Casting Call

"Jack of Diamonds"

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by: Marcia Kash and Douglas E. Hughes

Paula Windus

Directed by:
Emily M. Windus


Synopsis: Unbeknownst to four retirement home friends, the man to whom they've entrusted their life savings - a smooth-talking financial advisor named Barney Effward - has been arrested for bilking his clients out of their savings through a Ponzi scheme. Pandemonium ensues as the four retirees try to find a way to exact their revenge, recoup their losses, and keep the authorities from discovering their plans for revenge.


Director Emily M. Windus is seeking the following:
3-5 Adult Males Ages 40s - 70s+
4 Adult Females Ages 40s - 70s



Character Age


Jack Newman (M)
A successful businessman, former jeweler, and late-night TV pitchman, physically spry, still very much engaged in life
Barney Effward (M)
Charming con-man, a Bernie Madoff type
Rose (F)
Independent, feisty old bird, a real technophile, has very poor vision
Blanche (F)
A fading beauty, suffers from narcolepsy, Jack's girlfriend
Flora (F)
Grandmotherly type, always cheerful, very talented at making jewelry, has memory issues
Nurse Harper (F)
Career nurse, lonely, unappreciated, bored, and frustrated
Wilf Gunnarson (M)
Late 80s
Almost completely deaf, but totally 'with it'
Mortimer (M)
Uptight, hypochondriac lawyer
Policeman (M)
Straight-laced, humorless, 'by-the-book' type
Please note that the roles of Wilf, Mortimer, and the Policeman may be played by the same actor.


Special Notes for Auditioners:
No preparation for auditions is required. Readings will be from the script. Wear comfortable clothing. You only need to attend one evening of auditions. Please bring a headshot or recent photograph if possible, and your acting resume if you have one. Please bring your potential rehearsal conflict dates to auditions.

Rehearsals will be on weekday evenings, 2-3x/week, beginning the week of March 25th. Not all actors will be called to all rehearsals in the beginning. Attendance for Tech Week is mandatory: Sun June 2 - Thurs June 6, as are ALL performances.


Auditions will be held at the

Somerset Valley Players

Located at 689 Amwell Road, Hillsborough. For directions click here

On Monday, March 18th and
Wednesday, March 20th 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Callback Date: There will be no callbacks.

The show runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
June 7th through June 23th 2019.

For further information call 908.369.7469

Email address

This program is made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and administered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program
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