Audition Opportunities

Castaways Repertory Theatre is a community theatre; as such there is no pay involved. Both seasoned actors and first timers are encouraged to audition.


We do color-, gender-, and age-blind casting. The actor’s abilities are more important than their race, gender, and age for every role in the show. The only exception is when children are required or where historical accuracy or traditional roles outweigh blind casting.



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by Joseph Kesselring
Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service

Director – Hannah Butler

Casting is completed.
See “Current Season –> Current Cast and Crew” page.

Mainstage* Performances: Sep 29, 30; Oct 6, 7, 13, and 14 at 8:00 pm.
Oct 1, 7, and 15 at 2:00 pm.

Requirements: Please be prepared to do cold readings from the script and to move about the stage.

Characters and descriptions:

Abby Brewster: A sweet caring old lady who is loved by all. She has a Victorian charm and grace about her. Her way of helping could also be considered– murder. Very old-fashioned in an ironic way. (55-75)

Martha Brewster: A sweet elderly woman with Victorian charm who poisons elderly men, Martha is the sister of Abby and an aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer. (55-75)

Elaine Harper: A sweet young lady who knows what she wants. She is in love with Mortimer and she is not about to let him talk her out of their engagement. (18-25)

Mortimer Brewster: A young theatre critique who has a bunch of crazy people in his family tree. He himself is afraid of becoming crazy as well as what may happen if people find out about the skeletons in his families cellar. (25-30)

Teddy Brewster: A bit on the crazy side; Teddy Brewster thinks that he is president teddy Roosevelt. He buries all of Martha and Abby’s “gentlemen” in the basement. (25-35)

Jonathan Brewster: He was troubled as a child and is even more so as an adult. He has escaped from a mental institution and has murdered multiple people. In order to hide from the law Johnny has had to turn to plastic surgery to alter his face, leaving him disfigured. (30-40)

Dr. Einstein: A plastic surgeon who is often drinking. He has also escaped from a mental institution. He has a German accent (30-50) (This character may be male or female needs to be a very physical actor)

The Rev. Dr. Harper: A protective father to Elaine. (40-60)

Mr. Gibbs: A nice elderly man who lives alone and has no family. (60-70)

Officer O’Hara: A officer who doesn’t really want to be an officer. He wants to write plays and is eager to tell the renowned critique Mortimer about his plot. He’s not very good at reading the room or knowing when now is not a good time. (20- 40)  (This character may be male or female.)

Officer Brophy: An officer of the law who is likable but maybe not the brightest man on the force. (20-40) (This character may be male or female.)

Officer Klein: Another officer of the law who is likable but maybe not the brightest man on the force. (20-40) (This character may be male or female.)

Lieutenant Rooney: All bronze and no brain. An officer of the law. (20-40) (This character may be male or female.)

Mr. Witherspoon: The Superintendent of Happy Dale sanitarium. (40-60) (This character may be male or female.)


The year is 1941. Mortimer Brewster is a newspaperman and author known for his diatribes against marriage. However, we watch him being married at city hall in the opening scene followed by a quick trip home to tell Mortimer’s two maiden aunts.
 In their small Brooklyn house next to a cemetery, the sweet old ladies, Martha and Abby Brewster have developed a very bad habit. They take consider it a charity to poison lonely old men who have nothing to live for. They then leave it to their bugle blowing nephew Teddy (who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt) to take them to the Panama Canal (the cellar) and bury them.
Mortimer arrives to find their latest charity in a window seat and tries to negotiate his way around the shenanigans of the house, while trying to keep his new bride from fleeing.
Another nephew, Jonathon, returns to the home after years of fleeing the authorities due to his “unofficial practice” of killing people and using their faces to change his appearance to allude capture. However the results are always bad due to the poor craftsmanship of his German accented, alcoholic sidekick Dr. Einstein. It gets worse; Jonathon tries to set up a business practice  stationed inside the house.


If you have any questions or would like to help out in any capacity, email the Arsenic and Old Lace Director, Hannah Butler:

Mainstage* Performances: Sep 29, 30; Oct 6, 7, 13, and 14 at 8:00 pm.
Oct 1, 7, and 15 at 2:00 pm.


If you have any questions or would like to volunteer and help out in any capacity (training is available), please email CRT at or call the Castaways number 703-232-1710.

Rehearsals: Ferlazzo Building, Woodbridge.

• Rehearsals Schedules will be based on cast availability. Actors are called only when needed.
• Dates may be subject to change according to Weather, Space Availability, Etc.
• Any conflicts not listed after final production schedule has been developed is on the actor/actress to resolve; otherwise attendance is still required.
• Closed Rehearsals:  Cast, Crew, and Production Staff Only. No guests allowed without Director authorization.

Note: Rehearsal dates may be subject to change. Keep checking this page and/or Facebook Specific Production cast page for more specific information as the audition date approaches.

*Ferlazzo Mainstage Location Map and Directions: Please see Directions under the “Productions” tab above.


Volunteer Opportunities: If you are not interested in acting, we are always looking for technical help, skilled and unskilled; training will be provided. Persons interested in helping should contact the director.

For every production we need Audition Staffing, Producer, Stage Manager, Lighting Designer, Sound Designer, Set Designer/Construction, and Props.


We welcome all interested participants into our membership.

Technically experienced or willing to learn, we can hook you up!

Interested in doing or learning about design, stage management, directing, crew, front of house or other areas of our organization?

Interested in working on the technical side of one of our productions this season?
Please contact our technical director:

We require everyone that is cast in, or working on our productions, join as members. Please contact our membership chair: (See Membership page.)

For a complete list of contacts click here on Contact us

This local community theater is known for such productions as Fiddler on the Roof, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, The Great Gatsby, Godspell, My Fair Lady, The Miracle Worker, South Pacific, Hello Dolly, Raisin In The Sun, The Music Man, the Neil Simon comedy Barefoot in the Park, and Shakespeare’s Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, and Romeo and Juliet.

Date published: August 8, 2017