Audition Notice: Don't Dress for Dinner

Written by Marc Camoletti
Adapted by Robin Hawdon
Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Directed by John Eslick
Produced by Don Johnson

Audition Dates & Times: 

Sunday through Tuesday, March 10 - 12, 2019 at 7:30pm

Audition Location: 

Conejo Players Theatre
351 S. Moorpark Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361

Performance Dates: 

May 31 - June 22, 2019
Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm / Sunday at 2:00pm
Thurs 6/6 at 8:00pm • Sat 6/15 & 6/22 at 2:00pm

Audition Requirements: 

“Open Call” auditions. No appointment necessary. There is NO PAY. No conflicts will be allowed during the run of the show.

Plot Summary: 

The Guardian calls DON'T DRESS FOR DINNER a "breathtaking farce [that's] a near-faultless piece of theatrical invention" ...

Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his chic Parisian mistress in his charming converted French farmhouse, whilst his wife, Jacqueline, is away. He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights -- and has invited his best friend, Robert, along as well to provide an alibi. It's foolproof; what could possibly go wrong? Well ... suppose Robert turns up not realizing quite why he has been invited. Suppose Robert and Jacqueline are secret lovers, and consequently determined that Jacqueline will NOT leave for the weekend. Suppose the cook has to pretend to be the mistress and the mistress is unable to cook. Suppose everyone's alibi gets confused with everyone else's. An evening of hilarious confusion ensues as Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed. ~RATED PG-13

For More Information: 

Please contact Don Johnson, Producer, at

Character Breakdown: 

We will be using natural American accents. All ethnicities are welcome to audition. The age range for the characters is 20’s – 40’s. Don’t Dress For Dinner is a fast-paced farce in the vein of Noises Off, so auditioners must have a great sense of comic timing and physicality.

BERNARD (M) - Jacqueline's husband, handsome businessman, flirtatious, dapper, self-assured to the point of cocky.

JACQUELINE (F) - Bernard's wife, lovely, assertive, romantic, intelligent, a beautiful modern woman with a vindictive streak.

ROBERT (M) - Bernard's friend and Jacqueline's lover, reserved, seems like an all-around nice guy but is a scoundrel.

SUZETTE (F) - the cook, friendly, working class, funny, savvy, a swan beneath the duckling exterior.

SUZANNE (F) - Bernard's mistress, a fashion model, chic, stylish, easily flustered.

GEORGE (M) - Suzette's husband, big, strong, protective of Suzette, not one to indulge in nonsense.