Auditions for "Laura," a mystery by Vera Caspary and George Sklar

Auditions for "Laura," a mystery by Vera Caspary and George Sklar, will be held at the Beckwith Theatre (100 New York Ave, Dowagiac, MI 49047) on Sunday, March 4 at 2 p.m. and Monday, March 5 at 7 p.m.

Production dates are May 11–13 and 18–20. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Call time is one hour prior to curtain.
First read-through: Sunday, March 11
Tech week: Sunday, May 6–Thursday, May 10.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script, so nothing needs to be prepared. Due to the nature of this production, all actors must be 18 or older to be considered. Please bring any conflicts (dates you cannot be at rehearsal) between March 9 and May 20 to the auditions. We will work around as many conflicts as we can, so please be complete as possible. 

Rehearsals will be weekday evenings from 7–9 or 9:30 pm, and some weekends (dates and times to be determined based on cast availability). Plan on 3–4 rehearsals per week, though there may be more closer to the performance dates. Actors will be expected to be off book ASAP, but by April 23 at the latest. 

Any questions can be emailed to the directors, Andi Creasbaum at, or Jennifer Shoemaker at

Play description from Dramatists Play Service, Inc.:
When Mark McPherson first falls in love with Laura, he knows he's in love with a phantom—for Laura is dead, and he's in charge of her murder investigation. From her portrait, her letters, her personal effects and from his contacts with the three men who loved her, Mark has created an image of a woman tantalizingly alive and real. When she appears in the midst of a thunderstorm, very much alive after all, it is revealed that Laura's best friend (and rival) was the true victim of the crime. But now, all evidence seems to point to Laura's guilt. Despite his growing love for her—a love which Laura seems to return—Mark is about to pin the crime on her, when the real murderer appears and tries to do away with the girl he meant to kill in the first place—Laura. 


Laura Hunt (Leading role)—A advertising copywriter in her 20's and assumed murder victim, engaged to Shelby, but doesn't want to give up her lucrative job when she marries. Very willful, knows what she wants, has some secrets. (20's to late 30's)

Bessie Clary (Supporting role)—A maid to Laura in her 40's, New York Irish, independent, plain spoken and respectable. A slight Irish accent would be nice. (40's to 60's)

Mrs. Dorgan (Minor role)—Danny's mother and Laura's landlady. A faded woman of 45, she wears an air of long enduring martyrdom. Under her sweet controlled voice, there is a suggestion of suppressed anger and hysteria. Has 2 entrances and about 20 lines. (40's to 50's)

Mark McPherson (Leading role)—A detective in his early 30's, investigating the murder of Laura Hunt. Shrewd and guarded in manner with a dry sense of humor. He limps slightly and is attractive in a masculine way. (30's to 40's)

Waldo Lydecker (Leading role)—A man in his 40's and a friend of Laura. He is inclined to indulge his emotions and makes theatrical gestures at any opportunity. He shows great gusto for what he enjoys, and withering scorn for things (and people) he considers beneath him. (40's -60's)

Shelby Carpenter (Supporting role)—Laura's fiance, he is well bred and very handsome with easy manners. Is sincere, even when confused. Has a slight Southern accent. (20's to late 30's)

Danny Dorgan (Supporting role)—A 19-year-old New York kid with a rough, crude manner that he uses to hide his sensitivity. (18 to 20's)

Officer Olsen (Minor role)—A police officer, any age over 18. Has 2 entrances and about 5 lines. (18 and up)

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