Being involved in theater is said to boost your morale, create confidence and allow you to spend time with friends, what more could you ask for right now? Your local theater has the perfect opportunity to get involved. 

PAPA, the Plaza Alliance for the Performing Arts is hosting open auditions for their upcoming performances of Neil Simon’s ‘The Dinner Party’ Sept. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Plaza Arts Center. This is the perfect opportunity to get involved with your local theater. The casting calls for three males and three females. 

Playwright Neil Simon, himself married five times, mines his own experience to create the thematic material for this unique play. Six unknowing guests have RSVP'd to a dinner at a private dining room at a restaurant in Paris. Arriving in a staggered manner, they eventually realize they are three divorced couples. Five of them were mistaken into thinking a man they hold in high regard, who happens to be the divorce lawyer, is hosting the party, but he never shows up, and appearances prove to be deceiving. After the shock wears off, the characters inevitably begin to analyze and emotionally process their past marriages, and the play ends on a hopeful note. 

The Plaza Alliance for the Performing Arts (PAPA) was founded as a non-profit organization in 1978 by a small number of Putnam County residents to establish performance opportunities for local interests and talents. PAPA produced its first play in 1978, and since that time has produced dozens of plays (a total of 69) in several different venues until the opening of The Plaza Arts Center in 2008. In that year, PAPA came under the umbrella of The Plaza Arts Center. All PAPA productions are done by volunteers and are open for participation to anyone in the area. Plays are cast by each play's designated director(s) and according to play characters' genders, ages, and types. 

For more information about the casting call for Neil Simon’s ‘The Dinner Party,’ contact PAPA Chair, Margaret Morris at MORRIS_M@mercer.edu. 

“The Dinner Party” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com 

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