Red Herring by Michael Hollinger
Production Runs October 24 – November 9 at Olympia Little Theatre
The play is fast paced with plot twists and will require all the actors to deliver the lines, accurately and quickly! Our goal is a crackling 50's wise-cracking comedy with special effects and a romantic heart. The three couples will be holding conversations in bed together, clothed. (It’s the 50s!) Ages listed are the playing ages.
Maggie Pelletier (F 30's-40's) - Hard boiled "dame" with a soft side.
A wise-cracking and seemingly cynical hard-boiled Boston Police Detective she's worked hard to get off the "Juvenile Aid" squad and become a Detective on the Murder squad. Maggie is smart as a whip and has a mouth to match!
Frank Keller (M 30's - 40's) a hard-boiled FBI agent trying to crack a Soviet spy ring. Disillusioned before, he has fallen for Maggie is a big way and is trying everything to get her marry him. He is described by others as tall and broad-shouldered. His comic moment are mostly unconsciously so.
Lynn McCarthy (F 20's) – Daughter of Sen. Joseph McCarthy (He was an ultra-conservative Senator who sponsored of the House on Un American Activities Committee hearings, hunting “Communists” under every bed) An ultra-peppy Midwestern girl, she isn't quite as naive as she might seem. She is in love with James but hiding a rather important secret from him. Must be able to keep a straight face while saying outrageous things.
James Appel (M 20s) - a physicist who’s working for the U.S. military at Los Alamos but smuggling H-bomb secrets to the Russians in order to bring about nuclear parity between the US and the Soviets. He's a man with a conscience but very, very in love with Lynn. Very ernest!
Mrs. Kravitz (F, 40s - 60s) - a landlady at a dockside boarding house; a tough wise-cracking broad; she’s old enough to know better but still falls in love with Andrei . She's funny, wise-cracking, worldly wise and ruthlessly practical when it comes to getting what she wants in love!
Andrei Borchevsky (M, 40s-60s) - a philosophical Russian fisherman weary of intrigue and longing for a simple life. He's in love with Mrs. Kravitz, but still entangled with obligations to a wife who may be in a gulag in Russia. Possibly played with a Russian accent Worldly wise and gives the best advice. He has several physical comedy bits where he is forced to pretend to be mute and communicate only with his own, very quirky, form of sign language. Despite the comic bits he is the emotional heart of the play.
Other smaller roles:
- Mrs. McCarthy: (F, old enough to have a 20 year old daughter.) Lynn’s conservative mother, obsessed with baking and her daughter's intended's religion.
- Mrs. Van Nostrand: (F, almost any age) - the owner of a bridal shop where Lynn and Maggie meet and try on gowns. Full of advice and over the top! (Great gem of a small comic role.)
- Marriage Licensing clerk (F any age) Tiny role Has some definite opinions about marriage and isn't reluctant to share. (Could be doubled.)
- Priest (M any age) trapped in a confessional box, between Andrei and Lynn's demanding, dueling confessions. (Could also play Dr Kasden/Sen.McCarthy Voice) (Another great small comic gem)
- Woody: an artist moonlighting as a crime photographer, works with Maggie (could also play Major Hartwell/TV Announcer Voice)
- Petey: an amiable FBI agent who works with Frank (Bartender/Chairman Voice)
- Harry: a Republican coroner who really “likes Ike”
Tiny doubled roles
- Herbert Van Nostrand / Congressional Witness Voice (Could double with Priest)
- Bartender, (double)
- Corpse (M non-speaking)
SAMPLE AUDITION SIDES:
General info about OLT auditions
Our audition procedures are generally as follows, but may vary at the discretion of the Director:
Auditions are typically held on a Monday and a Tuesday evening, starting at 7:00 p.m. You do not have to attend both nights of auditions, but you are welcome to read both nights of auditions if you'd like. If callbacks are necessary, the director will schedule the date and time.
Audition appointments are not necessary unless you are unable to attend auditions on the regularly scheduled days and times. In that case, the Director may agree to schedule a separate audition appointment for you. This choice is entirely up to the Director.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. You do not need to have prepared monologues. Copies of the scripts for the current season's plays are available at the Downtown, Lacey, and Tumwater branches of the Timberland Library. You may ask for a copy of the script at the information desk. Scripts are only available for use at the library and may not be checked out.
Headshots and resumes are welcome at auditions, but are not necessary.
Rehearsals are typically Monday through Thursday. Additional rehearsals and/or the rehearsal schedule are at the Director's discretion. Performances are typically Thursday through Sunday; Sunday is the only matinee. Special performances are typically on the Tuesday evening after the second weekend of performances.
Olympia Little Theatre is a community theater and you need not have any previous experience, just passion and commitment!