Classic in San Marco
Arsenic and Old Lace
By Joseph Kesselring
Directed by Joe Kemper
Performance dates: September 14 – 30, 2018
Audition Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018
Time: 11:00 am
Place: Theatre Jacksonville
2032 San Marco Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Preparing a one to two minute comedic monologue is optional.
About the Show:
New York newspaper critic Mortimer Brewster is about to marry the preacher’s daughter, and he’s off to visit his sweet spinster aunts to announce the engagement. Mortimer is the normal one of the eccentric Brewster family. Not only does he have a brother who believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt, Mortimer’s world is rocked when he discovers that his aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years. This uproarious farce ran over three years on Broadway during WWII and has become one of the most produced American plays of all time.
Available Roles: 3 Female and 11 Male
Abby Brewster: A darling older lady who poisons elderly men. Abby is the sister of Martha and an aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer. (65-75)
Martha Brewster: A sweet elderly woman with Victorian charm who poisons elderly men, Martha is the sister of Abby and an aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer. (65-75)
Mortimer Brewster: Nephew of Abby and Martha, Mortimer is a drama critic who is engaged to Elaine. He is a nice man who cares for his aunts, but is afraid that he is more like his crazy family than he cares to admit. (25-35)
Elaine Harper: Mortimer’s fiancee, Elaine is the attractive daughter of the Rev. Dr. Harper. She is surprisingly wise in the ways of the world for a minister's daughter. (25-30)
The Rev. Dr. Harper: Minister and protective father of Elaine (40-60)
Teddy Brewster: Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Teddy believes that he is Theodore Roosevelt. (30-40)
Officer Brophy: A likable, but not too bright, police officer (25-50)
Officer Klein: A likable but not too bright police officer (25-50)
Mr. Gibbs: A man who wishes to rent a room from the Brewster sisters. (60-70)
Jonathan Brewster: Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Jonathan is a psychopath who has had plastic surgery and now looks like Boris Karloff. (30-40)
Dr. Einstein: A plastic surgeon and an alcoholic, Dr. Einstein has changed Jonathan's face three times. Speaks with a German dialect (40-50)
Officer O'Hara: A discontent police officer, O’Hara is a would-be playwright who pesters Mortimer to read his play, and is not very good at reading a room. (30-50)
Lieutenant Roony: A tough and dominating police officer (30-50)
Mr. Witherspoon: The superintendent of Happy Dale Sanitarium (40-60)
People of all races and ethnicities are encouraged to audition for plays and musicals at Theatre Jacksonville. It is the policy of Theatre Jacksonville that all auditions are open to the public. All interested people, newcomers and stage veterans alike, are welcome. We are also in need of volunteers to assist in other areas of production, including set construction, set artwork, lighting, and backstage technical activities and invite all members of the public to participate in these activities as well.