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Chapter Two By Neil Simon
Woodinville Repertory Theatre

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  • Chapter Two By Neil Simon
  • Woodinville Repertory Theatre
  • Non-Union Theater
  • Theater or Stage
  • Non-Union; Other Union
  • Woodinville, WA
  • Project Begins: Jan 20, 2020
  • Project Ends: Mar 29, 2020
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  • Contact Person: Hjalmer Anderson
  • Primary Phone: 425-714-4783
  • Secondary Phone: 206-892-8982
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  • Mailing Address:

    16504 190th Ave NE
    Woodinville, WA 98072


    APPOINTMENT REQUIRED

    Prefered method of submission: Email

    Audition Location:
    Please email to the director Hjalmer Anderson at hjalmeranderson@gmail.com for an appointment.

    Submission instructions:
    If possible send your headshot and resume by email if that is not possible please bring your headshot and resume to your audition.

Chapter Two is widely perceived to be an autobiographical revelation of Neil Simon’s coming to terms with the death of his first wife, followed by his love affair and subsequent marriage to actress Marsha Mason.
This very funny but poignant play is based around four brilliantly penned characters: George Schneider, a mourning writer; Jenny Malone, a levelheaded actress; Leo, George’s garrulous but loving brother; and Faye, Jenny’s utterly clueless but enchanting friend.
George has not moved on from the untimely demise of his wife, despite Leo’s best efforts to hook him up with other women. Then he meets Jenny, who’s just walked out of a terrible marriage to a football player, and in a very short space of time they’re in love. But George’s memories catch up with him and he soon finds himself trapped between the past and the present, and the new relationship starts to crumble. Can he reconcile his past and move forward with Jenny, a sentimental woman with a strong head on her shoulders? Do they give up or work things out?

Although it seems like a heavy subject to deal with, Simon’s wonderful narrative and witty and humorous dialogue makes Chapter Two an immensely likeable piece. In George and Jenny, he shows us complexity and simplicity. In Leo and Faye, he presents us with two of the most confused yet adorable characters that we connect with right from the word go.

The play was nominated for the 1978 Tony Award for Best Play, and is considered one of Neil Simon’s finest works. In 1979, Chapter Two was released as a film, directed by Robert Moore and starring James Caan and Simon’s then-wife Marsha Mason, on whom the character of Jennie was based.

 

Character Breakdown / Project Needs
Roles listed are representative. Exact casting will be determined at callbacks. Woodinville Repertory Theatre does not discriminate based on; race, gender, age, or sexual orientation in any of our casting processes.

GEORGE SCHNEIDER (early 40s): A clever, witty, and charming novelist who is a tad neurotic. George is grieving over the loss of his beloved wife of 12 years.

Jennie Malone - Has been Cast Already.

LEO SCHNEIDER (late 30s-early 40s): George’s younger brother. Leo is a press-agent who is a quick-witted, charming pragmatist. Married with children, but likes to fool around.

FAYE MEDWICK (early-mid 30s): Jennie’s best friend. Faye is also an actress. She feels unfulfilled in her marriage and contemplates having an affair with an ex-boyfriend.

Audition/Interview Dates:
email for appointment; Audition Date June 23 10 AM to 4 PM

Callbacks or second audition/interview?
Wednesday June 26 - 5:30 PM to 9:30 Pm

Audition Requirements:
prepare a 2 minute comic monologue.

Monetary compensation:
$200.00 Stipend

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