Ages: 18 & older

By Neil Simon

Neil Simon's semi-autobiographical comedy about chaos backstage at a 1950s comedy TV show. A group of eccentric gag writers try to support their star, a charismatic lunatic (modeled on Sid Caesar, star of the classic "Your Show of Shows" TV program), as the network slowly chips away at his comic vision. Both outrageously funny and genuinely touching, this is Neil Simon at his very best.

June 8 - 23, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm
Sunday Matinees - June 10, 17 - at 2:00 pm

Auditions will be held on

Sunday, February 4, 2018, 2:00 p.m.
Monday, February 5, 2018, 7:00 p.m.


Callbacks by Invitation Only on

Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

at the

Community Playhouse
601 Tennent Ave.
Pinole, CA


Directed by Arthur Atlas
Assistant Director/ Costumer: Janet O'Brien
Scenic Designer: Fernando Ochoa Beltran Smith
Lighting & Sound Designer: Michael O'Brien
Producer: Patti Clark
For additional information about the show or the auditions,
email the director by clicking

Audition Process

  • NO Monologues
  • Cold Reading From Text
  • A New York accent, while NOT required, will broaden the set of characters for which one can be cast.
Bring a completed Audition Form to the audition.

Please print and complete pages 1 & 2, and bring them to your audition

If you are unable to print the form, copies will be available at the audition. Please arrive early to fill out an Audition Form before the audition time.

Callbacks by Invitation Only on

Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Full Cast Read-thru: Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

  • First regular rehearsal: Monday, April 23, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
  • Rehearsals are 7:30 - 10:00 p.m., Monday - Thursday
  • Occasional Saturday or Sunday rehearsals may be scheduled, if needed

Be sure to fill out the rehearsal conflict page in the Audition Form.

Email other inquiries to the producer by clicking

We are looking for Seven Men and Two Women - 18 & older - to play the following:
Note: All ages listed are the age that the actor / actress appears, not his or her actual age

Lucas Brickman,
our narrator
Mid-20s Male The youngest member of staff, newly-hired, a bit nervous about proving himself and kind of lost in the aggressive one-liner atmosphere, but he keeps trying.
Milt Fields 25-50 Male Both his New York accent and his manner give him the quintessential 1950s "bagel & borscht" voice; he embodies urban, Jewish anxiety which he expresses with lots of "ba-dum-bums" and a dry, well-timed wit.
Val Skolsky

(Russian/Jewish accent a must)
30-60 Male The senior member of staff, a Russian émigré (with Russian/Jewish accent); he is the most politically aware of the writers and a man who, having been through some of the horrors of WW2, still manages to find the "funny" in almost everything.
Brian Doyle 25-50 Male A good (Irish) guy with a cigarette usually hanging from his mouth; he's rumpled and has had recent hair implants. He is a heavy smoker, cougher, drinker with a biting, caustic sense of humor and he constantly brags about signing a contract to write Hollywood movies. (He is always ready to trade insults with Ira Stone.)
Ira Stone

(New York accent a plus)
25-50 Male All energy with a touch of brilliant madness and also a (big) touch of hypochondria. Ira comes in late every day, with a new ailment, and his greatest wish is to have a virus named after him. (He is always ready to trade insults with Brian Doyle.)
Kenny Franks 20-35 Male The boy genius; neatly dressed with shell-framed glasses, he is the most sophisticated of the group and he displays a worldliness far beyond his years.
Max Prince Sid Caesar-ish at
Male He exudes strength and he dominates a room with personality: quixotic, changing instantly from warm, infectious laughter to sullen anger, he storms about the place making pronouncements and messing up most historical facts.
Carol Wyman 25-35 Female A strong and quick defense system. She is the only female writer on staff and she is trying to become a new mother. She does not want to be known as a female writer, but as a comedy writer. Carol is perfectly able to handle herself (and her mouth) in a room full of smart-ass comedians.
Helen 20-30 Female Although she's Max's long-suffering secretary right now, she aspires to be a comedy writer and join the team. She will eventually end up going to law school because she lacks the comedy gene - totally. It's all in the timing.
Contact us for comments, additions and corrections
Pinole Community Playhouse, 601 Tennent Ave., Pinole, CA 94564 - 510‑724‑9844
Pinole Community Players is a licensed 501(c)(3) organization and accepts tax deductible donations