HTC Auditions for ‘Ripcord’

Andrew Botsford will direct the upcoming HTC production of "Ripcord."

The Hampton Theatre Company in Quogue is holding auditions for its upcoming production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s play “Ripcord.” Performance dates of the play, which will be directed by HTC’s Andrew Botsford, will be March 17 to April 3.

“Ripcord” revolves around the cantankerous Abby who is forced to share her quarters with new-arrival Marilyn. She is determined to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary.

Auditions are Sunday, January 16, from 5 to 8 p.m. and Monday, January 17, from 6 to 9 the Quogue Community Hall, 125 Jessup Avenue, Quogue.

Available roles are:

Abby Binder: Female, 60-89. She is a blunt, no-nonsense, stern resident at Bristol Place Senior Living; she uses her biting humor to prohibit people from getting close to her; her past has left her with a simmering bitterness; roommates with Marilyn, she wants the room to herself.

Marilyn Dunne: Female, 60-89. Abby’s chipper, chatterbox roommate; a warm and pleasant personality who always means the best; her strength lies in her ability to always keep her cool, even in extreme situations.

Scotty: Male, 20-39. A bright, dedicated, and committed resident aide at Bristol Place Senior Living; an aspiring actor; he is trying to do his job to the best of his ability and make Marilyn and Abby get along, but he will not shy away from putting his foot down with Abby when needed. Auditioning all ethnicities for this role.

Benjamin/Lewis/Clown: Male, 30-49. Benjamin: The estranged son of Abby; reclusive and shy; a former addict who has relapsed many times; he is trying to make a better life and comes to make amends with his mother. Lewis: Marilyn’s son, who is also a skydiving instructor; knowledgeable and lively. Clown: An actor in a haunted house who plays an evil clown.

Colleen/Woman in White: Female, 30-49. Colleen: The bright, quirky, and caring daughter of Marilyn and wife of Derek; high-energy like her mother, but with more fierceness; will go to extreme lengths to help her mother win the room and to gain a friend. Woman in White: An actress in a haunted house who is trying to save her baby from the Clown.

Derek/Zombie Butler/Masked Man: Male, 30-49. Derek: Colleen’s other half, literally and figuratively; more realistic and reserved than his wife; always cautious and worried. Zombie Butler: An actor who is leading the haunted house tour. Also plays Masked Man.

Rehearsals for “Ripcord” will begin on or about February 14. HTC requires that all performers be fully vaccinated. All those auditioning must show proof of vaccination and ID. HTC is auditioning non AEA performers only. Email to schedule an appointment. Auditions will be scheduled in half-hour windows. Masks are required while in the building. For more information, visit