Director Michael C. Nelson needs 4 male actors ages 16+ for roles in the upcoming Rantoul Theatre Group production of the mystery-comedy The Real Inspector Hound.
The synopsis of the play, from an RTG release, is as follows:
The Real Inspector Hound follows the story of two theater critics, Moon and Birdboot, who are assigned to review a play in London. Simultaneously, we trace the narrative arc of the theater critics and the narrative arc of the murder mystery play that they are assigned to review. So, it is a play-within-a-play. By the end of the play, the two narratives become entangled and are nearly impossible to separate.
Moon is a second-string theater critic with a deep desire to become first-string. Birdboot, on the other hand, is already well-known for his work. Although they are not equals in their field, they both struggle quite a bit with personal grievances. Moon fears that his whole existence is defined by Higgs, the first-string theater critic. When Higgs is present, Moon is absent, and vice versa. Birdboot’s fear, on the other hand, is that he has become better known for cheating on his wife than for producing great work. The evening prior, for example, he had a rendezvous with one of the actresses in the play. He tries to deny accusations of philandering, but as the play begins, he can’t resist falling for yet another of the actresses on-stage.
The murder mystery — the play-within-a-play — is set at Muldoon Manor, a typical setting for the detective genre. Nearby the Manor, a madman is on the loose. With a storm on the horizon, the police — led by Inspector Hound — cannot get to the Manor. Unbeknownst to the residents of the Manor, there is a dead body sprawled out across the floor of the drawing room….
Rehearsals will begin immediately, and the production will run weekends May 29th through June 7th, 2015.
Interested parties may contact the director at: [email protected].