Sunday, July 23 at 2:00PM
Monday, July 24 at 7:00PM
At Geauga Lyric Theater Arts Center 106 Water Street, Chardon OH 44024
By Ira Levin
Directed by Art Suskin
"I mean, what's the point in owning a mace, if you don't use it?"
About the Show
Seemingly comfortably ensconced in his charming Connecticut home, Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a dry spell which has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from a student in the seminar he has been conducting at a nearby college—a thriller which Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway hit. Sidney's plan, which he devises with his wife's help, is to offer collaboration to the student, an idea which the younger man quickly accepts. Thereafter suspense mounts steadily as the plot begins to twist and turn with devilish cleverness, and with such an abundance of thrills and laughter, that audiences will be held enthralled until the final, startling moments of the play.
No appointment necessary.
Auditions will consist of readings from the script. (If you have a prepared piece of 1-2 minutes, the director would be happy to hear it.)
Please be prepared to stay for a few hours. Callbacks (if necessary) are by invitation only on Tuesday July 25 at 7:00pm. Please bring all your conflicts between August 20 and October 15.
The first company meeting and read-through will be from 1:00-5:30pm on Sunday, August 20. Rehearsals (5 per week: Mon-Thurs evenings and Sunday afternoons) will commence on August 21, 2017.
Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm, September 29-October 15
Sydney Bruhl (50s)—Successful Broadway playwright fallen on hard times. Handsome, clever, and arrogant with great charm. (The role has been played by John Wood, Stacy Keach and Michael Caine.)
Myra Bruhl (early 30s to 60s)—Sydney’s wealthy and attractive wife. She is generous and kind, she loves Sydney and has no problem being the source of financial support for the two of them. (The role has been played by Marion Seldes and Dyan Cannon.) She could be Sydney’s young, rich wife or Sydney’s older, rich wife.
Clifford Anderson (late 20s to early 30s)—Handsome and eager aspiring playwright; a student from Sydney’s class. Smart. Idolizes Sydney. (The role has been played by Christopher Reeve.)
Helga Ten Dorp (over 40-ish to 60s)—A famous “bohemian” psychic-to-the-stars with a Scandinavian accent. Think Madame Arcati. Her gift seems very real. She lives next door to the Bruhls. (The role has been played by Irene Worth.)
Porter Milgrim (about 50 or so)—Sydney’s friend and lawyer. Successful and competent corporate type. (The role has been played by Henry Jones.)
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