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Quality Community Theater on Boston's North Shore
By Vera Caspary and George Sklar
Directed by Ben Delatizky
Auditions are Sunday June 12 and Monday June 13 at 7:00PM.
Callbacks if needed will be Wednesday June 15 2016. Readings will be from the script.
Production Dates October 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, 21 and 22 2016
The Story: Laura Hunt was the ideal modern woman: beautiful, elegant, highly ambitious, and mysterious. No man could resist her charms—not even the tough, respected NYPD detective Mark McPherson investigating who killed her so viciously. As he investigates the case he gets to know her intimately through the three men who loved her: the mentor Waldo Lydecker, the fiancé and southern gentleman Shelby Carpenter, the infatuated music student Danny Dorgan. Mark is mesmerized by her portrait, and finds himself seduced by her. When Laura appears in the middle of a storm, the murder mystery takes new turns; who was murdered, who is the murderer, and why?
The Roles: 5M and 3W
Age ranges are approximate. Characters of the 1940’s tend to look a little older than our contemporary sensibilities. For example, for an age range of 30’s actors 30’s to 40’s will be considered. The show will be done in 1940’s noir style. For examples of this style see movies such as Gaslight, D.O.A. and Pitfall.
Mark McPherson – early 30’s. NYPD detective investigating Laura’s murder. Tough talking hard-boiled. Guarded in his manner with a dry sense of humor.
Laura Hunt – early to mid 20’s. Smart, elegant and stylish. She has an intriguing, independent and mysterious way about her. Has a self-sufficiency that is rare for the 1940’s. This is very much part of her attraction to the men in the play.
Waldo Lydecker – 40’s. has an almost theatrical enthusiasm and an equal scorn for people and things that do not meet what he considers his meticulous taste.
Shelby Carpenter – mid 20’s. Laura’s finance. Southern gentleman, slight southern accent. Gracious but is somewhat bewildered by Laura.
Danny Dorgan – 19 year old music student. He mistakes his infatuation with Laura and their shared appreciation of jazz with love. His seemingly rough manner hides his sensitivity.
Bessie Clary – 40’s. Laura’s maid. Might have an Irish accent. Plain spoken and not afraid to speak her mind.
Mrs. Dorgan – 40’s. Danny’s mother. Textbook passive aggressive type and suppressed hysteria. She does not at all approve of Danny’s love of jazz and his relationship with Laura.
Detective Olsen – age flexible. Olsen appears in two scenes and has limited dialog. This may be an opportunity for someone looking to get their feet wet in community theatre.
Please contact director Ben Delatizky with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
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