Coming Soon:
Kentwood Players presents
Night Watch

by Lucille Fletcher
Directed by Brandon Ferruccio
Produced by Kim Peterson and Catherine Rahm
Sept 23 - Oct 8, 2022
NIGHT WATCH is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
NIGHT WATCH, perhaps best known as the 1973 feature film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Laurence Harvey, is an ingeniously devised thriller which builds steadily in menace and suspense until the final, breath-stopping moment. Unable to sleep, Elaine Wheeler paces the living room of her Manhattan townhouse, troubled by unsettling memories and vague fears. The mystery begins when Elaine observes one corpse, and then another in the building opposite her home. But when police detectives are called in to investigate, they can find not a shred of evidence nor discover any bodies. And although Elaine insists that she saw what she saw, continuous suspicions arise as she begins to drive herself and everyone around her to their emotional limits; including her husband John, her best friend Blanche, and her maid, Helga. As they all become concerned with Elaine's sanity, a famed psychiatrist is summoned to evaluate her and the unsettling circumstances at play. Will plans be made for Elaine to be sent to a sanitarium in Switzerland? Or will a supposed killer strike again? Who knows... perhaps even Elaine's life is in deadly danger?
The Character Breakdown is:
Elaine Wheeler (F 20s-40s)
Wife, emotionally fragile and feels betrayed. Suspicious and haunted by a tragic past; Elaine looks for validation; when it is not forthcoming, she questions her sanity. Slowly builds up confidence as the play progresses. (Lead)
John Wheeler (M 20s-40s)
Elaine's husband. Stockbroker, businessman. Very practical and in charge of his home. Deals with all problems quickly and logically; dismissive of his wife's story, he is exasperated by her erratic behavior. (Lead)
Blanche Cooke (F 20s-40s)
Best friend of Elaines. Nurse, efficient, tailored, and fashionable. Currently a houseguest in the Wheeler townhouse, she is concerned for Elaine’s mental health. Exposes her slyness as the play progresses. (Lead)
Helga (F 20s-60s)
Wheelers’ responsible, German Maid. Suspicious. Elaine's maid for years before the Wheelers were married. (German accent required – give it a shot!) (Support)
C. Appleby (F 40s+)
Busybody, Gossipy neighbor. Writer and Amateur Sleuth. (Support)
Lieutenant Walker (Any Gender 40s+)
Homicide Detective. Smart but jaded and overworked, has no time for wild goose chases. (Support)
Officer Vanelli and Sam Hoke (M Doubled Role / Any Age)
Streetwise NYPD patrolman; affable, has an eye for fine art. / The Owner of a local deli shop; working-class man. (Support)
Dr. Tracey Lake (F 30s+)
Well-known psychiatrist; professional demeanor; observes Elaine; tries to gain her confidence. (Featured)
Watch the Audition page for audition details.

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