Casting Call

"Wait Until Dark"

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by: Fredrick Knott

Ed Hayden

Directed by:
Holly J. Kowalenko


Sponsored by:

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Synopsis: A sinister con man and two ex-convicts meet their match during a deadly game of cat and mouse. Susy knows the only way to play fair is by her rules, so when darkness falls she turns off the lights leaving them in the dark and as blind as herself.


Director Holly J. Kowalenko is seeking the following:
5 Adult Males Ages 25-55
1 Adult Female Age 25-35
1 Girl Age 10-14



Character Age


Mike Talman 30-50 Professional Conman As his name implies he is tall, at least taller than Susy. He has spent time in jail and has pulled many cons with Carlino. Mike Talman is not his real name. It is a name given to him by Roat for the con. He should be very likeable and charismatic but also have a dark side. He has to carry a major portion of the show.
Sgt. Carlino 30-50 Professional Conman Not as likeable as Mike. Perhaps a little older or looks older than Mike. He is not quite as good at this con business as Mike but it is the only work he knows. He is nervous about the whole business. He is a follower and follows Mike's lead. Carlino is not his real name. It is the name given to him by Roat for the con
Harry Roat, Jr. 30-50 Very creepy man. He lived through the beatnik era and never emerged. Only interested in himself and will do anything to further his lust for drugs and money. He plays himself and two other characters in this play. His real name is not Harry Roat. He plays Harry Roat Jr. and Sr. as part of the con. We know that he is capable of murder. We should be afraid of him but also surprised by him.
Susy Hendrix 25-35 Blinded in an accident as an adult, Susy is still adjusting to her blindness. She is married to Sam. Susy is very likeable. She has a good sense of humor but is not silly. She wants to be on her own but relies heavily on Sam. She is small in stature compared to Mike Talman and therefore physically vulnerable. She is smart and very trusting of others.
Sam Hendrix 30-45 He is a photographer, and this is how he makes his living. Very likeable and almost fatherly with Susy. He was a Marine and is very organized. We trust him immensely. He is very good with Gloria and will act as a go-between with her and Susy. Sam is not on stage a lot but it is important that he have great chemistry with Susy.
Gloria 10-14 Gloria lives upstairs from Susy and Sam and they have been paying her to assist Susy with chores and shopping. She hasn't had much experience around other adults other than Sam and Susy. Her father doesn't live in the house with her mother and her and we get the impression her mother is more interested in men than Gloria. She doesn't like to be told what to do and acts out when she is upset. She really wants Sam to like her and is very strong when put in charge. Girls auditioning for this part should be small in stature and have moderate stage experience.
Policemen 25-55 Two policemen come in at the very end of the play. Both policeman should be very trusted characters, self-assured and reassuring. I also want the two people cast in these parts to be part of our stage crew assisting with scene changes and properties.


Special Notes for Auditioners:
Readings will be from the script. Actresses auditioning for Susy will be asked to follow some minor blocking in the script to portray her blindness. Girls auditioning for Gloria should be small in stature and have moderate stage experience.


Auditions will be held at the

Somerset Valley Players

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

On Tuesday, July 24th and
Thursday, July 26th 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Callback Date: To be determined

The show runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
October 19th through November 4th 2018.

For further information call 908.369.7469

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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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