Many Young Men of Twenty

Many Young Men of Twenty
By John B. Keane


Directed by Gregory Breen and Tim O’Connell

AUDITIONS:                SATURDAY, October 5th and SUNDAY, October 6th from1 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.
MONDAY, October 7th, 7 p.m. – 10.30 p.m. (if needed)
CALLBACKS:              WEDNESDAY, October 9th, 7.30 p.m.-9.30 p.m. (if needed)

PERFORMANCES:      FEBRUARY 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 AND 29 AT 8 p.m.
FEBRUARY 16 and 24 (Sunday Matinees) at 2 p.m.

                         AT:       The Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street, Toronto
The Story:

Though written in the early 1960s, Keane’s character-driven play is just as relevant today: issues of emigration, alcoholism, status of women, and politics (nepotism) are dealt with in spirited and humorous ways. Follow Danger Mullaly, Peg Finnerty, Tom Hannigan, and other characters in Hannigan’s pub as they see prospective emigrants passing through on their way to the train station to begin their journey to England. Woven throughout with music, ballads, and songs, the play takes an often poignant and funny look at the harsh conditions that forced people to emigrate in the early 1960’s, as well as the reasons that kept people at home.
Ages listed reflect how the character should appear onstage, not necessarily the age of the actor.

Peg (19-25, Kerry accent):  single mother. Poor but well-educated. Servant at Hannigan’s bar.
Seelie Hannigan (30-45, Kerry accent): Tom Hannigan’s sister. Strict, composed, severe, and bossy.
Maynan (40-60, Kerry accent): Daheen’s wife.
Kitty Curley (50-65, Kerry accent): Fortune-teller.
Dot (20-25, cockney accent): Dinny’s wife.
Mary (16-18, non-speaking role): Mikey’s sister.
Men:  (note: some of the male roles may be doubled [x2]):
Danger Mulally (45-60, Kerry accent):  a knowledgeable drunk.
Maurice Brown (25-35, Dublin accent): English teacher. A man with a past.
Tom Hannigan (40-50, Kerry accent): Owner of pub. Likes to drink and smoke, a lot.
Kevin (20-25, Kerry accent): Daheen’s son. Older brother to Dinny.
Mikey (16-18, non-speaking role): Mary’s brother.
(x2 roles) Daheen Timineen Din (50s-60s, Kerry accent): Domineering, loud, and shrewd. /JJ Houlihan (50-60, Cork accent): Politician.
(x2 roles) Dinny (18-22, Kerry accent/phoney cockney accent): Daheen’s son. Younger brother to Kevin. Leaves Ireland as a boy but comes back a man, with a wife! /Johnny (18-22, Cork accent): JJ Houlihan’s son.
(x2 roles) Melodeon Player (40-65, non-speaking role. Melodeon player) / Aloysius (non-speaking role, broke alcoholic).

Audition Requirements:

Auditions are booked in 12-minute slots. Auditions will be last 10-15 minutes. Please arrive early to complete audition forms.   Accents are not required for auditions or call-backs but would be an advantage. Accent material and coaching will be provided during rehearsals. Authenticity and clarity will be the goals. Please prepare a dramatic monologue of less than 2 minutes. All applicants should prepare a short song (less than one minute), except those auditioning for Seelie, DTD/JJ Houlihan, Maynan, Aloysius, and Maurice. You will be redirected and asked to play your monologue out-of-context several times. You will also be asked to do a cold reading from the play at the end of the audition. Please read the play before attending the audition – a copy of the play will be available at the Toronto Reference Library, 5th floor Arts Desk .

Auditions must be booked in advance: To request an audition, send an e-mail to, indicating your preferred audition date and time(s), together with your attached resume and headshot, and indicate which role(s) you’re interested in. Include any potential conflicts between November 15th and December 15th and from January 4th to February 13th.
Audition location will be given when your booking is confirmed.

First read-through and introductions will be on Tuesday, November 12th at 7:00 p.m. until 10.30 p.m.  Play analysis and miscellaneous discussions will be Thursday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m. until 10.30 p.m. Rehearsals will commence on November 24th or 25th until December 14th or 15th and resume on January 4th or January 5th. Two weeknights  from  7:00 p.m. / 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. / 10:30 p.m. and either Saturday or Sunday from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. depending on cast and crew availability. Additional rehearsals may be added as we move closer to  the production opening.

***A Non-Equity performing and non-paying production***

PLEASE NOTE: Toronto Irish Players (TIP) is a non-profit, non-equity community theatre group.  We do not pay actors for performances nor do we cast ACTRA/Equity members.  If cast, we require that you join our group. 
Membership fees of $20 are due at the first rehearsal.