The Sunshine Boys
by Neil Simon
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. They will be held at the VBC Playhouse at 6:30 PM on Monday March 20th and Tuesday March 21st. No appointment is neccessary, just show up and have fun!
Performances will be July 14-16 & 20-22, 2017
Al and Willie as “Lewis and Clark” were top-billed vaudevillians for over forty years. Now they aren’t even speaking to each other. 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 laughs.
WILLIE CLARK (Lead Male, age 60-75): Willie is a temperamental, bitter, old man who’s still trying to stay relevant in show business. He is self-absorbed and forgetful, but hasn’t lost his comedic skills. Willie shows no signs of sentimentality or empathy, yet there’s something wholly endearing about him.
AL LEWIS (Lead Male, age 60-75): Willie’s former vaudeville partner. He is more level-headed and calm than Willie, but has his own idiosyncrasies and can “dish it out” when provoked. He has accepted the limitations of old age and truly enjoys retirement. However, he misses his old partner and the good times they shared.
BEN SILVERMAN (Support Male, age 21-40): 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 make this a very difficult task. Ben is a practical, hardworking family man who didn’t really inherit any of his uncle’s sense of comedy.
REGISTERED NURSE (Supporting Female, age 30-45): A woman who is nurturing, but doesn’t suffer fools. She enjoys her time caring for Willie, despite his grouchiness and prejudices. She seems to be the only person who breaks through his crusty exterior.
EDDIE (Featured Male, age 21-40): A young, harried production assistant for the TV special. Everything rolls down onto Eddie’s shoulders. He’s carrying a great weight trying to get this show ready for broadcast.
NURSE IN VAUDEVILLE SKETCH (Featured Female, age 21-35): An actress playing a character in Willie and Al’s “doctor” routine. This character’s purpose is to be the object of lewd sexual jokes. She should be tall, blonde, and curvy (but that can be helped by our creative hair and costume crews!).
PATIENT IN VAUDEVILLE SKETCH (Non-Featured Male, age 21-75): An actor playing the role of a patient for the TV broadcast. Could come across as a hypochondriac for comedic effect.
VOICE OF TV DIRECTOR (Offstage Non-Featured Male, age 25-75): The exasperated director of the TV special. He is on a microphone, bellowing orders at Eddie, while also trying to reason with Willie and Al. Ideally we’re looking to cast an actor willing to be offstage and do the dialogue live.