Barefoot in the Park

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Auditions
July 15 & 16, 2019 @ 7:00pm

Preview
September 5, 2019

Performances
September 6-8 & 13-15, 2019

Preview, Friday & Saturday @ 7:30pm • Sunday @ 2:30pm

Barefoot in the Park is a romantic comedy by Neil Simon. The play opened on Broadway at the Biltmore Theatre on October 23, 1963, and closed on June 25, 1967, after 1,530 performances. It was Neil Simon’s longest-running hit, and the tenth-longest running non-musical play in Broadway history.

Corie and Paul Bratter are a newlywed couple. For their first home, they live in an apartment on the top floor of a brownstone in New York City. Corrie is optimistic about their future together, while Paul, the more anxious and grounded half of the couple, worries about the various flaws in the apartment, such as a hole in the skylight, their leaky closet, and the lack of a bathtub. Shortly after moving in, Corrie attempts to set her mother up with their eccentric neighbor Mr. Velasco. During the course of four days, the couple learns to live together while facing the usual daily ups-and-downs. Corrie wants Paul to become more easy-going: for example, to run “barefoot in the park”.

This play is Rated PG.



Audition Info
You are only required to attend 1 night of auditions to be considered. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. If you are unable to make the scheduled audition dates, but would still like to audition, please contact the director to schedule an early audition. (Contact information below.)

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

Corie Bratter (mid-20’s)
A newlywed, married only six days at the beginning of the play. She is impetuous, pretty, and full of enthusiasm for the future. Impulsive and fun-loving, she considers herself a doer, not a watcher. She eventually learns to appreciate dependability and quiet strength.

Paul Bratter (mid-20’s)
Corie’s husband, an attorney in his first job. Both his dress and his outlook are very conservative. Extremely proper and dignified, he always knows the right thing to say. He is levelheaded and practical, and he keeps his emotions in check, perhaps too much so.

Ethel Banks (50’s+)
Corie’s mother. She is in her late forties. Although she is still pretty, she has fallen out of step with the fashions. She lives alone in West Orange, New Jersey. Consciously or unconsciously, she has adopted a narrow image of herself as someone with a sensitive stomach, a bad back, and no need for romance.

Victor Velasco (50s+)
The Bratters’ upstairs neighbor. He is a colorful character. Although capable of looking positively natty in a double-breasted pinstriped suit, he also wears Japanese kimonos and berets. He is vain, flamboyant, and without shame when it comes to letting someone else pick up a tab. Married three times, he is a terrific flirt. He is also a gourmet cook; Paul refers to him as the “Hungarian Duncan Hines.” There are signs that Victor is beginning to slow down.

Harry Pepper (25+)
A telephone repairman.

Delivery Man (25+)

If you have any further questions or need to schedule an early auditions please contact Director – Opal Virtue via Facebook Messenger.
If you don’t use this form of communication please contact our Social Media Chairperson, Bridgette Richard, at [email protected] and she will relay the message to the director.


STAFF

Director – Opal Virtue
Producer – Chris Terven
Assistant Producer – Christina Dean