The Penfield Players announces auditions in early September for the fall production of Gore Vidal's The Best Man.

Director David C. Woodworth will hold auditions on Tuesday, September 2 and Wednesday, September 3 at 7 p.m. at the Penfield Recreation Center, 1985 Baird Road, Penfield. This show has a cast of 16-20, so there are many roles for men and women (18 and up). In particular are roles for one man and one woman, aged 65 and up. Vidal's play tells the story of two politicians vying for the Democratic Party's nomination for president of the United States. William Russell, the ex-Secretary of State, is a wit and scholar with high liberal principles, beloved of the eggheads and suspected by practical politicians. Joseph Cantwell is a ruthless and hard-driving young man, a dirty fighter who will let no scruples stand in the way of his ambitions. Throw in the candidates' advisers and wives as well as the former president eager to hand-pick his successor and what you have is a biting comedy about American politics in all its ugly glory.

Cast of Characters:
William Russell - presidential candidate, cool, scholarly
Alice Russell - his wife
Jensen - Russell's campaign manager
Joe Cantwell - presidential candidate, charismatic, energetic
Mabel Cantwell - his wife
Don Blades - Cantwell's campaign manager
Arthur Hockstader - former President, formidable, calcuating
Mrs. Gamadge - lobbyist for Voice of the American Woman
Senator Carlin - career politician
Dr. Artinian - psychiatrist
Sheldon Marcus - wartime comrade of Cantwell's
Reporters/Convention Delegates

Performances will be November 1-15. All performances will be held at 8:00 p.m. at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road.

If you have questions, please contact David C. Woodworth at

General Audition Info

The Penfield Players hold separate auditions for each of the season's shows. Our fall performances are in November and we usually hold auditions in August. Our spring show auditions vary. All auditions are held at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd. in Penfield.

Auditions usually consist of readings from the script, but some directors encourage a prepared monologue. It is strongly recommended that you read the script before auditioning. Reading scripts are usually available from the director.

We look forward to seeing you at a future audition!


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