Auditions: The Sisters Rosensweig

By Wendy Wasserstein

Directed by Samantha Goldstein
Produced by Steve Warrick

Audition Dates & Times: Saturday, February 24, 2018, 1:00-4:00 pm, and Sunday, February 25, 7:00-10:00 pm
Callbacks by invitation: Wednesday, February 28, 7:00-10:00 pm

Audition location: Patio Playhouse Theater, 116 S Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025
Between Vinz Wine Bar and Continental Deli

Audition info:
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. You will also be asked to sing a short section — acapella — of a vocal standard. Please plan to stay the entire time (only one night of auditions required).

Bring a headshot, resume, and a complete list of conflicts. Contact the director, Samantha Goldstein, at shgoldst@ucsd.edu for more information.

This is a non-equity, volunteer production.

Tentative rehearsal schedule: Monday-Thursday 7-10 pm. Possible Friday rehearsal on April 20 and/or 27. Possible weekend rehearsal April 21-22 and/or April 28-29.

Performances: May 4-27, 2018, Fridays-Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm, at Patio Playhouse


Synopsis: Sara Rosensweig Goode, a successful banker, is about to celebrate her 54th birthday with family and friends in her lovely London home. Her quiet life with her daughter, Tess, is stirred by the arrival of her two younger sisters: Gorgeous Rosensweig Teitelbaum, a self-taught radio show “psychologist” and fashion maven, and Pfeni Rosensweig, peripatetic world traveler and well-known writer. Before Sara can catch her breath, Mervyn Kant, successful faux-furrier from Long Island, shows up on her doorstep and is instantly smitten with her. He has come in search of his business associate Geoffrey, who is also a famous theater director and Pfeni’s on again/off again boyfriend. During the preparations for the celebration, Tess and her English boyfriend Tom arrive and announce they are going to join the resistance in his ancestral home of Lithuania. While Sara is grappling with her confusing feelings for Merv, she is visited by her occasional boyfriend, Nicholas, a stuffy Brit whom Gorgeous and Tess suspect of being an anti-Semite. All of this leads to a diverting evening full of romance, verbal sparring, song and dance, and maybe a couple of epiphanies about love and acceptance. A warm and literate living room comedy, the play examines the bonds of sisterly love with sweetness and subtlety. Winner of the 1993 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Broadway Play, and a Tony-award winning performance for Madeline Kahn as Gorgeous Teitelbaum.

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Role Descriptions
All roles are open.

Tess Goode: (18-25) A lively and intelligent girl on the verge of adulthood, Tess’s idealism spurs her to join the Lithuanian resistance with her boyfriend, Tom. Her proper English education has made her long for an unpretentious American college experience.

Sara Goode (45-60) The eldest Rosensweig sister and Tess’s mother, Sara is an American expatriate with an acquired British accent. Highly intelligent and dignified, Sara is at the pinnacle of her career as the first woman to become head of the Hong Kong/Shanghai Bank. She has also been divorced twice and now guards herself against future relationships with men.

Gorgeous Teitelbaum (40-55) the middle Rosensweig sister, is a radio celebrity in and around her hometown of Newton, MA. While she and her sisters were all born in Brooklyn, Gorgeous is now a suburban housewife who married a lawyer, had kids and travels with the Temple Beth-El sisterhood. She loves Chanel, high heels, and dispensing advice with great fanfare to anyone who will listen. She is not as intellectually focused as her sisters and loves to describe people and situations as “funsy.”

Pfeni (rhymes with Penny) Rosensweig (35-45) is the youngest Rosensweig sister and a world-renowned journalist and writer. Her book, Life in an Afghan Village, is required reading for Tess’s writing class at Westminster. She is confident and seemingly self-assured, but insecure in her relationship with Geoffrey. Her nature makes her fun-loving and witty, and her intellect keeps her sensible and realistic.

Geoffrey Duncan (35-45) is a famous and charismatic theater director who loves The Scarlet Pimpernel. He’s devoted to Pfeni, but still has feelings for a former boyfriend who left him for a chorus boy in Cats. Playful and flamboyant, Geoffrey loves to sing and dance and encourages Pfeni to do the same.

Mervyn Kant (50-65) is a widower and successful faux-furrier from Long Island, arrives unannounced at Sara’s home in search of Geoffrey. Like Geoffrey, he is not averse to bursting into song at the drop of a hat, and is generally open with his feelings. Mervyn is also an observant Jew and prompts Sara to examine her own Jewish roots.

Nicholas Pym (50-65) is a high society English banker who has dated Sara but may be a bit too buttoned-up and reserved for her. Some of the Rosensweig women are suspicious of him, and Gorgeous describes him as a Nazi.

Tom Valiunus: (18-25) Tess’s boyfriend, and passionate about his revolutionary principles. Working class and raised in England, his large Catholic family hails from Lithuania. He’s a bit over his head in the company of the intellectual Rosensweig women, but he’s a big fan of the family and genuinely endearing.