Auditions for THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER
July 23 & July 24 at 7 p.m.
Callbacks: July 25 (If necessary)
What We Are Looking For:
Men and Women ages 18 and up
What To Bring:
Auditions may consist of readings from the script.
Ann Mather, 262-782-4431, email@example.com
Auditioners will be asked to fill out an Audition Information Sheet prior to auditions; one may fill this out the night of the auditions or ahead of time by downloading the Audition Sheet – THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER. (You must be available for EVERY technical rehearsal (Friday before Opening through Preview Night) and EVERY performance to be cast in this show.
About the show: Mr. and Mrs. Ernest W. Stanley are thrilled when Sheridan Whiteside, a brilliant, witty, and widely beloved radio celebrity, accepts their invitation to dinner on his tour through their little town of Mesalia, Ohio. As he leaves their home, he slips on their doorstep, breaking his hip, and a tumultuous six weeks of confinement follow. The Stanley living room is monopolized by the quick-tempered invalid, ex-convicts are invited to meals, and transatlantic calls bring a $784 phone bill. The arrival of strange gifts from his friends further destroys domestic tranquility.
RICHARD STANLEY (ages 18-25) Grown son of Earnest and Daisy, photographer, wishes he could travel and take pictures.
JOHN (age 40+) Butler who has been around awhile
MR ERNEST W STANLEY(ages 40-60) Rich factory owner, uptight, and put out by the audacity of his guest.
DR BRADLEY (age 50+) Whiteside’s local doctor, who diagnoses his injuries by looking at the wrong x rays. He is also a late-blooming author who tries to get Whiteside to read his book, Forty Years an Ohio Doctor.
SHERIDAN WHITESIDE (age 40+) A middle-aged, Falstaffian-girthed celebrity. He is a critic, lecturer, and radio personality, the intimate friend of anyone worth knowing. He is an egomaniac who “would see his mother burned at the stake if that was the only way he could light his cigarette.” His cruel wit and penchant for aggressive repartee make him a great comic character, insofar as humor often depends on other people’s misery or discomfort. That he is obviously impossible to live with is amply demonstrated when he disrupts, through his presence, a conservative upper-middle-class household in a small town in Ohio. Most of the time, he acts the consummate tyrant, but a few isolated acts of genuine kindness make him human, although not redeemable. For all of his sins, he remains disdainfully unrepentant.
BERT JEFFERSON (ages 20s-40s) The owner and editor of the Mesalia Journal. He is “an interesting looking young man” who has written a producible play. He naïvely and ambitiously allows himself to be lured by the chance of making it to the big time, even if it means the sacrifice of personal happiness.
PROFESSOR METZ (age 30+) “A strange-looking little man,” an entomologist who once lived for two years in a cave with nothing but plant lice. The first of three eccentrics to visit Whiteside during his convalescence, he arrives bearing a gift–a colony of ten thousand roaches.
BANJO (ages 30s-50s) A famous Hollywood comedian, a grown-up adolescent. He is as loony off-screen as on (the Marx brothers all wrapped into one) but he good-heartedly allows himself to be the means by which Maggie can retrieve her happiness.
4 Men, ages 20s-40s, to play multiple smaller & non-speaking roles, including:
Westcott (the head radioman)
Luncheon Guests (prisoners)
Mr. Baker (guard)
4 – 6 boys, ages 9-12
MRS DAISY STANLEY (ages 40-60) Always trying to play the hostess and keep her husband from flying off the handle.
MISS PREEN (ages 30+) Frantic Nurse attending to Whiteside, not enjoying the task. A spinsterish, humorless prude, she becomes the constant butt of his insults and name-calling, to which she reacts with routine indignation.
JUNE STANLEY (ages 18-25) Grown daughter of Earnest and Daisy, wants to get married to Sandy who is starting union trouble at the factory.
SARAH (age 40+) Housekeeper who has been around awhile
MRS DEXTER (age 30+) Visiting society friend of Mrs. Stanley
MRS McCUTCHEON (age 30+) Visiting society friend of Mrs. Stanley
MAGGIE CUTLER (ages 20s-40s) Whiteside’s executive assistant, very businesslike most of the time, but also a romantic who falls in love with Bert Jefferson. Whiteside’s private secretary and chief interference runner for the past ten years. In her thirties, she is sarcastic and cynical, and she knows where the bodies are buried. After she meets Bert Jefferson and goes ice skating with him, she decides that the fast lane with Whiteside is infinitely less preferable than conventional delights of domesticity. The fear of losing a good secretary prompts Whiteside to try to destroy the relationship, but her seriousness about her love induces him to help her achieve her goal.
HARRIET STANLEY (age 50+) Earnest Stanley’s eerie sister, floats in and out when Whiteside is alone.
LORRAINE SHELDON (ages 30s-40s) a snobby actress, young and beautiful, the vicious epitome of the glamorous, brainless, superficial superstar. Whiteside lures her to Ohio by telling her that Jefferson’s play has a marvelous part for her. She thus unwittingly lets herself be used to break up the romance between Jefferson and Maggie. Seducing a man for benefit is, for her, all in a day’s work.
SANDY (age 20s) a labor-organizer in Mr. Stanley’s factory, big strong lad.
BEVERLY CARLTON (ages 30s-50s) English thespian, songwriter, musician. A Noël Cowardish character who dashes around the world composing and writing plays and being devastatingly charming. His latest comedy, he says, is the best since Molière. He breezes in to visit Whiteside and wish him a “Merry Christmas. He stays about a quarter of an hour, using part of the time to regale him with a number from his new revue. Maggie enlists him in an attempt to lure Jefferson away from Lorraine Sheldon, trying to counter Whiteside’s attempt to break up her romance. (pianist preferred, not required)