Throughout the second half of the fifth season of AMC's "Mad Men," Don Draper's young wife Megan (Jessica Pare) has been struggling to resume her fledgling acting career, pounding the pavement to audition for theater, film, and commercial work in New York City. It's a career move we fully support – even if her parents and husband aren't so sure.
In last night's season finale, as Megan and a friend are sitting on the floor of her apartment, combing through the trades for the latest casting notices, a familiar front page appeared on screen. Take a look at this shot from the episode (titled "The Phantom") to see Back Stage circa 1967:
Okay, so maybe that's not exactly how a copy of Back Stage looked 45 years ago, but we think Megan's acting career is on the right track – she knows that Back Stage is an actor's most trusted resource!
For more than 50 years, Back Stage has been the best way for actors to find career advice and casting information. Founded in 1960 by Ira Eaker and Allen Zwerdling, Back Stage quickly became required reading for every young actor who came to New York to launch their careers. Today, Back Stage is still the primary source for performers to get all the information they need to succeed in the entertainment business. Subscribe today to apply to thousands of casting and job notices on BackStage.com.
Some of the "Mad Men" cast members have already shared their love of Back Stage, too. Read our Q&As with current Back Stage subscriber Rich Sommer (who plays Harry Crane on "Mad Men") and former subscriber Ben Feldman ("Mad Men's" new copywriter Michael Ginsberg).
Daniel Lehman is a staff writer at Back Stage. Follow him on Twitter: @byDanLehman