On Stage: August 8 - 24, 2014
Auditions: June 9th & 10th, 7:30PM-9PM
Al and Willie as "Lewis and Clark" were top-billed vaudevillians for over forty years. Now they aren't even speaking. When CBS requests them for a "History of Comedy" retrospective, a grudging reunion brings the two back together, along with a flood of memories, miseries and laughs.
Please note, the ages listed are for the characters, not an age requirement for actors.
Willie Clark: (m, 65-80) One half of the great vaudeville comedy team, “Lewis & Clark.". Willie is a bitter, sarcastic old man but he hasn’t lost his comedic knack. He’s always dead-on with punch lines and timing. He’s very wrapped up in his own life, and doesn’t show any signs of sentimentality or empathy, yet there’s something wholly endearing about him.
Al Lewis: (m, 65-80) The other half of “Lewis & Clark.” Al is the more timid straight man to Willie’s explosive temperament, yet he can dish it out on an equal level. Where Willie denies the limitations of aging, Al has learned to enjoy his golden years. That being said, it’s obvious he misses his old partner and the good times they shared.
Ben Silverman: (m, 30-45) Willie’s nephew and agent. Ben cares very much for his uncle and really looks up to him. He tries to find work for Willie, but Willie’s age and personality keep sending up roadblocks. A practical, hard-working family man, Ben really didn’t inherit any of his uncle’s sense of comedy.
Eddie: (m, 20-30) A young Production Assistant. Everything rolls down onto Eddie’s shoulders, and he’s carrying a great weight trying to get this production ready for broadcast.
Patient: (m, 30-50) This is an actor playing the role of a patient for the TV broadcast. He can be a bit overacted and perhaps come across as a hypochondriac.
Burlesque Nurse: (f, 20-45) Also a character for the TV show. This character’s purpose is to be the object of lewd sexual jokes. She should be blonde and curvy (think Cathy Moriarty in “Soapdish”).
Registered Nurse: (f, 35-55) A mature woman, preferably African-American. She is savvy and practical, but also thoroughly enjoys her time caring for Willie. She seems to be the only person who breaks through his crusty exterior.