Lakewood Theatre Company

Golden Boy at Lakewood Theatre Company

Auditions for Clifford Odets' drama Golden Boy, are by appointment on Saturday, Sept 12 & Sunday Sept 13, 2015.

Location: Lakewood Theatre Company 368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034. Call 503-635-3901 to schedule an appointment beginning August 5.

Golden Boy is directed by Vladimir Ilnitzky.

The director is seeking seven actors: 1 woman (25-35) and 6 men (ages 20-60s). Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to audition. All roles receive remuneration. 


  • Please bring a current headshot & resume.
  • A 1-2 minute prepared monologue is required. Auditions may also consist of readings from the script. Please be prepared to stay 30+ minutes if the director requests you to read with others. Callbacks, if needed, will be at the director's discretion.
  • Bring your calendar and be prepared to list all conflicts. Conflicts not listed at time of audition may not be honored.


  • Golden Boy opens January 8, 2016 and continues through February 14, 2016. Performances are Thurs. – Sat. at 7:30 PM, some Sundays at 7:00 PM (Jan 10, 17,24), some Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM (Jan 17, 31 & Feb 7, 14) and two Wednesday performances (Jan 20 & Feb 10) at 7:30 PM. Lakewood Theatre Company features an intimate 220-seat theatre located at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego.

About the show: Clifford Odets’ timeless drama, Golden Boy, tells the story of Joe Bonaparte, a young Italian New Yorker in the late 1930s who pursues “the American dream” of fame and fortune. Joe, a violin prodigy, is lured into the lucrative world of prizefighting and loses everything he holds dear.

Plot: Joe is a moody young Italian with "cockeyed" notions. At heart a musician — he has a real talent for the violin — he longs to be "top man" in some other field. So he goes into the prizefighting racket and becomes surprisingly good at it. In each fight he becomes more and more brutish and finally in a big match he kills his opponent. With both hands broken and his spirit crushed, money and fame mean nothing to him. Not even Lorna, the girl who once gave him courage to face defeat, can lift him out of his despair.

Breakdown of Roles:

Please note: Some actors play multiple parts in group scenes. All roles are open and all receive remuneration. 

  • Joe Bonaparte – Age 21 – 27. Lead character. He loves playing violin but boxing becomes his way in getting quick access to fame and money which brutalizes and changes his personality. He falls in love with Lorna, Tom Moody’s mistress and this love helps him to get out of his conflicting wishes.
  • Lorna Moon – Age 25 -35. Female lead. She is in love with Moody to whom she also owns a lot. Falls in love with Joe against her own judgments. Persuades Joe to leave the ring. Vulnerable soul under tough appearances.
  • Tom Moody – Age 45 -50. Joe Bonaparte’s fight manager and owner. He is in love with Lorna but married. He sees Joe as his chance to struck it rich and get out of business. Intelligent but playing by the rules.
  • Mr. Bonaparte – Age 55 – 65. Joe’s Father. Hopes that Joe will give up fighting and return to music. He refuses the parental blessing on Joe’s career until he sorrowfully sees that his son is totally committed to the ring. Warm personality.
  • Eddie Fuselli - Age 45 -55. Member of the underworld. A gambler and part owner of Joe Bonaparte.  He wants complete ownership of Joe as he gets to the top. Energetic and determined but a threatening figure.
  • Siggie – In his 30s. Joe’s brother. He is a cab driver and a smart one. He loves his family and sees through Joe’s owners’ schemes.
  • Tokyo – In his late 50s. Joe’s Trainer. Experienced in handling boxers and their emotions. Has a good eye for the next champion. Finds key to Joe’s boxing personality.

Auditions for Golden Boy are by appointment on Saturday September 12 and Sunday September 13, 2015. Call 503-635-3901 to schedule an appointment beginning August 5.

Background info:

Clifford Odets was born to Jewish immigrant parents in Philadelphia, PA, on July 18, 1906. He was raised in New York City, but dropped out of school at 17 to become an actor. He worked in small repertory companies throughout the 1920s before becoming one of the original members of the New York City-based, avant-garde, left-wing ensemble Group Theatre, founded by Harold Clurman, Cheryl Crawford and method-acting guru Lee Strasberg. The group, now considered the most influential American theater troupe, was committed to radical revolutions in theater; they would focus on, and possibly affect, pressing social issues of the day while ridding their original productions of the artificiality that had consumed Broadway. They also shunned celebrity and made their productions true collaborations, following the views espoused in their plays.

Golden Boy, produced in 1937, became his and Group Theatre's biggest success. It turned out they would need it, as the ensemble was hemorrhaging money and decided to take on Hollywood actors as a last-ditch resort to attract audiences.The production helped launch the careers of Frances Farmer, Lee J. Cobb, Howard Da Silva, Karl Malden, and Elia Kazan (who acted the role of gangster Eddie Fuseli). The 1939 film version featured William Holden in the title role, with Cobb (who had created the small role of Mr. Carp) as his father. Only thirteen years later, the play had a major Broadway revival, with a cast that included John Garfield, Cobb, Jack Klugman (as Garfield's brother, Frank), and Jack Warden (in the bit role of Mickey). In 1964, Golden Boy was turned into a musical by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams, with Sammy Davis, Jr. in the lead. Odets' rhythmic, emphatic way with words inspired many later dramatists, among them Rod Serling, while his moral themes anticipated those of Arthur Miller.

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