Auditions for Laugher on the 23rd Floor will be held on:
Saturday, December 6th at 10 am.
North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre is proud to announce auditions for Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor. Inspired by Simon's early experiences as a staff writer on Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows, Laughter tells the story of seven comedy writers, struggling with everything from an overbearing television network, determined to censor their show into mind-numbing mediocrity, the McCarthy hearings, and most daunting of all, the inescapable need to one-up the last gag.
With characters based on Simon's fellow writers, including Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, and Mel Tonkin among others, the show hurdles along at a break-neck pace of one-liners, all painted against the zeitgeist of the times, which is anything but comic. Laughter on the 23rd Floor is often hilarious, at times poignant, but always thoroughly enjoyable.
"Old style comedy: fast and furious." - The Wall Street Journal
"One of [Simon's] funniest...Comedy, comedy all the way." - Newsweek
"Enough laughs per minute to assure [it] a long run and many happy audiences." - USA Today
"The funniest comedy on Broadway in years and likely to remain the funniest comedy on Broadway for years." – Variety
Director: Jon Todd
January 23rd - February 8th, 2015
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm
Auditions will consist of readings from the script. You do not need to prepare a monologue.
To complete your audition form ahead of time, please visit nract.org/laughterauditions
Lucas Brickman: (20s) Brickman, who serves as the narrator, is based on Neil Simon himself. He is young, a little nervous, but smart and precocious. The play begins during Lucas's first week as a writer on the Max Prince Show.
Milt Fields: (20s-30s) Another writer on the show. Always quick with a one-liner or wacky get-up, Milt is almost never serious about anything.... ever...
Val Skolsky: (30s-50s) The senior writer on the staff. Originally from Russia, he immigrated to America when he was twelve and still carries the accent. One of the more serious characters, he and Carol are the most politically aware.
Brian Doyle: (20s-30s) Another writer, balding, of Irish descent. Heavy smoker, heavy cougher, and heavy drinker with a sense of humor as caustic as his outlook on life. He is constantly planning to escape to Hollywood, which he eventually succeeds in, to everyone's surprise.
Kenny Franks: (30s-50s) Neatly dressed, he is the most sophisticated of the group, probably the smartest too. He is the master of the witty retort. Having written for Jack Benny when he was in his teens, he has been in the business a long time and seems to have the best understanding of the inner workings of NBC.
Carol Wynman: (20s-30s) Sharp tongued with a quick wit that has allowed her to thrive in the boys club that is 1950s television. She and Val are the most politically aware of the bunch.
Max Prince: (30s-40s) The star, head producer, and captain of the Max Prince Show, he is charismatic and crazy. He has a "mild" prescription drug and alcohol addiction. His mood is ever changing, going from infectious laughter to over-the-top furry in an instant. He is also brilliant and beloved by all the writers.
Ira: (20s-40s) Another writer and a hypochondriac. He is one of the most feeling writers on the team but also one of the most infuriating.
HELEN: (20s-early 30s) Attractive, naïve, slightly gullible. Secretary to Max and the writers. She secretly dreams of being a comedy writer.