Audition Information for SSP's The Sunshine Boys
Second Street Players announce auditions for the Neil Simon comedy, THE SUNSHINE
BOYS, directed by John H. Hulse, on Monday, December 12, 2016 and Tuesday,
December 13, 2016, at 6:30 PM. Callbacks are by invitation only on Wednesday,
December 14 at 6:30 PM. All auditions and callbacks are at the SSP's Riverfront Theater,
2 S. Walnut St, Milford, DE 19963.
The cast requires six men and two women. Auditions are open to all actors and
actresses, no prior experience required. Those auditioning should bring a prepared,
short comedic monologue. Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script and,
possibly, from some classic comic duets.
Show dates are February 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19, 2017. The cast must be available
for all show dates. Those needing more information, or unable to attend the audition, but interested in
auditioning or being part of the production crew, should contact John Hulse at 302-245-4147.
THE SUNSHINE BOYS is the story of Al and Willie, two old vaudevillians who were the
top-billed comedy duo of "Lewis and Clark" for over forty years. Now they aren't even
speaking. When CBS requests them for a "History of Comedy" retrospective, a grudging
reunion brings the two back together, along with a flood of memories, miseries, and
Willie Clark: (m, acting age range 65-80) one half of the great vaudeville comedy
team, “Lewis & Clark” Willie is a bitter, sarcastic old man but he hasn’t lost
his comedic knack. He’s always dead-on with punch lines and timing. He’s
very wrapped up in his own life, and doesn’t show any signs of
sentimentality or empathy, yet there’s something wholly endearing about
him. (Actors of any age who can be aged to look more senior can also
Al Lewis: (m, acting age range 65-80) the other half of “Lewis & Clark” Al is the
more timid straight man to Willie’s explosive temperament, yet he can dish
it out on an equal level. Where Willie denies the limitations of aging, Al has
learned to enjoy his golden years. That being said, it’s obvious he misses
his old partner and the good times they shared. (Actors of any age who
can be aged to look more senior can also audition.)
Ben Silverman: (m, acting age range 30-45+) Willie’s nephew and agent Ben
cares very much for his uncle and really looks up to him. He tries to find
work for Willie, but Willie’s age and personality keep sending up
roadblocks. A practical, hard-working family man, Ben really didn’t inherit
any of his uncle’s sense of comedy.
TV Director: (m, acting age range 40-60+, voice only) matter-of- fact and all-
business He doesn’t have time for actors’ temper tantrums. He’s all about
keeping on-schedule and on-budget.
Eddie: (m, acting age range 20-30) a young Production Assistant Everything rolls
down onto Eddie’s shoulders, and he’s carrying a great weight trying to get
this production ready for broadcast.
Patient: (m, acting age range 30-50+) an actor playing the role of a patient in the
comedy act for the TV broadcast. He can be a bit overacted and perhaps
come across as a hypochondriac.
Sexy Nurse: (f, acting age range 20-45+) a character for the TV show This
character is “blonde and curvy.” Her purpose is to be the object of Al and
Willie’s jokes as part of the TV show.
Registered Nurse: (f, acting age range 35-55) a mature woman, preferably
African American She is savvy and practical, but also thoroughly enjoys
her time caring for Willie. She seems to be the only person who breaks
through his crusty exterior.
Second Street Players is supported, in part, by grants from the Delaware Division of the
Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in
partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
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