Friday, March 10, 2023

SVP Casting Call Alert: "Murder by the Book"



Valley Players


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Auditions at SVP

Murder by the Book


Audition Date

Sunday, March 12th at 6:00 PM

Tuesday, March 14th at 7:00 PM


At SVP Theatre


Synopsis: Crisp, witty exchanges pepper this lighthearted and inventive thriller that unfolds with a series of macabre twists. A thriller writer indulges in vitriolic word duels with his estranged wife until she shoots him. An amateur detective from the next flat attempts to solve the murder before calling the police. More deadly games are in store when the corpse rises and the tables are turned more than once for the victim and the killers.


Performance Dates:

June 9th through 25th

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday


Director Richard Butler is seeking the following:


3 Males (Age 30+)

2 Females (Ages 20+) 


Character Gender/Age Range Description


Selwyn Piper M 40+

A successful literary critic and thriller writer who thinks very highly of himself. He is charming, witty, and amoral. Selwyn has a plan for every eventuality and values winning the game above all else, even when the stakes are life and death.


Christine Scott F 20+

Selwyn’s secretary: a likeable and efficient young woman who displays unobtrusive charm. When she is framed for murder, she appears to be frazzled and vulnerable, but things are not always what they seem. She is later revealed to be calm, cool, and collected; the adult in the room.


Imogen Piper F 40+

Selwyn’s estranged wife: a former actress who displays theatrical charm and composure which often fail to conceal her strangely mixed feelings for her husband. Like Selwyn, she has a sharp wit, and is almost as skilled at deadly manipulation as Selwyn.


Peter Fletcher M late 20's early 30's+

Selwyn’s neighbor: an amateur detective who takes a childlike delight in investigating a deadly crime. He displays a light-hearted manner and appears unable to take even the most solemn occasion seriously. During his most eccentric moments, however, he reveals flashes of acute intelligence.


John Douglas M 40’s+

Selwyn’s publisher: a bluff, immaculately turned-out bachelor with an easy charm which disintegrates into bewilderment under stress. He is intellectually inferior to both Selwyn and Imogen and often fails to appreciate the import of the deadly games they play on each other. As a result, he becomes a pawn in their hands.


Special notes for Auditioners:


All roles require an English accent. All roles open to any race/ethnicity. Readings will be from the script. Please bring acting resume and headshot as available.  Age ranges in character breakdown are approximate and flexible. Please contact with any questions.


PLEASE sign-up for audition times at:

Murder by the Book Auditions Signup Genius


Please bring acting resume and headshot as available.

Readings will be from the script.

 For audition sides please visit

 Somerset Valley Players are committed to diverse, inclusive casting. Non-descript roles are available to all performers, regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, disability, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other basis. 


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The theatre is Air-Conditioned and Wheelchair Accessible.


Theater Location

689 Amwell Road

Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Telephone: 908-369-7469



Mailing Address

601 Route 206

Suite 26-216

Hillsborough, NJ 08844


Made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.