Directed by Bill Dorian
Performances will be held weekends August 9 – 18, 2019.
Auditions will be cold readings from the script. Headshots and resumes are appreciated but not mandatory. Please arrive no later than 8:15pm.
Questions? Contact Bill via email at email@example.com.
Benard – Fifty year old cook and proprietor of Maudie’s Diner. A short-tempered, grouchy man, but underneath his harsh exterior is a kind, caring person.
Bob – know as “shirtless Bob,” he is a regular customer of the diner. He is slightly argumentative but generally compliant with the no shoes, no shirt, no service rule. In his 40’s give or take 10 years.
Walter – Late 20s – early 30s. A PHD candidate, he is a stereotypical professional student-type: glasses, simple hair cut, never without a textbook. He’s intelligent and articulate except when he tries to speak to Betsy.
Maudie – In her 20s, she is Benard’s deceased wife and has, for 25 years hung as a “portrait” on the center of the upstage wall. A little feisty with some “blonde” traits, she enjoys goading and lecturing her husband.
Betsy – A cheerful, hardworking twenty year-old simple waitress, but lacks confidence. She’s a little dowdy and disheveled, but loyal and eager to please her boss.
Michael/Michela – An angel with a dry sense of humor. A mischievous type who likes to dangle the proverbial carrot. Could by played by male or female. Any age.
Darlynn – A sweet, bubbly woman who doesn’t hesitate to call things as she sees them. In her late 40’s to early 50’s. For 25 years she’s tried to get Benard to the alter, but hasn’t gotten him to first base yet. Refusing to accept defeat, she constantly tries to get his attention by varying her attire daily, sometimes hourly.
E.L. – In her 20’s she is a classy, but cold, career-centered woman, who oozes with conceit and confidence. A writer of local notoriety, she has her own regular column in the Kansas City Star newspaper.
Alex – Late 20’s to30’s, he is a confident, likeable guy with a long resume of ex-girlfriends, one of whom is E.L., who has turned him into a “yes-man”.
Daisy – A sweet, but somewhat daffy old lady nearly joined at the hip with her best friend, Violet. They are like yin and yang only Geritol style. Each rarely speaks a complete sentence without the other one to finish it.
Violet – A sweet, delightful old lady, but a little less patient than her friend Daisy.
Lizzy – In her 20’s she is an obedient, well-mannered mouse of a girl, but with a unique split personality. When hidden behind her glasses she is meek and timid. But when her glasses come off, she is a dazzling one-woman stage show.
Big Earl Ella – Mid 40’s. A motorcycle mama complete with tattoos, body piercings, and wildly colored hair. She is Lizzy’s mother. She’s loud and intimidating, but beneath her leather and chains exterior, she is a diamond in the rough – well, not really!
Meet Benard Muloovy, proprietor of Maudie’s Diner, the most no-nonsense cook you’ve ever met. Bernard gets served a full plate of comic chaos when his deceased wife decides to take up residence as a talking portrait on the diner wall. Enlisting the services of an angel, Michael, Maudie hopes to reunite Benard with their long lost daughter, Elizabeth. True to his mischievous nature, Michael delivers two Elizabeths, and Benard’s task is to decide which young woman is his real daughter. This play comes fully seasoned with characters like E.L. – a snobbish restaurant critic after Benard’s secret recipe, Lizzy – a girl with a split personality, a yin-yang geriatric duo, a motorcycle mama, and of course Darlynn, the woman who has been trying to get Benard to the altar for years, because who doesn’t want a second helping of happiness? In this contest of laughter and tears, lines are drawn, sides are taken, and rules are broken as one young lady reveals a secret and ultimately claims her paternity, but not without a twist… or two. A single set, zany characters, and a heart of gold make this a great night out for the whole family!