by Ken Levine

The Riverfront Playhouse of Aurora, Illinois announces auditions for “Upfronts and Personal” a comedy by Emmy Award winning writer/producer Ken Levine (“M*A*S*H,” “Cheers,” “Frasier,” “The Simpsons,”). Directed by Craig Gustafson.

SYNOPSIS – The process of getting a TV show on a network schedule is examined as one studio attempts to place two sitcoms on the Fall line-up. How far will everybody have to go, what compromises must they make, which ethics will they have to abandon? And yes, it's a comedy. Really. It is. Filled with egos, sex, treachery, alcohol, more sex and reasonably true love.

Actors must be completely comfortable with content that is bawdy, uninhibited, physically active.

Auditions are by appointment only at The Riverfront Playhouse, 11-13 Water Street Mall, Aurora, IL. All actors and crew must show proof of vaccination.

To schedule an appointment, please email, which is also the proper e-mail address if you have any questions. State your name and which day you would like to audition. Your timeslot will be assigned. Attaching a headshot and resume is acceptable but not required. Details on what you need to read will be given to you when your appointment is scheduled.

1. Actors will be scheduled for Sunday, January 23 and Monday, January 24. If all slots fill up on those dates, other dates will be added.

2. Actors will be assigned a call time,

Sunday: either 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00 or 3:30 p.m.

Monday: either 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00 or 9:30 p.m.

3. Actors will be will spend 30 minutes in a reading audition. No monologues, no improvs. Everyone who attends will get to read for at least two different roles.

4. Walk-ins will be seen only if there are any open slots or cancellations, so making an appointment is strongly encouraged.

5. Those cast will be called by noon on Tuesday, January 25. Actors who are not cast or called back will be contacted by e-mail. Read through will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 26.

Schedule: For the first four weeks, only Beth, Gary and Matthew are needed for all rehearsals. The show will be split into four rehearsal sections – Sunday afternoon, Sunday evening, Monday, Tuesday. Depending on actor conflicts, we can play Rubik’s Cube and move the rehearsal sections to different days but these are the preferred days. No Fridays or Saturdays.

Performances of “Upfronts and Personal” run March 11 through April 16, 2022. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.

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(Character ages listed are guidelines only. If you’re not that age, but you want a part, convince us.)


BETH HELLER -  30’s-40's. Writer/Producer. Partnered with GARY. BETH is taller than GARY, attractive, bright, and seemingly very much in command.

CLAUDIA -  A thousand-dollar-an-hour hooker. She's in her 20's and absolutely stunning.


GARY NOGLE -  30’s-40's. Writer/Producer. Partnered with BETH. GARY is wiry, always a little revved. Words fly out of his mouth without bothering to check in with his brain.

MATTHEW REID -  Late 20's. Fledgling TV Writer. Generation X trying to go legit. Short hair, earring, goatee, designer T-shirt and sports jacket.

DONALD FOSTER - Head of a TV studio. Donald is in his 50's, at one time boyish but not anymore. Maybe it's the gray hair, maybe it's the gut, or perhaps it's the one-too-many cocktails. He is wearing boxer shorts (with his belly hanging over) and a T-shirt; cigar in one hand, drink in the other. A word to describe him would be “bluster.”

ANDY TORKEL - Vice president of a TV studio. ANDY is in his late 30's, corporate, dressed in a suit. The company goat; everything is dumped on him.

WALTER NISPEL - Network President. Walter is in the 50's, utterly charming, slick, and confident. If you didn't hate him, you'd probably really like him.

BEEFEATER - 20s-30s. Tall, handsome. A MAN dressed in a bulbous "Beefeater's" costume – see the Gin Bottle. New York accent.

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