by Don Nigro
Directed by Craig Gustafson
Audition dates:
May 30 & 31

Performances run from July 7 through August 12
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm

"Ravenscroft" is a turn-of-the-20th-century English country house mystery – but an extremely twisted one.

Inspector Ruffing, (30s/40s; leading man type. British accent) a stalwart, intrepid English policeman has been banished to the hinterlands (the British equivalent of walking a beat) and finds himself on a snow-bound night in a country manor, investigating the death of a stable hand with a broken neck, laying at the bottom of a staircase. It may be an accident. It may be murder. But the residents of the (now) all-female household are all hiding SOMETHING. They include:

Mrs. Ravenscroft. 30s-40s. British accent (Upper Class). Regal but mercurial, witty and sexy. A sexually dangerous woman.

Marcy. 20s-early 30s. American accent with a trace of German. Icy, cynical exterior cloaking her passion. An emotionally dangerous woman.

Gillian. 15. Actress *must* be 18 orolder, because while Mrs. Ravenscroft is the sexual powerhouse in the manor, Gillian is no duffer. British accent (Upper Class). Depending on the situation, Gillian either plays an Innocent Child or a Sex Bomb in Training. Sometimes both at once. Possibly insane, definitely ethereal. Think Luna Lovegood dealing with sex and death. An insanely dangerous girl.

Mrs. French. Late 30s-50s. British accent (Cockney). The Servant – and not happy about it. Pragmatic, with abundant measures of common sense and bad temper. Also sexy. A physically dangerous woman.

Dolly. 20s-early 30s. British accent (Cockney). The typical English Murder Mystery Comedy Relief. Or is she? Sexy maid – but dithering, clumsy and a remarkably easy crier. A really Fun but possibly dangerous woman.

Craig Gustafson is directing the show, which is produced by Kristen Duerdoth.

"Ravenscroft" is a witty and brooding murder mystery, with a lot of great parts for women and a marathon part for a man (Ruffing is never offstage; though he gets knocked unconscious at one point.)

The process is as follows:

We will start taking appointments at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 14. Starting on that date, to schedule an appointment, please e-mail RavenscroftRP@comcast.net. Please state your name and which day (Tuesday, May 30 or Wednesday, May 31) you would like to audition. Attaching a headshot and resume is acceptable but not required. Audition sides will be sent to you when your appointment is scheduled.

1. Actors will be assigned a call time in half hour intervals, beginning at 7:00 p.m.
2. You will spend up to half an hour reading scenes with other actors.
3. Then you go home. Your total time expenditure at the audition will be a little over half an hour. Get there about ten minutes early to fill out forms and such.
4.Those cast will be called by noon on Thursday. Actors who are not cast will be contacted by e-mail.

The rehearsal period will last four weeks. For the first three weeks, the only one needing to be there every night will be Ruffing.

If you have any questions, please contact Craig at RavenscroftRP@comcast.net

Persons interested in assisting with the technical aspects of the production are also encouraged to attend.
The Riverfront Playhouse is a 501C3 not for profit charitable organization that presents non-equity productions. Participants in productions are not compensated for their appearances nor do we charge our performers to become a member of the Riverfront playhouse.
The Riverfront Playhouse is a Non-Equity production house.