The Murder Room
by Jack Sharkey
Directed by Tracy Walker
Runs: Sep 11-27, 2015
- Sunday, Aug 2, 6:00-8:00 pm
- Monday, Aug 3, 6:00-8:00 pm
- Edgar Hollister/Abel Howard: (Supporting) Edgar is a member of the landed gentry, very distinguished, very British, and very jealous, British accent a must; Abel is a police constable, looks like a younger version of Edgar, British accent a must. Male, ages 30-59, All Ethnicities
- Mavis Hollister: (Lead) Edgar's very recent bride, did she marry him for love or money? British accent a must. Female, ages 25-39
- James Crandall: (Supporting) a police inspector with a stone face and a stonier heart, a little too interested in a simple "missing person" case, British accent a must. Male, ages 30-59, All Ethnicities
- Susan Hollister: (Supporting) Edgar's daughter by a previous marriage, smart, but dumb as a box of rocks, British accent preferred, but she has been in America long enough for it have lost its crispness. Female, ages 20-26.
- Barry Draper: (Supporting) Susan's American fiance, feels "like a ranch hand tossed into a nest o' rattlesnakes", very rich, Texan or Southern accent required. Male, ages 18-25, All Ethnicities
- Lottie Molloy: (Supporting) the maid, loyal to the Hollister family with every breath, resents Mavis who isn't a "real" Hollister, cockney accent preferred but may do Irish or British. Female, ages 40-69, All Ethnicities
- You do not need to have a prepared monologue; auditions will be cold readings from the script.
- Please bring a detailed list of rehearsal conflicts for August and September.
- Please bring a headshot or recent photo, if possible.
- Resumes are helpful but not required.
A zany spoof of British mysteries set in Bynewood Cottage, on a small estate just a few kilometers from Harrogate, a medium-sized town in West Riding, Yorkshire, in the north part of England.
"Murder has never been this funny. A spoof of all crime thrillers... it is good clean mirth all the way. The quick, smart, extremely well timed dialogue of Jack Sharkey comes through loud and clear [with] never a dull moment."
"There are secret chambers, secret panels and trap lids galore. They're all operated by the most ridiculous contrivances and gloriously mucked up...A high, mad melodrama."
— Frank Harris
"Delightful...constant humor...A good mixture of Agatha Christie, Monty Python, and Abbot and Costello!"
— Canon, Memphis
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