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Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor Auditions August 14–16 Show October 13–22

AUDITIONS August 14–16

Laughter On The 23rd Floor

Presented by Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre

Fridays | October 13 & 20 | 7:30  pm
Saturdays | October 14 & 21 | 7:30 pm
Sundays | October 15 & 22 | 2 pm

BDACT Fine Arts Center – Kamps Auditorium

Tickets: $14, $19, $21

Presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

Directed by Ron Wilkie

Read about the show


Monday | August 14 | 6–9 pm
Tuesday | August 15 | 6–9 pm
Wednesday | August 16 | 6–9 pm

BDACT Fine Arts Center – Encore Hall

Character Descriptions (in order of appearance)

Lucas Brickman (mid-late twenties)
Lucas has just started his second week as a writer on The Max Prince show. He’s on a four-week “try-out” contract. He’s very much “the new guy” among an already-legendary writing staff, trying to fit in, become one of the group, and impress everyone enough to be hired permanently. He is also among the least neurotic of the bunch.

Milt Fields (early 30s)
Milt is a rapid-fire joke machine. He considers himself to be a cheap “wholesaler” among the other writers, who are“Tiffany” quality. Highly insecure, he tries to stand out by dressing flamboyantly and attempting to be a ladies’ man.

Val Slotsky (early 40s)
Val is the senior member of the staff, and the most politically aware of the bunch. As a Russian Immigrant, he speaks with a strong accent. He is self-deprecating in an-your-face kind of way. He states his philosophy in the play: All humor is based on hostility

Brian Doyle (early 30s)
A chain smoker and heavy drinker, Brian epitomizes the cynical, hard-living writer. He’s acerbic, bitter and has grandiose ideas that, any moment now, Hollywood will come calling. He and Ira are constantly at each other’s throats.

Kenny Franks (mid-twenties)
Kenny is the golden boy of the group – highly respected by all despite the fact that he’s the youngest, he’s sophisticated,worldly and self-assured.

Carol Wyman (late 20s)
Carol is the lone woman on the writing staff. She is a veteran of the industry, having survived, and thrived, in this male-dominated environment. In the first act, she’s been trying to get pregnant. In the second act, it is obvious she has succeeded. She is more mature and self-aware than most of her colleagues but is every bit as passionate and quick-witted.

Max Prince (early 30s)
Max Prince is the star of the most popular show on television: The Max Prince Show. Like the characters he plays each week on camera, He is larger than life off camera as well. When he enters a room, he FILLS the room. He has a brilliant madness to him that is exacerbated by his use of alcohol and sleeping pills to fight his perpetual insomnia; increasingly, it either dissipates into disorientation or devolves into out-and-out paranoia. He is a comic genius with a work ethic that is equally impressive. He is a serious professional – and a seriously funny man. He does everything with gusto, exuberance, passion and abandon.

Helen (late 20s)
Helen is the quintessential secretary for the group. She is kind-hearted and in awe of the talent she is privileged to be so close to. Her dream is to become a comedy writer herself. Unfortunately, she does not possess an ounce of comedic talent. But she is amiable and, although she is uneducated, she is self-possessed and unafraid to speak her mind.

Ira Stone (late 20s)
Ira is the most annoying member of the writing team – by far. He is a chronic hypochondriac and shameless attention seeker who is also extremely argumentative. Although he is late for work every day, and generally disruptive it is always he who is the victim. Unfortunately, he is also extremely funny and very inventive. If you don’t kill him, you kind of like him. He and Brian are always at each other’s throats.


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Laughter on the 23rd Floor

By Neil Simon

Laugh along with the stars and writers of this 1950s TV variety show based on Neil Simon’s own early career as a junior writer.  Local director, Ron Wilkie, brings us this ensemble comedy filled with the antics of the stressed-out staff writers working to one-up each other. Watch as star comic, Max Prince, battles the naysaying executives over his sophisticated humor. Or so he says. You’ll be laughing out loud at this 1993 Broadway show here in our own hometown.

Director: Ron Wilkie
Producers: Beth Jewell