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BAREFOOT IN THE PARK
by Neil Simon
Director – Stefany Cambra
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Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He’s a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she’s a free spirit always looking for the latest kick. Their new apartment is her most recent find – too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job.
After a six-day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic, Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does. Paul just doesn’t understand Corie, as she sees it. He’s too staid, too boring, and she just wants him to be a little more spontaneous. Running “barefoot in the park” would be a start…
Audition Dates: Sunday, February 23, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm and Monday, February 24, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Callbacks (if needed): Wednesday , February 26, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
By appointment at the Black Box Theater located in the Frisco Discovery Center, 8004 N. Dallas Parkway, Frisco, TX 75034 off Cotton Gin Road east of the Dallas North Tollway.
Prepare: The audition will consist of side readings. Sides will be provided. Please select and prepare one of the available sides to read; the director may ask you to read additional sides. Please be familiar with the play.
Roles: 4 Men, 2 Women
Corie Bratter – A newlywed, married only six days at the beginning of the play. She is young, pretty, and full of enthusiasm for the future. Impulsive and fun-loving, she considers herself a doer, not a watcher. Her impetuosity is not shared, at first, by her mother or husband, and they are aghast when she cheers the crazy antics of Victor, a neighbor. Corie eventually learns to appreciate dependability and quiet strength.
Paul Bratter – Corie’s husband, a 26-year-old attorney in his first job. Both his dress and his outlook are very conservative. Extremely proper and dignified, he always knows the right thing to say. He is levelheaded and practical, and he keeps his emotions in check, perhaps too much so. After Corie accuses him of lacking playfulness, he shows her that he, too, is capable of walking barefoot in the park.
Victor Velasco – The Bratters’ upstairs neighbor. 58 years old, he is a colorful character. Although capable of looking positively natty in a double-breasted pinstripe suit, he also wears Japanese kimonos and berets. He is vain, flamboyant, and without shame when it comes to letting someone else pick up the tab. Married three times, he is a terrific flirt. He is also a gourmet cook; Paul refers to him as the “Hungarian Duncan Hines.” There are signs that Victor is beginning to slow down. After an exhilarating evening of his own creation, he suffers a broken toe and an upset stomach.
Mrs. Ethyl Banks – Corie’s mother. She is in her late 40s. Although she is still pretty, she has fallen out of step with the fashions. She lives alone in West Orange, New Jersey. Consciously or unconsciously, she has adopted a narrow image of herself as someone with a sensitive stomach, a bad back, and no need for romance. It takes a wild evening out with Victor for Ethel to rediscover her carefree and spontaneous self.
Telephone Man – Harry Pepper, a telephone repairman. He witnesses, to his mortification, a fight between Corie and Paul.
Delivery Man –Silent.
Performance Dates: April 24 – May 10; Friday and the 1st and 3rd Saturday Nights at 8:00, the 2nd Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 with an additional Saturday matinee at 2:30 on Nov 17. Performances will be at the Black Box Theatre in the Frisco Discovery Center.
Rehearsals begin Monday, March 23. Rehearsals will typically be Monday through Thursday evenings, 7:00-10:00.
Actors will receive a $250 stipend.
To book an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information on auditions, call 214-673-3081. IF YOU BOOK AN APPOINTMENT TIME AND ARE UNABLE TO KEEP IT, PLEASE CONTACT US AND CANCEL IT!