Audition Sides for DEAR FRIENDS
Vivian / Gigi Side (Those reading for Gigi will be reading George’s lines)
Sal / Doug Side (Those reading for Sal will be reading Sally’s lines)
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(Note: Age ranges are approximate and absolutely flexible. Please feel free to read for any character)
Michael Graves – 30s (flexible) – He had tried to be a writer and had failed. The climactic work of his career was a play which appeared on Broadway eleven years ago and closed after one week. Yet, he has adjusted reasonably well to business. He makes a good salary. Exceedingly decent and intelligent. Separated from Lois for about 3 months after many years of marriage. Discontented, unhappy, and unfulfilled in the marriage. Has initiated the divorce. Very civilized with Lois.
Lois Graves – 30s (flexible) – A housewife. Had visions of being an actress but gave it up in favor of marriage and children. Exceedingly decent and intelligent. Separated from Michael for about 3 months after many years of marriage. Discontented, unhappy, and unfulfilled in the marriage but has not totally agreed to the divorce. Very civilized with Michael.
Douglas Lambert – 40s (flexible) – Husband of 16 years to Sal and father. Makes a decent living but money needs to stretch beyond its endurance. He is soft, gentle, humorous, and a homebody. He is oriented to the appreciation of life, nature, holidays, food, music, and all things sweet and loving. At home he is endearing and unreal. At work he is a tyrant and very real.
Sal Lambert – 40s (flexible) – Stay-at-home-dad and husband to Douglas. Warm, gossipy, and effusive. He is alive, enthused, and alert but seems to lack insight. Yearns for romance and excitement and has a need for social involvement. He is appealing, warm, vulnerable, and perhaps pathetic. One may wonder how he fills his days… and nights.
Lenny Marshall – 30s (flexible) – Husband of 10 years and father of three. An accountant who makes an OK living. He is sharp, driving, ambitious, bright, and sometimes crude. His cruelty shows through a veneer of sophistication. Constantly inconsistent. His and Charlotte’s outward relationship is a sham.
Charlotte Marshall – 30s (flexible) – A housewife of 10 years and mother of three who happens to write children’s books and contributes a small amount to the family income. She is all knowing without knowing, already ready to argue, frustrating, and frustrated. Seems to be in competition with her husband, Lenny. Her stories are endowed with heavy-handed plots and Freudian overtones. Her and Lenny’s outward relationship is a sham.
Gigi Spears – 40s (flexible) – Wife 21 years with no children. Editor of a trade paper and ashamed of it. Has dabbled in Zen and strange Japanese diets and somehow refuses to grow up but gives a good showing of being an adult. Gives a near desperate effort to stay youthful. Very affectionate with Vivian.
Vivian Spears – 40s (flexible) – Wife of 21 years, part owner of a shop in Greenwich Village. Has dabbled in Zen and strange Japanese diets and somehow refuses to grow up but gives a good showing of being an adult. Gives a near desperate effort to stay youthful. Very affectionate with Gigi.