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Comic Potential by Alan Ayckbourn

The NAGs Players

Directed by Brian Russell

Show datesMay 14,15,16 & 21,22,23, 2020 at 7:30 pm (The 2nd weekend is Victoria Day long weekend, so actors must be available for those dates.)

Show & audition locationTranzac Main Stage, 292 Brunswick Ave (at Bloor St W), Toronto

Audition dates: Tues. Feb. 11th, 2020 from 7-10 pm. Call backs are Thurs. Feb. 13th, 2020 at 7 pm.

The auditions will consist of reading sections of the script and interacting with other actors in various roles. A prepared monologue is not required.

Please contact auditions@nagsplayers.com to lets us know you will be attending.

Please also include headshots and resumes if you have them. While not essential, they could be useful.

Rehearsals are generally held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm, and Sunday afternoons at 1:30 pm.

You must be able to make all the dates for the Tech Rehearsal, Dress Rehearsal and show dates before applying for an audition.

NAGs Players is an inclusive community theatre company, and encourages all interested individuals from all backgrounds to audition.

This is a non-equity, non-paying production

 

A copy of the play is on reserve at the Information Desk, 5th floor, Arts Dept. Toronto Reference Library.  789 Yonge St.

DESCRIPTION

A sensation in London and New York, this is one of the funniest and most inventive plays by Britain’s grandmaster of comedy. Largely set in a television studio in the foreseeable future where actors have been replaced by low cost androids (known as “actoids”), this hilarious satire and touching romantic comedy tells the story of Adam, an aspiring writer, and his relationship with Jacie Triplethree (JC333), one of the leading “actoids” on an appalling and terribly cliched television soap opera. When Adam discovers that Jacie can not only carry on a conversation but, due to what she calls a fault in her programming, also has the ability to learn from experience and has a creative imagination, he begins putting together a pitch to build a new television series around her. But the studio, including villainess department head Carla, will not hear of it. Adam soon finds himself falling in love with Jacie and the two of them embark on a quest that takes them into the heart of the city where comedy and tragedy seem to be at every turn. A story filled with both humour and heart, Comic Potential explores the notion that if comedy, laughter, and love are what separates humans from machines yet is mostly subjective, does that make it a fault in the human being experiencing it? And can it be taught?

CHARACTERS

Adam Trainsmith (male, age 20-35) A pleasant and affable dreamer. He has an appreciation for the classics of American cinematic comedy and an earnest desire to bring it back.

Jacie Triplethree (female, age 20-35) An “actoid”, which is to say an android programmed to serve in a variety of low-budget TV series, she has begun to develop human qualities, the most prominent of which is a sense of humor.

Chandler Tate (male, age 40-60) A once proud director of American films now reduced to ordering around robots and technicians instead of actual actors. Bitter and sarcastic with a scathing tongue, he’s nonetheless inspired by this chance to bring back the golden age of comedy.

Carla Pepperbloom (female, age 30-55) A power hungry corporate executive with a taste for younger men and no sense of humor. She’s used to getting her way and not particularly fond of being challenged.

Prim Spring (female, age 25-40) A computer programmer responsible for programming the various actoids. Polite, perhaps even to a fault, and a tad bit skittish under pressure. Currently involved in a lesbian relationship with her co-worker Trudi.

Trudi Floote (female, age 20-35) The on-set technician, she’s in charge of the more mechanical aspects of the actoids and overall studio environment. A bit more jaded and cooler under fire than her life partner, Prim.

ENSEMBLE ROLES

This is a play that requires various actors to take on multiple smaller speaking roles of various character types. Three or four people (both male and female) will be cast in these roles and they will be divided up into as many as four roles per person. All of these roles will be cast based on the number of people and who we have audition:

Doctor/Farmer: A soap opera actoid featured in two distinct roles, LM05623 plays the Doctor who delivers bad news in very “soap opera” style, before a glitch causes him to mix up his vowels. He also plays the Farmer, a supporting actor in Adam’s dream project.

Mother/Farmer’s Wife: A soap opera actoid playing two distinct roles, CW77502 plays Mother who sits weeping while the Doctor gives the tragic news about her son. She also plays Farmer’s Wife, a supporting actor in Adam’s dream project for Jacie.

Dress Shop Assistant: A snooty and snobby dress shop assistant who is left aghast by Jacie’s antics.

Prostitute: A threatening and agitated sort who threatens Jacie in her hotel room, thinking that Jacie is trying to steal her business.

Man in Dress Shop: A rich but exasperated customer who has to deal with his high maintenance girlfriend in both in a department store and a hotel restaurant.

Girl in Dress Shop: The spoiled and high-maintenance girlfriend of Man in Dress Shop, never satisfied, yet expressing amazement in the boutique and the restaurant when she sees things that seem out of the ordinary.

Turkey: A seedy, aggressive, and violent but ultimately cowardly pimp.

Lester Trainsmith: Head of the TV studio, Lester is Adam’s uncle and is aided by his assistant Marmion who does almost all of his speaking for him. A man of steel and purpose who is used to getting what he wants.

Hotel Desk Clerk: Questions and queries Adam and Jacie with both suspicion and intrigue.

Hotel Waiter 1: Efficient in preparing tables and drinks in the restaurant eventually revealing a nasty and bigoted side.

Hotel Waiter 2: Takes part in the smooth arrangement of tables and drinks in the restaurant scene.

Son: Soap opera actoid LJM 54823, reacting with true “soap opera style” stiff upper lip dignity to the bad news about his state.

Marmion: Lester’s assistant and translator who speaks for Lester via a futuristic earpiece. Fastidious but easily flustered when others become confused as to whether he is speaking for himself or for Lester.

Technician: Helps lead Jacie away in a very poignant moment of the play.

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