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ANTRIM PLAYHOUSE ANNOUNCES 
AUDITIONS  FOR

"MEDAL of HONOR RAG"
&
"LOST in YONKERS"














Written by: Tim Cole
Directed by: Joe Albert Lima

1969, at an army hospital, near Washington D.C. a black soldier (DJ) who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and a psychiatrist both guilty survivors of war verbally spar until the doctor draws out the horror and disgust of war that has haunted DJ. His barriers crumbling, DJ flips the script and confronts the psychiatrist, exposing the man behind the professional fasçade. Despite this game of mental chess, DJ desperately hopes to be made whole and the psychiatrist believes he can help​



Audition Dates: 

Tuesday 11/27 at 7:30pm
Thursday 11/29 at 7:30 pm

Call Backs:
Tuesday 12/4 at 7:30


Audition Location:

Helen Hayes Studios, 142 Main Street (outside rear entrance), Nyack, NY 10960 (Located on the corner of Main and Franklin Streets behind the Franklin Antique Center. Look for driveway on the left of the Chinese restaurant. Walk to the back of that driveway. Our glass door is at the back of the building. Please DO NOT park in the parking lot adjacent to the studios. That is private parking. There is plenty of metered parking on Main and Franklin Streets.)


​Performance Dates:

Fri, Feb 8th, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Sat, Feb 9th, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Sat, Feb 9th, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Sun, Feb 10th, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Casting Information:

Doctor - (late 40’s plus) He is a dedicated, determined, high profile, Caucasian psychiatrist, who has been brought in to solve this complicated case. He has a dry wit that he is not opposed to use for therapeutic purposes. He is a non-practicing polish Jew, whose family was not actively religious in any way until they were sent to concentration camp by the Nazis for being Jews. He came to the United States as a child.

Dale Jackson – (20’s) An African-American young man from Detroit, who was recently awarded The Medal Of Honor by President Johnson for his actions in the Vietnam War. He is intelligent and challenging and often sarcastic. His intelligence makes him a psychiatrist’s nightmare patient. He is skilled at manipulating people and keeping them at a distance.

Guard – (20’s to very early 30’s) He is a Caucasian Military Police Sergeant assigned to escort and guard DJ. He is very military and has a slight but noticeable southern or Midwestern drawl.


​For more information or any questions please contact
Joe Lima at
dsjal@aol.com



















​Written by Neil Simon
Directed by: Derek Tarson


AUDITION DATES: 
Wednesday, December 5th, at 8PM
Monday, December 10th, &
 Wednesday, December 12th at 7:30 p.m.


AUDITION LOCATION: 
Helen Hayes Studios, 142 Main Street (outside rear entrance), Nyack, NY 10960 (Located on the corner of Main and Franklin Streets behind the Franklin Antique Center. Look for driveway on the left of the Chinese restaurant. Walk to the back of that driveway. Our glass door is at the back of the building. Please DO NOT park in the parking lot adjacent to the studios. That is private parking. There is plenty of metered parking on Main and Franklin Streets.)


AUDITION DETAIL:  
Sides from the script will be made available at the audition. Auditioners should be familiar with this play, Neil Simon’s work, and the Jewish-American experience.


PERFORMANCE DATES/LOCATION: 
March 15th through April 7th, 2019 at Antrim Playhouse, 
15 Spook Rock Road, Wesley Hills, NY (near Suffern) 10901


REHEARSALS: 
Beginning after the New Year (with perhaps a first reading or some preliminary one-on-one work before). Exact rehearsal schedule to be determined, but actors in lead roles should expect three rehearsals a week to begin with.


SYNOPSIS:  
Love, responsibility and family feature in this play from one of America's greatest comic playwrights (now, unfortunately, no longer with us).
This memory play is set in Yonkers in 1942. Bella is thirty-five years old, mentally challenged, and living at home with her mother, stern Grandma Kurnitz. As the play opens, financially-strapped son Eddie, trying to fix some mistakes in his life, asks his mother to take care of his two young sons, while he takes to the road as a salesman. The boys are left to contend with Grandma, with Bella and her secret romance, and with Louie, her brother, a small-time hoodlum in a strange new world called Yonkers.


CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

YOUTH (TEENAGE BOYS):

JAY KURNITZ  (male, 15-16) - Intelligent, a jokester, sometimes self-serving. Wants to be a man and take care of his family, but not quite sure how to go about doing it. Finds his inner strength eventually.

ARTY KURNITZ (male, 13-14) - an observer, sometimes inadvertently funny, sometimes makes inadvertently intelligent comments. Caught between wanting to stay a child and wanting to grow up.


ADULTS:

EDDIE KURNITZ (male, 40-47) - A widower and father to Jay and Arty. He has made some poor life decisions, but is trying to make a new start to do what is best for himself and his family, even if it means leaving his sons in the care of his intimidating mother.

BELLA KURNITZ (female, 31-39) - Emotionally arrested and developmentally disabled (but not imbecilic) woman. Warm, sweet, and open - and easily misled. Sister of Eddie, Louie, and Gert. She lives with and is intimidated by her mother, but the balance of power goes both ways.


GRANDMA KURNITZ (65+) - A strong overpowering woman, who is deathly afraid of showing vulnerability, but indeed has moments of vulnerability. A Jewish Immigrant from Germany many years before. She exudes authority and discipline, and is intimidating to everyone around her, especially her children. Runs a candy store.

LOUIE KURNITZ (male, 30s-40s) Brother of Eddie, Bella & Gert. A small time hoodlum, who enjoys pretending he's more of a mobster than he is. Actually laid-back and joking.

GERT KURNITZ  (female, 35-46) Sister of Bella, Eddie & Louie - Due to childhood discipline trauma by her mother, she has an unusual breathing/speaking pattern where she speaks while inhaling. Lives on her own, but still falls in to her childhood breathing/speaking patterns whenever she is around her mother. 


Please bring a resume (and headshot, if possible), and be prepared to list ALL schedule conflicts from January 1st to March 15th so that rehearsals can be scheduled.

Antrim Playhouse is an All Volunteer 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Community Theatre. 
All are welcome. 


Questions? Please contact the director, Derek Tarson, at dtarson@gmail.com