BACK PORCH - David Willis Auditions

Posted: February 26, 2020

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BACK PORCH - LOS ANGELES APPOINTMENTS

David Willis

APPOINTMENTS

Invited auditions will take place in early April.

CONTRACT

99 Seat Agreement Minimum Wage for rehearsal/performance hours

SEEKING

See breakdown

INSTRUCTIONS

Please specify in email submission any conflicts during rehearsal and performance periods.
Deadline: Tue, Mar 31, 2020

SUBMIT TO

BluestemProds@gmail.com

PERSONNEL

David Willis - Producer

OTHER DATES

First rehearsal: May 5. Opening at Victory Theatre in Burbank Friday June 5, running Fri-Sat-Sun for 6 consecutive
weekends (dark July 4), closing Sunday July 12.

OTHER

Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to submit.

BREAKDOWN

Summary: Back Porch is about the clash of values when Hollywood descends upon a small Kansas town in the mid-1950s to shoot
scenes for the classic film, Picnic. Sparks fly in more ways than one when the two cultures intermingle.

GARY OPAT, 18 years old: This head-in-the-clouds high school valedictorian’s first romance, with a member of the film crew, opens his eyes to possibilities for his life he has never imagined, to emotional highs and lows he has never experienced. Gary is endowed with attractive looks, to which he has been fairly oblivious till now. Back Porch is his coming-of-age story. Shares scenes of intimacy with Bill.
DEL WAYNE OPAT, his brother, 13 years old: This kid brother, who is still puzzled by most of what he encounters in the world, always says what he thinks, and in the strange new environment of movie-making is richly rewarded for just being who he is.
BARNEY OPAT, their father, mid-40s, but looks 50s: A widower who has been the only parent his sons have known for most of their lives, Barney does the best he can to guide his beloved boys through childhood and adolescence, and most of the time he gets it right
MILLARD GOFF, neighbor and friend, mid-40s, but also looks 50s: A lifelong buddy of Barney’s, a surrogate mom for the boys (sometimes their protector), a provider of soul-nurturing home cooking for anyone who walks in the door, Millard’s role is somehow to be the glue that holds everything together.
MYRON UHRIG, late 20s: The sad case of a guy whose upbringing is a classic example of Midwestern repressiveness and as a result doesn’t know who he is or what he really wants and blames just about everyone else for his misery. His happy ending, though painfully acquired in the course of the play, is that he does find himself and stands poised on the verge of a potentially fulfilling future.
BILL HOLMAN, early-mid 20s: William Holden’s stuntman in the film, Bill becomes Gary’s first love, and although he’s more worldly-wise and has a lot to teach Gary, it takes an offer he can’t refuse to learn that he doesn’t know himself as well as he thought and that unavoidable choices must sometimes leave scars on psyches. Needs to look enough like Holden to believe he could be hired as his stunt double. Shares scenes of intimacy with Gary.



Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to submit

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