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New Direction Community Theater

Since 2010


June 19, 2017 7-9pm

June 21, 2017 7-9pm

June 24, 2017 12-2pm

Playwright Neil Simon got his first big break in the early '50s as a staff writer on
Sid Caesar's fabled television series Your Show of Shows, and this comedy takes a
fictionalized look at the backstage chaos that went into producing one of the landmarks of
television's golden age.

Max Prince is the star of The Max Prince Show, a popular comedy-variety series that
is a major hit on the East Coast, but network executive insists that it's too sophisticated
for the Midwest, and urges Prince to dumb down his act.

Between the tensions of producing an hour of top-quality comedy each week and being
pestered about his ratings, Prince is beginning to unravel. His last line of defense
against both the network and the ratings are his writing staff, which spends its days
coming up with business for the show while hurling humorous invective at each other
and anyone else within earshot.

Keeping up a running commentary on the writing, fighting and wacky antics is
Simon's alter-ego Lucas Brickman.

Cast of Characters

Max Prince (Star of the Max Prince show): Mid-40s to early 50s.

Lucas Brickman (New Writer): Mid 20’s to Mid 30’s, sincere & sensible

Milt Fields (Flamboyant): Mid 40’s, Milt is a gag man, a joke a minute wholesaler who
deals in fast paced patter.

Val Slotsky (Russian head writer): Mid 40’s the senior member of the staff. An emigrant
from Russia when he was twelve, he still carries his accent. He is the most
politically aware of all the writers.

Brian Doyle (Irish American): Mid-30s to mid-40s. A heavy smoker, a heavy cougher and
a heavy drinker. but with a biting sense of humor as caustic as his outlook on

Kenny Franks (Wiz kid): Mid 30’s. Boy genius and the most sophisticated of the writers

Carol Wyman (The only woman writer on the show): Mid 30’s, with a strong and quick
defense system that comes with being the only female writer on the staff.

Helen (Max’s secretary): attractive, late twenties.

Ira Stone (Hypochondriac): Late 30s to early 40s. A hypochondriac who comes in late
every day with a new ailment. His greatest wish in life was to have a virus
named after him.