Carpenter Square Theatre
Announces Auditions for:
HOLMES AND WATSON
A Mystery/Thriller by Jeffrey Hatcher
Directed by Tom Cowley
When: 2:30 - 5:30 pm Sunday, September 8, 2019 – Readings from the
script. Plan to arrive no later than 4:30 p.m.; If needed, callbacks will be at
6:30 pm Monday, September 9.
Where: At the theatre, located at 800 W. Main. Parking is free on the
street, at Dagwell Dixie next door, and in the parking lot on the west side of
the SMC building at 815 W. Main (between SMC and the new apartments under
What: Bring a recent photo and résumé.
Hard copy perusal scripts will be available for a $10 refundable deposit. Please
call CST at 405-232-6500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements to
check out a script. Call or contact us in the office before dropping by to make
sure a script is available and someone is in the office to check it out to you.
Office Hours: Closed Mondays. Open Tuesdays through Fridays 1-6:00 pm.
Performance dates: October 18-19, 25-26, 31, November 1-3, 7-9 with
brush-up rehearsal on October 24.
Rehearsals begin: Very soon after auditions. Most rehearsals are
scheduled Mon-Fri at 7 p.m. with Saturday or Sunday rehearsals scheduled only if
needed to accommodate week-night conflicts. 1st tech is the afternoon/early
evening of Sunday, October 13.
CAST OVERVIEW: 6 Men, 1 Woman (ages are flexible from 20s-60s). All
characters will speak with a Standard British or Scottish dialect. The
characters marked with an asterisk will not be listed in the program in order to
help keep the audience guessing. There will be some stage combat and gun play
JOHN WATSON - A doctor and writer who was Holmes’ friend and associate,
even serving in the military with him in their younger days. He is charged with
the task of investigating whether Holmes is still alive, and determining if any
of the three men claiming to be Holmes are indeed Holmes. Besides his scenes,
his journal entries and narration are a framework for the play.
DR. EVANS – Evans summons Watson to a remote
“asylum” of the coast of Scotland where three men claiming to be Holmes are
ORDERLY (Moriarty*/Inspector*) - The orderly works at the “asylum” for
Dr. Evans, and serves as a strong arm nurse/assistant at times. This actor is
also the two characters listed in parentheses – Holmes’ nemesis and a police
MATRON/THE WOMAN* - The matron is a head nurse at the “asylum.” The Woman
is a patient at the asylum who was discovered on the moors. She claims to be a
victim of an attempted murder during a masque ball.
HOLMES 1/THE CLIENT* - The first man claiming to be Mr. Holmes; The
Client is a character who seemed to be in cahoots with The Woman to steal a
document during a masque ball, and then tries to murder her after he receives
HOLMES 2 – The second patient who is questioned by Watson and exhibits a
lot of emotion by the end of the interrogation.
HOLMES 3/SIGNOR FONSECA* – The third patient who may be Sherlock Holmes.
He appears almost catatonic - not able to see, hear, or speak – until he is
hypnotized by Watson. Signor Fonseca is a character who hosts a masque ball, and
is knocked unconscious by The Woman while he is opening his safe.
Sherlock Holmes is dead. Or so it is assumed. The world knows the great
detective went over the falls at Reichenbach with his nemesis Professor Moriarty
two years and eight months ago. But as Holmes’ body was never retrieved, a
number of frauds, fakes, and charlatans have come forward to lay claim to his
identity, and it falls to Dr. Watson to disprove them. Then a telegram arrives
informing Watson that three men, each claiming to be Holmes, have been committed
to a remote asylum off the coast of Scotland. Now Watson must discover if one of
the mad men is the real Sherlock Holmes.
“…the most elaborate and riveting game of What’s My Line ever…The Jeffrey
Hatcher play…is tight and clever and full of suspense—and has enough red
herrings to feed a family of 40.” —Arizona Daily Star.
“[HOLMES AND WATSON] is a truly smashing
play full of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your
seat…Hatcher has crafted an intelligent mystery thriller…” —TalkinBroadway.com.
“Wildly enthralling and masterfully penned…Hatcher well knows his way around
riddles and is a crafty manipulator of appearances…An amazing must-see
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