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Westfield Playhouse holding auditions for ‘God’s Favorite’ Aug. 3 and 4

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Main Street Productions of Westfield will have open auditions for Neil Simon’s “God’s Favorite” at 7 p.m. Aug. 3 and 4 at Westfield Playhouse, 1836 Ind. 32. Those auditioning will read from the script.

“God’s Favorite,” directed by Danny Russel, runs Sept. 26 through Oct. 12. Any questions regarding the play, rehearsals, etc. can be directed to Russel at riley@dannyrussel.com.

Show synopsis: Successful Long Island businessman Joe Benjamin is a modern-day “Job” with a demanding wife, ungrateful children, and wisecracking household employees. Just when it seems things couldn’t get any worse, he is visited by Sidney Lipton, a messenger from God (and compulsive film buff) with a mission: test Joe’s faith and report back to “the Boss.” The jokes and tests of faith fly fast and furious as Neil Simon spins a contemporary morality tale like no other in this hilarious comedy.

Actors are being sought for the following roles:

Joe Benjamin – (stage age 56). Tall and commanding; exudes strength and a quiet sense of decency.

Rose Benjamin – (stage age early 50s) Joe’s wife; dripping with diamonds and pearls, but highly neurotic.

David Benjamin – (stage age mid 20s). Joe’s ne’er-do-well son; a college dropout, who is perpetually drunk.

Sarah Benjamin – (stage age teens to early 20s). Joe’s daughter; very sweet, but stupid and nervous like mom.

Ben Benjamin – (stage age teens to early 20s) Joe’s obedient son; as stupid as his sister.

Sidney Lipton – (stage age 47) Unimpressive physically, nearsighted, sarcastic, henpecked, and broke.

Mady – (preferably African-American and middle-aged). A live-in domestic; a smart-mouthed maid, who tells it like it is.

Morris – (preferably African-American and middle-aged). Mady’s husband; a faithful butler, who defers to his wife.


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