Dio auditioning for ‘Lost In Yonkers’
By America’s great comic playwright, Neil Simon, this memory play is set in Yonkers in 1942. Bella is thirty-five years old, mentally challenged, and living at home with her mother, stern Grandma Kurnitz. As the play opens, ne’er-do-well son Eddie deposits his two young sons on the old lady’s doorstep. He is financially strapped and taking to the road as a salesman. The boys are left to contend with Grandma, with Bella and her secret romance, and with Louie, her brother, a small-time hoodlum in a strange new world called Yonkers.
Dio Dining + Entertainment
: Lost in Yonkers
Auditions will take place Tuesday, February 21 from 5pm to 10pm by appointment. Appointments can be made in 10 minute slots. Visit the link below to schedule your audition time.
PLEASE RESERVE THE SLOTS BETWEEN 5pm and 6pm FOR ACTORS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 ONLY.*
If you need to change or cancel your audition appointment for any reason, please visit the link above again and select, “I need to change my sign up.”
Please arrive at The Dio 15 minutes before your scheduled audition time. To aid in social distancing, do not enter the building more than 15 minutes early. Bring photo ID and proof of full vaccination against Covid-19 including booster if eligible. You will be asked to fill out a short piece of paperwork and to supply all rehearsal and performance conflicts prior to auditioning. Enter using the front door located on Main Street, then head immediately downstairs to the greenroom. All actors must wear a mask while inside the building, however you may remove your mask during your audition. All Dio employees are fully vaccinated and will remain masked throughout the evening.
Though in-person auditions are preferred, if you are unable to secure an audition slot, or if you are not available on the date of auditions, you may submit a video audition to director, Steve DeBruyne, no later than Tuesday, February 21 at 10am. Private YouTube links are preferred. Email link to email@example.com.
To schedule an appointment:
JAY – 16, our protagonist. The story is presented mostly through his eyes. Seeking a young looking actor age 18 or older to play 16 years old.
ARTY – 13 1/2, Jay’s brother. This actor must be capable of showing a lot of personality on stage. Remember that in the 1940s, 13 year olds weren’t as mature as they are today. He has a child-like energy.
EDDIE – their father, 41, newly widowed, he leaves his boys with his mother while he travels to try to make money to support his family.
BELLA – mid-thirties, neat and sweet and pretty, simple minded, she is a kind and nurturing spirit and she loves her nephews, Jay and Arty.
GRANDMA KURNITZ – Eddie and Bella’s mother, a big woman, buxom, with a strong and erect body, 70 odd years of age, she is strict and doesn’t show affection, speaks in a strong German accent.
LOUIE – her other son, 36, doesn’t look like he’d be the hugging type, he’s suspected to be involved in mob activity.
AUNT GERT – mid-to-late thirties, another of Grandma Kurnitz’s children, has an odd speech affectation – she says the first half of a sentence breathing out and the second half sucking in.
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Prepare two monologues, no more than 2 minutes each, one dramatic, one comedic. Actors under the age of 18 may prepare one monologue and tell the director a joke. Bring one copy of your headshot and resume STAPLED TOGETHER. Be prepared to supply all rehearsal and/or performance conflicts from May 15, 2023 through July 16, 2023. There will be no rehearsal on May 29 (Memorial Day) and no performance on June 18 (Father’s Day).
In-person callbacks will take place by invitation only on Wednesday, February 22 from 6pm to 11pm at The Dio, 177 E. Main Street, Pinckney MI 48169. Sides will be available on The Dio’s website at www.diotheatre.com prior to callbacks.
Actors over the age of 18 receive a one-time stipend of $570*. Actors under the age of 18 receive a one-time stipend of $285*. All actors receive a meal following each performance and two complimentary tickets. Actors with previous serving experience may choose to serve tables on select nights for additional tip money. Servers are scheduled on an alphabetic rotation.
*If any of the performances are cancelled for any reason, stipend will be reduced by $30 per cancelled show.
Rehearsals will begin May 15, 2022 and take place at The Dio, 177 E. Main, Pinckney MI, 48169, Mondays through Fridays from 6pm to 10pm and Saturdays from noon to 6pm. Tech Saturday will take place from noon to midnight on June 3. Please be aware that rehearsal may run later than 10pm during tech week, June 5 through June 8. Can work with rehearsal conflicts if necessary, however, conflicts are a deciding factor in casting. All conflicts must be supplied at the time of auditions. There will be no rehearsal on Memorial Day, May 29, and no performance on Father’s Day, June 18.
*Call for evening performances is 7pm.
*Call for matinee performances is 1pm.
Friday, June 9 – evening
Saturday, June 10 – evening
Sunday, June 11 – matinee
Friday, June 16 – evening
Saturday, June 17 – evening
Friday, June 23 – evening
Saturday, June 24 – evening
Sunday, June 25 – matinee
Friday, June 30 – evening
Saturday, July 1 – evening
Sunday, July 2 – matinee
Thursday, July 6 – evening
Friday, July 7 – evening
Saturday, July 8 – evening
Sunday, July 9 – matinee
*Thursday, July 13 – evening
*Friday, July 14 – evening
*Saturday, July 15 – evening
*Sunday, July 16 – matinee
*indicates potential added performances. If performances are added, additional pay will be supplied.
Please arrive at The Dio 15 minutes before your scheduled audition time. To aid in social distancing, do not enter the building more than 15 minutes before your audition. Bring photo ID and proof of full vaccination against Covid-19 including most recent booster if eligible. You will be asked to fill out a short piece of paperwork and supply all rehearsal/performance conflicts prior to auditioning. Enter using the front door located on Main Street, then head immediately downstairs to the greenroom. All actors must wear a mask while inside the building, however you may remove your mask during your audition. All Dio employees are fully vaccinated and will remain masked throughout the evening.