David Mamet's new Oval Office satire depicts one day in the life of a beleaguered American commander-in-chief. It's November in a Presidential election year, and incumbent Charles Smith's chances for reelection are looking grim. Approval ratings are down, his money's running out, and nuclear war might be imminent. Though his staff has thrown in the towel and his wife has begun to prepare for her post-White House life, Chuck isn't ready to give up just yet. Amidst the biggest fight of his political career, the President has to find time to pardon a couple of turkeys — saving them from the slaughter before Thanksgiving — and this simple PR event inspires Smith to risk it all in attempt to win back public support. With Mamet's characteristic no-holds-barred style, November is a scathingly hilarious take on the state of America today and the lengths to which people will go to win.
Not Your Normal Entertainment
All roles are open for audition.
All roles are volunteer.
Please prepare a 1-minute comedic monologue and prepare for cold readings from the script.
Prepared readings will be requested.
Characters & Audition Info
Charles Smith, President. Male.
By far the most lines, and he is never off-stage. A thoroughly corrupted, but not entirely unsympathetic man who may have in the past been more of an idealist before the realities of the office beat him down. The Actor playing Charles needs to be able to flip from one emotional level to another quickly and freely and have excellent comedic skills and flexibility. Auditioners will be asked to prepare from a section of the script supplied with this audition notice. It does not need to be memorized, but the production crew would like to see how the actor chooses to interpret the scene with the benefit of study time to prepare and consider how you interpret the character, in addition to cold reads from other sections of the script. Scene to learn (PDF)
Archer Brown, Male.
The President’s Chief of Staff and longtime friend of Charles. He is a realist, but a loyal man. He will be on stage for the entire show as well, and is a constant presence at the President’s side.
Clarice Bernstein, Female Speechwriter.
The President’s speechwriter and a lesbian who aspires to adopt a child and marry her partner (the show takes place before the Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage). She is a hopeful woman who appeals to the best in people, and is very good at her job. If there is an angel on the President’s shoulder, she is that angel. And yet, she can be very firm in her convictions.
Representative of Turkey and Turkey Products Association, Male.
A business man who is very, very fond of the turkeys he is responsible for, and looks out for their wellbeing.
Dwight Grackle, Native American Male.
A Native American chief who has had a working relationship with the President, he is nonetheless serious about his culture and is quick to take offense, and he is not above violence when crossed.
With the exception of Charles, all reads will be cold reads from sides during the audition process. As noted above, the script is available for purchase in hardcopy or kindle format on Amazon.com if you wish to familiarize yourself with it.