Casting Call

"Biloxi Blues"

Biloxi Blues Logo

by: Neil Simon

Dominick and Karen Abbatiello

Directed by:
Todd R. Bennington


Synopsis: The second in Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Neil Simon's trilogy which began with Brighton Beach Memoirs and concluded with Broadway Bound. When we last met Eugene Jerome, he was coping with adolescence in 1930's Brooklyn. Here, he is a young army recruit during WW II, going through basic training and learning about Life and Love with a capital 'L' along with some harsher lessons, while stationed at boot camp in Biloxi, Mississippi in 1943.


Director Todd R. Bennington is seeking the following:
7 Adult Males Ages 20s-50s
2 Adult Females Ages Late teens to 40s



Character Age


Eugene Morris Jerome Late teens/20s The narrator of Biloxi Blues. He is the voice of Neil Simon. Through comedy, he is determined to do three things while in the Army: Become a writer, not get killed, and lose his virginity. He's good-natured, but a bit naive. He has a good moral compass, but struggles in tense situations. He's a peace-maker.
Roy Seldridge Late teens/20s A confident man who thinks he's funny. He's crass, uneducated, and is considered a "class clown". He seeks acceptance and validation from others.
Joseph Wykowski Late teens/20s A big and tough type. Could be considered a typical American jock. A good soldier and dependable under pressure. He has good leadership qualities but is insensitive and lacks culture.
Don Carney Late teens/20s An overall good guy. He annoys his fellow soldiers by singing all the time. He's indecisive and contradictory at times. He's the kind of guy who will do anything for anyone.
Arnold Epstein Late teens/20s A mentally strong intelligent guy, but physically weak. He's the guy who could be a victim of a bully. He is, however, a natural survivor.
James Hennesy Late teens/20s He's of Irish and African-American decent but looks Irish. He comes from a good family with whom he's very close. He's level-headed and well-informed. He stands up for what's right.
Seargent Merwin J. Toomey 30s-50s A big and tough Southerner. He's hardcore and believes in "Old school" Army discipline. He does have demons which haunt him.
Rowena 40s A worldly Southern prostitute. She's a chameleon of manipulation.
Dasiy Hannigan Late teens-early 20s A sweet, delicate, and smart girl. She is Eugene's first love.


Special Notes for Auditioners:
Actors playing the soldiers must have some physical stamina and also be comfortable performing scenes in just underwear and tee shirts.


Auditions will be held at the

Somerset Valley Players

Located at 689 Amwell Road, Hillsborough. For directions click here

On Thursday, October 25th and
Sunday, October 28th 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Callback Date: To be determined

The show runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
January 25th through February 10th 2019.

For further information call 908.369.7469

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This program is made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and administered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program
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