A COMEDY OF TENORS at Sutter Street Theatre
Directed by Conrad Cecil
Seeking: male and female non-equity actors.
This is a non-musical but there will be lip sinking of some numbers.
Date: Sunday September 15, 2019 at 7:00pm
Callbacks: Tuesday September 17 at 7:00pm
Location: 710 Figueroa Street (See Map)
Performers of all ethnicity are encouraged to attend.
Rehearsal Dates: October 7 – November 7 weekday evenings 7-10pm
Performances are November 8 – December 1 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 4:00pm.
Paris, 1934. One hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. What could possibly go wrong? It’s 1930s Paris and the stage is set for the concert of the century – as long as producer Henry Saunders can keep the amorous Italian superstar and his hot-blooded wife from causing runaway chaos. Prepare for an uproarious ride, full of mistaken identities, blissful romance and madcap delight.
Please bring a headshot and resume if you have them. Please prepare a brief (1-2 minute) comic monologue. You will be asked to read from the script.
Conrad Cecil, Director
Conrad is directing Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors for Sutter Street Theatre’s Off-Broadway Series in Folsom, following an open-air staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Conrad founded the French theater company Compagnie Tangente under the patronage of award-winning playwright Roland Dubillard, whose play Madame fait ce qu’elle dit, he and Werner Schroeter staged on the Champs-Elysees, Paris. Conrad has performed in English and in French, alongside Sophie Marceau, Liam Cunningham, Clémence Poésy, Moritz Bliebtreu and Johan Leysen. Conrad has a Master’s degree in Directing from RADA and King’s College, London, and is a graduate of East 15 Acting School, London.
Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors
Male, mid-late 50’s, any ethnicity.
The Producer. A self-made man. From Akron Ohio.
Hard-working, brash and fast-talking, Saunders has had to fight his way up to become a major show business producer. Although he is pragmatic and even capable of charm, sometimes it all gets too much for his poor nerves… This concert is his biggest production to date and if it fails, he stands to lose not all his money but with it, his reputation, for ever… His former assistant, Max, is now an operatic tenor, and is singing in the concert Saunders is producing. Saunders’ daughter Maggie is married to Max and is pregnant with their first child.
Male, 30s, any ethnicity
Rising American opera singer and former assistant to Saunders. Smart, level-headed and quick with a joke. Should also sing well. Considerate, attentive, earnest, capable, intelligent, conciliatory; but also talented, and persistent with his own aims. He was Saunders’ assistant for many years, but is actually a fine singer, and has a potential for an international career. He married Saunders’ daughter Maggie, but he is trying to shake off the yoke of being an assistant, and step into his destiny as a singer…
Tito Merelli / Beppo
Male, 50s, Italian – Tito is one of Italys most famous opera singers. Regal in appearance, fiery in nature. Diva complex, insanely jealous. Although hugely talented and charismatic, Tito can be provocative, egocentric, spoilt, and even cruel in his wit… Utterly dependent on Maria, his wife, who he looks at alternately as: the love of his life, his mother, his biggest fan, his maid, etc…
The same actor plays: Beppo: A hotel bellhop – joyous, full of life, and down to earth. An unpolished jewel of a tenor. Italian accent. Has a fling with Racón the Russian soprano.
Must have chemistry with Maria and with Racón.
Female, early 50s, Italian – Italian accent.
Stunning wife to one of Italy’s most famous opera singers. Larger than life, in her personality, in her physique, in her explosive temper. Fiercely loyal, spontaneous and natural, she is also acutely sensitive to slights (especially from Tito) and stubborn as a mule. Jumps to conclusions very fast. Her relationship to Tito swings between romance, savage rows, deadly boring routine, mothering a spoiled child, admiring a great man, managing an idiotic lustful goat… Behind it all, she harbors the romantic heart of an Italian teenage girl at the movie theatre.
Tito & Maria Merelli’s daughter. 25 years old, educated in the US. American accent, (educated East Coast.)
Incurably romantic, wide-eyed modern girl who hopes to make it in showbiz as an actress. She has found the love of her life: she’s in a relationship with Carlo Nucci, the famous young tenor whom she adores and admires, and expects a lot of… Mimi & Carlo chemistry essential.
Male, late 20s, Italian-American from Brooklyn, with accent accordingly.
Strong stage presence, likes center stage, a peacock who has taken on the airs of an artist, awed by Tito… In love with Mimi.
Female, late 50’s, Russian – Famous Russian opera singer, former lover to Tito, a very intense and passionate woman. Russian accent