Auditions - Nuts

Mark your calendar!
The Burlington Players is pleased to announce open auditions for our first show of the 2018-2018 season!

by Tom Topor

directed by Robert Hallisey

Audition Dates
Sunday June 24, 2018 & Tuesday June 26, 2018 at 7 pm
Callbacks if needed, Wednesday June 27, 2018 at 7 pm

Burlington Players Park Playhouse
One Edgemere Ave
Burlington, MA 01803

Performance Dates
September 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 at 8 pm
September 9 at 2 pm, September 16 at 7 pm

Audition Information
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Please arrive as close to 7:00 pm as possible to sign in, take a head shot, and review script sides provided.

In preparation for the auditions please:
  • Bring your theatrical resume
  • Print out and bring a completed audition form. Ensure the completed form includes all conflicts. Conflicts must be known prior to casting.

Rehearsal Information
The rehearsal schedule will depend on cast conflicts but rehearsals are typically Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7-10 pm. Rehearsals will begin soon after the July 4 holiday. Expect ‘tech weekend’ over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Show Synopsis
Written by Tom Topor, Nuts has been called the best courtroom melodrama since Witness for the Prosecution and The Caine Mutiny Court Martial. Set in a courtroom in New York's Bellevue Hospital, the story follows a high-priced call girl incarcerated on a charge for killing a violent "john". The State, represented by a court appointed psychiatrist and an aggressive prosecutor, say Claudia Faith Draper is unfit to stand trial. As testimony from experts and her parents unfolds, with her psyche and childhood dissected, she attempts to prove to the judge that she isn't "nuts" and that she’s legally sane to stand trial for manslaughter. The play was later made into the 1987 film starring Barbra Streisand.

Character Descriptions
  • Claudia Draper (28-35): An attractive woman - confident – quirky. The defendant. Described by her psychiatrist as being “Generally withdrawn and aloof with a tendency towards inappropriate humor.” This is a wonderful part, funny and intense.

  • Aaron Levinsky (30+): Claudia's court appointed attorney - very likable type - wants to help. The nice guy, a little unkempt, but knows how to handle his difficult client.  Sharp and quick witted.

  • Franklin MacMillan (40): State's Attorney - wants to prosecute Claudia for murder. Not a nice guy, strong and in charge, he knows how to handle these cases and expects this to be wrapped up by lunchtime!
  • Rose Kirk (55+): Claudia’s mother. A caring mother and dutiful wife. Appears weak and nervous, and scared for her daughter.
  • Arthur Kirk (55+ older than Rose): Claudia’s step-father. A successful businessman, who knows how to strike a deal and believes you run a home like you run a business.
  • Dr. Herbert Rosenthal (40+): The psychiatrist. A mild man with a rumpled suit. He has dealt with the criminally insane and other psychiatric patients for a very long time and knows what is best for them.
  • Judge Murdock (55+):  A mild and thoughtful man who commands authority.
  • Officer Harry Haggerty (any age):  An officer of the court. He is on stage the whole time but only has a few lines. He is essential to the action of the play. Kindly but strong.
  • Court Recorder (female, any age): Just a few lines during the play but delivers the final speech of the play.

Questions related to auditions can be directed to producers, Chris Rose or Hugh Thompson