THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER
The classic comedy about the dinner guest that won't leave!
by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
director: Fuzz Roark
WHEN: Saturday, August 16, 1 PM and Sunday, August 17, 4 PM; No appointments
WHERE: Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St., Baltimore
- Prepare a comedic monologue (no more than 2 mins).
- Be prepared to read sides with other actors (you may be asked to wait, to read with others)
- Be prepared to improv various scenes from the play
- Bring all rehearsal and performance conflicts to auditions.
PERFORMANCE DATES: November 21 - December 21, 2014; Fri & Sat – 8 PM, Sun – 2 PM (Thur 12/11 - 8 PM)
REHEARSALS: early September - tentative schedule Mon, Tue, Wed & Thur – 7 PM-10 PM
Final schedule once casting is complete.
Large cast show, with many roles doubled or tripled—16 actors playing 29 roles!.
Skill at creating multiple characters needed. Cast Breakdown below.
Synopsis: (1940s) Sheridan Whiteside, having dined at the home of the Stanleys, slips on their doorstep, breaking his hip. A tumultuous six weeks of confinement follow. The Stanley living room is monopolized by the irascible invalid; ex-convicts are invited to meals; and transatlantic calls bring a $784 phone bill. The arrival of strange gifts from his friends further destroys domestic tranquility. It would take a stoical housewife to harbor penguins in her library, an octopus in her cellar, and 10,000 cockroaches in her kitchen. Throw in famous guests from Hollywood and a sudden romance, what more can happen? Just tons of laughs in the 1939 classic!
Presented by arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.
Mrs Daisy Stanley: female 40-60 y/o — Mr. Ernest W. Stanley’s wife. She constantly tries to placate her husband. She is a good hostess. Rarely speaks her own mind, unless she just has to!
Mr Ernest W. Stanley: male 40-60 y/o— He is a wealthy factory owner. He tends to be stuffy. Very much the man of the house, whose word is the law - until ....
Sheldon Whiteside: male, 40-60 y/o— An obnoxious, but famous, writer, critic and radio host. He is overbearing and demanding.
Maggie Cutler: female 25-30 y/o— Maggie is Whiteside’s secretary. She has a businesslike demeanor. She does everything for him, and until now, he has totally monopolized her time. She falls in love with Bert Jefferson.
Ms Preen: female 25-55— Whiteside’s nurse. She tends to be stressed and unhappy. Strong comedic and sarcastic skills needed. Lots of physical comedy.
Bert Jefferson: male 30-40 y/o—He owns the town newspaper. He is an easy going man, but can be assertive. He falls in love with Maggie, but is seduced by Lorraine!
John: male, 45-60 y/o— the Stanley’s butler. He has been their butler for quite some time.
Sara: female 45-60 y/o— is the Stanley’s housekeeper. She has worked with them for quite some time.
Richard Stanley: male 18-22 y/o— Ernest and Daisy’s son. He is a photographer who yearns to travel.
June Stanley: female, 16-20 y/o— Ernest and Daisy’s daughter. She is in love with Sandy, a labor organizer at her father’s factory.
Lorraine Sheridan/Harriet Stanley/Neighbor Lady: female 25-30 y/o—Strong character actor, must be able to create different characters on stage.
- Lorraine: female 25-30— Lorraine is a movie star. She is trying to get married for money, so she is a bit of a gold digger. Very much a man magnet!
- Harriet: female 40-45 y/o—Harriet is Mr. Stanley's sister. She has a creepy personality. Character is based on Lizzie Borden, always wears a veil and dresses in black.
- Neighbor Lady: female 45-55—High Society friend of Daisy a local busy-body. Very frumpy and a fan of Sheldon Whiteside.
Sandy/Dr. Bradley/Prof Metz/Detective: male 20-35 y/o; strong character actor, able to create very different characters.
- Sandy: male 20-25—Youthful visionary, big & strong - a union organizer, trying to unionize Mr Stanley's factory, and in love with June, Stanley's daughter.
- Dr Bradley: male 45-55—Dr. Bradley is the town doctor. He aspires to be a writer. (50-60 y/o)
- Prof Metz: male 45-55—The professor is a nerdy entomologist, a friend of Whiteside, who drops in. (40-50 y/o)
- Detective: male 45-55—Brings Richard and June back home after they try to run away. (40-50 y/o)
Beverly Carlton/Prisoner1: male, 35-55 y/o
- Beverly Carlton: an actor, songwriter, and plays the piano. Character is based on Noel Coward. Over the top! Ego as big as a Buick!
- Prisoner 1: one of the three murderers Whiteside invited to dine at the Stanley's!
Westcott/Prisoner2/Deputy1: male 30-50 y/o
- Westcott: the head radioman, handling Whiteside's live radio broadcast from the Stanley's living room.
- Prisoner 2: one of the three murderers White invited to dine at the Stanley's
- Deputy 1: one of the two Deputies that Stanley has called to remove Mr Whiteside.
RadioMan/Prisoner3/Deputy2: male 30-50 y/o
- Radio Man: radio technician assisting with broadcast
- Prisoner3: one of the three murderers White invited to dine at the Stanley's
- Deputy 2: one of the two Deputies that Stanley has called to remove Mr Whiteside.
Banjo/PrisonGuard: male 35-55 y/o; physical comedy for Banjo
- Banjo: a comedic actor in the style of Groucho Marx and Jimmy Durante, who drops in to visit Whiteside.
- Prison Guard: Guarding the three murderers that Whiteside invited to dine at the Stanley's