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Holmes and Watson

by Jeffrey Hatcher

Director: Curtis Rawls

Please contact [email protected] if you’ve missed the original auditions and are still interested. Due to inclement weather, we are scheduling additional appointments.

Audition Dates

Sunday, January 2, 2022, 12pm-3pm; Monday, January 3, 2022, 7pm-10pm

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 (Email for for an appointment)

Audition Location

Edmonds Driftwood Players Rehearsal Annex located at 200 Dayton Street, Edmonds

ALL ACTORS MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED (TWO WEEKS BEYOND THEIR FINAL DOSE, NOT INCLUDING BOOSTERS) BY CALLBACKS

Callbacks (By invitation only)

Thursday, January 6, 2022, 7pm-10pm

Thursday, January 13, 2022 (Those invited will be contacted with a time.)

Rehearsal Dates

January 17 – March 3, 2022 (Start date may be delayed until casting is complete.)

Mostly Monday through Thursday evenings from 7:00 – 10:00 pm, some weekends nearer to Tech

Performance Dates

March 4-27, 2022; Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 2:00pm

SYNOPSIS

Sherlock Holmes is dead. Or so it is assumed. The world knows the great detective went over the falls at Reichenbach with his nemesis Professor Moriarty. But as Holmes’ body was never retrieved, a number of frauds, fakes, and charlatans have come forward since to lay claim to his identity, and it falls to Dr. Watson to disprove them. Then a telegram arrives informing Watson that three men, each claiming to be Holmes, have been committed to a remote asylum off the coast of Scotland. Now Watson must discover if one of the mad men is the real Sherlock Holmes.

AUDITION REQUIREMENT

Monologue: Please prepare a two-minute modern/contemporary dramatic monologue (from a published play, novel, or movie script) that shows off heightened emotion, mystery, intrigue, revelation, or danger. Pieces from other Sherlock-based plays or novels are welcomed (i.e. if you are interested in playing the infamous Sherlock or Watson, bring him into the room).

British Accents: Please be ready to demonstrate your best British Accent. It can be part of your monologue, or you can prepare a short sentence or two in British dialect.

Headshot and Resume: Please bring one copy.

CASTING – (6 male-identifying and 1 female-identifying roles) – roles may be cast with actors who do not identify as the same gender as the character but because of the constraints of the story must be willing to perform the role as the character’s gender is written.

WATSON—A former military field doctor and friend of Sherlock Holmes. He used his experience in the field to help Holmes solve crimes. As the person closest to Holmes, Watson is engaged to discover which of the three convincing Sherlock Holmes is the real one.

DR. EVANS—The man who has taken it upon himself to solve the case of The Three Sherlock Holmes. Dr. Evans is on staff at the asylum and is the one who requests the aid of Watson.

PATIENT 1—The first of the three Holmes to arrive at the asylum and to be interviewed, Patient 1 presents the demeanor we expect of Holmes; he is brusque and rather forward with Watson. He wears a jacket, vest and slacks and looks almost identical to the Holmes we all know.

PATIENT 2—The second Holmes is disheveled, restless and exhibits the skeptical nature of Sherlock Holmes. He wears a straitjacket and has long hair.

PATIENT 3—The third Holmes also looks similar to the Holmes Watson remembers, but his head is shaved. He does not speak, nor can he appear to hear. His gaze is always forward, as he is in a catatonic state.

ORDERLY—One of Dr. Evans’s assistants. Dark, mysterious, and very observant. Says little but sees much. He wears an asylum employee uniform.

MATRON—Dr. Evans’s other assistant. She wears her own version of the employee uniform, with her hair in a bun. She carries an almost chilly, robotic demeanor.

The following roles are minor and will most likely be played by the actors playing the roles above in some creative doubling and disguise:

SIGNOR FONSECA – A jealous Italian man with a thick accent and a curly black moustache. He is a performer at the masque ball (masked)

THE CLIENT – A sinister man who approaches The Woman with a proposition to steal a document from Signor Fonseca (masked)

THE WOMAN – A beautiful and mysterious woman at the masque ball, helps Client steal a document from Fonseca.

THE INSPECTOR – Once a comrade of Sherlock’s, he is the one who inspects the incident at the masque ball. Has very prominent black muttonchops.

MORIARTY – Sherlock’s nemesis and suspect at the incident at Reichenbach Falls. He is an older man with a dark and quizzical personality.


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