~ The World’s Stage Theatre Company presents ~

by Martin Sherman

Directed by Don Russell

Sun. April 19th – 10:00am – 12:30pm
Mon. April 20th – 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Walk ups are welcome – but it is highly encouraged to sign up ahead of time.

Auditions held at:
The Underground Collaborative
161 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Lower Level
Milwaukee, WI

Rehearsals: June 2015
Production: Fri. July 10th – Sun. July 19th, 2015

Performance Venue:
The Tenth Street Theatre
628 N 10th St.
Milwaukee, WI

Nominee! 1980 Tony Award, Best Play
Named among the “10 most influential postwar British plays” by Guardian UK!
“In 1934 Berlin on the eve of the Nazi incursion, Max, a grifter and his lover Rudy are recovering from a night of debauchery with a SA trooper. Two soldiers burst into the apartment and slit their guest’s throat, beginning a nightmare odyssey through Nazi Germany. Ranked lower on the human scale than Jews, the men as awoved homosexuals, flee. Desperate and on the run, Max asks his own “discreetly” homosexual Uncle Freddie for help as the older man offers little more than suggestions on how to live, as he does, practicing homosexuality on the side. Attempting their escape, Rudy is beaten to death as Horst, another homosexual prisoner, warns Max to deny his lover. Taken to a death camp at Dachau, Max and Horst branded with the “pink triangle”, hope to survive with each other for comfort and courage but it is not to be.” – Samuel French Inc.
NOTE: Script deals with strong language and content.

-Character Breakdown: 10-12 Men
MAX – 20s-30s, homosexual “wheeler dealer” who leads a dissolute life of drink, drugs, and sporadic sex until the horrors of Nazi Germany intervene and effectively put an end to his hedonistic alcoholic life style; a tormented individual, tortured by the memory of his reprehensible actions, but never loses his basic humanity; not at all a coward, but rather a pragmatist
-HOSRT – 20s-30s, relatively muscular physique and a kind nature; a “pink triangle,” incarcerated in the death camps of Dacheu because of his homosexuality; a sensitive man, strongly affected by Max’s torment
-RUDY – 20s-30s, bespectacled, homosexual dancer; rather gushy, effusive, homebody type who has a great love for Max and his precious household plants; tends to become a trifle hysterical at times
-GRETA – 20s-40s, a man dressed as a woman in a silver dress, top hat, and cane; presents an appearance that is at once elegant and bizarre; tough, practical proprietor of a gay nightclub who entertains patrons by singing in a smoky seductive voice; Nazis’ rise to power sends him back to his wife and kids
-UNCLE FREDDIE – 40s-50s, aristocratic, well-dressed; Max’s uncle, a “closet fluff”
-(Officer, Captain, Wolf, Guards, Prisoners)
**Age ranges open

-Please bring a headshot and resume.
-Please prepare a contemporary monologue (not more than 1min30sec in length).
-Auditions will also consist of reading from the script.
-Please be prepared to list potential conflicts for June &July 2015.
-Please arrive 15 minutes prior to scheduled audition to sign in and fill out information.
-Compensation: Small stipend.

If interested in auditioning and cannot make dates – please contact:
Artistic Director – Gretchen Mahkorn

With questions or for specific inquires regarding the script, AND to request sides ahead of time, please contact:
Don Russell – Director