AUDITIONS FOR "THE SPECTRE OF DEATH"
The Spectre of Death, a new play by Charlie Barnett
Sunday July 12th at 6:30pm
Wednesday July 12 at 6:30pm, if necessary
September 22,23,24,29,30 and October 1
Between the Lines Studio Theatre
723 N. 15th St, Allentown, PA 18102
• Craig (Spec) Czury, 60ish, alcoholic, and unashamedly still womanizing. He lives mostly on the royalties from The Crypt’s one top ten hit from 1998, "We Will Rock You To Death."
• Joey (Styx) Panuchio, 60ish. He sustains himself by teaching drums at 'Bach to Rock' in Las Vegas.
• Rory MacManus, 60ish, and also a high school friend of Spec and Styx’s. He is now a fully competent adult and has made a good living from management in the music business.
• Cassie Spenser, mid-40s. She was a one-time lover of Spec’s and a groupie and has managed to find a good life for herself, including a firefighter husband and children. She still commits a fair amount of time to being Spec’s assistant.
• Delilah Jacobs, mid-40s. She looks much younger and has spent an inordinate amount of time following bands in her life. She comes home with Spec as a groupie and ends up much more than that.
• Pam Roberts, 40ish. She was a fan of The Crypt as a 19 year-old. She had a one night stand with Spec which (unknown to Spec) produced a child, Ricki.
• Ricki Roberts, 20s, Pam and Spec's daughter.
• Roger Hanrahan, 60ish. He, , was a high school friend of Spec’s and Styx’s and Rory’s. He is the bassist in The Crypt. He now has a family and teaches music in a suburban Las Vegas middle school.
• Austin Smith, mid-20s. He is the nephew of Delilah. He is a very good guitarist. and is currently taking a gap year from Emory University.
"The Spectre Of Death" is centered around Craig “Spec” Czury, the putative leader of a 1990’s death metal band , The Crypt, that has aged out of relevance.
Spec and his bandmates are all sixty years old and living diminished lives in suburban Las Vegas. The only reason they can still perform is that their Kiss-like make up and costumes obscure their otherwise apparent physical--- and musical--- decline.
The problem is they simply have no more shows to play. The music world has passed them by.
And since the death of their bandmate, Stevie Skulls, the band’s leader, Spec Czury has lost the will to look for work and is living off the royalties of the band’s # 10 hit from 1998, We Are Gonna Rock You To Death.
His bandmates, Styx, Roger and his manager, Rory are in a similar place of mourning and lassitude.
Spec keeps himself adrift in alcohol and one night stands. When one of his one-night stands, Delilah, stays longer than expected, Spec and his assistant , Cassie, receive a letter from a person claiming to be Spec’s daughter.
Spec wants no part of this. But Cassie, thinking that this might be a spiritual opportunity for the emotionally stunted Spec, responds to the letter and surreptitiously invites Ricki Roberts, Specs daughter, to visit.
Spec is suddenly thrust into a new world of important entanglements, one with the ever surprising Delilah, and one with his new twenty year old biological daughter.
All this collides with a rare offer of a gig that could launch the band back into prominence.