Sunday, January 6, and Monday, January 7, at 7:00 p.m. at The Little Theatre of Mechanicsburg.
Lovesick and desperate, sculptor Brindsley Miller has embellished his apartment with furniture and objects d’arte “borrowed” from the absent antique collector next-door, hoping to impress his fiancée’s pompous father and a wealthy art dealer. The fussy neighbor, Harold Gorringe, returns just as a blown fuse plunges the apartment into darkness and Brindsley is revealed. Unexpected guests, aging spinsters, errant phone cords, and other snares impede his frantic attempts to return the purloined items before light is restored.
In order to comedically stage the blackout, the lighting will be reversed. In other words, when the stage lights are off, the characters can see, and when the stage is fully lit, the characters are in the total darkness and cannot see. Actors will be playing blinded characters on a fully lit stage, which will provide a unique and enjoyable comic challenge.
Seeking an ethnically diverse cast of 8 actors (5M, 3F) to play the following roles. All ages are playing ages. The director will cast actors who can believably play the ages suggested.
BRINDSLEY MILLER – a young sculptor, mid twenties, intelligent and attractive, but nervous and uncertain of himself.
CAROL MELKETT – Brindsley’s fiancee. A young debutante; very pretty, very spoiled; very silly. Her sound is that unmistakable, terrifying debutante quack.
MISS FURNIVAL – a middle-aged lady. Prissy and refined. Clad in the blouse and sack shirt of her gentility, her hair in a bun, her voice in a bun, she reveals only the repressed gestures of the middle-class spinster — until alcohol undoes her.
COLONEL MELKETT – Carol’s commanding father. Brisk, barky, yet given to sudden vocal calms which suggest a deep alarming instability. It is not only the constant darkness which gives him his look of wide-eyed submission.
HAROLD GORRINGE – the bachelor owner of an antique-china shop, and Brindsley’s neighbor, Harold comes from the North of England. He has a secret attraction to Brindsley. His friendship is highly conditional and possessive: sooner or later, payment for it will be asked. A specialist in emotional blackmail, he can become hysterical when slighted, or (as inevitably happens) rejected. He is older than Brindsley by several years.
SCHUPPANZIGH – a German refugee, chubby, cultivated, and effervescent. He is an entirely happy man, delighted to be in England, even if it means being employed full time by the London Electricity Board.
CLEA – Brindsley’s ex-mistress. Mid-twenties; dazzling, emotional, bright, and mischievous. The challenge to create a dramatic situation out of the darkness is ultimately irresistible to her.
GEORG BAMBERGER – an elderly millionaire art collector, easily identifiable as such. Like Schuppanzigh, he is German.
Auditions will take place at the theatre. Actors will be asked to perform a cold reading from selections of the play. No monologue is needed.