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Auditions Slated for "My First Time" at STLCC-Forest Park

August 24, 2010

Auditions for “My First Time,” the acclaimed funny and touching documentary play that ran for two and a half years off-Broadway, will take place 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, and 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, in Room T-204 in the Theatre building at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, 5600 Oakland Ave. The play contains mature language and subject matter.

Parts are available for two males and two females, age 18 years old and up. The four performers will bring to life dozens of unique characters in 90 minutes, all sharing hysterical and heartbreaking true stories about first sexual experiences, written by real people.

Those interested in auditioning should prepare a one- to two-minute comedic monologue, but it does not need to be memorized.

The play will be presented for four performances at 8 p.m. Nov. 4, 5 and 6, and 3 p.m. Nov. 7, in the Mildred E. Bastian Center for the Performing Arts on campus.

Produced by Ken Davenport, who helmed the hits “Altar Boyz” and “The Awesome ‘80s Prom,” “My First Time” opened in July 2007 and closed Jan. 22, 2010, after rave reviews. “Surprising potent mix of tender and hilarious,” declared Talkin’ Broadway. “Provocative, amusing and moving,” exclaimed the New York Post.

In 1998, a decade before blogging began, a website was created by Peter Foldy, a Los Angeles-based filmmaker, and a friend, that allowed people to anonymously share their own account of first times. The website became an instant phenomenon, and 40,000 stories poured in from around the globe that were silly, sweet, absurd, funny, shy, sexy and everything in-between. The play’s dialogue is taken from those stories. “File mine under clumsy and awkward,” states Story #4294.

“It’s one of the very few things that almost every single person has experienced, no matter where you come from or where you live,” Davenport told the Village Voice. “To me, it’s a unifying experience. But for so many reasons, it is one we rarely talk about.”  The play was recently featured on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and in an iPhone commercial. For further details, visit the website, www.myfirsttimetheplay.com.

For more information about the local production, call Tim Daly, theater manager, at 314-644-9386 or by e-mail at tdaly3@stlcc.edu.