“A Murder Mystery … of Sorts”
Adelaide Repertory Theatre
Written By: Sam Bobrick (2010)
Directed By: Erik Strauts
The Psychic follows the chaotic life of Adam Webster, a down-on-his-luck writer, who has put a sign in his apartment window, in desperation to make the rent: “Psychic Readings $25”. The sign soon draws the interest of the lovely and conflicted Laura, her shady husband Roy, Roy’s mistress Rita, a gangster named Johnny Bubbles and ace Detective Norris Coslow.
In the many and varied twists that follow The Psychic entangles Adam in what initially appears to be a typical murder mystery send-up. However, as the story develops we realise that there is much more going on here than in any normal who-dun-it, be it a thriller or a comedy. The initially believable (at least marginally so) characters surrounding Adam gradually morph into exaggerated stereo-types. As the play progresses we realize that they are all actually figments of Adam’s fertile and wishful imagination, and so do they …!
A clever fun play with an interesting dramatic twist.
Contemporary interior setting. Full length but shortish (approx. 2 hrs, including interval). This will be an Australian premiere.
Adam (30s): A pleasant energetic young man – a hopeful but as yet undiscovered mystery writer. On 93%.
Laura (30s): An attractive & proper young woman. The jilted wife. Adam’s love interest to be. On 70%.
Johnny (30s): Tough looking but likeable. A typical 1940’s gangster. On 36%
Norris (40s): A no nonsense down-to-earth NYPD Detective. On 33%.
Roy (30s): A good looking guy but in a slimy way. Laura’s cheating husband. On 19%.
Rita (20s): A very sexy young woman. The femme fatale. Roy’s mistress. On 18%.
All the characters need to be played outrageously larger than life – eventually.
Rehearsals Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sundays (time tba) from mid April Season 22 June to 1 July.
Venue The Arts Theatre
Auditions Sunday 22nd Jan, 7:00pm (open audition) Call-backs: Tue 24th and/or Thu 26th At the Arts Theatre
Further Information If you are interested in auditioning please contact the director for further information about the play, the roles and the audition process: Erik on 0438 275 814 or firstname.lastname@example.org