Auditions

Arsenic and Old Lace

By Joseph Kesselring

Directed by Tristan Poje

Monday, June 24
Wednesday, June 26

Auditions will include cold readings from the script.

Those auditioning should sign up for a half-hour time slot on one of the dates above at the following SignUp Genius page.
PLEASE arrive 10 minutes early. Those arriving late will be seen as time permits.

Auditions will be held at the
Glenview Mansion Cottage
603 Edmonston Drive
Rockville, MD 20851
Callbacks will be on Thursday, June 27, 2019.

No appointments. All roles are unpaid.

All our shows use Open Casting, with no roles pre-selected. RLT is committed to diversity, open to non-traditional casting, and will consider actors of all ethnicities.

Audition form available here. Download it, fill it out, print it out, and bring it to auditions.

Conflict calendar available here. Download it, fill it out, print it out, and bring it to auditions.

For more information about auditions, contact the production team at arsenic@rlt-online.org.


Performance Dates

September 2019: 27, 28, 29*
October 4, 5, 6*

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm
* Sunday Matinees at 2 pm


Production Staff

Director

Tristan Poje

Producer

Jeff McDermott

Producer

Kathryn Stirling

Cast of Characters

Abby Brewster - A sweet, Victorian little darling who (spoiler) poisons elderly gentlemen. Should be able to do very basic movement. (F - 60+)

Martha Brewster - Sweet elderly woman with Victorian charm and manners who also (spoiler) poisons elderly gentlemen. Perhaps a bit more deferential than her sister. Should be able to do very basic movement. (F - 60+)

Mortimer Brewster - He is a dramatic critic unhappy with his profession and unaware of his aunties' antics. Must be adept at physical comedy and have precise comedic timing. (M - 20s-30s)

Jonathan Brewster - Mortimer's oldest brother, a sociopathic surgeon who bears a strange resemblance to Boris Karloff. (M - 30s-40s)

Dr. Einstein - Not THAT Dr. Einstein. A plastic surgeon and Jonathan's accomplice in crime. Should be able to do or learn a German accent. (M - 50s)

Teddy Brewster - Mortimer's older brother. Believes he is President Theodore Roosevelt. (M - 30s-40s)

Elaine Harper - Mortimer's (spoiler) fiancee and daughter of the minister who lives next door. She is surprisingly saucy for a minister's daughter. (F - 20s-30s)

The Rev. Dr. Harper - Elaine's protective father and reverend of the church next to the Brewsters. Will be double cast with Rooney or Witherspoon. (M - 50s)

Officer O'Hara - A police officer with somewhat pushy aspirations of writing for the theatre. (F - 20s)

Officer Brophy - Brooklyn police officer and friends with the Brewster aunts. (F - 20s-30s)

Officer Klein - Not-too-bright Brooklyn police officer and friends with the Brewster aunts. (M - 20s-30s)

Lieutenant Rooney - He is a very tough, driving, dominating officer. Will be double cast with Rev. Harper or Gibbs. (M - 40s-50s)

Mr. Witherspoon - Superintendent of the Happy Dale Sani-tarium. An elderly, tight-lipped disciplinarian. Will be double cast with Rev. Harper or Gibbs. (M - 60s+)

Mr. Gibbs - A prospective renter of the Brewster's spare room. Will be double cast with Rooney or Witherspoon. (M - 60s+)

Synopsis

Murder! Mayhem! Madcap fun! Meet the Brewsters! Two charming sisters live in the family home in Brooklyn, offering rooms-to-rent, while populating their cellar with the remains of 'acceptable' lodgers. The nephew who lives with them thinks he's Teddy Roosevelt, another nephew has a criminal record and is on the run, and the third nephew is a Broadway theater critic who is recently engaged to a lovely young woman. Family entertainment at its looniest!