Auditions “Pat Novak for Hire”

By | May 26, 2010

Auditions in Seattle for production of “Sure I’m Pat Novak, for Hire”

Pat Novak for Hire was an old-time radio detective show which aired from 1946-1947 as a West Coast regional program and in 1949 as a nationwide program for ABC. The regional version originally starred Jack Webb in the title role, with scripts by his roommate Richard L. Breen. The show is set on the San Francisco, California waterfront and depicts the city as a dark, rough place where the main goal is survival. Pat Novak is not a detective by trade. He owns a boat shop on Pier 19 where he rents out boats and does odd jobs to make money. The series is popular among fans for its fast-paced, hard-boiled dialogue and action and witty one-liners.

STAGEright will record episodes of Pat Novak For Hire in front of a live audience, with live music and sound effects. After the first four episodes, the story will be written by Colin Madison and Brendan Mack with plots generated from audience votes. The series will be podcast via iTunes and STAGEright website and will be free for anyone to download.

We are currently casting the following roles:
PAT NOVAK: Male, 20-45, Any Ethnicity. Owner of a boat launch and rental on the seedy end of the San Francisco waterfront. Passionate. Confrontational.
LEIGH UNDERWOOD: Female, 20-35, Any Ethnicity. Nightclub dancer who is mixed up with the wrong crowd. Hires Pat Novak to scare off her sister’s boyfriend. Witty. Sexy. Devious.
HELLEMAN: Male, 30-45, Any Ethnicity. No-nonsense San Francisco Police Detective that follows Pat’s activities closely. Always looking for that one perfect excuse to put Pat behind bars.
JOCKO MADIGAN: Male, 20-45, Any Ethnicity. Closest Pat has to a side-kick. Irish, an ex-Doctor and a boozer. Helps Pat out of jams when he needs it, which is often.

Written by Richard L. Breen
Directed by Colin Madison
“Sure, I’m Pat Novak . . . for hire”.

If you would like to be considered for any of these roles, please send a headshot and resume to