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Auditions Jan. 15 for Neil Simon Play

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1/13/2014 - The Prisoner of Second Avenue Auditions Jan. 15

Northwest Florida State College will hold open auditions for the spring production of Neil Simon’s play, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, directed by Clint Mahle, on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 with sign-in beginning at 6:00 pm and auditions starting at 6:30 pm.

The story revolves around the escalating problems of a middle-aged couple living on Second Avenue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Mel Edison, played by Jack Lemmon in the 1975 film, has just lost his job after many years and now has to cope with being unemployed at middle age. The action occurs during an intense summer heat wave and a prolonged garbage strike, which just exacerbates Mel's plight as he and his wife Edna, originally played by Anne Bancroft, deal with noisy neighbors, loud sounds emanating from Manhattan, and even a robbery of their apartment during broad daylight. Mel eventually suffers a nervous breakdown from the whole affair, and it is up to the loving care of his brother Harry, his sisters and Edna to bring Mel back to a reality.

There are six characters in the play who will be cast: Mel, late 40s, unemployed executive; Edna, Mel’s wife, a matter-of-fact woman who loves Mel deeply but cannot deal with his inability to communicate with her; Harry, early 60s, the oldest of Mel’s four siblings, cynical, frustrated, and acerbic but also the voice of reason; Pearl, Jessie, and Pauline, Mel’s remaining siblings, overbearing, they have always spoiled Mel because he is the youngest.

Rehearsals and performances will be Monday through Friday, January 21 to the show closing March 15. Those auditioning are asked to prepare a one minute comic monologue. For further information, please contact Clint Mahle at 729-6007 or through his e-mail at