Palo Alto Players
Palo Alto Players announces auditions for its spring play, ONE MAN TWO GUVNORS, written by Richard Bean.
Our production will be directed by Patrick Klein with music direction by Lauren Bevilaqua. Auditions are by appointment only.
ONE MAN TWO GUVNORS performs June 15 - 30, 2019, with a paid preview on June 14, 2019. Thursday night curtain is at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday curtains are at 8pm, and Sunday curtain is at 2pm. Rehearsals are currently scheduled to begin on or just after May 6, 2019.
Auditions are scheduled for Saturday, February 2nd from 9:30am-2:30pm, with callbacks on Saturday, February 9th from 10-2. Auditions and callbacks will be at the Lucie Stern Theater rehearsal room, 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. The rehearsal room can be found at the rear of the theater in the corner of Harriett and Hopkins. All roles except Francis are available. This is a non-AEA performance. Stipend available for all roles.
If you are unable to attend auditions but would like to be considered, please email your headshot and resume to [email protected] before February 2nd and we will do our best to make accommodations.
Please prepare either a one-minute comedic monologue or a joke in story format. Whatever you choose, please do so in your best British (Cockney) accent, paying very close attention to clear diction. You may also be asked to improv a physical comedy moment. Please bring a copy of your headshot and resume to the audition, stapled back-to-back.
About the show:
It’s London in the swinging 60’s, and recently canned (and desperately hungry) Francis Henshall finds himself newly employed by small-time gangster Roscoe Crabbe, in town to collect a fee from his fiancee's gangster father. But Roscoe is really Rachel, posing as her own dead brother, herself in love with Stanley Stubbers (her brother's killer) who, in turn, becomes our hero's other 'guvnor.' Fighting a mounting sense of confusion, Francis goes out of his way to serve both bosses. But with the distractions of a pneumatic bookkeeper, a self-important actor, and select members of the criminal fraternity (not to mention his own mammoth appetite) to contend with, how long can he keep them apart? ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS is a hilarious, music-infused farce, and one of the best received comedies in modern theater.
A note on the style:
The play is an ensemble piece: there are no lead roles. So teamwork and a generous attitude is important, as is a love of comedy and improv. Much of the comedy works best when delivered in an understated way? we don’t want the cast to play for laughs, or to be ham. Many characters require great physical comedy skills, the ability to improvise and the ability to interact with the audience. All cast members will have to sing the mandatory song at the end of the show, though we are not looking for perfect singing voices. The ability to hold a tune and style it out in character is fine.
We are looking for the following characters to bring this hilarious show to life:
CHARLIE "The Duck" CLENCH: a “retired” gangster. Age range: Somewhere in his fifties. All bark, very little bite.
PAULINE: Clench's daughter, in love with Alan but betrothed to Roscoe. Age range: twenties/ thirties. A few steps below brilliant.
ALAN DANGLE: a wannabe actor and Pauline's fiancé. Age range: twenties/ thirties. An aspiring actor who fancies himself a star - very dramatic.
HARRY DANGLE: Alan's father. Age range: Somewhere in his fifties /sixties. Clench's crooked solicitor- dapper and faintly sleazy.
STANLEY STUBBERS: an upper-class criminal and Rachel's lover. Age range: thirty something. Roscoe's murderer. Strides around with the confidence of a boarding school brat.
RACHEL CRABBE: Roscoe's identical twin sister. Age range: twenties/early thirties. Spends a large part of the play pretending to be her gruff, gangster twin brother. Energetic and confident.
LLOYD BOATENG: Charlie’s friend- an ex-con turned pub owner. Age range: forties/ fifties. Written as Jamaican. Upbeat and cheerful, he is also the pub’s chef.
DOLLY: Charlie's smart and sassy secretary. Age range: twenties/ thirties.
GARETH: head waiter at The Cricketers’ Arms. Age range: forties. Oversees operations with a flick of the wrist and a lifted eyebrow.
ALFIE: waiter. Age range: ancient. Hard of hearing and nearly blind, he shuffles along, back bowed and bewildered. Excellent physical comedy skills required.
ENSEMBLE: party guests, extra porters/waiters, passer-by, a vicar, policemen.
Lucie Stern Theater