Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

by Terence McNally
Director: Peter Rhodes
Performance dates: June 1 – 27, 2015

Audition: Tuesday February 24. Held at the Pavilion Theatre, Doran Drive Castle Hill. Doors open at 7:30.

This bittersweet comedy is set in a one-room tenement apartment in West Manhattan in the mid 1980’s. It combines poignancy and laughter as it traces the unlikely romance that begins to develop between two middle-aged “losers.”

As this is a two-hander, it will stretch all the acting muscles you have to make it real. We follow Frankie and Johnny from 3 AM to dawn on their first date, in a play that requires subtlety, bravery, confidence and a real strong working relationship with your fellow actor. As a result of the timeline, the main source of light on the stage is moonlight streaming through a large offstage window, with an occasional bedside lamp or light from the refrigerator, and that’s about all. This will be a very cool show!

Frankie:           (late 30’s to early 40’s) Striking, but not conventionally good-looking. She has a sense of humour and a fairly tough exterior. She is also frightened and can be very hard to reach.

Johnny:            (early 40’s) Interesting, but not handsome or stand-out attractive. Johnny’s best feature is his personality – which he works at. He has had a tough hand of life so far, but is determined to turn it around. He is in good physical condition and is a short order cook, so must be able to handle a knife on stage.

NOTE: This script indicates nudity for about 3 pages, and some serious making-out on stage. We will of course be very discrete and sensitive in both rehearsal and performance, and with the shadowy lighting on stage – but these are key elements of the play. We will discuss this at the audition – or feel free to call me (0400 400 755) beforehand if you wish.

Please email or phone 0400 400 755 if you would like a copy of the script sent to you electronically before the audition.

Please prepare a 2 minute monologue for the audition, which will be followed by reading from the play.

Variety’s review of the long-running Broadway production said, “Terrence McNally has a hit in FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE. A romantic two-hander with character depth and an abundance of laughs This is a richly warm, humorous, clear-eyed portrait of the beginning of a relationship, it cuts deeper to the heart than any previously seen McNally works.”




Note: Castle Hill Players hold  7 auditions each year on a Tuesday night at the theatre. They are advertised two weeks prior on this website.

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