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February 5, 2014    Bookmark and Share

Auditions! For David Mamet One-Act

The Gaslight Theater will be auditioning for David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago. Auditions will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, February 11 and 12 at Hallowell City Hall at 6 pm.

The play will be produced as part of the Maine Association of Community Theater's One Act Play Festival, Saturday April 12 at Johnson Hall in Gardiner.

The show needs 4 actors — 2 men and 2 women — who can play 20s to late 30s.

Auditions will consist of cold readings and improvisations.

This is the play upon which the 1986 movie About Last Night was based. (That movie featured Jim Belushi, Robb Lowe, Demi Moore, and Elizabeth Perkins.) The playwright, David Mamet, is known as the master of the use of profanity in drama.


  • Dan Shapiro: An urban male in his late twenties
  • Bernard Litko: Dan's friend and associate
  • Deborah Soloman: A woman in her late twenties
  • Joan Webber: Deborah's friend and roommate


The play takes from over approximately nine weeks one summer, at various spots around the North Side of Chicago.

Danny and Bernie balance their mundane office jobs with sexual banter, particularly their experiences and preferences in the bedroom. Likewise, Joan and Deborah frequently discuss the shortcomings of men while at their apartment.

The main plot point is Danny and Deborah's relationship, perpetuating much of the dialogue about men and women. Their romance is quickly established by sexual attraction, but as the play progresses and Deborah moves into Danny's apartment, they are unable to talk with each other seriously.

Contact Richard Bostwick at for more information.