Sutter Street Theatre
And Then There Were None
By Agatha Christie
Directed by Michael Coleman
When: Sunday, July 3, 2022, at 7:00pm
Location: Sutter Street Theatre Annex, 710 Figueroa Street, Folsom
Rehearsals: July 11 – August 25 – Mondays through Thursdays 7:15pm to 10:15pm
Performances: August 25 – September 25 – Saturdays & Sundays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 4:30pm
We recommend wearing masks when not auditioning
Ten strangers are summoned to a remote island. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. As the weather turns and the group is cut off from the mainland, the bloodbath begins and one by one they are brutally murdered in accordance with the lines of a sinister nursery rhyme.
In writing the stage version of her most successful and darkest novels during the Second World War, Agatha Christie responded to the mood of the times by introducing a more positive ending. This production will be using the alternate version of the play’s ending (the “1939 ending”), drawn from the novel and using entirely Agatha Christie’s own words.
Vera Claythorne (Female presenting, mid 20’s) – A good-looking girl in her twenties. She is strong but occasionally succumbs to her nerves and is particularly affected by the poem about the “Ten Little Soldiers.” She is accused of causing the death of a boy she cared for as a nanny.
Philip Lombard (Male presenting, late 20’s to late 30’s) – A mysterious, confident, adventurer, Lombard is bolder and wittier than most of the other characters. He has a strong connection with Vera, as well, which harms and helps him at the end. He abandoned 21 men in the jungle to save his own life.
Blore (Male presenting, 45+) – A former police inspector, he comes to the island undercover but is quickly discovered, which harms his supposed innocence in the eyes of the others. He makes mistakes throughout the play and believes guilt of the wrong people. He gave misleading testimony in court causing an innocent man to die in prison.
Wargrave (Male presenting, 65+) – An acting leader of the group, he does what he can to organize a plan of attack and get as much info about the circumstances as he can. He has suspicions about who the murderer may be but refrains from revealing them when he can. He takes charge but struggles with his own dark past and tendencies. He gave a death penalty to a defendant who a trial jury believed to be innocent.
Dr. Armstrong (Male or Female presenting, late 40’s to late 50’s) – A target for suspicion right off the bat because of his extensive medical knowledge. He is a recovering alcoholic and somewhat timid. Although professionally successful, the doctor can be incredibly gullible. He operated on a patient while intoxicated, causing her death.
Emily Brent (Female presenting, 60+) – One of the few characters that feels no guilt about the crimes that she was accused of. She is unapologetically religious and believes the others will have to face judgment for their sins. She turned out a serving girl after finding out she was pregnant out of wedlock, and the girl committed suicide.
Rogers (Male presenting, late 30’s to early 50’s) – As the butler, Rogers serves the rest of the group and even continues his duties as long as he can. He is very concerned about his wife revealing information about their crime.
Mrs. Rogers (Female presenting, late 30’s to early 50’s) – Rogers’ wife. Ethel is a frightened woman, in much distress. She and her husband are accused of allowing a woman in their care to die unaided.
General MacKenzie (Male presenting, 65+) – An older guest, MacKenzie is one of the first guests that doesn’t become distraught when the deaths are out in the open. He gives in and resigns himself to death early on and speaks of joining his dead wife, who’s lover was died while under his command in WWI.
Anthony Marston (Male presenting, early to mid 20’s) – A rich and spoiled young man. Marston likes to drive recklessly and seems to lack a conscience. He killed two small children in a car accident caused by his speeding, but shows no remorse.
Fred Naracott (Male or female presenting, any age) – Island caretaker, brings food the the island, and transports the guests to and from the mainland.
PLUS: Looking at casting up to 5 other actors who, along with the actor playing Naracott, will represent the dead victims. These roles may not have lines.