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Auditions for Neil Simon's Hit Comedy California Suite

Auditions for Neil Simon's Hit Comedy California Suite

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  • Sat 10 Nov ’18, 10:30am – 4:00pm


Howick Little Theatre, 1 Sir Lloyd Drive, Pakuranga



Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

California Suite, a comedy by Neil Simon.

Directed by: Mary Gray

Email the director for a script and/or audition time. If you have specific questions, email Mary on mary@gray.kiwi or call 0274-982-896.

Rehearsals start January 13. Then Tues & Thurs, 7.30-10pm. Sundays 2-5pm, with readthroughs/characterization on Nov 18 & 25 and Dec 2 & 9, 10am to noon.

Season: Feb 23 to March 16

Set in the 70s, California Suite tells the story of four groups of visitors to the same rooms in the Beverly Hills Hotel. In story 1, New Yorker Hannah Warren has come to take her daughter back after she ran away to live with her father, Hannah's ex, in California. They meet in her room and spend the day bickering while trying to decide what is best for their daughter.

In story 2, Marvin Michaels arrives a day before his wife for his nephew's Bar Mitzvah. Knowing his wife is not with him, his brother sends a prostitute. The next day his wife arrives before Marvin can get rid of the hooker. In story 3, Oscar nominee Diana Nichols is staying with her antiques-dealer husband.

Along with the pre-ceremony nerves, they also deal with their strained relationship. And in story 4, best friends the Hollenders and the Franklyns come to relax and play tennis, only Beth Hollender has been hurt on the court and tempers become frayed. The events become hilariously chaotic.

The Director: Mary's involvement in theatre, TV and screen spans over 40 years both in NZ and UK producing, directing and acting. Mary is also founder of Pukekohe Youth Theatre, producing and directing all their shows for nearly 20 years, and mentoring at various schools in Auckland and New Plymouth. Recent acting credits include The Continental Quilt, Black Adder II, and Love and Money.

Visitor from New York:
Hannah Warren (early 40s): Ex-wife of William. An attractive, stylish and sophisticated woman with a bitter streak. Can be intimidating and sarcastic. A political writer for a New York magazine.

William Warren (45-50s): Attractive, well-tanned and trim. Easy-going, mild-mannered. On his third marriage, Hannah was his first. A screenwriter and journalist.

Visitor from Philadelphia:
Marvin Michaels (early 40s): Conservative, Jewish. Happily married. His brother has set him up with a prostitute who he finds drunk in his hotel bed. He is in panic overdrive trying to get her out of his room.

Bunny (20s): The prostitute. Attractive, slim. Non-speaking part.
Millie Michaels (early 40s): Married to Marvin for 15 years. Trusts her husband. She has arrived early, the airline has lost her luggage, she is tired after the flight and she needs to buy a new outfit.

Visitors from London
Sidney Nichols (early 40s): Married to Diana. British antique dealer, calm and charming. Their marriage is of convenience, he is homosexual but happy with the arrangement he has with Diana.
Diana Nichols (40-50): English. Successful actress. In love with Sidney, but accepts his homosexuality. Has been nominated for an Oscar but doesn't win. Has too much to drink and becomes nasty and vociferous.

Visitors from Chicago
Mort Hollender (30s-50s): Married to Beth. Best friends with the Franklyns. All four on holiday together. All getting on each others' nerves. Volatile, keeps loosing his temper. Cuts his foot. Fights with Stu.

Beth Hollender (30s-50s): Married to Mort. Has a serious injury to her foot. In pain. Not angry with anyone just the situation. Stu Franklyn (30s-50s) Married to Gert. Similar personality to Mort. Gets into heated argument with him.

Gert Franklyn (30s-50s) Married to Stu. Obsessed with her looks. Travels with a ton of make-up. Cuts her finger then bangs her head and passes out. A bit of a drama queen.

All characters will be required to use the appropriate accents. There is also the opportunity to double up parts.

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