Auditions for our staged reading of “The Boys in the Band”

Western Reserve Playhouse Auditions

“The Boys in the Band” by Mart Crowley

A rehearsed reading directed by Jim Fippin


The year is 1968. In his upper East Side apartment, Michael is throwing a birthday party for Harold, a self-avowed “thirty-two-year-old, pockmarked Jew fairy,” complete with a surprise gift: Cowboy, a street hustler. As guests arrive and the evening wears on, fueled by drugs and alcohol, bitter, unresolved conflicts and resentments come to light when a game of “Truth” goes terribly wrong.
This groundbreaking play premiered Off-Broadway in 1968 and ran for 1,001 performances, and was recently revived on Broadway.


Audition Dates: Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 7-9:30PM

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Performances: Sunday July 14, 2019 2PM

Rehearsals will be created after casting and be limited to only six meeting.  There are no equity contracts at this time.

Location: Western Reserve Playhouse 3326 Everett Rd, Richfield, OH 44286

Audition requirements: Actors auditioning will be asked to read excerpts from the play, sides will be provided by the production staff.


The role of Harold has been cast.

Roles available are:

Michael: 30, average face, smartly groomed

Donald: 28, wholesome American good looks

Emory: 33, small, frail

Larry: 29, with a starkly simple sense of individual style and color in his clothes. Extremely handsome.

Hank: 32, tall, solid, athletic, attractive.

Bernard: 28, African-American, tall, gaunt, good-looking, dressed in Ivy League clothes.

Cowboy: 22, muscle-bound, “too pretty.”

Alan: 30, aristocratic Anglo-Saxon features.

Character descriptions are taken from the play and the ages and physical descriptions should NOT be taken as literal guidelines for casting. Bernard, however, will be cast as an African-American. They offer a very broad outline to give a rough idea of character types, or stereotypes, if you will. Before auditioning, actors are strongly encouraged to read the play. There will be very minum rehearsing for this staged reading. No equity contracts offered at this time.

Questions? Email the director Jim directly at