Auditions for Becky’s New Car

By Steven Dietz.  Directed by J. Mark Baumhardt

Auditions at QP Playhouse:
Sunday, August 25th at 7:00pm
Monday, August 26th at 7:00pm

CALLBACKS: Monday August 26th at 8:30 PM

If you have a conflict with the audition dates, please contact the director. Some actors who attend the Sunday evening audition may be asked to return at 8:30 on Monday.

Production Dates: November 8-23, 2013

Synopsis:  Merriam-Webster defines the midlife crisis as: “A period of emotional turmoil in middle age characterized especially by a strong desire for change.”  Is Becky Foster having a midlife crisis?  She has a middling job with a boss who doesn’t appreciate her, a marriage missing its spark, and an adult son living in the basement.  Change stumbles through the door of the car dealership where Becky works in the form of billionaire widower Walter Flood.   Becky is offered nothing short of a new life.  In a way that most plays wouldn’t dare, Becky’s New Car offers audiences the chance to ride shotgun with Becky on her exhilarating ride down the road not taken. Yes, Becky is most definitely having a midlife crisis.

BECKY’S NEW CAR takes the audience on a smart, comic cruise through the perils of middle-aged longing and regret.  – Variety

Dietz has created a comedy of modern manners…one that derives as much power from its humanity as its fine-tuned craftsmanship. – The Seattle Times

A laugh-out-loud amusement park ride where the comedy spins out of control like a bumper car…it turns out there is more under the hood of BECKY’S NEW CAR than just the comedy.  The story has depth and conflict. – Everett Herald

 

Auditions will consist of readings from the script.  Please send an email to: BeckysNewCar2526@yahoo.com or call QP Box Office Phone Line 781-942-2212 to let us know which night you will be auditioning.  We will send you advance sides to review for your audition.

We are looking for a strong ensemble of 4 men and 3 women who are ready to jump into the wonderful world of Becky Foster.  Please contact the director at mbaumhardt@verizon.net if you are interested in reviewing a copy of the script.

Character descriptions (4 men, 3 women):

Becky Foster (45-55+): The center of the story.  Charming, funny, engaging, honest, charismatic.   Becky is a wife and mother.  She is loyal, hardworking, and missing something.   What?  She’s not sure.  Becky is required to interact with the audience during the production.

Joe Foster (45-55:  Becky’s husband. He is strong, pragmatic, honest, sharper than he looks and a loyal family man with a big heart.

Chris Foster (23-28):  Becky and Joe’s son.  He lives in the basement.   He is a graduate student studying psychology.   He is smart, funny, easy-going, yet passionate – a good kid.

Walter Flood (50-65): A very wealthy businessman recently widowed.  He is charming, friendly, gentle, and a bit out of touch, especially when it comes to members of the opposite sex.

Kensington (Kenni) Flood (23-28): Walter’s daughter.  She is pretty, cynical, smart, a bit spoiled – yet grounded.

Steve (40-55):  A recently widowed car salesman who works with Becky.  He is neurotic, emotional, whiny, manic, clueless.  He’s a bit of a nebbish, but not a bad guy underneath it all.

Ginger (45-55):  Walter’s single neighbor who has recently lost all of her money and the things that go along with it.  She is jaded, funny, honest, and lonely.  She’s on the prowl.

+Ages are what need has to “read” to be believable.   (Becky and Joe have a 25 year old son.   Walter has a 25 year old daughter.)  Ideally, Walter “reads” older than Becky.   A little “grey to the temple” can work wonders if you are convincing as the character.

  

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