Rehearsals will NOT be daily. They will be flexible to meet the needs of the cast and director.
DIRECTOR, PAT PRICE is seeking 5 men, 4 women for this thriller by Lucille Fletcher.
Auditions will consist of readings from the script.
Synopsis: Unable to sleep, Elaine Wheeler paces the living room of her Manhattan townhouse, troubled by unsettling memories and vague fears. Her husband tries to comfort her, but when he steps away for a moment Elaine screams as she sees the body of a dead man in the window across the way. The police are called, but find nothing except an empty chair. Elaine’s terror grows as shortly thereafter she sees still another body—this time a woman’s—but by now the police are skeptical and pay no heed to her frantic pleas. Her husband, claiming that Elaine may be on the verge of a breakdown, calls in a lady psychiatrist, who agrees with his suggestion that Elaine should commit herself to a sanitarium for treatment. From this point on, the plot moves quickly and grippingly as those involved—Elaine’s old friend and house guest Blanche; the inquisitive and rather sinister man who lives next door; and the nosy German maid Helga—all contribute to the deepening suspense and mystery of the play as it draws towards its riveting and chilling climax.
An outstanding Broadway success, this ingeniously devised thriller builds steadily in menace and suspense until the final, breath-stopping moment. “A most superior thriller…which from its first blood-curdling scream to its last charming surprise is a first-class example of its genre.” —NY Times. “—NY Daily News. “The call for a good American mystery melodrama was answered last night…fulfills all the requirements for an evening of satisfying menace and mystification.” —NY Post.
5 Men | 4 Women
Elaine Wheeler – Leading Role (30s-50s)A beautiful, married heiress with a troubled past. Elaine is strong-willed yet given recent events, on the edge of sanity with what she sees and struggles with whom she can trust. Often times frantic and full of fear, this actress must be able to drive the true suspense and mystery of this story. (3 rehearsal units)
John Wheeler – Leading Role – Elaine’s second husband. Very dominating and in control.
He is concerned, yet exasperated by Elaine’s visions. The audience will come to have mixed feelings about his responses to her plight. (3 rehearsal units)
Helga – Nosy and bold. Works as a maid for the Wheeler family. Must have a German accent. (3 rehearsal units)
Blanche Cook – Beautiful young nurse. Elaine’s best friend. Sympathetic and seemingly truly concerned, Blanche must gain the audience’s trust if not Elaine’s!
Vanelli – A handsome, young Italian cop with an interest in art. (1 rehearsal unit)
Lieutenant Walker – Assigned to investigate Elaine’s claims. Grows increasingly frustrated and believes Elaine has no evidence to warrant what she has seen.
Curtis Appleby – Nosy neighbor that lives in the apartment across the way. Elaine is suspicious of his activity. Very flamboyant and somewhat creepy.
Dr. Tracey Lake – Dr. Tracey come to evaluate Elaine. Oddly calls Elaine who is 10 years her senior “child”. She is calm, professional and somewhat cool.
Sam Hoke – Local business owner, famous for his potato salad. Sam is very infuriated by Elaine’s claims as it is severely effecting his business. This character must make a splash!
For more info contact the director Pat Price firstname.lastname@example.org