Murder at the Howard Johnson’s

Audition Notice

For StageWorks Staged Reading of

Murder at the Howard Johnson’s

By Sam Bobrick and Ron Clark


Directed by Brittany Gardner-Kennel

Time:    Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at 7:00pm


Place:    Acting Ensemble on the Avenue, 602 E Mishawaka Ave, Mishawaka IN 46545

Auditions will consist of cold readings from sides provided by the director. For alternate audition time or questions, contact Brittany at

Rehearsals: This is a staged reading, performed with scripts in hand and using minimal props, costumes and sets. No memorization is necessary, although actors are encouraged to spend some time with their script outside rehearsal. Average rehearsal time is 3 sessions. Please arrive at the audition knowing your conflicts.

One Performance: July 2, 2024 at 7:30 pm

Characters: (Ages are flexible – this is a staged reading! Come audition!!)

ARLENE MILLER – An attractive woman in her mid-thirties

MITCHELL LOVELL – A dentist and Arlene’s lover, in his mid-thirties

PAUL MILLER – Arlene’s husband, in his late thirties


Genre: suspense comedy


The Story: Is all fair in love? Even murder? That’s the question posed by this light and funny suspense comedy about a love triangle in a Howard Johnson Motor Inn. The play presents a love triangle involving a woman, her lover, and her husband in three scenes. In the first scene, the wife and her lover plot to murder the husband. In the second scene, the wife and her husband are plotting to murder the lover. The third scene has the husband and the lover plotting to murder the wife, but this attempt, like the others, fails.

Mild Adult Themes

“Enough laugh lines, mirth provoking situations and extravagant sight gags to outfit two rapid fire farces of the absurd.” -Variety

“A holiday of laughter… Beautifully polished, very funny very American comedy.” – WNBC TV

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