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Laughter on the 23rd Floor by Neil Simon
posted on June 19
by Lionheart Theatre Company
Non-Union Audition

Laughter on the 23rd Floor
By Neil Simon
Lionheart Theatre Company
Directed by Jeremy King

Auditions:
Saturday, August 19th at 2:00 pm
Sunday, August 20th at 2:00 pm

Location:
Lionheart Theatre
10 College Street
Norcross, GA 30071

Performance dates:
November 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19

Non-equity; non-paying

Audition will consist of cold readings from the script. Appointments are not necessary. Please bring a recent photo; a professional headshot is not required. Also, be prepared to list ALL CONFLICTS between August 29th (including weekends) and the dates of the show.

The read through will be Tuesday, August 29th at 7:00 pm.
Rehearsals will begin September 5th.

Show description: Inspired by Simon’s early experience as a junior writer for “Your Show of Shows”, the play focuses on Sid Caesar-like Max Prince—the star of a weekly comedy/variety show circa 1953 and his writing staff. Max has an ongoing battle with NBC executives who fear his humor is too sophisticated for Middle America. The play also reflects on political and social climates of the time such as the rise of Joseph McCarthy, censorship, and attitudes towards women. Seen through the eyes of Simon’s alter-ego Lucas Brickman, this is a laugh-a-minute comedy with characters loosely based on real life counterparts.

Characters:
Lucas Brickman is Neil Simon’s alter-ego and serves as the narrator of the play. A junior writer in the mid-20’s, he is at the start of his writing career and working to make a name for himself while experiencing the competition of the comedy writing world.

Milt Fields is a writer in the group. Aged 30’s-40’s. He considers himself the least talented of the group, although he is probably the wittiest of them. When it comes to humor, he values quantity over quality.

Max Prince is the host of the Max Prince Show at NBC. He is described as someone who is just “funny” without trying. He is like a general in the writing room. He exudes great strength, coming more from his anger than his physique. He is often monosyllabic—using a word or two to convey his thoughts. Although intimidating, there is a part of Max that genuinely and deeply cares about his staff.

Val Skolsky is the senior writer in charge of the group. Originally from Russia, he immigrated to the United States as a young boy, but never managed to shake his thick accent. He is easily the most politically aware of the writers.

Brian Doyle is the only ‘gentile’ writer of the group. He is Irish, in his 20’s-early 30’s, and a heavy smoker, cougher, and drinker. He has a biting sense of humor as caustic as his outlook on life.

Kenny Franks is easily the most sophisticated of the writers group. Now in late 20s-early 30’s, he is described as the “boy genius” who was writing jokes professionally when he was only fourteen.

Carol Wyman is the only woman writer in the group. She is late 20’s-early 30’s. Being the only woman, she has a strong and quick defense system to her personality. She is very mindful of the fact she is the only female writer, but is determined to be viewed as an equal among her peers when it comes to writing comedy.

Ira Stone is a hypochondriac. He is all energy with a touch of brilliant madness. He may be the most talented of the group, but is also the most frustrating to the rest. He is extremely self-centered, and possesses the ability to command the attention in a room the moment he enters.

Helen is the attractive young secretary (young-mid 20’s.) Eager to please and help the writers. She has writing aspirations herself, but has a lot to learn about the basics of humor.

If you have any questions please email Jeremy King at jere.king217@gmail.com
Lionhearttheatre.org


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Laughter on the 23rd Floor by Neil Simon
posted on June 19
by Lionheart Theatre Company
Non-Union Audition

Laughter on the 23rd Floor
By Neil Simon
Lionheart Theatre Company
Directed by Jeremy King

Auditions:
Saturday, August 19th at 2:00 pm
Sunday, August 20th at 2:00 pm

Location:
Lionheart Theatre
10 College Street
Norcross, GA 30071

Performance dates:
November 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19

Non-equity; non-paying

Audition will consist of cold readings from the script. Appointments are not necessary. Please bring a recent photo; a professional headshot is not required. Also, be prepared to list ALL CONFLICTS between August 29th (including weekends) and the dates of the show.

The read through will be Tuesday, August 29th at 7:00 pm.
Rehearsals will begin September 5th.

Show description: Inspired by Simon’s early experience as a junior writer for “Your Show of Shows”, the play focuses on Sid Caesar-like Max Prince—the star of a weekly comedy/variety show circa 1953 and his writing staff. Max has an ongoing battle with NBC executives who fear his humor is too sophisticated for Middle America. The play also reflects on political and social climates of the time such as the rise of Joseph McCarthy, censorship, and attitudes towards women. Seen through the eyes of Simon’s alter-ego Lucas Brickman, this is a laugh-a-minute comedy with characters loosely based on real life counterparts.

Characters:
Lucas Brickman is Neil Simon’s alter-ego and serves as the narrator of the play. A junior writer in the mid-20’s, he is at the start of his writing career and working to make a name for himself while experiencing the competition of the comedy writing world.

Milt Fields is a writer in the group. Aged 30’s-40’s. He considers himself the least talented of the group, although he is probably the wittiest of them. When it comes to humor, he values quantity over quality.

Max Prince is the host of the Max Prince Show at NBC. He is described as someone who is just “funny” without trying. He is like a general in the writing room. He exudes great strength, coming more from his anger than his physique. He is often monosyllabic—using a word or two to convey his thoughts. Although intimidating, there is a part of Max that genuinely and deeply cares about his staff.

Val Skolsky is the senior writer in charge of the group. Originally from Russia, he immigrated to the United States as a young boy, but never managed to shake his thick accent. He is easily the most politically aware of the writers.

Brian Doyle is the only ‘gentile’ writer of the group. He is Irish, in his 20’s-early 30’s, and a heavy smoker, cougher, and drinker. He has a biting sense of humor as caustic as his outlook on life.

Kenny Franks is easily the most sophisticated of the writers group. Now in late 20s-early 30’s, he is described as the “boy genius” who was writing jokes professionally when he was only fourteen.

Carol Wyman is the only woman writer in the group. She is late 20’s-early 30’s. Being the only woman, she has a strong and quick defense system to her personality. She is very mindful of the fact she is the only female writer, but is determined to be viewed as an equal among her peers when it comes to writing comedy.

Ira Stone is a hypochondriac. He is all energy with a touch of brilliant madness. He may be the most talented of the group, but is also the most frustrating to the rest. He is extremely self-centered, and possesses the ability to command the attention in a room the moment he enters.

Helen is the attractive young secretary (young-mid 20’s.) Eager to please and help the writers. She has writing aspirations herself, but has a lot to learn about the basics of humor.

If you have any questions please email Jeremy King at jere.king217@gmail.com
Lionhearttheatre.org

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