THE BIRTHDAY PARTY

AUDITION INFORMATION

SYNOPSIS

Stanley Webber, an erstwhile piano player who is reticent about his past, lives in a rundown boarding house run by Meg and Petey Boles, in an English seaside town. Employed by an unnamed “organization” two sinister strangers, Goldberg and McCann, arrive looking for Stanley, supposedly on his birthday, and turn his apparently innocuous birthday party organized by Meg into a nightmare. Often referred to as “a comedy of menace” time, place and identity are fluid and ambiguous.


WHAT ROLES ARE AVAILABLE?

We encourage actors of all identities and backgrounds to audition

Meg, female 60s: Married to Petey. Kind, absent minded and simplistic but carries on a sexually tinged relationship with Stanley. Accent: could be any local, less educated, English accent.

Stanley, male 30s: lazy, unkempt and vague about his past, he can be cruel to Meg. His aggressive depression transitions into a nervous breakdown, including violence and an attempted rape. Accent: educated southern England

Lulu, female early 20s: friend of Meg’s.  Childish and flirtatious. She becomes a victim of sexual assault. Accent: Southern England, local, less educated accent.

Goldberg, male 50s: Jewish.  Outwardly polite, suave, and charming but later reveals an angry, violent streak. Accent: London Jewish

McCann, male 30s: Irish, associate of Goldberg.  Aggressive and physically threatening. Accent: anywhere in Ireland

The role of Petey is already cast.

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