Comedy, by Ken Bradbury, 2009

Two actors try to audition for a very strange director. It is difficult to know what to do next.

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An excerpt …

(the two actors have just met and have to audition)

MICHAEL: We go on in five.

VANESSA: You’re kidding! Five minutes! We have only five minutes to rehearse?

MICHAEL: Vladimir believes that too much preparation ruins a performance. He also writes the paychecks.

VANESSA: Gimme the script. (he hands her a script) (reading) “The stage is dark. There is no scenery. The audience area is fully lit but the entire play takes place on a dark stage.” This is nuts! Who wrote this?

MICHAEL: Vladimir writes his own stuff.

VANESSA: (reading) No costuming, no set, no entrances, and … what? “Actors should not be limited to only the words written in the script. Animal sounds are appropriate.”   Nuts … the guy is a loony.

(enter, the director)

MICHAEL: Mr. Stanislisky!

VLADIMIR: Vladimir, dear boy. Call me Vladimir. The audition will now begin! Go! (he sits)

VANESSA: But … Mr. …

VLADIMIR: Vladimir! Call me Vladimir! Or Harold. Harold is a nice name. Or Butch. No, not Butch. Begin!

MICHAEL: But we’ve just …

VLADIMIR: Theatre is an art, dear boy! Stop being so hypothetical! So anti-climactic! Emote! Live in your space! Become one with this world I have created.

(this is not your usual audition technique)

MICHAEL: Did I miss something?

VLADIMIR: The stage directions! You’re not reading the stage directions!

VANESSA: We read the stage directions?

VLADIMIR: Why do you think I wrote them?

MICHAEL: But … out loud?

VLADIMIR: Are you ashamed of them?

MICHAEL: No! No … you have … uh … quite lovely stage directions.

VANESSA: Some of the nicest I’ve ever … uh … read aloud.



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