Auditions for You Can't Take It With You

By Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Directed by Adrian Lopez-Balbontin

Show Information

Runs February 16 thru March 4 2018 (11 performances). First read-through scheduled for Tuesday, December 26. Full initial performance schedule and show description found here.


Monday, Sept. 11, 2017
6:00 to 9:30 pm

Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017
6:00 to 9:30 pm


Monday, Sept. 18, 2017
7:00 to 10:00 pm

From the Director

Most of you have read You Can’t Take It With You, seen it, or have been in it already, and I think it’s a perfect play to revisit, enjoy, and take stock of when it comes to thinking of what kind of world is possible. It is a charming story of two young people, Tony and Alice, in love trying to be together when the cards are stacked against them because of their different upbringings—and I love a good love story.

But it is much more than that. It’s the story of the extended (very extended) family inside the house where Alice has been raised that sets this play apart from many others. It’s popularity is because of the family, which is why this play continues to be cherished and why it has been routinely one of the top produced comedies since its debut in the late 1930’s. You know when you’ve seen a good play when it ends, but you still want to hang around the characters that you’ve followed to see what would happen next?

Well, I think you spend time with the complex and creative and zany and richly written characters in You Can’t Take It With You and come out with a hundred zestfully entertaining stories. Because all of the characters represent traits of whom we want to be, mercifully parts of which we don’t want to become, and hopefully parts of who we already are. So, what I really love is that this family is just allowed to be who they want to really be. They inspire me, it’s really really good writing and what excites me about directing this play is that I get to spend a great deal of time with all of them!

Audition Preparation

Please prepare a one to two minute comedic monologue.

General Information

Actors of all races and ethnicities are strongly encouraged to audition. Lyric Arts is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the casting of its productions and, therefore, encourages actors of diverse backgrounds and from underrepresented groups to audition.

  • Auditions are held at Lyric Arts Main Street Stage
  • This is an open call audition. Appointments are not being scheduled.
  • Please arrive with a calendar outlining all possible conflict dates between the first read-through and the final performance.
  • Please come prepared with a headshot (or any non-returnable current picture) and resume, if available. Each auditioner will be asked to complete an audition form, a copy of which can be found here.
  • Stipend paid

Character Descriptions

Seeking a diverse cast of all heritages and social backgrounds to represent the melting pot of the Sycamore family.

Penelope Sycamore—and woman in her early 50’s, she has experimented with playwriting for a decade. An easygoing exterior, which hides the urge to create.

Essie Carmichael—Penelope’s eldest daughter in her late 20’s. A air of the pixie about her, she wears ballet slippers throughout the play and probably also dances throughout.

Rheba—A maid of the house, age open, but also is considered more as being part of the family. She’s the glue that keeps the machine together.

Paul Sycamore—Husband to Penelope, in his Mid-­50’s, but with a kind of youthful air. He has a quiet charm and mild manner that are distinctly engaging.

Mr. De Pinna—Assistant to Paul’s home business, age open, he has an absurdly serious manner.

Ed Carmichael—Husband to Essie, 30’s. He’s nondescript young man with a talent for playing the xylophone.

Donald—A groundskeeper and all-­‐around helper of the house, age open, like Rheba he’s considered part of the family and also keeps the household together.

Martin Vanderhof—the father of Penelope, the owner of the home. Written as 75 but as the years have treated him kindly can be played by an actor 20 years younger. He’s made his peace with the world long, long ago.

Alice Sycamore—youngest daughter of Penelope, early 20’s, she is definitely part of the family but something sets her apart. For one thing, she’s in daily contact with the world.

Henderson—An IRS agent, age open, and deliverer of bad news. He’s never encountered anything like the Sycamore family.

Tony Kirby—A personable young man, mid-20’s, he physically looks like he fits the requirements of a Wall Street man, but his face has something of an idealist.

Boris Kolenkhov—Age open, Enormous, loud, and very, very Russian. He is Essie’s ballet teacher but has also a lot of experience as a wrestler.

Gay Wellington—An aspiring actress, age open, she is at the Sycamore’s to read Penelope’s new play. She is drunk when we see her and she stays that way.

Mr. Kirby—Tony’s father, 40’s to 50’s, he’s a Wall Street man who cares about his business and his son and his legacy, but most importantly his business and legacy.

Mrs. Kirby—Tony’s mother, 40’s to 50’s, she’s has a rather kind air and is open to many experiences, although being with the Sycamore’s tests that philosophy.

Olga Katrina—Former Russian Grand Duchess, age open, she now spends her time in America working in a restaurant. But once a Grand Duchess, always a Grand Duchess.