A Play in The Grumbacher Studio
Director: Mark Zortman
AUDITION DATES: November 2 & 3 (Callbacks are on November 4)
(Show dates are January 7-9 & 13-16, 2022)
AUDITION TIME: 6:30pm
Until further notice:
FACE MASKS: Due to recent increased covid cases, face masks are required to be worn at auditions. Those 12 and older (who are cast) will need to be/need to get vaccinated. Please provide your vaccination card, if you have one, when signing in for auditions.
It is the theatre’s intention to keep the cast healthy and safe with hopes to not have to wear a mask by the time of the production. The theatre has also installed touchless soap dispensers and a bi-polar ionization system, the latest technology for airborne virus mitigation, that will eliminate any contaminants in the air throughout the building.
Note- Ages are approximate. Candidates should be able to appear and act like the approximate ages.
Abby Brewster (Female 50-70) A darling lady, and the very model of Victorian charm and grace, who poisons elderly gentlemen, with her sister as an act of charity. She and her sister Martha seem to be the absolute embodiment of the values and polite society of a bygone age. More dominant, and a bit older than Martha, both ladies are happy, healthy, lucid, and spry. The Aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer.
Martha Brewster (Female 50-70 years old) Very sweet, but more submissive than Abby. Martha still is a strong woman. She and her sister have lived together for many years. The Aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer.
Elaine Harper (Female 25-40) She is the daughter of Rev. Dr. Harper, and Mortimer’s fiancée-surprisingly wise in the ways of the world for a minister’s daughter.
Mortimer Brewster (Male 30-50 years old) Nephew of Abby and Martha, brother to both Teddy and Jonathan Brewster. Mortimer is a drama critic who is in love with & engaged to Elaine Harper. A good-hearted cynic who is about to have his world turned upside down.
Teddy Brewster (40-60 years old) Very likable, kindhearted brother to Mortimer and Jonathan, Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Teddy is a man who believes that he is the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt.
Jonathan Brewster (40-60 years old) Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, brother to Teddy and Mortimer. Jonathan is a psychopath who has numerous murders to his credit and no scruples whatsoever. He is creepy. Jonathan is a killer, that loves his business and he’s got an unbelievably short temper. Dr. Einstein has changed Jonathan’s face three times, currently resulting in a Boris Karloff resemblance (to which he is a bit sensitive.)
Dr. Einstein (45-55 years old) A German plastic surgeon, with an accent to prove it. Right hand to Jonathan, Dr. Einstein is mousey and submissive to Jonathan. Einstein should be viewed as a good guy whose life has gone bad.
The Reverend Dr. Harper (50-70 years old) (Cameo) A doctor of divinity, and the minister to the church next door to the Brewster house. The Brewster sisters have seen many ministers come and go over the years, but they seem to be particularly fond of Dr. Harper and vice versa. He is not in favor of Mortimer and Elaine’s relationship.
Officer Brophy (25-45 years old ) (Cameo) The first police officer we meet in the show, Brophy is a thoroughly likable sort of fellow.
Officer Klein (25-45) (Cameo) A flatfoot Brooklyn officer who makes his rounds with Officer Brophy collecting Christmas toys.
Officer O’Hara (any age) (Cameo) He is the quintessential example of an Irish-American police officer- He is on very good terms with the Aunts. O’Hara is a would-be playwright, and needs to plainly display the nagging, persistent drive that’s kindled within him once he discovers that Mortimer is a famous dramatic critic.
Mr. Gibbs (55-80 years old) (Cameo) An elderly gentleman who wishes to rent a room from the Brewster sisters; and nearly falls victim to the sisters “charity”.
Lieutenant Rooney (50 years old) (Cameo) The man in charge at the local police precinct. Very early in the show we gain a pretty strong understanding of the caliber of men he has to manage under his watch. As such, he has very little patience for blunder and mistakes, and needs to run a pretty tight ship. He is loud, decisive, and clearly in-charge of every situation in which he finds himself.
Mr. Witherspoon (50-60 years old) (Cameo) The superintendent of Happy Dale Sanitarium. Very mild mannered and kind.
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