Black Coffee is a play by the British crime-fiction author Agatha Christie featuring Christie’s famous literary creation Hercule Poirot. A physicist, Sir Claude Amory who has come up with a formula for a destructive force akin to the atom bomb (Black Coffee was written in 1934) is poisoned (in his coffee, naturally), and the formula stolen. With a Manor House full of suspects, Hercule Poirot is called in to solve the murder and find the missing, lethal formula.
Auditions are by appointment only and will be held on Saturday, February 10th, Noon – 5 PM, and Sunday, February 11th from 6 pm – 10pm at the Adobe Theater, 9813 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114
Please prepare a one-minute monologue
To book an audition appointment, please contact the director, Mario Cabrera at firstname.lastname@example.org
The role of Hercule Poirot has been cast
Black Coffee Character Breakdown
All characters speak with an educated British accent, except those noted below.
Dr. Carelli speaks with an Italian accent that does not have to be that authentic.
Inspector Japp is decidedly working class. His accent rougher, less polished.
Mrs. Treadwell (female, late 40s-60’s) Gloomy, mysterious housekeeper along the lines of “Mrs. Danvers” in the film “Rebecca”.
Sir Claude Amory (male, 50’s plus) He is the irascible Lord of the manor, who has no affection for his relatives. Devoted solely to his scientific discoveries.
Caroline Amory (female, 50’s plus) Claude’s dotty maiden sister who never stops talking. She is very prone to not quite getting the full picture. Funny and often inappropriate.
Richard Amory (male, early 30’s-mid40’s) Only son of Sir Claude, who would rather pursue a military career than be under his father’s thumb. Newly married to his wife, Lucia, after a whirlwind courtship.
Lucia Amory (female, mid 20’s-mid to 30’s) She is Richard’s half-English, half-Italian wife. She speaks perfect English and is devoted to her husband, despite hiding a mysterious past.
Barbara Amory (female, mid 20’s to mid30’s) She is Sir Claude’s orphaned niece. A very, very modern young lady who speaks her mind and likes to live a bit on the wild side.
Edwin Raynor (male, 30’s -40’s) Sir Claude’s faithful secretary. He is intelligent, observant and somewhat reserved. One of the few who actually understands Sir Claude’s scientific discovery.
Dr. Carelli (male, 30’s-60’s) Mysterious visitor who claims to be an old friend of Lucia’s family. Charming but with questionable intents.
Dr. Graham (male, 30’s plus) Sir Claude’s doctor, not fooled by flattery or easily influenced. Very Logical.
Captain Hastings (male, 40’s plus) He is Poirot’s right-hand-man and acts as his sounding board. Not quite as astute as Poirot, but certainly not stupid. He has a great sense of humor and is generally good-natured.
Inspector Japp (male,40’s plus) In charge of the local police and colleague of Poirot’s. A bit rough around the edges and prone to speak his mind a bit too loudly, but is a respected officer of the law.