By William Inge

Directed by Ray Parnese


The winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Picnic takes place on Labor Day weekend in the joint backyards of two middle-aged widows.  One house belongs to Flo Owens, who lives there with her two young daughters, Madge and Millie, and Rosemary, a boarder who is a spinster school teacher.  The other house belongs to Helen Potts, who lives with her elderly invalid mother.  Into this all female environment comes a handsome young man named Hal Carter, whose animal vitality upsets the entire group. Flo is sensitively wary of the temptations Hal poses for her daughters, but Madge, bored with being merely a beauty, sacrifices her chances for a wealthy marriage for the excitement Hal promises.


Sunday, August 6 at 7pm   and  Monday, August  7 at 7pm 

Call backs (by invitation):  Tuesday, August 8, 2017  at 7pm


               Center Players

              35 South Street

              Freehold, N.J. 07728


 Oct. 13 - Nov. 12                                                                                                   Fri. and Sat. at 8pm; Sun. at 2pm


You will be asked to read scenes from the play, so a basic knowledge of the play and its characters is suggested.  Headshot and resume are always a plus.


  • FLO  OWENS (40s to 50s) – Cautious and sometimes overbearing single mother of two daughters. She has big dreams for her girls, and seems to live vicariously through them. She is hesitant about accepting outsiders, because she is very comfortable with the way she leads her life. 
  • MADGE OWENS (20s – early 30s) – Eldest daughter of Flo, and is dating Alan Seymour. Quite beautiful and is growing gracefully into adulthood. On the outside she wants to be wealthy and gorgeous all her life. But on the inside, she is sick of always being the pretty one, and desperately wants to be truly loved. 
  • MILLIE OWENS (16, late teens) – Youngest daughter of Flo, Millie is wild and tomboyish. She shows herself to all as a tough kid, but is always nervous of what people think of her. She wants to be noticed by others like her sister is.
  • HELEN POTTS (50s – 60s) - Neighbor to Flo who first comes in contact with Hal. A bit past her prime, Helen longs for the days when she was young and wild. She is easygoing, takes care of her mother, but still loves to have fun; she loves to share her knowledge with young people. 
  • HAL CARTER (Late 20s – 30) – Hal is young, handsome, crazy, impulsive and has experienced hard times. He has been to reform school, a few colleges, chased by police and sometimes tells untrue stories. He is confident and love attention. At the same time he has a soft side that wants to fit in and settle down instead of being a constant drifter. From the time he sets eyes on Madge nothing else matters. 
  • ROSEMARY SYDNEY (Late 40s – 50s) – She is the boarder that lives in Mrs. Owens house. An aging schoolteacher who is dating Howard Bevans. Rosemary brags about her being independent and how she doesn’t need a man. Her Jealousy of young people surfaces as Hal’s interest for Madge evolves. 
  • HOWARD BEVANS (Late 40s – 50s) – Dating Rosemary Sydney. He is a businessman who is rather set in his ways. He is easy to get along with but not very assertive of what he wants. Just a nice guy who is happy with life. 
  • ALAN SEYMOUR (Late 20s – 30) – Old friend from school with Hal, who dates Madge. Alan is nice looking and rich who is looking to settle down with a beautiful girl. He is level-headed most of the time and tends to criticize who make decisions without thinking them through. He is well liked by all the ladies. 
  • BOMBER (14 – about 17) - A local school boy who delivers the newspaper. Confident and somewhat obnoxious. Bomber is a small character in the play that tends to reinforce Madge’s beauty as well as criticize Millie for being the oddball. 
  • IRMA KRONKITE (20s – 30s) Schoolteacher who works with Rosemary. 
  • CHRISTINE SCHOENWALDER (20s – 30s) Also a schoolteacher and new to the school. Both are definitely the town gossips.


                           Ray Parnese at:  908-612-9139



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By  Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna
Directed by Michael Tota

A hit on Broadway and later a film told through 5 vignettes, this edition includes the popular sequence Hal and Cathy created for the film and played by Gig Young and Anne Jackson.  The other stories include Brenda and Jerry in a planned seduction gone wrong.  Johnny and Wilma have been married so long that they can’t remember who starts what.  Mike and Susan, on the eve of their wedding, he’s getting cold feet and she must gently talk him down the aisle.  In the last, Bea, Frank, Richie and Joan a long-married couple who have fought for over thirty years try to save their son’s marriage by confessing to their own failures.

AUDITION DATES - to be announced later in the fall.

LOCATION:   Center Players,  35 South Street,  Freehold, N.J. 07728

WHAT TO EXPECT:   You will be asked to read scenes from the play, so a basic knowledge of the play and its characters is suggested.  Headshot and resume are always a plus.

PERFORMANCE DATES:    Feb. 9 , 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, and 25 - March  2, 3, 4, 9, 10,  and  11


Brenda: Early 20’s,  attractive, vulnerable, very mod-ish, her glibness is her defensive façade.

Jerry:  Late 20’s – early 30’s, average to handsome man on the make, tries very hard to be smooth but doesn’t quite cut it.

Wilma:  Late 30’s,  a strong attractive girl looking for her femininity.

Johnny: 40-ish, a maybe paunchy, maybe balding ex-Marine who is fighting a losing battle to maintain his male superiority.

Susan: Early-mid 20’s,  attractive, sensitive, soft, sweet and passive.

Mike:  Late 20’s-early 30’s, big, energetic, masculine, open sensitive.

Frank:  45 – 55, strong, stubborn, old-fashioned, not much formal education, second generation American father.

Bea:  Female counterpart to Frank.

Richie:  Mid 20’s, average looking, introspective.

Joan:  Mid 20’s. pretty, overly romantic and not too bright.

Hal:  50’s.  having an affair with Cathy who is pressuring him to leave his wife of 32 years.

Cathy: 30’s,  having an affair for 5 years with Hal, wants him to leave his wife for her.

MY CONTACT INFO:  Michael Tota –  or  732-371-6117