Written by Noel Coward
Directed by Chris Eller
May 19 & 20 @ 7PM
Auditions will consist of cold readings from selected sides. Please bring a list of conflicts with you to auditions.
July 18 – 20 & 25 – 27, 2019
Set at the house of writer, Charles Condomine, and his wife, Ruth. One evening, Charles invites local eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a seance at his house. He asks along his friends, Dr. and Mrs. Bradman, intending to gather character inspiration from Madame Arcati for his latest book. Despite initially thinking the seance has been a failure, it soon becomes clear that Madame Arcati has unwittingly brought back Charles’ first wife, Elvira, to haunt him. Once in his house, Elvira is unable to leave and, as she cannot be seen or heard by Ruth, she causes all kinds of mischievous trouble between the married couple.
EDITH: Edith is the Condomines’ newly-hired maidservant, often hilariously encumbered with large, heavy serving trays. Edith’s inexperience–exacerbated by her penchant for moving much too speedily through the house–makes one wonder if she’s really cut out for the job, but she turns out to have a pivotal role by the end of the play.
RUTH CONDOMINE: Charles’s second wife, Ruth, is in her late 30s to early 40s. Like her husband, Ruth is attractive, witty and sophisticated, and is quite the society matron. Appearances and etiquette are extremely important to Ruth, but the ectoplasmic manifestation of Charles’s late wife, Elvira (and Charles’s seeming willingness to become some sort of astral bigamist), pushes Ruth to a level not even the best breeding could withstand.
CHARLES CONDOMINE: A novelist in his mid-to-late 40s, Charles is bright, sophisticated, articulate, and debonair. To research the subject for his new novel, Charles asks the unsuspecting but zealously enthusiastic Madame Arcati to dinner and a séance. A born skeptic, Charles soon becomes a believer when the ghost of his first wife unexpectedly appears—and stays. From then on, poor Charles is a shuttlecock between the women battling for his affections: Ruth, his living wife, and Elvira, his dead one.
DR. BRADMAN: The no-nonsense Dr. Bradman is a friend of the Condomines, invited to participate in the entertainment of dinner and a séance.
MRS. BRADMAN: Mrs. Bradman has likely seen happier days with her husband, but she keeps a pleasant disposition, despite her faded appearance.
MADAM ARCATI: Madame Arcati is the local spiritualist and medium. In her mid-60s or older, the quirky and spry Madame Arcati prefers the bicycle as her primary mode of transportation and is a keen observer of behavior. As the Condomines soon discover, Madame Arcati is no fraud. She truly is in contact with the other world and inadvertently is the “medium” through which Elvira is called back to this one. The problem is that Madame Arcati cannot figure out how to return Elvira to the other side.
ELVIRA: Elvira, the remarkably beautiful ghost of Charles’s first wife, likely died between 25 and 30 years of age. In life, Elvira was spirited, outgoing, wild, and carefree. In death, she is no different; she has cocktails with Genghis Khan! She does love Charles–if somewhat casually–and is jealous of Ruth. Her attempts to monopolize the attention and conversation of Charles after she reappears form the central tension of the play.
Scripts are available now to check out at the Lee Street office.
For more information about the show or auditions, please feel free to email Director CHRIS ELLER.