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LTC to hold auditions for 'Golden Boy'

Lakewood Theatre Company will hold open auditions for the Clifford Odets drama “Golden Boy” on Sept. 12 and 13. Those interested should call 503-635-3901 to reserve an audition slot.

Director Vladimir Ilnitzky is seeking seven actors: one woman (ages 25-35) and six men (ages 20-60). Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to audition. All roles receive remuneration. Those auditioning should bring a resume, current head shot and prepare a one or two minute monologue. Auditions may also consist of readings from the script. Be prepared to stay 30-plus minutes if the director requests you to read with others. Callbacks, if needed, will be at the director’s discretion.

“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.

Joe has a real talent for the violin but 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.

“Golden Boy” opens Jan. 8, 2016 and continues through Feb. 14. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 7 p.m. some Sundays and 2 p.m. some Sunday matinees, plus two Wednesday performances at 7:30 p.m.