1/7 Black Comedy at Evergreen

Black Comedy

Peter Shaffer

Lovesick and desperate, sculptor Brindsley Miller has embellished his apartment with furniture and objects d’arte “borrowed” from the absent antique collector next door hoping to impress his fiancee’s pompous father and a wealthy art dealer, Schuppanzigh. The fussy neighbor, Harold Gorringe returns just as a blown fuse plunges the apartment into darkness and Brindsley is revealed teetering on the verge of very ripe farce. Unexpected guests, aging spinsters, errant phone cords and other snares impede his frantic attempts to return the purloined items before light is restored.

Directed by Jennifer Condreay.

Performance dates: March 16 – April 7, 2012.

Rehearsal dates: Rehearsals will be conducted in January and February for a March 10th opening.

Audition Details

Auditions will be held at Center/Stage, Evergreen (directions), on Saturday January 7th, at 9:00am-3:00pm. Please email productionmgr@evergreenplayers.org for an appointment time for a closed audition. Please include your telephone number and your Saturday availability from Jan 14-Mar 3.

It would be helpful if you could bring the following:

  • Copy of your Resume
  • Headshot
  • Dates of your prior commitments


Actors auditioning for any of the roles should prepare an upbeat or comic one-minute monologue. It is preferable, but not mandatory, that the monologue be in Standard British dialect. Actors will be asked to cold read a short excerpt from the play also.

If you would like us to send you an email reminder a few days before this audition is scheduled to occur, sign up for our email Newsletter.


Brindsley Miller: A young sculptor, mid-twenties
Carol Melkett: Brindsley’s fiancée.
Miss Furnival: A middle-aged spinster.
Colonel Melkett: Carol’s commanding father.
Harold Gorringe: The owner of an antique-china shop, and Brindsley’s neighbour, Harold comes from the North of England. He is older than Brindsley by several years.
Schuppanzigh: A middle-class German refugee, chubby, cultivated, and effervescent.
Clea: Brindsley’s ex-mistress. Mid-twenties;
Georg Bamberger: An elderly millionaire art collector, easily identifiable as such. Like Schuppanzigh, he is a German.


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