Open Auditions: Black Comedy

Open Auditions: Black Comedy

Monday, February 11, 2019 from 06:30 PM to Tuesday, February 12, 2019 to 08:30 PM
Open Auditions: Black Comedy

Black Comedy
"The laughter begins when the lights go out!"


Lovesick and desperate, sculptor Brindsley Miller has embellished his apartment with furniture and objects d’arte “borrowed” from the absent antique collector- Harold Gorringe next-door, hoping to impress his fiancée’s pompous father and a wealthy art dealer.

The fussy Harold Gorringe, returns just as a blown fuse plunges the apartment into darkness and Brindsley is revealed. Unexpected guests, aging spinsters, errant phone cords, and other snares impede his frantic attempts to return the purloined items before light is restored.

5 M 3 F Description of Characters

 BRINDSLEY MILLER- A young sculptor (late twenties), intelligent and attractive, but nervous and uncertain of himself. 

CAROL MELKETT- His fiancée. A young debutante; very pretty, very spoilt; very silly. Her sound is that unmistakable, terrifying, deb. Quack. 

MISS FURNIVAL- A middle-aged spinster. Prissy; and refined. Clad in the blouse and sack skirt of her gentility, her hair in a bun, her voice in a bun, she reveals only the repressed gestures of the middle-class spinster-until alcohol undoes her. 

COLONEL MELKETT- Carol’s commanding father: brisk, barky, yet given to sudden vocal calms which suggest a deep and alarming instability. It is not only the constant darkness which gives him his look of wide-eyed suspicion. 

HAROLD GORRINGE- The camp owner of an antique-china shop, and Brindsley’s neighbour, Harold comes from the North of England. His friendship is highly conditional and possessives: sooner or later, payment for it will be asked. A specialist in emotional blackmail, he can become hysterical when slighted or (as inevitably happens) rejected. He is older than Brindsley by several years. 

SCHUPPANZIGH- A middle-class German refugee, chubby, cultivated, and effervescent. He is an entirely happy man, delighted to be in England, even if this means being employed full time by the London Electricity Board. 

CLEA- Brindsley’s ex-mistress: late twenties; dazzling, emotional, bright and mischievous. The challenge to her to create a dramatic situation out of the darkness is ultimately irresistible. 

GEORG BAMBERGER- An elderly millionaire art collector, easily identifiable as such.