CHEMICAL IMBALANCE: A JEKYLL AND HYDE PLAY
By Lauren Wilson; Directed by Daniel Dickinson
AUDITIONS will be held Tuesday, August 23, 2022 and Wednesday, August 24, 2022 from 7pm to 9pm (callbacks Thursday, August 25, 2022, if necessary). Auditions will take place at the San Leandro Museum/Auditorium, 320 West Estudillo Ave, San Leandro, next to the historic Casa Peralta and 2 blocks east of the San Leandro BART Station.
A darkly comic retelling of the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story, examining the balance between good and evil! In Victorian England, repressed impulses burst their corsets as Dr. Jekyll’s experiments in the nature of evil threaten to reveal the bloody hands beneath the gloves of the British Empire. A fast-paced romp about men and women tightrope walking the line between aristocracy and depravity, and between the twin spectres of good and evil.
Performances: Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 2pm 10/22 thru 11/20/22; Plus two Fridays at 8pm: 11/11 & 11/18/22.
Rehearsals: Monday thru Thursday 9/6 thru 10/20/22 + Friday 10/21 preview,
Non-AEA, no pay; all ethnicities and ages encouraged. No appointments; physically demanding; British accents encouraged (see characters below). Contact Daniel Dickinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auditions, rehearsals and performances will observe CDC, Alameda County and City of San Leandro COVID safety protocols (PROOF OF VACCINATION REQUIRED, MASKING required except when performing on stage).
Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde: (30-40's; upper class accent; Hyde lisps)
A respected doctor, well established in the community, and known for his decency and charitable works. But he sees a dark side to human nature, and undertakes experiments intended to separate his good and evil selves from one another. Through these experiments, he brings Mr. Hyde into being, finding a way to transform himself in such a way that he fully becomes his darker half.
Euphronia Jekyll: (60+; upper class accent)
Henry Jekyll's mother; a society matron.
Ambrosia Jekyll: (20-30's; upper class accent) PRECAST
Henry Jekyll's sister.
Lady Throckmortonshire: (50+; upper class accent)
A grand dame.
Calliope and Penelope Throckmortonshire: (teens-20's; upper class accent; Penelope lisps)
Lady Throckmortonshire's twin daughters (one actor; never seen together on stage--one good one evil).
Rosamunda Dewthistle: (20-30's; upper class accent)
An eligible young lady; Henry's love interest.
Xavier Utterson: (40+; upper class accent)
Henry Jekyll's cousin.
Ivy: (Any age; Cockney accent)
The maid; addresses the audience at the top and end of the show.
Plodgett: (Any age; Scottish burr accent)
Constable: (20+; Irish accent)
Police Lieutenant: (30+; upper class)