Angel Street Auditions
Dreamwell Theatre will hold auditions for Angel Street by Patrick Hamilton, directed by Jen Brown. Auditions will be held at the Iowa City Public Library on Sunday, January 8, 2:00-5:00, and on Monday, January 9, 6:00-9:00. Performances will be held April 14, 15, 21 & 22.
Auditioners will be asked to read from sides from the show. There are several sites where the script can be downloaded for your perusal, including:
Questions can be directed to
Because of the themes of gender violence, Angel Street will not be open-cast. However, trans, non-binary, agender, and non-conforming actors are encouraged to audition and will be given full consideration for roles of their identified or preferred gender. The age range for each role is flexible; actors of any racial or ethnic background will be considered for all roles.
Angel Street by Patrick Hamilton is a psychological thriller twist on the classic detective story. It is a version of the play more commonly known as Gaslight—and the origin of the term ‘gaslighting’. Mr. Manningham exerts a strange influence on the members of his household, especially his wife, Bella, who fears that she may be losing her mind. When a police sergeant arrives to reassure her that, in fact, it is her con artist husband’s manipulation that is causing her distress, the question becomes not ‘whodunnit’, but how can Bella get free from his machinations?
Bella Manningham—female, early 30s to mid-40s. A trusting woman from a good family background who has been suffering in a mentally abusive marriage for several years
Jack Manningham—male, late 30s to late 40s. A con artist, murderer, and master manipulator. He runs his household to suit his criminal plans and egotistical fancies.
Elizabeth—female, 50s to 60s. A kind and reliable housekeeper, torn between keeping her place and knowing things are not right in the Manningham household (will also play a police officer at the end of the play)
Nancy—female, late teens to mid-20s. Saucy and opportunistic; has no problem with flirting back with her married employer (will also play a police officer at the end of the play)
Sergeant Rough—male, late 30s to late 50s. Naturally task-oriented and brusque, he can be nonetheless understanding and compassionate if the circumstances warrant—and it doesn’t get in the way of catching his criminal