Marlborough MA theater audition


Ghost Light Players is thrilled to announce auditions for “The House of Blue Leaves”

Where: Marlborough, MA

Type: Theater

Marlborough MA

Marlborough MA

Ghost Light Players is thrilled to announce auditions for John Guare’s award winning “The House of Blue Leaves” (Drama Critics’ Circle Award and Obie Award for Best American Play). This full-length black comedy is set in Sunnyside, Queens in 1965, on the day Pope Paul VI visited New York City. The play features nuns, a political bombing, a GI headed for Vietnam, a zookeeper who dreams of making it big in Hollywood as a songwriter, and his wife Bananas, a schizophrenic destined for the institution that provides the play’s title.

Auditions: Sept 3 & 5, 2012. By appointment only.
Please email Kim at to schedule your audition.

Callbacks on Sept 8 at 2 PM.
Performance Dates: November 15-17, 2013

Auditions and Callbacks will take place at Fellowship Hall, First Church of Marlborough, 37 High St. Marlborough, MA 01752

Auditions will consist of cold readings and some improvisation. You may perform a prepared monologue if you wish, but please notify us when you schedule your audition. Please bring your schedule to auditions, and be prepared to fill out a schedule conflict sheet. Rehearsals are Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Sunday afternoons, in Marlborough MA.

All roles open for casting:

Artie Shaughnessy – Male, 40’s – a zookeeper and would-be songwriter. Obsessed by a need to be famous, forty-five-year-old Artie fears that it may be too late for him. He looks to Bunny for the support Bananas is too sick to give, but he still has a soft spot for his wife. The play focuses on his attempts to find success, first by having his music blessed by the pope, then by kowtowing to Hollywood celebrities Corrinna Stroller and Billy Einhorn.

Bananas Shaughnessy – Female, 40’s – Artie’s wife, once a fun-loving woman. She has since suffered a nervous breakdown. She appears in the play in a nightgown she has worn for the past six months. Frightened of Artie’s threats to send her to a rest home, she does her best to prove that she is still competent and that Artie is wrong to leave her.

Bunny Flingus – Female, 30’s – 40’s – the Shaughnessys’ neighbor and Artie’s mistress. Bunny, a thirty-nine-year-old gold digger, wants to ride Artie’s coattails to fame. It is her idea to have Artie’s music blessed by the pope and to “audition” for Corrinna Stroller. Bunny is a wonderful cook but refuses to cook for Artie until they are married.

Ronnie Shaughnessy – Male, 18-21 – the eighteen-year-old son of Artie and Bananas. Bit of an odd duck. At the time of the play, Ronnie is absent without leave from the Army, and intent on getting revenge on his father by blowing up the Pope.

Billy Einhorn – Male, 40’s – a famous Hollywood director. A lifelong friend exactly Artie’s age, Billy represents all the fame and fortune Artie wants. Billy arrives for a visit, and is the catalyst for much of the action of the play.

Corrinna Stroller – Female, 20’s – a twenty-two-year-old movie starlet. She starred in Billy’s film Warmonger but lost her hearing when a prop mine exploded during the filming. Artie sees her as his ticket to fame and plays his songs for her, but she does not hear them.

Head Nun – Female, 30-60’s – matronly and in charge, she has made the arrangements to come see the Pope in NYC.

Second Nun – Female, 30-40’s – Comedic role.

Young Nun – Female, 20’s – Star-struck by the city, the people, and especially the Pope. Runs away with Billy at the end of the show to become a star.

MP – Male, 18 – 30’s. Arrives at the end of the show to arrest Ronnie.

Payment: Non Paid

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City or Location of call: Marlborough, MA

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