Loose Ends

by Michael Weller

Directed by Terry Schreiber
March 15th-April 15th, 2017
Life & relationships in the 1970’s 


Wednesday  1/11/17  12pm-6pm

Saturday  1/14/17  12pm-6pm

Sunday  1/15/17  1pm-6pm

Wednesday  1/18/17  12pm-6pm

Sunday  1/22/17  12pm-6pm  CALLBACKS

                                                                 *Please sign up for an audition appointment time in person at the Studio


Paul Baumer (Mid 20’s-Mid 30’s)

Wants a small concrete life. “I have to be thought of as a good person”. Bright, intelligent, facile. A quick and acerbic sense of humor that he uses for self protection. Quixotic. A man whose malleability barely disguises his own growing malaise. Feels obligated to be responsible. Difficulty in really confronting his own feelings. Role includes brief nudity.

Balinese Man (20-30)
South East Asian, Indonesian, or from India, Japan, Sumatra. Intrigued by an American young woman. Peaceful and friendly. Big warm smile. Wants to present fish to Janice.

Ben Baumer (35-40)
Driven to live up to his image as “the guy who knows”. Older brother to Paul. Came out of the 60’s with image of making “big bucks”. Big ego, masks a lot of insecurities. Likes to throw his weight around and money. Has a big sexual image of himself, potential to make it big. Constantly trying to win Paul’s respect. Six years older than Paul. “If I can get Paul’s respect, I know I’ve arrived”. Genuinely concerned with what he considers Paul drifting. Covers feelings by going for a joke. Huge need to be liked.

Russell (30’s or older)
Dedicated to carrying “The Master’s Power”. Complete control of Janice. Has found Nirvana in Indian mysticism. Has completely changed his lifestyle and dedicated his life to Indian philosophy. Can not acknowledge any contradiction. Probably and Engineer, Philosophy, or Physics major. Has discovered the truth of the universe. Cannot live in contraries. It has to be absolute, no contradictions. 

Lawrence (50’s)
Interior Decorator and head of a magazine. Think Andy Warhol, especially his very wry sense of humor. Lives by “I must not ever be alone” and “no one must see that”. Outed and doesn’t care who knows it. Loves to entertain and have the latest gossip and dropping of names. Wants to belong, be loved, and the center of attention. Wry New York sense of humor- the dramatics of it all.

Doug (30’s)
Must be his own man. Vietnam Vet-Army. Knows Paul since college. Ex hippie. Return to Earth guy. Walked away from city life and is his own man. Proud, Earthy sense of humor. Loves his work, Maraya, and Jake. Bursting with testosterone. Gregarious. Aggressive and not easily dissuaded. Would love to have Paul as a business partner. A big kid at heart. Very visceral.

Phil (30-35)
Must figure out how to have a good time. As good a time as everyone else. Married to Janice- 3 years. Has a son, 2 years old. Is a city planner, desk job. Gullible. Tries to fit in. Very insecure underneath. Excited Paul likes his movie idea. Has no idea he’s being put on. Janice calls the shots.

Susan Steen (Mid 20’s-Mid 30’s)
Seeking Independence and career. Vulnerable, and fighting to grow into herself. Direct, bright, enigmatic at times, persistent, seeking, and searching, self-centered. Going after what she wants; daring and aggressive. Manipulative. Difficult for  her to open up to her own insecurities. Loses herself behind the camera. Role includes brief nudity.

Janice (Mid 20’s-Mid 30’s)
A schoolmate of Susan’s. They grew up together. Depends on Susan. Goal in life is to be a matron, wife/mother. Must find her man. Knows how to manipulate to get her way, i.e. plays helpless a lot. Child like but with a stubborn streak. Gullible. Searching for what she wants to get out of life, i.e. “A MAN”. Finds nirvana with Russel and Eastern philosophy, insecure, high strung. Needs Susan’s approval. Proud of being a mother. Needs affirmation, protective of Phil and dominates  the relationship, after being dominated by Russell. 

Maraya (30’s)
Earthy, devoted to Doug and family. Runs the house and Doug. Liberated. A free woman, independent, down home woman. Abrupt and to the point. Will not be ordered about. Strong. Raised in the country. Open and hospitable. High school education. Ex-hippie and free love generation of the 60’s. Very balanced within herself. Soothing, strong and protective. Solid. Role includes brief nudity.

Selina (28-35)
A very beautiful Chinese or Japanese American woman. Wants to break Asian mold of marriage/children. Always in a war zone between upbringing (parents) and moving out of a strict Asian upbringing. Must move beyond her family. Gets caught in a triangular relationship with Susan and Paul. Wants her career. Concerned, caring, direct. Good sense of wry humor. Simple and straight forward. Calm, challenging, honest and confrontation. Tension between Paul/Susan similar to what she grew up in. 

Wednesdays-Sundays, and will begin January 25th, 2017.

Beginning Friday March 10th, 2017. Final dress will be Tuesday March 14th, 2017.

March 15-April 15, Wednesdays through Saturdays (6:30pm call, 8:00pm curtain)


Wednesday – 1/25 – 11am-4pm
Full Company and Tech Staff

Thursday – 1/26 – 1pm-6pm
 Full Company

Saturday – 1/28 – 1pm-7pm
1pm-4pm-Scene 1-Paul/Susan
4pm-4:30pm Break
4:30pm-7pm add Janice/Balinese Man

Sunday – 1/29 – 1pm-7pm
1pm-3pm- Scene 1- Paul/Susan/Janice/Balinese Man
3pm-3:30pm Break
3:30-7:00pm – Scene 2- Paul/Susan/Doug/Maraya

Wednesday – 2/1 – 11am-6pm
11:00am-1:00pm- Scene 2- Paul/Susan/Doug/Maraya
1:00pm-1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm-6:00pm Scene 3- Ben/Susan/Paul/Selina

Thursday – 2/2 – 1pm-6pm
1:00pm-3:00pm- Scene 3- Ben/Susan/Paul/Selina
3:00pm-3:30pm Lunch
3:30pm-6:00pm Scene 4- Janice/Russell/Paul, *4:30pm Add Susan

Saturday – 2/4 – 12pm-7pm
12:00pm-1:30pm Scene 1
1:30pm-3:00pm Scene 2
3:00pm-3:30pm Lunch
3:30pm-4:30pm Scene 3
4:30pm-7:00pm Scene 4

Sunday – 2/5 – 1pm-7pm
1:00pm-3:30pm Scene 5- Doug/Maraya/Paul/Susan
3:30pm-4:00pm Lunch
4:00pm-7:00pm Scene 6- Susan/Paul/Selina/Lawrence

Wednesday – 2/8 – 11am-6pm
11:00am-1:00pm Scene 5
1:00pm-1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm-6:00pm Scene 6

Thursday – 2/9 – 1pm-6pm
1:00pm-3:00pm Scene 7- Janice/Susan/Phil/Paul/Ben
3:00pm-3:30pm Lunch
3:30pm-6:00pm Scene 8- Paul/Susan

Saturday – 2/11 – 12pm-6pm
12:00pm-1:30pm Scene 1
1:30pm-3:00pm Scene 2
3:00pm-3:30pm Lunch
3:30pm-5:00pm Scene 3
5:00pm-6:00pm Scene 4

Sunday – 2/12 – 1pm-6pm
1:00pm-2:30pm Scene 5
2:30pm-3:00pm lunch
3:00pm-4:30pm Scene 6
4:30pm-6:00pm Scene 7

Wednesday – 2/15 – 12pm-6pm
12:00pm-1:30pm Scene 8
1:30pm-2:30pm Lunch
2:30pm-4:30pm Scenes 1 and 2
4:30pm-6:00pm Scenes 3 and 4

Thursday – 2/16 – 1pm-6pm
1:00pm-2:30pm Scene 5
2:30pm-3:00pm Lunch
3:00pm- 4:30pm Scene 6
4:30pm-6:00pm Scene 7

Saturday – 2/18 – 12pm-7pm
12:00pm-3:00pm Scenes 1, 2, 3, 4
3:00pm-3:30pm Lunch
3:30pm-7:00pm Scenes 5, 6, 7, 8

Sunday – 2/19 – 12pm-7pm
12:00pm-3:00pm Scenes 1, 2, 3, 4
3:00pm-3:30pm Lunch
3:30pm-7:00pm Scenes 5, 6, 7, 8

Wednesday – 2/22 – 12pm-6pm
12:00pm-3:00pm Scenes 1, 2, 3, 4
3:00pm-3:30pm Lunch
3:30pm-6:00pm Scenes 5, 6, 7, 8

Thursday – 2/23 – 12pm-6pm
12:00pm-3:00pm TBA – Specific Scenes
3:00pm-3:30pm Lunch
3:30pm-6:00pm Scenes 1, 2, 3, 4

Saturday – 2/25 – 12pm-7pm
12:00pm-3:00pm Scenes 5, 6, 7, 8
3:00pm-3:30pm Lunch
3:30pm-7:00pm Scenes 1, 2, 3, 4

Sunday 2/26  1pm-7pm  Full Company Run Through

Wednesday – 3/1 – 12pm-6pm
12:00pm-1:30pm TBA
1:30pm-2:00pm Lunch
2:30pm-6:00pm Run Through Full Play

Thursday – 3/2 – 1pm-6pm
1:00pm-2:30pm TBA
2:30pm-3:00pm Lunch
3:00pm-6:00pm Run Through Full Play

Saturday – 3/4 – 1pm-6pm
1:00pm-2:30pm TBA
2:30pm-3:00pm Lunch
3:00pm-6:00pm Run Through Full Play

Sunday – 3/5 – 1pm-7pm
1:00pm-2:00pm TBA
2:00pm-2:30pm Lunch
2:30pm-7:00pm Run Through Full Play

Wednesday – 3/8 – 12pm-6pm
12:00pm-2:00pm TBA
2:00pm-2:30pm Lunch
2:30pm-6:00pm Run Through Full Play

Thursday – 3/9 – 1pm-6pm
1:00pm-2:00pm TBA
2:00pm-2:30pm Lunch
2:30pm-6:00pm Run Through Full Play

Friday – 3/10 – 6pm-11pm
Full Company, Dry Tech

Saturday – 3/11 – 11am-11pm
Full Company, Tech

Sunday – 3/12 – 11am-11pm
Full Company, Finish Tech, Dress rehearsal

Tuesday – 3/14 – 7pm-11pm
Full Company, Final Dress rehearsal

Wednesday – 3/15 – 2pm-11pm
Full Company, First Preview
2:00pm-5:00pm rehearsal
5:00pm-6:30pm Dinner
7:00pm make-up
8:00pm First Preview

 – Sign up in person at the Studio for an appointment. No calls or emails to the office, please.
 – If you find it necessary to cancel your audition appointment, please do so well in advance so that another actor may sign up during that time slot.
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 – Please remember to bring a hard copy of your headshot and resume to your audition.
 – We are committed to assembling a diverse cast of actors. Actors of all backgrounds, ages, races, genders, religions, national origins, sexual orientations, gender identities, heights, weights, and physical or mental abilities are encouraged to audition.
 – Please email with any questions. 





JANICE (with Paul and Russell)

Scene 4, Pages 39-41

Begin- Janice: “Remember, this is a dream I’m talking about”.

End- Paul: “Here’s the number”.




JANICE (with Susan)

Scene 7, Pages 68-70

Begin- Janice: “I think it’s just a question of respect. Mutual respect”.

End- Janice: “Sometimes I’m not sure how to take him”.


BALINESE MAN (with Paul, Janice, Susan)

Scene 1, Pages 15-16- Improv dialogue until we find Bali speech and accent.


DOUG (with Paul)

Scene 2, Pages 18-21

Begin- Doug: “Listen, man, I’ve been there, you don’t have to tell me horny”.

End- Doug: “I can’t help it if you don’t know how to tell a story”.


MARAYA (with Doug, Susan)

Scene 2, Pages 24-27

Begin- Maraya: “I gotta do some stuff. Can you get me some smokes”?

End- Maraya: “He could care less. Are you O.K.”?


BEN (with Susan)

Scene 3, Pages 29-31

Begin- Ben: “Susan”?

End- Ben: “Yep. Ten years. Great lady, the best”.




BEN (with Paul)

Scene 3, Pages 34-37

Begin- Ben: “Wait a minute. Wait just a minute”.

End- Ben: “I’m talking about…”


SELINA (with Paul)

Scene 4, Pages 43-44

Begin- Paul: “So. Where were we”?

End- Selina: “I’d kill him”.




SELINA (with Susan)

Scene 6, Pages 61-64

Begin- Selina: “Yeah, good old Soolie. You feeling O.K.”?

End- Susan: “I think we better straighten this out”.


RUSSELL (with Janice and Paul)

Scene 4, Pages 39-41

Begin- Janice: “Remember this is a dream I’m talking about”.

End- Russell: “He’s trained in a very ancient tradition”.


LAWRENCE (with Susan and Selina)

Scene 6, Pages 64-66

Begin- Lawrence: “…And there in the middle they had their incredible column”.

End- Lawrence: “Don’t be too long”.


PHIL (with Paul)

Scene 7, Pages 71-73

Begin- Paul: “Your brother’s a real character”.

End- Paul: “You should’ve seen it”.


PAUL (with Ben)

Scene 3, Pages 34-37

Begin- Paul: “So, d’you drive up”?

End- Ben: “I’m not worried. I didn’t say I was worried”.




PAUL (with Selina)

Scene 4, pages 43-46

Begin- Paul: “So. Where were we”?

End- Selina: “You’re welcome”.




PAUL (with Susan)

Scene 5, pages 51-55

Begin- Susan: “Want some more”?

End- Paul: “O.K. That’s half a point, right”?





Scene 1, Pages 9-10

Opening monologue






Scene 7, pages 75-76

Begin- “I should explain.”
End- “At least that’s what the lady explained.”


SUSAN (with Paul)

Scene 1, pages 10-13

Begin- Susan: “You got another cigarette”?

End- Susan: “And a servant called Lother or something like that…I don’t know”.




SUSAN (with Paul)

Scene 5, pages 51 -55

Begin- Susan: “Want some more”?

End- Paul: “O.K. That’s half a point right”?




SUSAN (with Paul)

Scene 7, pages 78-80

Begin- Susan: “I don’t believe this”.

End- Susan: “That doesn’t count. They’re not married. Shit”!





Scene 8, pages 84-86

Begin- Susan: “Oh, I’m O.K. It’s just…”

End- Susan: “I…I FORGOT MY BAG. Bye, babe”.