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Billy & Ray - Equity Principal Auditions

Vineyard Theatre
Category: Performer


Vineyard Theatre | New York, NY

Call Type
Equity Principal

$506.00 PER WEEK

Director: Garry Marshall
Playwright: Mike Bencivenga
Artistic Directors: Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern
Casting Director: Henry Russell Bergstein

• EPA Rules are in effect.
• A monitor will be provided.

Performers of all ethnic and racial background are encouraged to attend.

Always bring your Equity Membership Card to auditions.

Other Dates
1st Reh: September 2nd, 2014
1st Pre: October 1st, 2014
Tentative Open: October 19th, 2014

Equity Actors. 3 male roles available. The 1 female role has been CAST, but actors will be considered for possible replacements.


Acclaimed film and theater director, GARRY MARSHALL, directs MIKE BENCIVENGA's new play, BILLY & RAY, a whip-smart comedy charting the birth of the film noir genre. BILLY & RAY follows the literary odd couple, writer-director Billy Wilder and novelist Raymond Chandler, as they contentiously collaborate to adapt “Double Indemnity” for the silver screen. Set in 1940's Hollywood, BILLY & RAY is the true story of how two brilliant and thorny artists battled the Hollywood censors and each other to create a groundbreaking movie classic.


Male, to play 35 to early 40s, iconic Hollywood writer/director by way of Vienna - slight Austrian accent. Always restless, hyper, funny, confident, womanizer who truly enjoys his martinis. Must have incredible comic chops and brilliant timing.

Male, to play 50s, legendary mystery writer famous for detective fiction. An American schooled in England, slightly pale, well-educated and buttoned-up, he wears tweed, smokes a pipe and secretly sneaks whiskey from a flask. Has a dryness and stillness very much in contrast to Billy’s hyperactivity, but must have equally incredible comic chops and comic timing within that stillness.

Male, to play mid-late 30s, Producer for Paramount Pictures, slick, solid producer-type, dapper, well-groomed, a worrier with the studio watching his every move. A city guy from Chicago, with much time spent in the New York literary and theatre world.

The following role has been CAST. Those auditioning will be considered for possible replacements if needed:

[CAST]: Female, to play 20s, Billy Wilder's "Girl Friday" secretary, a no nonsense gal - think Rosalind Russell, Eve Arden or Jean Arthur. She is 1940's chic, stylish, a fast talker and has her pulse on the beat of the studio and Wilder's every need.

Vineyard Theatre


New York, NY


[Name Withheld]

Response Method(s):
At Audition

Audition Information


Equity Principal Auditions
Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
lunch 1 to 2


Chelsea Studios
151 West 26th Street
New York, NY
6th floor

Notes/What to bring:

Please prepare a contemporary comedic monologue.

Please bring a picture and resume.

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