AUDITIONS – CP2 Readers Theatre – THE CAKE/THE NEW CENTURY – 8/27
CP2 Mini–Festival Auditions
CP2 Readers Theatre offers an exciting opportunity for actors, directors, and audience members to experience theater in a fresh way, with full dramatic readings of selected plays. No costumes, no sets, no props, and the actors perform with scripts in hand. These shows are an incredible opportunity to experience great theater stripped to its essence: the playwright’s words.
CP2 is sponsored by Powerhouse Theater
AUDITION DATE: August 27, 2023 at 1pm
OCTOBER 13 & 14, 2023
Fri 8pm & Sat 2pm
By BEKAH BRUNSTETTER
Directed by BRITTANY PROIA
A celebrated North Carolina baker is thrilled to finally design a wedding cake for her goddaughter. But when she learns the marriage is between two women, she begins to feel conflicted. A surprising and sweet take on a modern-day controversy, steeped in humor and warmth.
The Cake is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. concordtheatricals.com
DELLA: Female, late 40s-60s. North Carolinian, born and raised. A religious and socially conservative woman. Warm, genuine, caring; she has a maternal instinct despite the fact that she has no children of her own. An old friend of JEN’s family. Married to TIM. She sees herself as open-minded, but her life hasn’t brought her into contact with many people who challenge the world-view she grew up with. A prolific and enthusiastic baker, she has been chosen as a contestant for The Great American Baking Show.
JEN: Female, 20s to 30s. Born and raised in North Carolina, she has brought her southern manners with her to Brooklyn, where she has made a home with her fiancée, MACY. An experienced event planner with a compulsive attention to detail. Considerate, kind, and enthusiastic, she wants to see the best in people, though she doesn’t always see it in herself. Her traditional upbringing is often at odds with her newfound liberal lifestyle, and planning her lesbian wedding in her hometown brings that tension to a crisis point.
MACY: Female, 20s to 30s. African-American. Born and raised in New York. Progressive, sharp, outspoken. Very confident in her belief system, and she doesn’t hesitate to challenge those who think differently. Innately curious and inquisitive. She has a deep love for JEN, although she is impatient with JEN’s willingness to make allowances for her conservative southern friends and family. She is who she is, and she won’t make compromises to coddle people’s feelings.
TIM: Male, late 40s-60. DELLA’s husband. A good southern boy. He’s a plumber with a great work ethic, who takes pride in providing for his household. He is comfortable in his traditional values, and has never seen any need to question his beliefs. He is loving and loved, though perhaps not completely in touch with his emotions.
AUDITION DATE: August 27, 2023 at 3pm
OCTOBER 14 & 15, 2023
Sat 8pm & Sun 2pm
THE NEW CENTURY
By PAUL RUDNICK
Directed by MICHAEL J. FROHNHOEFER
When the playwright is Paul Rudnick, expectations are geared for a play both hilarious and smart, and The New Century is no exception. It is a provocative and outrageous comedy, featuring a collection of hilarious characters.
The New Century is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC, servicing the Dramatists Play Service collection. dramatists.com
The New Century is a provocative, outrageous comedy, featuring a collection of vivid and hilarious characters. This is a two-act play, with Act I consisting of three lengthy monologues and Act II bringing all of the characters together for the first time.
Helene Nadler – 50’s. A stylish, Long Island matron, the self-proclaimed “most loving mother of all time” to her three gay children.
Mr. Charles – 50’s. A glorious, flamboyant, aging homosexual hounded out of New York by younger gay men who find his style threatening.
Barbara Ellen Diggs – 50’s. A perky Midwestern crafts person and competitive cake decorator who has lost her son to AIDS. Determined optimist.
David Nadler/ Shane – 20’s. David is into leather. Shane is hunky, dim, affable, low-rent boy who is Mr. Charles’s assistant. This is a dual role.
Joann Milderry – 20’s. A studio receptionist w/ a newborn baby. Sweet, shy and apologetic.
Announcer / Narrator – Male Any Age
Ages given are playable ages, actors need not specifically fit the given age to audition
Auditions will be based on a series of cold readings using sides and monologues from the script which will be provided at the audition