CALIFORNIA SUITE by Neil Simon
Director: Bernie Paveley
Production dates: 19-21 March 2020
Audition date: Wednesday 13 November 2019
Neil Simon at his most humane and compassionate best. A four-part comedy as only Neil Simon can write.
Five couples arrive in turn from New York, Philadelphia, London and Chicago and separately occupy a suite at the Beverly Hills Hotel, bringing along their problems, anxieties and comical marital dilemmas. Beverly Hills will never be the same.
VISITORS FROM NEW YORK
Hannah, a magazine writer, is joined by her ex-husband Billy. They have to agree with whom their daughter should spend the next six months. The banter flies fast and furious, but Hannah's well wrought artifice crumbles as her fears take hold.
Hannah Warren - playing age 40's. Opinionated, sarcastic, witty and fearful.
William Warren - playing age 40's. Tanned, attractive, trim and laid back.
VISITORS FROM PHILADELPHIA
A wife arrives at the suite, catching her husband in flagrante delicto with a drunken hooker.
Marvin Michaels - playing age 40's. An average Joe who loves his wife dearly but finds himself in an awkward situation. This is a physical role: he must be able to pick up and carry Bunny.
Millie Michaels - playing age 40's. She's tired from her flight. Loves her husband and is the kind of person for whom marriage is a lifelong commitment. Understanding, patient and forgiving.
Bunny - playing age 20-30's. A call girl who has passed out. Physical comedy role.
VISITORS FROM LONDON
Academy award nominee Diana returns from the ceremony empty-handed to her husband Sidney, whose homosexuality will be no comfort tonight.
Diana Nichols - playing age 50's. English actress with a biting wit.
Sidney Nichols - playing age 50's. English antique dealer. Bisexual or gay. Very witty.
VISITORS FROM CHICAGO
Two couples ending a disastrous vacation they should not have shared.
Mort Hollender - playing age late 30's. He is frustrated with his friends. Casual and easy-going, but does not handle crises well.
Beth Hollender - playing age late 30's. Has sprained an ankle playing tennis. Very brassy, forward, friendly and opinionated.
Stu Franklyn - playing age 30's. Trying to help Mort and Beth. Thinks highly of himself and believes he has superior intellect. Physical comedy role.
Gert Franklyn - playing age 30's. Takes excellent, almost obsessive, care of herself. Sees herself as glamorous and makes sure others see her that way as well.
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