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Done To Death

By Fred Carmichael
Directed by Aaron and Julie Breford

Done to Death, by Fred Carmichael, is a mystery-comedy that packs in parodies of every mystery plot, hero, and villain from the golden age of film. The story alternates between reality and imagination as five mystery writers wrestle with the problem of writing a television mystery series.  All around them murders occur and each writer takes a turn at solving them in his/her own style.   Five once famous mystery writers; a couple who only write the most sophisticated of murders, a young author of the James Bond school, a retired writer of the hard hitting method, and an aging queen of the logical murder, involve the audience as they explore their own methods of investigation on a series of murders.

We are looking to fill the following roles:

Jessica Olive (Female; 30-40) - A sophisticated lady; To her, everything is a joke with a reason to laugh.  She and her husband are the epitome of the rich, devil-may-care type of characters who used to be so prevalent in mystery stories and they play their characters to the hilt.


Whitney Olive (Male; 30-40) - He matches Olive in wit and sophistication.  Always the perfect gentleman.


Mildred Maxwell  (Female; 50 plus) - folksy in a way, but very determined and opinionated.  She often has a sharp way of speaking, although she is a friendly soul. 


Brad Benedict  (Male; 20- 30) - He is much younger than the others.  He is a very shy and retiring person, quite the opposite from the characters he writes.  He has a quiet sense of humor which manifests itself in a small grin when he has been amusing, but usually he takes a back seat and admires the others.  He might be dressed in a bright tie, blazer, and slacks. 


Rodney Duckton (Male; 50 plus) - the oldest of the five authors, but extremely vital and constantly interested in everything that goes on.  There develops a small rivalry between him and Mildred and a small generation gap between him and Brad.  He is always full of boundless energy and enthusiasm.  


Jason Summers (Man; 30-40) -  efficient-looking right down to his horn-rimmed glasses, which he occasionally removes to emphasize a point. He is enthusiastic about the project before him but terrified it will go wrong and he will lose his job; hence he has a nervous air about him, plus an alway-eager-to-please-everyone attitude that makes him seem on the verge of collapse. 


Stagehand (Male; any age) - He is unimpressed by anything that happens around him. 


Jane - (Female; 18- 25ish) - She is an eager, young, maid but one suspects, for a time, that her naivete is not all pure.  


Gregory (Male; 30 plus) -  He somehow looks remarkably like a Dracula character with his dark, penetrating eyes and deep widow’s peak hairline.  When he speaks, it is in a deep, middle-European accent.  


George (Male; 30-40) - A gangster-type from a thirties film.  He speaks in a very soft and sophisticated voice which almost purrs his villainy.  


Man - (Man; any age) - Also a gangster-type from a thirties film. When he speaks, it is with a tough, staccato voice. 


Martha - typical of the thirties movies, elegant but sevever. She speaks with the voice of a hardened woman of the world.  


Girl (Female; 18-youngish) - the epitome of the twenties ingenue.  Wide -eyed innocence.  When she moves it is in the manner of the early movies.  


Monster (Male; preferably tall)- Frankenstein-esque. 


Stephanie Mildaur (Female; late teens) - A girl of the 1940’s era.  Although innocent, there is a certain worldliness about her which has come from her life surroundings.  


Secretary (Female; any age)  - as modern as they come.  She speaks with a slight foreign accent. 


Box Office Girl (or House Usher) - exactly as the audience sees him/her when they enter.

Audition Dates:
Sunday, August 14, 2022 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Monday, August 15, 2022 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Auditions are at Beatniks on Conkey on the theater side.

You will be asked to read scenes from the script.
The only preparation necessary would be to, perhaps, watch some old films on Turner Classics or wherever,  to help you get a feel for the characters we are trying to portray.
All of the characters are caricatures of old film stereotypes. 
Bringing the caricatures to life is where a lot of the humor of this story lies.

Auditions and Performances are at Beatniks on Conkey, 420 Conkey Street, Hammond
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