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Murder Weapon, The Village Players

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Murder Weapon by Brian Clemens

 

Directed by Jennifer Monteith

 

Producers: Rosemary McGillivray and Trevor Marlatt

 

AUDITIONS will be held at the Village Playhouse, 2190E Bloor St. West (around the corner from Runnymede subway station) at the following dates and times:


• Saturday, August 17: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
• Sunday, August 18: 5:00 to 9:00 pm
• Monday August 19: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
• Callbacks (if necessary): Tuesday, August 20 from 6:30 pm

 

REHEARSALS  will be held at the Village Playhouse. First read: Sunday August 25 at 10 am-1 pm (may change). Rehearsals will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-10 pm, and Sundays 1 – 5 pm; and every night of tech week beginning Sunday, October 27th (full day on the 27th).

 

PLAY SYNOPSIS When Chief Constable Jessica Bligh accompanies her friend Diane Tulliver home to Dysart Hall after a night at the opera, they arrive to a horrifying scene. Diane’s husband Paul has been shot dead and ex-convict Charley Mirren is standing over him bearing a gun. It appears to be an open-and-shut case for Chief Constable Bligh, but as she and her colleague Inspector Fremont probe further, they discover all is not what it seems.


Murder Weapon is an ingeniously plotted, highly tense thriller. Like all the best mysteries, it gets more and more complicated and confusing before it’s resolved. Time period is the present.

 

 

CHARACTERS (4 or 5 men; 2 or 3 women). The role of Constable Walters may be played as a female character


* (ages given are character ages, not actor’s ages)

 

  • Jessica Bligh: Chief Constable. Female, late 40’s. Bligh may be ex-Army with excellent posture and bearing, but she isn’t overly masculine and she’s not above bending the rules a bit. Bligh is new to the job, but she’s calm, smart and wants to investigate Paul’s death properly.
  • Inspector Fremont: Male, around 45 – 50. Fremont is an old-school, working class cop without much education. He’s been there, done that, has too many cases on the go and doesn’t want to waste time on something that’s so cut and dried. But hidden way down deep is curiosity and a genuine desire to see justice done.
  • Constable Walters: Male or Female, any age. This is Walters’ first murder… show us how you think the character will handle it.
  • Charley Mirren: Male about 50, looks older. Charlie is a loser. He has a lot of anxiety, fear, a blind respect for authority, and has clearly been let down by everyone in his life. Charlie has just finished a lengthy stretch in prison, but despite all his drawbacks, there is something endearing about him.
  • Hugo: Male, around 35. Hugo is handsome, suave, has a friendly face and is a good psychiatrist. He is also a master at getting what he wants.
  • Diane: Female, about 30. Sexy and well-put-together, Diane is an accomplished amateur actress. She is clearly distraught at her husband’s murder, trying to be strong but needing support.
  • Paul: Male, well over 40. Diane’s husband Paul can be rather stilted, but he loves his wife, in a comfortable, been-married-a-long-time way. He’s obviously older than Diane and is very happy with his life.

The role of Constable Walters and Paul may be played by the same actor.

 

PREPARATION Please prepare a 3-minute monologue. Please read the play prior to the audition as you will be asked to do cold readings from the script. Accents are not necessary. 

 

***A copy of the script is available upon request from the audition coordinator.

***A copy of the script is also available at the Information Desk, 5th floor, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St. 

 

TO BOOK AN AUDITION: Please email a copy of your headshot and resume to villageplayersauditions@gmail.com with your preferred date, time, role(s) you are interested in, and contact information.

Please also bring a hardcopy of your resume and headshot (photocopy is fine) to your audition.

Night Watch, NAGs Players

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Night Watch, NAGS Players

 

Night Watch: a play of suspense in two acts

by Lucille Fletcher

 

Directed by Ken Stern

 

Audition Dates and Times: 

 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019: 6:30 to 9 pm                                                                                                          

Wednesday, August 21: 6:30 to 9 pm.                                                                             

Tranzac Main Hall, 292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto. Closest subway: Bathurst or Spadina

Callback Date: Sunday, August 25 from 1:30 pm. (Location TBA)

 

Show dates: November 7, 8, 9 and 14,15,16, 2019


Show times: Evenings 7:30 pm                                                                                                            

Show location: Tranzac Stage, 292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto

 

Audition Preparation and Format:

This is an open call audition and will consist of readings from the play. Sides will be provided.  Please email auditions@nagsplayers.com with your preferred date, and indicate what role(s) you are interested in reading. A prepared monologue is not required. Please bring your resume and a headshot, if you have one, to the audition.

 

Rehearsal  Information:

The first read-through will be Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the Main Hall of the Tranzac.

All rehearsals will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:30 to 9:30 pm and Sundays, 1:30 to 4:30 pm. Apart from some rehearsals at the Tranzac, the majority of them will take place at venues in the downtown area.

Cast members are to be available for all show dates and rehearsals, and particularly for the technical rehearsal on November 3 and the dress rehearsals on November 5 and 6! 

You will be asked to please list ANY potential conflicts from September 3 – November 16, 2019 on audition forms.

Nags Players is an inclusive community theatre company and encourages all interested individuals from all backgrounds to audition.

 

***A reading copy of the play is available on reserve at the 5th floor Information Desk, Arts Dept., Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St.

 

The Story:

Elaine Wheeler is a wealthy heiress and modern art collector, living with her handsome stock-broker husband in an elegant remodeled townhouse in New York City. Though it would appear that she has the best of everything, she seems lost, haunted by a turbulent past, beset by alarming fear. When she suddenly cries out that she sees a dead man in the abandoned tenement across the back fence, the household is thrown into turmoil. Despite the best efforts of her husband, best friend Blanche, the NYPD, and a psychiatrist to reassure her, she remains adamant that a murder has been committed. Do Appleby, a nosy neighbour, or Helga, the eavesdropping maid, know more than they’re letting on? 

 

Casting Requirements:

 

Ages listed reflect how the character should appear onstage, not necessarily the age of the actor. Character descriptions in quotations are the playwright’s.

Character Gender/Age Description
Elaine Wheeler (lead) Female, mid-30s An heiress raised in luxury, European travel, only child, mother dead in childbirth, pampered by wealthy oil-baron father (now deceased). “slender, patrician, with big eyes, an eager smile. An air of insecurity” (LF) “your great doomed eyes, your haunting looks, a fragile ghost” (Appleby)
John Wheeler Male, 30s-40s Elaine’s 2nd husband. “rugged, handsome” (LF), a stocks and bonds broker. 
Blanche Cooke Female, mid-30s Elaine’s visiting best friend and a nurse. “an attractive redhead with an excellent figure” (LF)
Helga Female, 50s German maid in Wheeler household. Must speak with accent.
Curtis Appleby Male, 50-60 Neighbour of the Wheelers, editor of the local gossip rag. “Odd-looking older gentleman” (LF)
Patrolman Vanelli Male, late 20s A young Italian, Brooklyn cop with an interest in art. Brooklyn accent
Lt Walker Male, 50s Homicide detective, harried, cynical, impatient. “A glum, sallow-looking man” (LF)
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Dr. Tracy Lake
Male, 50s
Female, 30s-50s

Owner of local deli. Working class. “a large shabby man with iron grey hair, and a wrathful expression.” (LF)“…a middle-aged woman, nicely-dressed” (LF)

 

Arts Department, Toronto Reference Library

416-393-7157

trlarts@torontopubliclibrary.ca

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