It's Only a Play
A comedy by Terrence McNally
Directed by Fred Gloor
Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 3 to 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 25, 2017 from 3 to 6 p.m.
Callbacks: Monday, June 26, 2017 from 7 to 9 p.m.
About the Show
It's the opening night of The Golden Egg on Broadway, and wealthy theatrical producer Julia Budder is throwing a lavish party in her equally lavish Manhattan townhouse.
Downstairs, the celebrities are pouring in, but the real action is upstairs where a group of insiders have staked themselves out in the producer's bedroom, waiting for the reviews to come in.
Included are the excitable young author; the brilliant but unstable director (who courts failure and is devastated when his work is well received); the pill-popping leading lady (who is hoping to revive her career after a series of flop movies); a fawning, hypocritical drama critic (who is a closet playwright); and the playwright's best friend, an egotistical but insecure comic actor who passed up a chance to star in the play for a television series — which has since been cancelled.
The good natured bonhommie with which the evening begins grows steadily bitchier — and funnier — as the reviews (all bad) come in, and those assembled seek desperately to pin the blame on each other. But, as euphoria slides into despair, the narcissism, ambition, childishness and just plain irrationality that infuse the theatre and its denizens take over, and as the curtain falls plans are eagerly afoot for their next venture — this one sure to be the hit they have all been hoping for.
FIVE adult males
TWO adult females
About the Play's Characters
PETER AUSTIN (male), the panicked playwright
JAMES WICKER (male), Peter's best friend, an actor best known for his work on television
JULIA BUDDER (female), the novice Broadway producer
VIRGINIA NOYES (female), the "doped-up diva"
FRANK FINGER (male), the "genius director"
IRA DREW (male), a lethal drama critic
GUS P. HEAD (male), the fresh-off-the-bus coat-check attendant
Please prepare a contemporary comedic monologue up to three minutes in length or be prepared to read from the script.
Please bring your calendar with you in order to declare any conflict dates between now and Sept. 17, 2017.
It's Only a Play will play for 12 performances on Weathervane's Founders Theater stage from Aug. 31 to Sept. 17, 2017.
Performance days and times are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.