Another audition today. This time it was for a Neil Simon play that’s going to Broadway in the Spring, Barefoot in the Park. Most of the roles have already been filled but they were looking for understudies and I thought understudying on Broadway ain’t too shabby. It was an Equity call (and for those of who who may not know, that basically means people in the actor’s union get to go in before the rest of us schmucks. And as they run out of Equity people, then they send in the non-union gang) but I decided I would go anyhow if for no other reason than to get out there and be seen by casting people. The casting person was a name Dee was familiar with, so she thought it was a good move on my part to show up. The place was packed and even though I shouwed up shortly after 10 I wasn’t able to actually audition until around 2 or so.
All we needed to have prepared for the audition was a comedic monologue. As we were waiting in line, the proctor was telling us to keep it short. Apparently a lot of people today were doing monologues that just went on and on and on. Mine is only about a minute long and I shaved off a few sentences here and there while I was waiting in the hall. I was ready to go (and eager to perform my Steve Martin monlogue again!).
I went in and the girl was really friendly. She asked what I was going to be performing and I told her it was “A Public Apology” by Steve Martin. She perked up a little bit and was like, “Oh, I haven’t heard that one!” so I was eager to take her on a comedic journey.
I started the monologue and she stopped me a few lines in and asked me not to address it to her, but to look above her. I said “No problem” and began again. As I was doing it, out of the corner of my eye I could see her covering her mouth and trying not to laugh out loud, which of course, was just adding fuel to the fire for me, and by the end she totally lost it and was laughing out loud.
After I was finished (and she finished laughing) she said she teaches acting classes in the city and usually focuses on scenes rather than monologues but she wanted to know where she could find that monologue because she really liked it and wanted to check it out.
We chit-chatted for a short bit and that was pretty much that. I must say, it was one of the best responses I’ve gotten on the monlogue so I left feeling really nice. Since it was an Equity audition and there were a ton of union people there auditioning I’m not getting my hopes up too much, but man I had a good time and I think she did, too.
Another successful ride on the E-Train.