Auditions for the spring play Done to Death will be held on January 21st and 24th at 7:00 at the Uxbridge Music Hall.

Character Descriptions:

JESSICA OLIVE: An extremely attractive and sophisticated woman in her middle to late thirties. 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. She wears an attractive and smart dress, carries a large tote bag, and a turban hides her hair for most of the show.

WHITNEY OLIVE: A few years older than Jessica, he matches her in wit and sophistication. Always the perfect gentleman, he is dressed in the latest fashionable suit and might well have walked out of the pages of Esquire.

MILDRED Z. MAXWELL: A large woman, folksy in a way, but very determined and opinionated. She often has a sharp way of speaking, although she is a friendly soul. In her late fifties or early sixties, she wears a two-piece silk dress and a small hat.

BRAD BENEDICT: He is much younger than the others and, consequently, more mod in his dress, but by no means “hippie”. Actually, he is a very shy and retiring person, quite the opposite from the characters he writes. He has a quiet sense of humour which manifests itself in a small grin when he has been amusing, but usually he takes a backseat and admires the others. He wears a bright tie, blazer, and slacks.

RODNEY DUCKTON: The oldest of the five authors, but he is extremely vital and constantly interested in everything that goes on. There develops a small rivalry between him and Mildred and a small generation gap noticeable between him and Brad. He is dressed impeccably in a suit and is always full of boundless energy and enthusiasm.

JASON SUMMERS: A man in his thirties, efficient-looking right down to his horn-rimmed glasses which he occasionally removes to emphasize a point. He wears a neat, Madison Avenue suit. 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 always-eager-to-please-everyone attitude that makes him seem on the verge of collapse.

STAGEHAND: Dressed in a work outfit of dungarees and denim shirt, he is unimpressed by anything that happens around him.

JANE: She is an eager, young, and pretty maid but one suspects, for a time, that her naiveté is not all pure. She wears a blue or green maid’s outfit with appropriate apron.

GREGORY: Dressed in a typical formal butler’s outfit with swallowtail coat. 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: Is about thirty and dressed in a bright, pinstriped suit with the unmistakeable wide lapels and and shoulder padding of the thirties. He speaks in a very soft and sophisticated voice which almost purrs his villainy. A wide-brimmed hat covers most of his face and dark glasses cover his eyes. He has an overcoat over his shoulders and wears his left arm in a sling.

MAN: The same type of wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and overcoat as George. When he speaks, it is with a tough, staccato voice.

MARTHA: Typical of the thirties movies, she is dressed in a stunning negligee and wears jewels on her neck and both wrists. Her hair is done in a severe style and she speaks with the voice of a hardened woman of the world.

GIRL: The epitome of the twenties ingenue. She wears a beaded dress of the era. Her eyes are widened to their fullest circle with pure innocence. Her hair is a mass of curls and when she moves it is in the manner of the early movies.

MONSTER: Should look as horrible as possible. Possibly he wears a rubber “Frankenstein’s monster” masks and rubber claw-hands. He has a dark coat on and wears raised, thick-soled work shoes. When he moves it is a leaning forward walk to give the appearance he would fall over if he didn’t walk.

STEPHANIE MILDAUR: A beautiful girl in her late teens. Although innocent, there is a certain worldliness about her which has come from her life surroundings. She wears an attractive dress and hair style of the forties.

SECRETARY: As modern as they come, she is dressed in a trench coat with bright boots. Under the coat she is wearing only a bikini. She speaks with a slight foreign accent and is breathtakingly beautiful.

BOX OFFICE GIRL (OR HOUSE USHER): Exactly as the audience sees her (or him) when they enter.

Note: Doubling/changing some of the roles is possible and is up to the discretion of the director.