Casting Call for “Making God Laugh”



Date: Sunday, July 15 @ 6:00pm

Place: Chico Theater Company, 166 Eaton Rd

Callbacks: Tuesday, July 17

Directed by Rick Anderson

Sides will be provided for readings

Play Details

Making God Laugh follows one typical American family over the course of thirty years’ worth of holidays. Starting in 1980, Ruthie and Bill’s grown children — a priest, an aspiring actress, and a former football star — all return home, where we learn of their plans and dreams as they embark on their adult lives. The empty-nester parents contend with their own changes, too, as old family rituals are trotted out and ancient tensions flare up. As time passes, the family discovers that, despite what we may have in mind, we often arrive at unexpected destinations.

As Woody Allen once said, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans…”


Ruthie (mom) (female, 40-65), the matriarch of the family, begins the play in her early 50s and ages thirty years, she’s bossy, authoritative, means well but tries to steer the world more than is humanly possible.

Bill (dad) (male, 45-67) the patriarch, loves everyone, go-with-the flow sort.

Richard (son) (male, 23-32), the eldest son, wants to conquer the world, more of an entrepreneur, buys the latest everything and dresses “up to the second” stylish.

Maddie (daughter) (female, 20-32), the second child, an aspiring actress, a strong willed person who loves her family, lives in NY and struggles with the artist’s life, she and her mother have a difficult relationship.

Thomas (son) (male, 20-30), the baby of the family and the “good” son, a nice, even-tempered guy, in the style of his father, who thought his life was on a plan, a devoutly religious man studying for the priesthood at the beginning, he’s nonetheless funny, warm and not at all rigid in his approach to life.


Upcoming Audition Dates:

Annie: August 19 & 20