The Real Thing
by Tom Stoppard
Produced by Pinnacle Acting Company
Directed by Mark Fossen

Saturday, October 14, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Pinnacle Acting Company is pleased to announce auditions for Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing. Auditions will be held on Saturday, October 14th from 10am to noon at Dumke Black Box Theatre at Westminster College.




Audition slots will be 5 minutes. Please prepare a modern monologue, in dialect (RP or other British or Scottish) if possible.


Rehearsals will be weekday evenings and Saturday daytime starting November 13. The show will run January 4-21. Not all actors will be called for all rehearsals. Time off will be scheduled around the holidays. Please be prepared with a list of conflicts.


Westminster College
1700 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105


Saturday, October 14, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm




This intellectually and emotionally engaging backstage comedy portrays an articulate and romantically idealistic playwright whose second wife is trying to merge worthy causes with her art as an actress. She has net a “political prisoner” named Brodie who has been jailed for radical thuggery, and who has written an inept play about how property is theft, how the state stifles the rights of the individual, etc., etc., etc. Henry’s wife wants him to make the play work theatrically, which he does after much soul searching. Eventually, though, he is able to convince his wife that Brodie is emphatically not a victim of political repression; he is, in fact, a thug. And while this hilariously transpires, Henry’s concepts of love, marriage and fidelity are tested as surely as his writing skills.


Character Breakdown:
Henry: pre-cast, to be played by Jared Larkin
Annie: pre-cast, to be played by Melanie Nelson
Max: Male, 30-45, any ethnicity. Actor who begins the play married to Annie. British dialect.
Charlotte: Female, 30-45, any ethnicity. Female actor who begins the play married to Henry. British dialect.
Billy: Male, 20-25, any ethnicity. Young actor who plays Giovanni to Annie’s Annabella in ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore. Openly shows romantic interest in Annie. British and Scottish dialect.
Debbie: Male, teens, any ethnicity. Daughter of Charlotte and Henry who nevertheless spends very little time with them. British dialect.
Brodie: Male, mid-20s, any ethnicity. Soldier imprisoned for setting fire to the wreath at the Cenotaph, Annie takes him up as a cause. Scottish dialect.