Auditions!

Ballyhoo


Playhouse 22, East Brunswick’s Community Theater, will be having open auditions for the Last Night of Ballyhoo written by Alfred Uhry on Monday, January 26 and Wednesday, January 28 at 7:00 p.m.

Callbacks by invitation are scheduled to be held on Saturday, January 31 at 2 p.m.

The comedy is set in the upper class German-Jewish community living in Atlanta, Georgia in December 1939. Hitler has recently conquered Poland, Gone with the Wind is about to premiere, and Adolph Freitag (owner of the Dixie Bedding Company) and his sister Boo and nieces Lala and Sunny – a Jewish family so highly assimilated they have a Christmas tree in the front parlor – are looking forward to Ballyhoo, a lavish cotillion ball sponsored by their restrictive country club. Adolph’s employee Joe Farkas is an attractive eligible bachelor and an Eastern European Jew, familiar with prejudice but unable to fathom its existence within his own religious community. His presence prompts college student Sunny to examine intra-ethnic bias, her Jewish identity (or lack thereof), and the beliefs with which she’s been raised.

The show dates are April 17 – May 3, 2015. All shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Auditions will be held at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center, 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, NJ 08816.

The show will be directed by Marie Fiorello. Sides will be provided.

Character Breakdown

Boo Levy – (40-50) Lala’s mother, Sunny’s aunt and Adolph’s sister. Her husband is dead, and she struggles with wanting her daughter to be socially successful. Boo is the main character driving the play’s inter-Jewish racism.

Reba Freitag – (40-50) Sister-in-law to Adolph and Boo. Reba is somewhat simple but is shrewder than others give her credit. Like the other characters, Reba is oblivious to what it means to be Jewish.

Adolph Freitag (40-50) (owner of the Dixie Bedding Company) and his sister Boo, sister-in-law Reba, and nieces Lala and Sunny. Adores Sunny, but has little tolerance for Lala. Adolph is a kind soul, who understands the good impact that Joe Farkas has on the family.

Lala Levy – (20’s) Boo’s daughter who is obsessed with “Gone with the Wind. Lala is somewhat childish and awkward and fights with her mother over their Jewish identity and her social status.

Sunny Frietag (20’s)– a junior at a well-to-do liberal arts college (Wellesley College), Sunny is interested in the works of Eugene V. Debs and Upton Sinclair. She struggles with her Jewish identity, but faces this through her relationship with Joe Farkas.

Joe Farkas – (20’s) Works for Adloph Freitag, and finds an intellectual match in Sunny. Joe challenges the family to reassess their ideas of identity and family.

Sylvan “Peachy” Weil – (20’s) A “gentleman caller” from Lake Charles, Louisiana. Peachy is known for his red hair, obnoxious behavior and outspokenness.

Questions can be emailed to ballyhoo@playhouse22.org or by calling (732) 254-3939. For more information about Playhouse 22, please visit www.Playhouse22.org

Please watch this space for upcoming auditions for our 2014-2015 season!