The Boys in The Band by Mart Crowley – Auditions

Boys In The Band

THE BOYS IN THE BAND
By Mart Crowley

Directed by Walter A. Webster

The Boys in the Band is one of the most groundbreaking plays of our time. Originally opening off-Broadway and recently revived with a starry Broadway production, this play centers on a group of gay men who gather in an NYC apartment for a friend’s birthday party. After the drinks are poured and the music is turned up, the evening slowly exposes the fault lines beneath their friendships and the self-inflicted heartache that threatens their solidarity. A true theatrical game-changer, The Boys in the Band helped spark a revolution.

The Boys in the Band (2018 Revised Version) is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.

AUDITION DATES:

Monday, January 6th, 2020 from 6 pm to 9 pm (by sign-up)
Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 from 6 pm to 9 pm (by sign-up)
(Walk-ins will be accepted.)

CALLBACK DATES:

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 – 6 pm – 10 pm (if necessary)

PERFORMANCE DATES:

Friday, March 20th, 2020 – 8 pm
Saturday, March 21st, 2020 – 2 pm
Saturday, March 21st, 2020 – 8 pm
Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 – 3 pm

The Levoy Theatre, Home of The Off Broad Street Players Theatre Company, announces auditions for THE BOYS IN THE BAND. Join us at The Levoy Theatre on Monday, January 6th, 2020 and Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 from 6 pm to 9 pm for auditions. The Levoy Theatre is located on 130 N. High St., Millville, NJ.

Auditions will be cold-readings from the script.

Be prepared to fill out a conflict sheet at auditions (be as specific as possible about conflicts.) Please make sure you can fully commit to the rehearsal and performance schedules before auditioning.

Please use the provided link to schedule an audition appointment: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B4EAAAE2AA3FB6-theboys

Walk-ins are always welcomed. This is a non-equity, non-paid production. All roles are available.

Rehearsals will begin in late January. Typically, rehearsals are held on Sundays from 2 pm – 6 pm, Mondays from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Wednesdays from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, and Saturdays in the morning but will be scheduled to suit cast/staff availability. Tech week will run from Saturday, March 14th through Thursday March 19th, 2020. No absences will be accepted during tech week or performances. Not all performers will be asked to attend all rehearsals.

If you have any questions, please email production@levoy.net.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

DONALD: Age: Late 20s – mid-30s.
Donald is on a personal journey. He suffers from depression, which he believes is rooted in his upbringing; his parents raised him with a compulsion to fail. He’s recently moved out of New York City to the Hamptons, looking to abandon his previous, unhealthy lifestyle. There, he cleans houses and sees his therapist. His long-term lover, Michael, doesn’t understand his need to live outside the city, but Donald remains steadfast in his decision.

Donald is sensitive, friendly, and understanding. He is an avid reader, spending his time doing little besides working, reading, and going to therapy. He is compassionate, withstanding all of Michael’s sarcasm, Hank’s jealousy, Harold’s unfriendliness, and Alan’s judgement of them all, steadily standing in the sidelines and mixing drinks. In some ways, he’s the play’s quiet hero.

ALAN: Age: 30s
Alan is a lawyer living in Washington, D.C., with his wife and two daughters. He attended Georgetown University with Michael, with whom he has remained a close friend. In spite of their many years of friendship, Alan still is unaware that Michael is gay. Alan maintains that he doesn’t care what people do in private, but is hostile when confronted with a flamboyantly gay man, Emory, Michael’s friend, and attacks him. Alan may or may not be homosexual himself. According to Alan, he and Alan had a sexual relationship in college; even though they were outwardly straight and publicly dated women. Alan flatly denies this.

Alan is a traditional and conservative man who holds fast to the traditional gender roles and what it means to be a “man” (but maybe not…).

MICHAEL: Age: 30s – early 40s
Michael lives in a trendy, spacious Manhattan apartment that he cannot afford. He’s a writer, but hasn’t written anything in years, not since he last sold a screenplay that was never produced. He blames much of his problems on his mother, who suffocated and treated him more as a girlfriend than a son. He spent most of his twenties trying to escape, traveling the world, moving from city to city, party to party, lover to lover. He developed an alcohol problem, drinking every night, waking up hungover and full of regrets, and drinking again before noon to forget the previous night.

Michael is his own worst enemy. He is intelligent, witty, and can be fun and charming. He loves classic movies and frequently cites tidbits from 1940s-50s cinema. He is a lapsed Catholic who seems capricious and unable to pick a side when it comes to religion; he’ll criticize it to fellow Catholics and defend it to atheists. Michael is sarcastic, intellectual, and brutally honest with everyone but himself. When he’s drunk, he becomes mocking, angry, and downright cruel. In the morning, he’ll be plagued by guilt, panic, and anxiety, but cannot seem to curb his self-destructive tendencies.

HAROLD: Age: Mid-30s – early 40s
Jewish. Harold is a former professional figure skater, living in New York City. It’s his birthday; the party is being thrown by his frenemy and former lover, Michael. Harold is very concerned with his appearance, and his worries about his looks are increasing as he grows older; he says he needs to get high just to leave the house. Harold is often stoned and often late, even to his own birthday party. He knows before arriving that the party will likely be a disaster, and shows up to enjoy watching it unfold whilst delivering his own sardonic commentary. Harold is sarcastic, bitter, and occasionally biting, but is caring and compassionate underneath. He loves and is loyal to his friends, and is the only one fully willing to go head to head with Michael. He is observant and insightful; he knows Michael better than Michael wishes he did. In Harold’s own words, he and Michael play the same game–but Harold plays it better.

BERNARD: Age: Late 20s to mid-30s
African-American. Bernard is a bookstore clerk living in New York City. Unlike the others, he has to struggle against racial discrimination in addition to sexual prejudice of the time period. Bernard grew up in Detroit, where he fell in love with the son of his mother’s employer, Peter, in his youth. After years of pining, the two drunkenly hooked up one night, but the next day, Peter pretended nothing had happened. Peter has since been married three times and Bernard still loves him. He is quieter and more reserved than the rest of his friends, but is much beloved by the group. He is especially close to Emory. He is sweet, witty, and perhaps the most vulnerable. Bernard is fairly quiet but has a big scene at the end of the evening when he recalls his first love.

EMORY: Age: Mid-30s – early 40s
Emory is an interior designer in New York City. When he was in middle school, he fell in love for the first time with an older boy —Delbert Botts— who later married and became a dentist. Emory, still in love with Delbert in high school, tried to become his friend, but only ended up the butt of jokes and gossip in his community. Emory attends the birthday party for his friend, Harold, with an unusual gift—a prostitute named Cowboy.

Emory is sassy, quick-witted and the life of the party. He lives for good times and the opportunity to talk about them. He has a penchant for hooking up at bathhouses and has been picked up by the police for vice before. Emory is outspoken and unapologetic; he knows and is proud of who he is. He is the most flamboyant out of the group of friends; fluttering, flamboyant, and the most stereotypical of the characters, and gets most of the campy, dirty, funny lines. He also gets a moment of genuine pathos, one of the most moving scenes in the play.

HANK: Age: Mid-30s – early 40s
Hank is a math teacher, just out of the closet, and a soon-to-be divorced father of two. He left his wife for Larry, whom he now lives with. Hank was either unaware or in denial of his sexuality when he got married; it wasn’t until later that he first hooked up with a man, a stranger he connected with at Grand Central Station. Hank loves Larry and is frustrated by Larry’s desire for an open relationship. Larry claims he needs sexual freedom, but is willing to be honest with his partner about it, but Hank wants monogamy. He even offers a compromise that would clearly not satisfy either partner–a ménage à trois–but Larry refuses it. Hank is jealous of Larry’s other lovers, who they collectively refer to as “Charlie.”

Hank is very athletic; he plays tennis regularly and used to play basketball in college. He is sensible, practical, and reliable, loving Larry earnestly and unapologetically.

LARRY: Age: 30s
Larry is an artist living in New York City. His does mostly Pop Art work, including his gift for Harold: an oversized “Monopoly” property deed to Boardwalk. He lives with Hank, his lover, who left his wife and children for him. Though Larry loves Hank, he cannot be in a monogamous relationship. He believes that the majority of couples cheat; at least he is honest enough to tell Hank about it. Larry needs freedom and respect in his relationship, and is sick of feeling like the others view him as a villain for wanting an open relationship. He finds himself jealous when Alan, Michael’s straight friend, favors Hank and pays him the most attention, though Larry flatly denies it.

Larry is handsome, flirty, and hard to resist. He is increasingly frustrated over Hank’s wish for exclusivity, until he declares his love to him in a frank, honest, and vulnerable appeal, seemingly satisfying both partners.

COWBOY: Age: 20s
Cowboy is a handsome young hustler in New York City. His services were purchased for the evening as a birthday present for Harold from Emory. He proudly claims that he’s “not cheap;” he cost $20 for the night. Cowboy is sweet, but simple. Despite receiving clear instructions from Emory, he immediately mistakes Michael for Harold and botches his big entrance. The others make jokes at his expense, but he is either unaware or unbothered by them. Cowboy is cheerful to a fault, easy-going and ready to take things as they come. He observes the entire chaotic party with little reaction, preferring to get high with Harold. He is sexy and in great shape, a boy no one would turn down…no matter how dense he is.

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