THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE

Adapted for the stage by F. Andrew Leslie
From the novel by Shirley Jackson
Produced through special arrangement with
Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Directed by Beau Mahurin

AUDITION DATES: August 11 & 12, 2019 @ 7 p.m.
SHOW DATES: October 4-6, 11-13 & 18-20, 2019

* Rehearsals are scheduled to begin in mid-August. *

ABOUT THE SHOW

Adapted from the iconic 1959 novel, which became the inspiration for the recent Netflix series, The Haunting of Hill House is a chilling and mystifying study in mounting terror, in which a small group of "psychically receptive" people are brought together for the summer in a brooding, mid-Victorian mansion in rural New England, a place known for its evil and "contained ill will."

Led by the learned investigator Dr. Montague, who is conducting research into supernatural phenomena, the other previously-unacquainted visitors have come to probe the secrets of the old house and to draw forth the mysterious powers that it is alleged to possess — powers which have brought madness and death to those who have lived therein in the past.

As all involved struggle to disguise their mounting fears, their at-first jovial sensibilities become jolted by strange and eerie occurrences, each becoming absorbed by the supernatural, ultimately bringing on a crisis in which the evil forces of Hill House are goaded to a new and (for one of those present) fatal fury.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
*No appointments necessary.*

  • Prepared monologues are not required but greatly appreciated for evaluation, particularly from individuals interested in the roles of “Dr. Montague” or “Eleanor”. (One to three minutes max.)
  • Expect randomly paired cold readings from script selections to be provided at the time of audition. Candidates may then be requested to remain behind for basic one-on-one interviews or additional group dramatic exercises.


CHARACTERS / ROLES
* All roles are currently available.*

CAST SIZE: 3 Men / 4 Women

  • ELEANOR VANCE (20s to 30s) — A seeming innocent with an oppressively sheltered past, finally finding her wings in spite of the history she leaves behind her and the threats seemingly before her. Plain, somewhat mousey, but with a strong and fiery spirit that has been suppressed for far too long.
  • MRS. DUDLEY (40s+) — Along with her unseen husband, the sole domestic staff for the entirety of Hill House. Grim, almost comically stoic, but knows far more about this place than she will ever openly confess. (Must be equally strong with non-verbal dramatic situations.)
  • THEODORA (20s to 30s) — Beautiful, somewhat exotic. A “mod” fashionista and a proven psychic. Somehow manages to find or make a joke of anything, though her reasons for doing so may vary or be unclear. A woman of many, many secrets.
  • DR. MONTAGUE (40s to 50s+) — The bearded fatherly academician. Our host and lead investigator for this experiment, who has summoned the others together for the summer. Well-versed in the fields of anthropology and the paranormal. Initiated into the history of Hill House. Scholarly set yet playful and charismatic.
  • LUKE SANDERSON (20s to 30s) — A handsome young rogue. Well-educated and accustomed to comfort but something of a rake and a cad, who will nonetheless walk away from this experience utterly changed. Heir apparent to the Hill House estate.
  • MRS. MONTAGUE (40s+) — The virtual “pants” of the Montague household. Always has to be right. A dominating matron with a well-gloved hand. Easily readable as comedic in her superiority, but just as equally dislikeable for her disparagingly strong opinions.
  • ARTHUR PARKER (40s+) — Mrs. Montague’s right hand man. Headmaster of a boarding school for boys. Swings rapidly, almost ridiculously, between moments of swaggering machismo and oppressively obedient lackey.

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