“SPY!: The Manhattan Murder Mystery,” an interactive murder mystery play by Alan S. Austin, to be presented at the Queensbury Hotel, Glens Falls, in March 2019.
Scripts are available by calling Bob Myers at 518-320-2886 or contacting him via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
General Production Meeting -Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, at 7 p.m. at the Queensbury Hotel
Auditions - Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, at 7 p.m. at the Queensbury Hotel
AUDITIONS WILL BE OPEN!
Lines will be provided at auditions. No headshots are necessary. Ages of the characters are general guidelines. Actors can play younger or older.
Six main characters - three male and three female.
In addition, there may be several smaller roles cast from the available audience participation characters, depending on turnout at auditions.
FRANK SPENCER - Age: mid to late 40's. Born in Virginia. Married Elizabeth “Betty” Fairchild after completing his master’s degree at Oxford and moving to Pennsylvania to work as an engineer for East Steel Ltd. As Chairman of the Board of American Aircraft, he has overseen the production of the B-29 for the war effort. A man of energy and great ambition, he has always enjoyed the company and attention of beautiful women.
BETTY SPENCER - Age: mid to late 40's. Born in Pittsburgh. Daughter of Peter and Suzanne Fairchild. Inherited all of her father’s wealth and assets upon his death. During the war Betty expended great efforts selling war bonds, visiting the wounded in hospital and charity work. She still owns 51% of East Steel, the holding company for American Aircraft. She is a handsome woman whose passion has never found full expression.
PROFESSOR ERNST GRUBENHEIMER - Age: early 50’s. Born in Danzig and studied at Heidelberg University where he was awarded a doctorate in physics. A brilliant scholar, Ernst emigrated to the USA and settled in Chicago. Recruited onto the Manhattan Project largely because of his expertise in atomic fission. He is an old-fashioned man with a tendency to digress.
COLONEL IVAN VORONSKY - Age: early 30’s. Born in Kiev to an English nurse and Russian father. He fought at Stalingrad where he was wounded. Because he speaks fluent English, he has been sent as part of the Soviet Diplomatic Mission in Washington to oversee lend/lease. He is a handsome, energetic man with the soul of a Cossack, or so it would appear.
MICHELLE LeFERVRE: Age: late 20’s/early 30’s. Born in Paris. When the war broke out she was studying on a exchange scholarship in London. Unable to return to France, she worked as a singer in a London nightclub. She relocated to the USA and was working in a local nightclub where she met Frank. She is charming and dangerous. In
actuality, she is an undercover agent working for the U.S. government - FBI. She was instructed to find out as much as she could about Frank since he was building the Enola Gay and had a penchant for beautiful women. After a murder is committed, she takes control of the interrogation with the hopes of finding out who has stolen the plans to the atomic bomb.
PENELOPE PRIMROSE - Age: mid 20’s Frank’s new secretary. She is employed by Betty to oversee Frank’s “business” life. An attractive woman whose efficiency and organization is obvious to all, but whose sexuality is somewhat ambiguous. She is well-built and wears fashionable suits. In conversation, she rarely listens. Her bluntness borders on rudeness. As we find out, Penelope is actually HE: Captain Peter Pendergast, a British agent.
"SPY!: The Manhattan Murder Mystery" is produced in association with Murder Ink Productions and the Queensbury Hotel and is scheduled to run March 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10, 2019, at the Hotel.
The play is directed by Bob Myers. Sandi Rhodes serves as production manager.
In addition to casting the show, GFCT is seeking volunteers to work on the show’s various production crews, including costumes, props, program, promotion and tickets.
GFCT is mounting this production in celebration of the group’s 20th anniversary of staging murder mystery dinner theater shows. The original GFCT production of “SPY!” was presented in March 1999 and was directed by the late Dick Stein and produced by Lynn Gorham.
“SPY!” is set in May 1945 – just days after the Allied victory in Europe in World War II. A party hosted by Frank and Betty Spencer to celebrate the occasion will also serve as an opportunity for Frank – who just happens to be the chairman of American Aircraft – to announce that his company has been chosen to build several B-29 bombers. But other guests – including a professor in charge of a secret research project, a Soviet military official, and a gorgeous French songbird hired by Frank to provide “entertainment” – will serve to ratchet up the intrigue.