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The Man Who Came To Dinner

The Man Who Came to DinnerThe Man Who Came to Dinner is set in a small town in Ohio in December. Famous and outlandish orator Sheridan Whiteside has been invited to dinner at the house of the well-off Stanley family. He slips on a patch of ice outside the house, however, and injures his hip. He is attended by Dr. Bradley, the town physician, and Miss Preen, his nurse. The Stanley’s, intimidated by Whiteside’s threats of legal prosecution, are forced to allow him to remain at their house while he convalesces.

By: GEORGE S. KAUFMAN, MOSS HART

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Dates & Times

Auditions

Show Date Show Time
Saturday, March 10th, 2018 7:00 PM
Sunday, March 11th, 2018 2:00 PM
Friday, March 16th, 2018 7:00 PM
Saturday, March 17th, 2018 7:00 PM
Sunday, March 18th, 2018 2:00 PM
Friday, March 23rd, 2018 7:00 PM
Saturday, March 24th, 2018 7:00 PM
Sunday, March 25th, 2018 2:00 PM

What: Open auditions for The Man Who Came To Dinner, by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, at Connecticut Theatre Company

When: 12/17/17 & 12/18/17 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: The Repertory Theatre | 23 Norden Street | New Britain, CT 06051

Run Dates: 3/10/18-3/25/18

Audition Preparation: All roles are open. Looking for a very diverse cast. Actors will be seen in order of arrival. Be prepared to cold read from the script based on the character or characters you are auditioning for. Please bring your resume and headshot if you have one. A call back audition, if needed, will be held on Wednesday, December 20th, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Those auditioners who the director wishes to see further will be invited to the call back audition. If you have any questions, please email us at info@connecticuttheatrecompany.org.

Character Breakdown:

Sheridan Whiteside – Male, 40-60 Acerbic, overbearing famous writer, critic radio host.

Maggie Cutler – Female, 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.

Mr. Earnest W. Stanley – Male, 40-60 Rich factory owner, uptight and put out by the audacity of his guest.

Mrs. Stanley (Daisy) – Female, 40-60 Always trying to play the hostess, and keep her husband from flying off the handle.

Richard Stanley – Male, 18-25 Grown son of Earnest and Daisy, photographer, wishes he could travel and take pictures.

June Stanley – Female, 18-25 Grown daughter of Earnest and Daisy, wants to get married to Sandy who is starting union trouble at the factory.

Harriet Stanley – Female, 50+ Earnest Stanley’s eerie sister, floats in and out when Whiteside is alone.

Miss Preen – Female, 30+ Frantic Nurse attending to Whiteside, not enjoying the task of taking care of him. A spinsterish, humorless prude, she becomes the constant butt of his insults and name-calling, to which she reacts with routine indignation.

John – Male, 40+ Butler who has been around awhile

Sarah – Female, 40+ Housekeeper who has been around awhile

Mrs. Dexter – Female, 30+ Visiting society friend of Mrs Stanley

Mrs. McCutcheon – Female, 30+ Visiting society friend of Mrs Stanley

Dr. Bradley – Male, 50+ Whiteside’s doctor while Whiteside is in Mesalia. He diagnoses Whiteside’s 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.

Bert Jefferson – Male, 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 – Male, 30+ “a strange-looking little man,” an entomologist who once lived for two years in a cave with nothing but plant lice. He is the first of three eccentrics to visit Whiteside during his convalescence. He brings the great man a present of a colony of ten thousand roaches.

Lorraine Sheldon – Female, 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 – Male, 20s a labor-organizer in Mr. Stanley’s factory, big strong lad.

Beverley Carlton – Male, 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)

Banjo – Male – 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.

Also seeking:

4 Men, 20’s-40’s, to play multiple smaller & non-speaking roles, including:

Westcott (the head radioman)
the Luncheon Guests (prisoners)
Mr. Baker (guard)
Expressman
Radio Technicians
Deputies
A plainclothesman

4-6 Boys, ages 9-12 – Proficient singers