Auditions for “Don’t Dress for Dinner” by Mark Camoletti, directed by Pat Price, will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19 and Monday, Feb. 20 at Workshop Players Theater, 44820 Middle Ridge Rd., Amherst Township.
This six-character farce, featuring three men and three women, never stops coming at the audience with identity switches and surprises.
Price is seeking a cast to fill the following roles:
• Bernard — 40s-60s. He hopes to entertain his chic Parisienne mistress at his home when his wife goes to care for her ailing mother. In preparation, he hires a gourmet cook to make the weekend special and invites his unsuspecting best friend as an alibi. As things go awry, Bernard becomes increasing unraveled and spilled upon, requiring many changes of shirts.
• Jacqueline — 40s-60s. Bernard’s wife changes plans when she hears that Robert, Bernard’s best friend, is coming for the weekend because of an affair they have begun. Stunned and confused by the behavior of both her paramour and her husband as the evening unfolds, she slowly catches on to the truth of the situation, or does she?
• Robert — 40s-60s. Poor Robert is ambushed again and again as he first learns of Bernard’s real plans, then discovers that his own mistress (Bernard’s wife) will be there. Out of necessity he assumes several identities as he scrambles to make it through the evening. For poor Robert, it’s an uphill battle.
• Suzanne — 30s-50s. Bernard’s Parisienne mistress arrives and is immediately mistaken by Robert as the gourmet chef, a role she must try to play out as the evening progresses. She is ill-suited for that task and her frustration elevates. Since she is a model, Suzanne must be able to carry herself off as such even in the midst of confusing role-playing.
• Suzette — 30s-50s. She is really the cook who takes on the role of the mistress. She definitely plays this role with relish, despite initial confusion over the evening’s goings-on. Quite the entrepreneur, Suzette benefits monetarily from the ruse and loves every minute of it, rubbing it in whenever possible.
• George — 40s-60s. Suzette’s husband, who appears for the last scene of the play. He is surprised when faced with the events of the evening. George must be physically imposing and capable of using some of that muscle in a theatrically safe way.
Performances will run from April 20 through May 7.
For more information, contact the director at firstname.lastname@example.org.