by Agatha Christie
Directed by Christopher Diehl (Proof, Dial M for Murder)
November 4th & 5th
Performance Dates: April 3-19, 2020*
*PLEASE NOTE THAT AUDITIONS ARE VERY EARLY – REHEARSALS WILL NOT BEGIN UNTIL MARCH 2020,
ALTHOUGH A READ THROUGH WILL BE HELD SOMETIME IN NOVEMBER SO THE CAST CAN GET A JUMP ON THEIR LINES OVER THE HOLIDAYS.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Sides will be available at auditions but will not be
provided earlier. Headshot and resume are recommended but not required. There is no pay.
Rehearsals will be held during the month of March and will generally be Monday through Thursday
evenings at 7 pm. A more detailed rehearsal schedule will be provided at auditions.
A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer.
5 male, 3 female
General note on the characters:
Everyone in this cast carries a secret with them, some lightly, some with great heft, but none are
unaffected. All are real characters, in a naturalistic acting style sense, but they also fill archetypal roles
in the mystery/thriller genre. I am looking particularly for actors who can seamlessly and effortlessly
meld these two things. If you have not read the entire script, it is strongly recommended you do so
before auditioning as you will only get a complete picture of each character by doing so.
Molly Ralston (Female, 20’s) - The new proprietress of Monkswell Manor, a rustic guest house; Newly married to
Giles, she possesses a sense of intrepidness and vulnerability and must especially carry the audience's
sympathy into and throughout the story.
Giles Ralston (Male 20’s/30’s) - Married to Molly; Christie describes as an "arrogant, attractive young man"
with a sense that he has a temper with just a whiff of danger involved.
Christopher Wren (Male, 20’s) - Christie describes as a "wild-looking, neurotic young man"; Almost child-like
bluntness for saying what he thinks and perhaps a quasi-willful naiveté concerning his effect on others;
Likely gay, and something of an odd and potentially dangerous duck for this time period and conservative standards.
Mrs. Boyle (Female, 50’s/60’s) - Christie describes as "a large imposing woman in a very bad temper." Some
bluster and a great sense of her own importance in the scheme of things; Nothing is good enough as she
is a woman used to getting her way.
Major Metcalf (Male, 40’s/50’s) - A middle-aged, square-shouldered man with more than a hint of Old England
about him; Solid and has sense of authority.
Miss Casewell (Female, 20’s/30’s)- Christie describes as "young woman of a manly type"; blunt spoken and not
particularly given to putting up with nonsense; Not rude, but forceful with a hint of the exotic and adventuress about her.
Mr. Paravicini (Male, 40’s-60’s) - Christie describes as a "slightly taller version of Hercule Poirot"which may lead an audience familiar with that character down a garden path in regards to this show; Foreign and should sound it; Very flamboyant and slightly sinister.
Detective Sergeant Trotter (Male, 20’s/30’s) - A cheerful, commonplace, earnest, and physically active young officer; Slight cockney tinge to dialect.
For questions about auditions and the play not answered here, please email director Christopher Diehl: firstname.lastname@example.org.
8PM Shows: Apr 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18
2PM Shows: Apr 5, 12, 18, 19
Auditions Nov 4 & 5