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Frost/Nixon

Frost/Nixon
by Peter Morgan

Directed by Tanya Piejus

Auditions: Saturday 17 August and Sunday 18 August at Toi Poneke, Abel Smith Street

Rehearsals: Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Sunday afternoons, from 1 September 

Season: Wednesday 30 October to Saturday 9 November

You may have seen the 2008 movie starring Michael Sheen and Frank Langella, but this play came first. It’s the gripping, thriller-style true story of the most-watched political interview in history. US President Richard Nixon resigns amid the fallout of the Watergate scandal in 1974. By 1977, he is living in splendid seclusion in California and has never publicly admitted any guilt or remorse for letting his country down. Then along comes British playboy talk show host, David Frost, determined to extract a confession from the disgraced statesman over the course of four televised interviews. Frost and Nixon go head to head in what will become TV’s greatest battle of wills. 

More information and to book an audition email auditions@stagecraft.co.nz 

Roles
  • Richard Nixon: Male, 60s. Still statesman-like former president of the US. 
  • Jim Reston: Male, 30s. American writer and Nixon expert who helps the Frost team with research. Also acts as narrator throughout the play. 
  • David Frost: Male, 30s. Charming British playboy talk-show host. 
  • Jack Brennan: Male, 30s/40s. American military man and Nixon’s former Chief of Staff. 
  • Evonne Goolagong: Female, 20s. Aboriginal Australian tennis player. Actress also plays various non-speaking roles. 
  • John Birt: Male, 30s. British TV producer and good friend of Frost. 
  • Manolo Sanchez: Male, 30s/40s. Spanish-born American valet and loyal friend of Nixon. 
  • Swifty Lazar: Male, 50s/60s. American hygiene-obsessed talent agent. 
  • Caroline Cushing: Female, 20s/early 30s. British woman who has a fling with Frost. 
  • Bob Zelnick: Male, 30s/40s. Likeable American journalist on Frost’s research team. 
  • 2 x Ensemble: Male actors of any age to play 60 Minutes host Mike Wallace, TV studio managers and crew, an airline captain, a photographer, a TV director, secret servicemen, dinner guests and waiters.
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