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"Present Laughter" Auditions-Atlanta, GA - Casting ID # 1603853
Project Type Live Event Submission Type Open Call
Location Atlanta, GA Union Non-union
Rate/Pay n/a Release Date 10-20-19
Audition Date 04-06-20 Submission deadline 04-05-20
Casting Category Theatre - Non-Equity
At the centre of his own universe sits matinee idol Garry Essendine: suave, hedonistic and too old, says his wife, to be having numerous affairs. His line in harmless, infatuated debutantes is largely tolerated but playing closer to home is not. Just before he escapes on tour to Africa the full extent of his misdemeanours is discovered. And all hell breaks loose. Noel Coward's Present Laughter premiered in the early years of the Second World War just as such privileged lives were threatened with fundamental social change.


Preparation:
- Auditioners of ALL experience levels are encouraged to try out! Auditions will consist of cold-readings, with no preparation necessary. More info on available roles coming soon!

Role # 1 Garry Essendine
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

London's most celebrated romantic leading man. A debonair matinee idol who never steps out of his own spotlight, even when beset by the demands of friends, lovers, producers, and playwrights. Must have an excellent British accent and comic timing.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 40 to 55
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 2 Liz Essendine
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Garry's ex-wife. She is stylish and able to hold her own at a party, alongside (or even in spite of) Garry. Not easily shaken, gracious, witty, but when she lets her guard down, full hearted. Self-possessed and dignified. Must have an excellent British accent and comic timing.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 30 to 45
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 3 Monica Reed
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

She is Garry's "Girl Friday" – secretary, pal, and confidant; hard working, professional and efficient. Protective of Garry, but has earned the right to bluntly tell him the truth and kid him mercilessly. Gives as good as she gets. Must have an excellent British accent and comic timing.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 40 to 55
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 4 Roland Maule
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Character role. An aspiring playwright with overblown ideas about his talent, appeal, and social skills. Quite mad. Lofty and grandiose, he is also obsessive, quietly jealous, secretly resentful, and clueless when it comes to social cues or rules regarding personal hygiene. Role requires great comedic sense/timing in order to mine rather outrageous comedy from this part while keeping the character believable. Must have an excellent British accent.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 20 to 33
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 5 Joanna Lyppiatt
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Hugo's trophy wife. Quite attractive and well dressed. Savvy, coy, yet witty; she's extremely self-assured and has considerable charm. She knows she's sexy, and won't hesitate to use it to get what she wants. She aspires to be both in the inner circle and in Garry's bed. Must have an excellent British accent and comic timing.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 20 to 49
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 6 Daphne Stillington
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

A pretty, gently-bred debutante who grew up absolutely idolizing Garry. Quirky and shrewd, she has overblown ideas of her understanding of art and love – she is innocent and calculatingly ambitious in equal parts. A budding social climber, she truly believes she's meant to be Garry's muse. She doesn't realize that her attempts to appear sophisticated are highly transparent. Must have an excellent British accent and comic timing.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 20 to 49
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 7 Hugo Lyppiatt
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Garry's producer, and part of Garry's inner circle of close friends. Proud, dapper and neat, also shrewd and business savvy, but has married out of his league. Must have an excellent British accent and comic timing.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 40 to 55
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 8 Morris Dixon
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Garry's manager and another member of Garry's "inner circle." Tall and good looking; smart, but with a romantic streak. He's fallen deeply and obsessively in love with Joanna and is carrying on with her behind Hugo's back; however, he is also a terrible liar. Must have an excellent British accent and comic timing.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 40 to 55
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 9 Miss Erikson
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Character role. The chain smoking Swedish housekeeper. Unfazed and slow-moving she tackles those chores she sits fit, and in her own time. Superstitious and eccentric, she enjoys seances to commune with the dead in her spare time. The living find her strange, and her conversational skills don't alleviate this. Must have an excellent Swedish accent and comic timing.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 40 to 55
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 10 Fred
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Character role. Garry's affable valet. Cockney and cocksure, spirited and jaunty, he has an uncomplicated view of life. He's unaware that his unrefined qualities leave the more genteel members of society slightly aghast. Must have an excellent Cockney accent and comic timing.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 20 to 39
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 11 Lady Saltburn
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Character role. Daphne's aristocratic aunt, she is a model of English propriety. She has tried to raise Daphne with the proper values befitting a young woman, but as a patron of the arts, she has indulged Daphne's hope of being an actress. Must have an excellent British accent and comic timing.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 50 to 65
Ethnicity: Any -