|Audition Notice||Talk Radio||
by Eric Bogosian
Phillip Ley first appeared on the Tower stage as a dead body in a sack over half a century ago and in one way or another he has been associated with the company ever since. He gravitated towards the technical side starting with Sound Design and Stage Management and more recently Set Design most notably, Blood Wedding, The Slab Boys, The Voysey Inheritance, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Telstar, The Producers, Sailor Beware!, Eigengrau, Chancers and The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband. His directing credits for the Tower include Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde, Sex Drugs Rock'n'Roll, Telstar and Sailor Beware! He has also devised The Tower Theatre Blues Brothers show and The Fabulous Eddie and Otis Soul Revue. His musicals Paradise (a Rock'n'Roll Fable) and Return of the Marionettes have both played in London and toured to the Minack Theatre, Cornwall. He has performed as bassist in many of the recent Tower musical forays including Little Shop of Horrors, Paradise (a Rock'n'Roll Fable), Smokey Joe's Café, Lark Rise, The Boy Friend, The Producers and Return of the Marionettes.
The director writes :
Barry Champlain, Cleveland's controversial radio host is on the air doing what he does best : insulting the the pathetic souls who call in the middle of the night to sound off. Tomorrow, Barry's show is going into national syndication and his producer is afraid that Barry will say something to offend the sponsors. This of course, makes Barry even more audacious. Outrageous, off beat, moving, funny and totally entrancing.
It began as a collaboration between Eric Bogosian and Tad Savinar in 1985 with projections and live callers. Two years later, re-written by Eric Bogosian, it ran for four months with the writer playing the lead role and continued for another two months with Larry Pine as the central character. Only eighteen months after the play had opened in New York, Oliver Stone directed the film version which was greeted with critical acclaim.
A new adaptation opened on Broadway in March 2007 (some twenty years after its opening in New York) enabling Eric Bogosian to use what he had learnt while working on the film to groom and adrenalinise the play. He says "it looks the same, but it's different - that's the play you find here".
This is one of my long standing "to do" shows which the Tower has been seeking the rights for over a good number of years. I'm proud and excited to be directing this challenging show.
The characters are :
This is an interesting show as there are 37 named characters of which only ten appear on stage! If possible it is my intention to follow the lead of previous incarnations by utilising those not on stage as the Callers to the station. Therefore the characters of Sidney, Bernie, Dr Susan Fleming, Rachael and possibly Spike would be required to provide varied vocal interpretations in convincing American accents as the 'pathetic souls' who call the radio station.
Ages are all 'playing' ages. If you think you look, or could look with a little help the age of the character then we'd be pleased to see you.
Barry Champlain (playing age - mid thirties) : The central character. Barry transitioned from being a music deejay to a talk radio host in Akron, later moving to WTLK Cleveland. "Talking is living" and that's what he does best. He pushes the boundaries to their limits and on this night there are no limits. He is surprised to find that his show is to be picked up by Metroscan and go out nationwide the following week. Choosing not to soften his touch to placate the sponsors and studio management he goes into overdrive. Not a role for the faint hearted!
Stu Noonan (playing age - mid thirties/forty) : Barry's operator. Stu is transfixed by Barry's energy to the extent he gave up deejaying to become Barry's operator and followed him when he got a show in Cleveland. He as good a friend as Barry has but is put upon in a way that resembles some marriages.
Spike (playing age - mid twenties) : Sound engineer. Appears regularly in the control room and production room.
Linda MacArthur (playing age - late twenties) : Assistant producer of 'Night Talk' and sometimes female companion of Barry. She is confident and knows exactly where she stands in Barry's life but is constantly let down by his arrogant relationship skills.
Dan Woodruff (playing age - forties/fifties) : Executive Producer. Dan was instrumental in turning the fortunes of the radio station around by introducing an 'all-talk' rosta of radio hosts. He claims to have created Barry and is driving forward the national syndication of his show.
Sidney Greenberg (playing age - thirties/forties) : Financial talk show host.
Bernie (playing age - thirties) : Sid's operator.
Kent (playing age - eighteen) : A guest on the show. He loves partying which includes drugs. He talks his way into being invited onto Barry's show againsts everybody's advice.
Dr Susan Fleming (playing age - thirties/forties) : Talk show host.
Rachael (playing age - thirties) : Susan's operator.
Please read the play before auditioning - a copy is available from the Director.
We are looking for the following :
Assistant Stage Manager
This is a technically challenging play so continuity would be preferable although don't rule yourself out just on that score.
If you are interested in any of these roles or in being involved in the show in any other capacity please contact the Director, Phillip Ley.