Between Riverside and Crazy


The Riverfront Playhouse, located at 11-13 Water Street Mall in Aurora will hold auditions for its Fall production of “Between Riverside and Crazy” on Sunday, July 31 and Monday, August 1 at 6:30pm.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.  No headshots or resumes are required.  


There are parts for 4 men and 3 women, between the ages of 20 to 60.  Persons of color are highly encouraged to attend. 


Written by Stephen Adley Guirgis, “Between Riverside and Crazy” won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  It has been produced all over the country and is currently scheduled to be revived on Broadway this year. 


Co-Directors Gary Puckett and Vicki White wish all persons auditioning to know that 2 of the 7 roles have been precast.  The role of Albert “Pops” Washington, the retired police officer at the center of the story, will be played by Phillip Edward Van Lear, who also starred as “Pops” at the Steppenwolf Theater in 2016. 


Van Lear, who was one of the original members of the Riverfront, went on a distinguished professional acting career which includes such movies as Meet the Browns and Barber Shop 2, as well as the TV series Chicago Fire, The Boss and Prison Break. 


Playing Junior, the troubled and troubling son of Pops, will be Van Lear’s real life son and longtime Riverfront veteran Brandon Van Lear.  


The roles in the show which are still to be cast are:


Oswaldo - early to mid 20’s.  Not terribly well-educated, questionable criminal background, currently early in his recovery from drugs.  He is a friend of Junior’s and staying with Pops.   


Lulu – early to mid 30s.  Junior’s girlfriend, with the habit of walking around the apartment less than completely dressed.  No job - might be studying to be an accountant.  


Detective Audrey O’Connor - mid to late 30s.   Pops’ former partner on the police force.  A “straight arrow” and genuinely fond of Pops.


Lt. Dave Caro - mid to late 40s.  Engaged to Audrey and on the fast path for promotion in the police department.  


Church Lady - mid 30s to mid 40s.  An exotic yet spiritual creature with a definite sensual quality.  She is from Brazil and has an accent.


In this show, the old showbiz adage – “there are no small parts” – is quite literally true. All of the roles are essential to the success of the play.  This is truly an ensemble kind of play. 


The script blends serious topics (such as racism and use of force by law enforcement) with bawdy, often off-the-wall humor, sometimes within the same scene.  It should be noted that this play has language and action that may be disturbing to more sensitive persons. 


Rehearsals will begin in mid-August.  Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, from September 9 to October 8.

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