Audition Notice: 45 Seconds from Broadway

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Directed by Dick Johnson
Produced by Mike and Elena Mills
Audition Dates & Times: 
Sunday, Monday & Tuesday
Nov. 18th through Nov. 20th, 2012 at 7:00PM
Audition Location: 
Conejo Players Theatre
351 South Moorpark Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361-1008


Performance Dates: 
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
January 11th through February 2nd, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Sunday Matinees at 2:00 PM
No conflicts accepted for Performance Dates or the week before Opening
Audition Requirements: 

All those auditioning are encouraged to provide an 8x10 photo and a resume of their onstage experience when registering for auditions. These photos will become the property of the Conejo Players Theatre and may be used onstage in the production. Please bring a list of all potential conflicts including travel, etc. This production has a minimum of preparation time due to the holiday season, thus the need to identify any possible conflicts with the rehearsal schedule. Any conflicts with the posted schedule must be discussed with the Producers and agreed to by the Director before casting can be confirmed. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. No appointment necessary. Open Call Auditions. There is NO PAY.

Plot Summary: 

Set in the “Polish Tea Room”—the converted ballroom of the N.Y. theater district’s Edison Hotel and in reality “Cafe Edison”— Neil Simon focuses his attention on a variety of cafe patrons. We drop in for a brief seasonal visit into the ongoing lives of the cafe owners and their customers over a year’s time with Act I’s two scenes, “Summer” and “Autumn”. Act II catches up with the participants in “Winter” and “Spring”. Hotel Edison is far from a Four Seasons Hotel, but the action is genuinely Four Seasons! Tourists, would-be show folk, and Broadway denizens converge for the comfortable pleasures of borscht or cheesecake. The cafe is run by the kind—if gruff—Bernie and Zelda, who hire two separate newcomers, an aspiring actress from Ohio and a struggling playwright from South Africa. Meanwhile, a stand-up Broadway comedian amuses and perplexes his English producer and copes with his sad-sack brother; a sharp-tongued comedienne bides her time at the counter; an elderly couple with delusions of grandeur make their regular entrances; and two suburban playgoers survey the scene. The future of this beloved down-to-earth haven hangs in the balance as the seasons pass, as do the fates of its owners and regulars. Visit HYPERLINK "" for more details.

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Character Breakdown: 
MICKEY FOX: about 60, vigorous and alert, Mickey is a regular customer at the cafe.  He is a comedian in the tradition of the Catskill comics of vaudeville days.  He makes no attempt to hide the accent he grew up with in the Lower East Side of New York.  
ANDREW DUNCAN: In his 50s, Andrew is a British impresario.  He is well-dressed and laughs easily. He tries to engage Mickey in making an appearance on the London stage.  Over the course of several seasons the London show project takes a number of unusual turns.
SOLOMAN MANTUTU: Approximately 30 - 35, Soloman is an out-of-funds South African playwright. He is soft spoken and his manner is educated and most polite. He prides himself on his independence.  He seeks a production of his first play: The Shadows of Africa.
BERNIE: Early 70s. Bernie is co-owner of the cafe with his wife, Zelda.  He is a charmer when he wants to be, but he isn’t to be trifled with.  He is a straight shooter and is strong as an ox. A slight Polish accent flavors his words.
MEGAN WOODS: In her early 20s, Megan has come to New York to be an actress on Broadway.  She is openly sincere, nervous, enthusiastic and always friendly to all she meets.
ARLENE: An avid theater goer in her late 40s, attends Broadway shows regularly with her close friend Cindy...
CINDY: Also in her late 40s.  Semi-regulars to the cafe, Arlene and Cindy keep aware of the always changing and always unique theater scene around them.
RAYLEEN: Elderly.  Maybe 60 - 80, she is of indeterminate age.  Heavily made-up and bizarrely dressed, Rayleen acts like royalty and exudes an attitude of being from money or high society.
CHARLES BROWNING III: In his 60s or early 70‘s. Charles is Rayleen’s elderly escort and caregiver.  He appears timid and quiet as he lets Rayleen take the stage as she wishes to do.
ZELDA: Easily 72, but strong and vital, Zelda is Bernie’s wife and she runs the cafe.  She usually keeps one hand on her hip as she talks. A very feisty woman. Zelda shares the same accent with Bernie.
BESSIE: An African American comedienne, about 35 - 40.  She is a successful performer, confident and worldly.  From New York she will seek her future in Hollywood and not look back.
HARRY FOX: Mickey’s older brother, about 62.  He walks, talks and dresses like Mickey.  He isn’t a Mickey-wanna-be but he does imitate his famous brother.