IS HE DEAD?
Producers – Kate Edington & Wayne Dunn
Director – Kurt Percy
Lebanon Theatre Company holding auditions for our Spring 2019 production, IS HE DEAD? on the following dates:
- Sunday, January 6, 6pm
- Monday, January 7, 6pm
Auditions will be held at our theater, and will consist of cold readings from the script. We welcome auditioners of all ages and experience levels. You do not need to attend both days of auditions, but those who are interested, are welcome to do so.
Performances will be on Mar. 15-17 and 22-24, 2019.
IS HE DEAD? by the great humorist Mark Twain, adapted by David Ives, is a madcap boisterous comic farce. Think Commedia and Moliere mixed with a healthy dose of The Marx Brothers and you have IS HE DEAD?
Jean-Francois Millet, a young painter of genius, is in love with Marie Leroux but in debt to a villainous picture-dealer, Bastien Andre. Andre forecloses on Millet, threatening debtor’s prison unless Marie marries him. Millet realizes that the only way he can pay his debts and keep Marie from marrying Andre is to die, as it is only dead painters who achieve fame and fortune. Millet fakes his death and prospers, all while passing himself off as his own sister, the Widow Tillou. Now a rich “widow,” he must find a way to get out of a dress, return to life, and marry Marie.
- AGAMEMNON BUCKNER / CHICAGO – Male, 20-25; a young American artist, crony of Millet; character man, great with physical comedy and timing.
- HANS VON BISMARCK / DUTCHY – Male, 20-35; pupil and fun-loving friend of Millet; German dialect; methodical, practical, character man, great with physical comedy and timing.
- MARIE LEROUX – Female, 20-30; Millet’s beautiful young sweetheart; free spirit and confident in her manner.
- CECILE LEROUX – Female, 20-35; Marie’s older sister; in love with “Chicago”; jealous and suspicious of widow Tillou and Chicago’s relationship; disguises herself as an inspector to investigate the death of Millet.
- PAPA LEROUX – Male, 56-65; older father to Marie and Cecile; becomes foolishly enamored of Widow Tillou; agile and good at physical comedy.
- JEAN-FRANCOIS MILLET – Male, 26-45; struggling free-spirited artist living in poverty; madly in love with Marie; fakes his death and takes on the persona of his fictional widow sister, Madame Daisy Tillou, as a cover; excellent comedian, great with physical comedy and timing.
- BASTIEN ANDRE – Male 46-59; picture dealer and our villain trying to ruin Millet and the Leroux family threatening them with financial ruin; lusts after the Widow Tillou; weasel-like; an operator.
- MADAME BATHILDE – Female, 45-59; kindly older benefactress to Millet; busy body.
- MADAME CARON – Female, 45-59; older benefactress to Millet; gossipy friend of Madame Bathilde.
- PHELIM O’SHAUGHNESSY – Male, 26-35; pupil and mischievous boisterous friend of Millet; Irish dialect; character man, great with physical comedy and timing.
- BASIL THORPE – Male, 20-39; Rich fussy english merchant, discriminating buyer of art.
- CLAUDE RIVIERE – Male, 20-39; reporter from “Le Figaro”; French dialect.
- CHARLIE – Male, 20-39; a gorgeous flunkey
- SERVANT / INSPECTOR MONNET – Male, 20-39; servant is Inspector Monnet in disguise
- KING OF FRANCE – Male, 20-39.