporting role with somewhat limited stage time, but she is vital to this family as confidant, peacemaker, and oasis of sanity when the chips are down.
 
WHAT:  Auditions for LOST IN YONKERS by Neil Simon at Santa Paula Theater Center
WHERE:  Santa Paula Theater Center's Main Stage, 125 So. 7th Street., Santa Paula, CA
WHEN:  Tuesday, Sept 3 and Wednesday, Sept. 4,  2019 from 7-9 pm
HOW:  Cold reading from the script.  No appointments necessary.  All information about  auditions can be found on web site www.santapaulatheatercenter. org  or from the director-  brianrobertharris1979@yahoo.com
 
SIDES
Penguin Putnam edition, ISBN #0-452-26883-4.  If the script you are preparing with is not the same, the line starts and ends will key you.  
 
Side 1 (Bella, Jay, Arty): pgs 12-16, beginning with Bella’s “I bet I know what would make you two cool...” and ending with Bella’s “You heat me? ... I’m sick of it.”
 
Side 2 (Eddie): pgs 21-23, beginning with “We’re not rich people, boys...” and ending with “I can make that nine thousand dollars in less than a year,” excising Jay’s few lines.
 
Side 3 (Louie, Arty, Jay): pgs 56-60, starting with Louie’s “How’s Pop?” and ending with Louie’s “Well, don’t worry. You’re young yet.”
 
Side 4 (Jay, Arty, Grandma): pgs 67-71, starting with Jay’s “You got it real rough.” and ending with Grandma’s “Dot’s something dot I could never teach your father.”
 
Side 5 (Bella, Louie, Gert, Grandma, Jay, Arty): pgs 95-101, beginning with Bella’s “Alright. Are we all seated now?” and ending with Bella’s “I want my own babies.”
 
TO BE ADDED AT CALLBACKS
 
Side 6 (Louie, Jay, Arty): pgs 81-87, starting with Jay’s “Uncle Louie ... I have an important question to ask you.” and ending with Jay’s “No. That’s all.”
 
Side 7 (Bella, Grandma): pgs 108-112, starting with Bella’s “Hello, Momma...” and ending with Grandma’s “Vere vould you get five thousand dollars?”
 
CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS
 
JAY KURNITZ: to play 15. Smart, practical, polite when he needs to be, good in a crisis, a teenage Hamlet in times that require action. Trying desperately to evolve. Can be a bit of a wiseguy, usually at the worst possible moment. Determined to become a man as quickly as he can for the sake of his family, especially his brother.

ARTY KURNITZ: to play 12. Charming, impulsive, a touch obnoxious but basically a good kid, tends to create crisis, a pre-adolescent daredevil in times that require delicate diplomacy. Stubbornly refusing to evolve. Makes an immediate enemy of Grandma, hero-worships Louie a little bit. The thing he wants most in the world is for everything to go back to how it was.

BELLA KURNITZ: 35-40. Kind, lonely, eccentric, imaginative, instinctively loving, perhaps a little childlike. A lot of people think Bella is “slow” or “crazy.” She’s not. She’s afraid and naive (though less of both of these things than anyone knows), and that combination makes her say silly things sometimes. But she has the heart of a lion and an almost superhuman self-awareness. She also has secrets within her that she ferociously guards - and when she releases them, this family will never be the same.

GRANDMA KURNITZ: 70-80. Cold like steel, remote, sometimes cruel, sad, angry, a survivor who no longer knows what she survived for. Grandma has spent her life ruthlessly preparing her children for a dangerous world, and has left them somewhat defenseless as an unintentional result. And she knows it. She carries 70 years of regret on her back like a huge stone, and will never admit it. But somewhere deep inside her is a woman who remembers what it is to be loved.

LOUIE KURNITZ: 35-40. Jocular and hardened, deceptive and mercurial, Louie is a gangster’s gangster ... or so he’d like you to believe. With his mysterious black bag, his tough-guy patter, and his loud suits, he’s stepped off the screen of a Jimmy Cagney picture and right into Grandma’s living room, where he’s hiding out from a pair of thugs. In a family where everyone has secrets, Louie is no different. But his greatest secret of all is that underneath the flash, he’s really just a foiled, disappointed mama’s boy.

EDDIE KURNITZ: 40-45. Soft-hearted, warm, anxious, a good father, a nice man in a hard world that’s getting harder. Grandma’s eldest surviving child is a bit of a crier, and people laugh at him for that, but he has tremendous hidden strength. A refugee from his sorrowful family, Eddie has only come home to protect his boys. That is his mission statement and his compass, and he will do whatever he needs to do to keep his true north.

GERT KURNITZ: 35-40. Quiet, shy, seemingly delicate, a bit mysterious, possibly the secret heart of this family. Arguably the most hurt of all of Grandma’s children. Suffers from an embarrassing and comically heartbreaking speech impediment, so doesn’t say much, but when she speaks, it matters. A supporting role with somewhat limited stage time, but she is vital to this family as confidant, peacemaker, and oasis of sanity when the chips are down.