The T. Schreiber New Works Initiative continues our 2018-2019 season with a reading of Men Overboard by Rich Orloff, the third in a series of four staged readings in our season.

T. Schreiber Studio values diversity in casting. There is flexibility in age range for some of the roles listed. We encourage actors of all backgrounds to audition.

AUDITIONS: Wednesday, February 20th, 2-5pm and Friday, February 22nd, 2-5pm
 Sunday, February 24th, 2-5pm
REHEARSALS: Thursday, February 28th 5:30-9:30pm, Friday, March 1st 4:00-8:00pm, and Saturday, March 2nd 2:00-6:00pm
PERFORMANCES: Sunday, March 3rd at 3:00 & 7:00pm


No phone calls, please. Limited times available. You must be fully available for all rehearsal and performance times listed above to audition – no exceptions. Please check your schedules carefully. If you don’t see any available times, all audition slots have been filled. If you don’t have an appointment but would still like to be seen, you may come to the auditions (dates and times listed above) and we will fit you in if time permits.

Download Full SCRIPT  The pages for the audition sides are as below. Please be prepared to read both sets of sides for each character.

Ernie 1  P 1 / Ernie 2. P 63-64                      Abe 1.  P 2-3 / Abe 2.  P 55-56
Doug 1   p 50-51 / Doug 2  P 107-108        Jay 1. P 17-18 / Jay 2. P 87-88
Robert 1. P 9-11 / Robert 2. P 96-97           Eva 1 p 43-44 / Eva 2 p 79-80


Play Description:

In MEN OVERBOARD, a Bar Mitzvah in New York City brings together three Jewish brothers who have taken different life paths (becoming a politician, a therapist, and a Buddhist monk), plus their fading but forceful father, the politician’s 13-year-old son (who doubts he’s ready to become a man), and the boy’s Bar Mitzvah tutor (a woman who loves the boy and possibly one of his uncles). As the boy is torn between obedience and defiance of his father, tensions grow, affecting everyone in the family, until anger becomes abuse and it becomes clear that the family’s status quo is no longer an option. MEN OVERBOARD asks “What makes a man?” as it explores the responsibility each of us has to protect the souls of those we love.

The play takes place in the living room of a three-bedroom apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Character Breakdown: 

ERNIE SILVER, an old man and family patriarch. He was a demanding and volatile father, and even though he’s faded into dementia, he’s still capable of power and fury, and at times, charm and warmth.

ROBERT SILVER, Ernie’s oldest son, a Congressional candidate, late 40’s. A rising success in New York politics, he’s a shrewd and driven man who knows what he wants and is committed to getting it. And he usually does.

DOUG SILVER, Ernie’s middle son, a therapist, mid-40’s. After his divorce, he moved back to care for Ernie. He’s more comfortable in his roles as son, uncle and therapist than in engaging with the world.

JAY SILVER, Ernie’s youngest son, a Buddhist monk, early 40’s. A respected translator of Buddhist texts, he lives in a Buddhist monastery in Thailand. He’s back in New York for the first time in many years.

ABRAHAM SILVER, Ernie’s only grandchild, 13. He’s well-behaved and easily intimidated by his dad, but he’s also smart and questioning.

EVA FUZESI, Abraham’s Bar Mitzvah tutor, from Hungary, mid-30’s. Studying to be a cantor, she brings an outsider’s eye both to the family and to America. Eva and Doug dated awhile, and she probably accepts Doug more than Doug accepts himself. Light Hungarian accent desired.