Terror By Gaslight

Season: 2011 Main Stage Season

Author: Tim Kelly

Director: Terri Duffield

Genre: Mystery / Thriller

Location: Colleen O. Williams Theater


PER DRAMATISTS PLAY SERVICE, THE STORY: The action takes place in nineteenth-century Philadelphia, where Dr. Cyrus Norton, a brilliant but eccentric surgeon, is creating an "anatomical museum" to further his standing as a recognized expert on anatomy and dissection. The problem is that he needs cadavers, and by law these can only be obtained from the public gallows, so he is forced to deal with the unsavory Gin Hester and her sinister partner, Scrubbs, two grave robbers and body-snatchers who have little concern about where the corpses might come from. In fact, in their zeal to practice their lucrative trade, the two soon bring suspicion on Dr. Norton and his household: his devoted daughter, who wants to follow in her father's footsteps; his vapid spinster sister; and his eager assistant, a young doctor who has fallen in love with the daughter. Chills mount as one eerie scene follows another, and the persistent police detective assigned to the case moves nearer to learning the truth about the blackmail and increasingly vicious murders which have been engendered by the doctor's obsession.

Show Dates

  • October 28, 2011 7:30 pm
  • October 29, 2011 7:30 pm
  • October 30, 2011 3:00 pm
  • November 4, 2011 7:30 pm
  • November 5, 2011 7:30 pm
  • November 6, 2011 3:00 pm

Audition Dates

  • August 23, 2011 7:00 pm
  • August 24, 2011 7:00 pm

Audition Details

Callbacks, if needed, will be on August 25th at 7:00 pm. Rehearsals start on August 29th.

Cast needs:
Six men ages 18 and up.
Six women ages 18 and up.

Please note that most parts are for 20's and up. There is one female role that is 18 in the show.


Community Service Recipient

The Rape Crisis Center

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