Olathe Civic Theatre Association
THE BEST MAN
by Gore Vidal
Directed by John Robison
Saturday, Sept 6 from 1:00-4:00 pm
Sunday, Sept 13 from 1:00-4:00 pm
At Olathe Civic Theatre
500 E Loula, Olathe KS 66061
EXPECTATION and PREPARATION:
Auditioners should be familiar with the show.
Cold readings from the script.
Headshot/Resume (if available) and a list of conflicts between Sept 22 and Nov 23, 2014.
Invited Callbacks, Sunday Sept 14, 10:00am
Sunday-Thursday 7-9pm starting Sept 22, 2014.
November 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 2014
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm
Sundays at 2:00pm
All performances take place at:
Olathe Civic Theatre Assn
500 E Loula
Olathe, KS 66061
In this high stakes and emotionally powerful political drama, two leading candidates are competing to get their political party's presidential nomination, but both have potentially fatal vulnerabilities - checkered pasts and nervous breakdowns. Neither can stand one another, and both are vying for the crucial support of the dying former president, who is lukewarm on both candidates. This show is a delicious, character-focused look at the excitement and mud-slinging that goes on behind the scenes in an election year.
NOTE: Ages listed do not necessarily refer to actual ages of actors - but actors must be able to convincingly play a character of that age.
B. Russell, M/F, age 35+, presidential candidate, a principled intellectual with a failing marriage and a past history of mental instability.
J. Cantwell, M/F, age 35+, presidential candidate, patriotic, power hungry ruthless opportunist, willing to do anything to get the nomination.
Arthur Hockstader, M, age 50+, ailing former president, pragmatic and tough as nails.
A. Russell, M/F, age 35+, B. Russell's spouse, obsessed with hiding troubled marriage for the good of the campaign.
M. Cantwell, M/F, age 35+, attractive, somewhat vapid, typically supportive spouse.
Jensen, M/F, age 30+, campaign manager
Blades, M/F, age 30+, campaign manager
Gamadge, M/F, age 30+, party advisor
Shelly Marcus, F, age 35+, Jo's former military subordinate
Ensemble, M/F, age 18+, portrays variety of reporters, secretaries, delegates, senators, doctors, and assistants. Ensemble will portray multiple parts. 5-10 parts available.
For more information, contact the director John Robison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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