Review Round-up, Week One – Slaughterhouse Five

Reviews have been pouring in, and they have been incredibly positive about this brave, risk-taking show!

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Here’s the first batch, as of end of week 1:

“A hit … adroitly and powerfully staged by Brian Katz, one of the Bay Area’s best directors… It is a true ensemble production with each actor adding a quality performance to the whole doing justice to Vonnegut’s most popular work.”  Kedar Adour, For All Events

“Dazzlingly mounted…is a challenging evening of theatre and Brian Katz and company pull this off with a grand style.” -Richard Connema, Talkin’ Broadway

“Collectively, the cast paints a compelling picture that reflects Vonnegut’s creation: a fusion of war story, bizarre science-fiction adventure and a quirky portrait of Americana”  Leo Stutzin, The Huffington Post

“(This) version scores high with fans with the book since it focuses on some points the screen play missed. This is a windy fast play, 90-minute romp without intermission through Vonnegut’s nonlinear narrative. The cast is great … all the moments hit right on. All 3 Pilgrims – and the narrator “Man” make this a moving night of theatre.” -Vince Mediaa, Mediaa Film & Theatre Reviews

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The Custom Made Theatre Co is holding an open call for:

The Braggart Soldier (or Major Blowhard) by Plautus, adapted and directed by Evren Odcikin

At Gough Street Playhouse, 1620 Gough St (at Bush) SF, on Tuesday, September 2nd and Thursday September 4th, with 30 minute slots available from 6:30pm-10:30pm on both days. You must make an appointment (see below).  Only sign up for 1 appointment.

Sign up for an appointment here:

Save the Date: Callback will be Saturday September 06 10:00am-1:00pm.


THE PLAYERS – Does this sound like you?

All actors must have great comedic chops. Physical comedy experience/training would be desirable.

Major Topple d’Acropolis: A rich soldier with a big personality and not much else. He thinks very highly of himself. A serious womanizer. Male, 30-40s.

Haplus: Major’s slave. A little slow and prone to panic. Loves his food and his wine. Any gender, any age.

Nautikles: A young man in love. Puppy eyes. Male, 20s

Dexter: Nautikles’s servant. Smart, bold, sneaky. Never misses an opportunity for a joke or to make a fool of someone. Fast-talker and a faster-mover. This actor must have clown/physical comedy training. Male, any age.

Hospitalides: Older relative/host of Nautikles. Not afraid to give his opinion and will go to great lengths to shame the Major. Male, 50s+.

Convivia: A working girl. Ingenue with a twist. Might seems innocent, but knows how to get things done. Female, 20s

Climax: Another working girl. NOT an ingenue. Knows she is sexy and knows how to use it. Female, any age.


Please select and prepare the sides for the roles you would like to be considered for. The sides and a copy of the scripts can be found at the bottom of this notice

Rehearsals will begin around February 23, 2015. Performances will be Thurs-Sun evenings starting on March 27, 2015 running though April 26 with a possible extension through May 03. There will be one of two Sunday matinees in the run, still TBD.

$200 base stipend for all roles + $10/each extended performance.

About Braggart Soldier

This fast and furious mash-up of Plautus proves (as if we didn’t know it) that Roman comedies never get old, they just get funnier! If you’ve seen Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, you already know that Plautus was a major influence for every possible style of comedy through the ages, as there’s still nothing more hysterical than the pompous and mighty taking it on chin. The Braggart Soldier features the hijinks you’d expect and, in true Custom Made fashion, without a safety net! _________________________________________________________________

The script: BraggartSoldier_Script

The sides: