Audition Notice: Is He Dead?

Book by Mark Twain
Adapted by David Ives
Produced by Special Arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.

Directed by Randi & Tanner Redman
Produced by Leo Zeller

Audition Dates & Times: 

Sunday, Monday, & Tuesday - July 22, 23, and 24, 2018, beginning at 7:00pm

Audition Location: 

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

Performance Dates: 

The show runs September 14 through October 6, 2018; Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 8:00pm / Sunday at 2:00pm.

August 6 through September 7, 2018; Monday thru Friday from 7:30 to 10:00pm.

Audition Requirements: 

We'll be playing improv games and reading sides from the show. CLICK HERE TO ACCESS SIDES. This is an "open call" audition; no appointment necessary. Non-union, NO PAY.

Plot Summary: 

Here's your chance to be a part of the hilarious Mark Twain farce IS HE DEAD? Jean-Francois Millet, a young painter of genius, is in love with Marie Leroux but in debt to a villainous picture-dealer, Bastien Andre. Andre forecloses on Millet, threatening debtor's prison unless Marie marries him. Millet realizes that the only way he can pay his debts and keep Marie from marrying Andre is to die, as it is only dead painters who achieve fame and fortune. Millet fakes his death and prospers, all while passing himself off as his own sister, the Widow Tillou. Now a rich "widow," he must find a way to get out of a dress, return to life, and marry Marie. ~ RATED PG

For More Information: 

Please contact producer Leo Zeller at 714.276.3221, or at

Character Breakdown: 

All ethnicities are welcomed and encouraged to audition!

+ Agamemnon Buckner (Chicago) (Lead): Male, 20-35 -- A young American artist, crony of Millet; character man, great with physical comedy and timing.

+ Hans Von Bismarck (Dutchy) (Lead): Male, 20-35 -- Pupil and fun-loving friend of Millet; German dialect; methodical, practical, character man, great with physical comedy and timing.

+ Marie Leroux (Supporting): Female, 20-30 -- Millet’s beautiful young sweetheart; free spirited and confident in her manner.

+ Cecile Leroux (Supporting): Female, 20-35 -- Marie’s older sister; in love with “Chicago”; jealous and suspicious of widow Tillou and Chicago’s relationship; disguises herself as an inspector to investigate the death of Millet.

+ Papa Leroux (Supporting): Male, 56-65 -- Older father to Marie and Cecile; becomes foolishly enamored of Widow Tillou; agile and good at physical comedy.

+ Jean-Francois Millet (Lead): Male, 26-35 -- Struggling free-spirit artist living in poverty; madly in love with Marie; fakes his death and takes on the persona of his fictional widow sister, Madame Daisy Tillou, as a cover; excellent comedian, great with physical comedy and timing.

+ Bastien Andre (Supporting): Male, 46-59 -- Picture dealer and our villain, trying to ruin Millet and the Leroux family by threatening them with financial ruin; lusts after the Widow Tillou; weasel-like; an operator.

+ Madame Bathilde (Supporting): Female, 45-59 -- Kindly older benefactress to Millet; busy-body.

+ Madame Caron (Supporting): Female, 45-59 -- Older benefactress to Millet; gossipy friend of Madame Bathilde.

+ Phelim O’Shaughnessy (Lead): Male, 26-35 -- Pupil and mischievous boisterous friend of Millet; Irish dialect; character man, great with physical comedy and timing.

+ Younger Character Actor(s) to Play Four (4) Roles (Supporting): Male/Female, 20-39 -- (1) Basil Thorpe: Rich fussy english merchant, discriminating buyer of art; classic British dialect. (2) Claude Riviere: Reporter from “Le Figaro," French dialect. (3) Charlie: A gorgeous flunkey; servant; actually Inspector Monnet in disguise. (4) The King of France.