Born Yesterday | 39 Steps Auditions | Other Desert Cities Auditions
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A classic, yet timely comedy by Garson Kanin
World War II has just ended, and crude, shady scrap metal king Harry Brock heads to Washington, D.C., determined to take the town by storm and buy his way to a business-friendly Amendment. With bitter, corrupt lawyer Ed Devery and meek Senator Hedges by his side, he is confident in his ability to prevail. Harry’s only liability is the socially inappropriate behaviour and outrageously ignorant remarks of his showgirl lady friend, Billie Dawn, a beautiful woman with a deceptively simple facade. Charmed by Paul Verrall, the investigative reporter who is sent to interview him, Harry hires the upright, idealistic newspaper man to educate Billie, hoping that she will acquire enough class and social polish to prevent embarrassment. But little does Harry realize that underneath the ignorance and apathy, Billie is an intelligent woman with a vigorous sense of right and wrong, who has just been waiting for a kind and sympathetic teacher to blossom into an empowered and informed person.
As Billie and Paul tiptoe towards a romance, and Billie absorbs Paul’s knowledge and ideals, she begins to question the ways Harry has been using her — especially her position as a silent partner, who owns 160 of her own junkyards and has signed off on hundreds of documents, completely unread. In Garson Kanin’s pointed and hilarious Born Yesterday, personal and political oppression is exposed and outwitted in the intellectual rebirth of the iconic “dumb blonde”, Billie Dawn, who ultimately stands up to Harry Brock’s violent intimidation and shuts down his shady bid for governmental cooperation.
Great comedic roles available for this classic masterpiece!
Billie Dawn – 30’s – showgirl, charismatic, Judy Holiday role
Mrs. Hedges – 50’s – Senator’s wife, refined, classy, stuffy
Helen – 30’s – sardonic wise cracking hotel employee
Manicurist/Waitress – 20-40 – hardworking hotel employee
Paul Verrall – 30’s – charming, leading man, investigative reporter
Harry Brock – 50’s – crude, bombastic
Ed Devery – 50’s – alcoholic, cynical, bitter corrupt lawyer
Eddie Brock – 40’s – weak, comedic, “yes” man
Senator Norval Hedges – 50-60 – meek, clueless
The Assistant Manager – 30’s – fussy, obsequious
Bellhop – 20’s – efficient, sharp, precise hotel employee
Barber/Bootblack – 20-40 – hardworking hotel employee
WHEN: Sunday February 4, 2019 – 7:00 PM
Monday February 5, 2019 – 7:00 PM
WHAT: Cold reading from script/sides provided
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39 STEPS AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT
By Patrick Barlow
Directed by John Maio
Thank you to all who auditioned.
Chanticleers Theatre at 3683 Quail Ave, Castro Valley, CA 94546
Rehearsals: Start with a two-week period in December, then we will take a 2-week break for Holidays and begin again Jan 2nd. Rehearsals are generally Sundays – Thursday nights from 7:30pm -10:30pm
Performances: Friday, Saturday evenings 8pm and Sunday Matinees 2pm
Feb 1st, 2nd , 8th, 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 22nd , 23rd, 24th
OTHER DESERT CITIES
by Jon Robin Baitz
May 3rd through May 26th
directed by Katina Letheule
Thank you to all who auditioned. Cast selected: