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Acme Theater presents:

CAHOOTS - By Rick Johnston
Directed by Christopher Rose

Audition Dates: Monday June 13 and Thursday June 16 at 7pm

THE STORY: The setting is the 1980s in Ken and Jan's apartment in a Manhattan high rise. Jan and her friend Lois are setting up for a dinner party before attending a meeting on neighborhood crime—a subject that has become an obsession with Lois' husband, Al. Al, impersonating a masked burglar, scares Jan and Lois by breaking into the apartment. Al and Ken trade insults over dinner, culminating in Al’s murder. What to do with the body? A suspicious security guard arrives at the door and, threatening blackmail, is also murdered. Filled with witty dialogue and hilarious one-liners, this fast-paced play manages to maintain a farcical unreality while demonstrating that things usually do get worse before they get better—and that street crime pales beside the outrageous mayhem that can ensue when four "good friends" get together for a quiet dinner. An audience favorite that is rarely produced.

Characters (all roles are of substantial size):
Jan Miller (30s-40s) - a struggling actress and host of this dinner party. She's married to Ken, but may be having an affair with Al.
Ken Miller (30s-50s) - an insecure, talentless architect who appears calm and collected, but drinks a lot and flies into rages.
Lois Shields (30s-40s) – Jan’s close friend and a disgruntled fiction editor. She resents and distrusts her husband Al.
Al Shields (30s-50s) – abrasive, neurotic and unlikeable, especially on the subject of crime in New York City.
Officer Grant (20s-50s - Male or Female) – arrives as a uniformed officer investigating a murder, but appearances can be deceiving.

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Director Chris Rose can be reached at

Auditioners will be asked to perform cold readings from the script.
Rehearsals will begin in mid-July and will be scheduled to be flexible to the cast's summer schedules.
Performance dates are: September 16-October 8 (Fridays/Saturdays with 1 Sunday matinee on October 2)