“Black Comedy” Auditions

directed by Paul Reyburn



Auditions on Monday, September 23 & Tuesday, September 24 at the theatre. Doors open at 6:00 pm and auditions begin at 7:00, and continue until everyone is seen. No appointments; people are seen in the order they arrive. The show performs January 10 through February 2, 2020 (Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:00 pm).

Auditions will be readings from the script. All actors should attempt to use a British or German accent, depending on the character.

– 20s. A young sculptor. Intelligent and attractive, but nervous and uncertain of himself.

CAROL MELKETT – 20s. Brindsley’s fiancee. A young debutante; very pretty, very spoiled, very silly, but not vapid.

MISS FURNIVAL – 40s to 60s. One of Brindsley’s neighbors. Prissy and refined. What we would have called a “spinster” back then; until she unwittingly has a wee bit too much to drink.

COLONEL MELKETT – 50s to 60s. Carol’s commanding father. Brisk, barky, yet given to sudden vocal calms which suggest a deep alarming instability. Old school – not at all hip.

HAROLD GORRINGE – 30s to 50s. The bachelor owner of an antique-china shop, and Brindsley’s flamboyant neighbor. His friendship is highly conditional and possessive: sooner or later, payment for it will be asked.

SCHUPPANZIGH – 30s to 50s. A German refugee, 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 – 20s. Brindsley’s ex-mistress. Dazzling, emotional, bright, and mischievous. The darkness presents a unique and irresistible challenge for her.

GEORG BAMBERGER – an elderly millionaire art collector, easily identifiable as such. Like Schuppanzigh, he is German.

Clea & Brindsley
Colonel & Carol
Harold & Brindsley
Brindsley & Carol

Struggling artist Brindsley Miller and his fiance Carol are preparing a party to impress both her bombastic father and a millionaire patron of the arts. But, just as they’re ready, the main fuse blows, plunging the flat into darkness. Guests and other visitors arrive but, with no flashlights, candles or lighters, the characters fumble about, slamming into hot radiators, sharp furniture, and each other in this classic one-act comedy by Peter Shaffer (EquusAmadeus).