AUDITIONS: The Woman in Black

presented by: Red Octopus Theatre Company

Starts:Saturday, May 05, 2018  2:00 PMEnds:Saturday, May 05, 2018  5:00 PM



Newport Performing Arts Center

777 W. Olive Street
Newport, OR 97365

Event Description:


The Woman in Black
By Stephen Mallatratt
Adapted from the novel by Susan Hill

Directed by Darcy Hogan


A play that has captivated audiences for 30 years is about to make the Oregon Coast a little uneasy! In the depths of an empty theatre, one man's desire to rid himself of a terrifying curse leads him to reveal a horrific story. As the border between reality and fantasy blurs, the terror starts… and the flesh begins to creep. Combination mystery and horror, with a frightening final twist, this is not a play to see alone!

"One of the great theatre experiences. A spine-chilling masterpiece."  - The Art Shelf

"An utterly thrilling theatrical white-knuckle ride." - Broadway World


Auditions will take place at 2pm on Saturday, May 5th at the Newport Performing Arts Center.

Callbacks (by invitation only) will take place on Sunday, May 6th, in the same location.


Kipps (Male, 25-40) A young, talented British actor. This performer also plays a younger version of the lawyer. Energetic, honest, well-meaning, comfortable with movement, able to convey sheer terror. Role requires a strong actor who can speak in a standard British dialect.

Actor (Male, 50-65) An older, fairly dull British lawyer. This performer also plays five other characters from the lawyer’s past, each with regional British dialects. Role requires a VERY versatile actor, capable of varying body movements, timing, dialects, in order to believably and clearly portray a variety of characters.

Please come prepared to read from the script, in your best standard British dialect. (It’s okay if you’re not polished – just show us you’re trying.) If you’d like to view audition sides in advance, you may request them via email, at

Rehearsals will begin in July of 2018. Performances run October 12 – 30, 2018.

More about the play…
Not a traditional horror story, Stephen Mallatratt's adaptation of Susan Hill's bestselling book has been linked to the darker works of Charles Dickens, M.R. James, Henry James, and Edith Wharton. It doesn’t rely on butcher knives and blood packets to terrify the audience, rather it draws on the spirit of a good, old-fashioned ghost story – as those that might be told around a campfire.


"This is the most brilliantly effective spine chiller you will ever encounter. If you haven't seen this show yet, you are missing a treat." - London Daily Telegraph

"Of all the horror stories that have appeared on stage, none has kept audience members on the edge of their seats quite like The Woman in Black." - Mark Lowry, Star-Telegram

"Genuinely scary." - London City Nights

This intimate, two-man production is a perfect choice for Halloween. 

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