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The audition will consist of prepared monologue or song and cold readings from the script. Please bring a head shot and resume, as well as conflicts and availability.
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Arsenic and Old Lace
Directed By Aaron Drake
Summary: Mortimer Brewster, a drama critic who must deal with his crazy, homicidal family and local police in Brooklyn, NY, as he debates whether to go through with his recent promise to marry the woman he loves. His family includes two spinster aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them with a glass of home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and "just a pinch" of cyanide; a brother who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt and digs locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar of the Brewster home (which then serve as graves for the aunts' victims); and a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery performed by an alcoholic accomplice, Dr. Einstein conceals his identity and now looks like horror-film actor Boris Karloff.
Where: The Cabrillo Playhouse, 202 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente CA 92672
When: Monday, December 16 6-9pm and Tuesday, December 17 6-7:30pm; Callbacks at request of the director Tuesday, December 17 7:30-10 pm
What to Bring: Headshot, Resume and potential conflicts with the rehearsal schedule (see below). Also, please prepare a 30 second to 1 minute, highly expressive monologue and be prepared to cold read from the script.
Rehearsals: Begin on January 4th, Schedule will specifically call for actors in specific scenes Mondays-Thursdays 6:30-9:30pm, Some Saturday and Sundays as needed. Tech week begins February 22nd
Performances: February 27th Preview night, shows run February 28-March 23, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm, Sunday’s at 2pm
THERE IS PAY FOR ALL ACTORS! This is a modest gas stipend, email the Artistic Director, Amanda Strader at firstname.lastname@example.org for a stipend estimate and further information about this production.
Abby Brewster A darling elderly lady in her sixties or early seventies, Abby is the sister of Martha and aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer.
Martha Brewster A sweet elderly woman with Victorian charm, Martha is the sister of Abby and an aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer.
Elaine Harper An attractive girl in her twenties and Mortimer’s fiancée, Elaine is the daughter of the Rev. Dr. Harper. She is surprisingly wise in the ways of the world for a minister's daughter.
Mortimer Brewster Nephew of Abby and Martha, Mortimer is a drama critic who is engaged to Elaine. A good-hearted cynic who is about to have his world turned upside down.
Teddy Brewster Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Teddy is a man in his forties who thinks that he is Theodore Roosevelt.
Officer O'Hara A police officer, O’Hara is a would-be playwright who pesters Mortimer to read his play.
Jonathan Brewster Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Jonathan is a psychopath who has numerous murders to his credit and no scruples whatsoever. I bit oversensitive to his "new" appearance.
Dr. Einstein A German plastic surgeon and an alcoholic in his fifties, Dr. Einstein has changed Jonathan's face three times, with his most recent work resulting in a Boris Karloff resemblance.
The Rev. Dr. Harper Minister and father of Elaine. A bit pompous and protective, very ministerial in his manner.
Officer Brophy/Officer Klein Flatfooted Brooklyn cops with the usual charm of a police officer
Lieutenant Rooney A tough and dominating police officer
Mr. Gibbs A man who wishes to rent a room from the Brewster sisters.
Mr. Witherspoon A man who wishes to rent a room from the Brewster sisters. The superintendent of Happy Dale Sanitarium
(Actors do not have to be age appropriate)