Actual title of the play: "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City," by Halley Feiffer. Directed by Sherry Penoyer.
A foul-mouthed comedienne and a middle-aged man embroiled in a nasty divorce are brought together unexpectedly when their cancer-stricken mothers become roommates in the hospital. Together, this unlikely duo must negotiate some of life’s biggest challenges…while making some of the world’s most inappropriate jokes. Can these two very lost people learn to laugh through their pain and lean on each other, when all they really want to do is run away?
Please allow up to 45 minutes for your audition. The director is happy to hear your choice of serio-comic monologue and will also ask you to read sides. Please note this play contains profanity as well as an explicitly sexual scene between Karla and Don. Partial nudity may be required of Karla and Don.To reserve an audition slot, follow this link:
Performances will be Jan. 17-Feb. 2, 2020, with shows at 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, 2pm on Sundays. All showings are at the Red Curtain Arts Center.
All roles are open, and Red Curtain promotes gender-blind and color conscious casting in all of our shows. Ages noted are for the character as written, not necessarily the actor.
KARLA: (25-35) A charismatic woman whose somewhat innocent demeanor belies an incredibly dirty mouth and mind. Spunky, spirited, angry, wickedly funny. A stand-up comedienne with a real penchant for dark humor which she uses to hide behind and distract herself from the pain of her mother’s sickness.
DON: (45-60) An unassuming man. The kind of person you would never notice on the subway or walking down the street – an “everyman” in the most boring sense of the word. Clearly has been through a lot of stress both in life-in-general and also more acutely quite recently. Employs a raging temper to mask the gaping wound left from his recent marital split and his mother’s illness.
MARCIE: (50-60) Karla’s mother. Recovering from a hysterectomy to treat Stage I endometrial cancer. Very dry wit, this dark humor belies not only oceans of pain but also an abusive, selfish cruelty. Still, she is capable of deep love and moments of tender vulnerability.
GEENA: (60-75) Don’s mother. Has been battling ovarian cancer for seven years. Brave. Tired.