january, 2019

sat26jan10:00 am11:00 amGaslight Auditions10:00 am - 11:00 am Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery

Event Details

Vermont Theatre Company will host auditions for their production of Gaslight by Patrick Hamilton on January 24th at 6pm and January 26th at 10am at the Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main Street in Brattleboro, VT. The production will be directed by James Gelter, produced by Justin Fetterman, and will perform on May 3-5 and 10-12, 2019.

Gaslight, sometimes known as Angel Street, is a victorian thriller written in 1938. The play brought about the term gaslighting, which means “to manipulate someone by psychological means into questioning their own sanity.”

Bella feels she is losing her grip on reality. This theory is propagated by her husband, Jack, who accuses her of being responsible for a series of strange incidents that have happened in their home. When the eccentric Detective Rough reveals to her that these incidents are not her fault, but are truly evidence of her husband’s brutal crimes, Bella must find a way to bring Jack to justice.

The audition will be in the form of a group workshop. All auditioners will be required to arrive at the beginning of the workshop with a small passage of text memorized. If you plan on auditioning or have any questions, please email the director, jamesgelter@gmail.com, with the subject line “Gaslight.”

Character Breakdown

BELLA MANNINGHAM – mid-20s to late-30s. A lonely, middle-class housewife whose sanity is being pushed to the brink. Knowing that her mother lost her sanity and unable to explain the strange happenings in her home, Bella begins the play fragile and desperate. She finds, however, that she may be more sane and strong-willed than she first supposed.

JACK MANNINGHAM – late-30s to mid-50s. Dark, mysterious, and masterful, Jack has manipulated his wife through extreme patience and cunning. His cold exterior hides his passion for debauchery and crime.

DETECTIVE ROUGH – late-30s to mid-60s. Rough seems a simple sort at first glance, but soon reveals himself to be eccentric and wise. He lives in regret of having not solved a case from his early days, but now has the chance and will do everything he can to see it through.

ELIZABETH – mid-30s to late-70s. The principal maid in the Manningham house. Her distrust of Jack runs deep and she will do all she can to help Rough bring him to justice and save Bella.

NANCY – late-teens to mid-20s. Another maid in the Manningham house. Nancy uses her youth and charm to get by in the world. She finds Bella a pathetic figure and believes Jack would be satisfied with a more confident woman, perhaps herself.

CONSTABLES – mid-20s to mid-60s. Two constables who help in the arrest of Jack. Non-speaking roles, but may engage in some light stage combat.

The Text

All actors auditioning are required to memorize the follow passage by Harold Pinter in its entirety.

Alice: Richard.

Richard: Um.

Alice: Do you think about me when you’re with her?

Richard: Not much. Sometimes. We talk about you.

Alice: You talk about me when you’re with her.

Richard: Sometimes. It amuses her.

Alice: It amuses her?

Richard: Um.

Alice: How do you talk about me?

Richard: Delicately.


(Saturday) 10:00 am - 11:00 am


Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery

139 Main St