The Prisoner of Second Avenue

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Audition Dates:

Sunday, July 22 and Monday, July 23, at 7:00 p.m.


Edna and Mel are a struggling, middle-aged couple living in New York City. Mel has just lost his job, the walls of their apartment are much too thin, and the city is in the middle of a heat wave. Their troubles escalate when Mel suffers a nervous breakdown. Mel becomes slightly paranoid, the apartment is robbed, and their neighbors, well, they don’t help matters much. Throughout it all, Edna does her best to support her husband, even getting a job of her own after Mel is fired. Her efforts aren’t enough, however, and Mel’s siblings are called in as backup. Quickly, in a crowded apartment in the most crowded city in the world, all hell breaks loose, and it becomes apparent that the only thing Mel and Edna can rely on are the people closest to them.


Seeking a cast of 6 actors (2M, 4F) to play the following roles.  All ages are playing ages. The director will cast actors who can believably play the ages suggested.

Mel Edison: Male, Late 40s – mid 50s.
A neurotic New Yorker who’s hot temper hides his insecurities but even as he loses his mind his wit remains intact throughout. Mel has fallen into his life, he’s happy enough but dreams of something more. Throughout the play he becomes more and more unhinged and unpredictable. His moods swing from anger to empathy in the space of half a page. This is a great role for a performer looking to stretch their range.

Edna Edison: Female, Late 30’s – late 40s.
She’s a chic but strong-willed woman who can be wife, matron and verbal sparring partner to Mel. Edna is the rock in Mel life. She is always there for him but as he falls apart we see she finds it harder and harder to keep him whole to the point that fractures begin to appear in her own sanity. This role would suit a performer with the ability to play many conflicting emotions beneath a gentle facade.

Harry Edison: Male, Late 40s – mid 50s.
Mel’s big brother who incurs respect by his very presence. The acting head of the family and the one who got all the breaks, as far as Mel can see. He has an air of authority and superiority but underneath all that there’s a heart of gold… if you can find it!

Pearl: Female, 40s – 50s.
Jessie: Female, 40s – 50s.
Pauline: Female, 40s – 50s.
Mel and Harry’s sisters. Family-centred, gossips, agony-aunts and loyal to a fault. They will always put family first, but years of being kept at a distance by Mel and Edna has not gone unnoticed.


LTM’s Audition Form.pdf

Auditions will take place at the theatre. Actors will be asked to perform a cold reading from selections of the play. No monologue is needed.

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