Written by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Gary Kresca

A sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate in the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility, so when the cantankerous Abby is forced to share her quarters with new-arrival Marilyn, she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary. A seemingly harmless bet between the old women quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship that reveals not just the tenacity of these worthy opponents, but also deeper truths that each would rather remain hidden.


Beginning August 13th: Monday-Thursday from 7-10 pm, Sundays from 6-9 pm.
Location: 1316 Cabrillo Ave. Torrance CA 90501


September 15- October 13: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm, Saturday September 29th at 2 pm, Saturday October 13th at 2 pm, and Thursday, October 11th at 7 pm (Followed by Q & A). No Performance September 23rd
Location: 1316 Cabrillo Ave. Torrance CA 90501


Date: Saturday, July 21st from 4:00 pm
Location: George Nakano Theatre - 3330 Civic Center Dr. in Torrance, CA 90503 (We are auditioning at this location because we are also running How to Succeed rehearsals on this date. All other reh/perf will be at 1316 Cabrillo Ave.)

how to register:

Please review the character breakdown below, and determine which role(s) you would like to audition for. Send an email to CASTING@TorranceTheatreCompany.com and give the role(s) you are interested in, and we will send you the sides and any other pertinent info.

what to prepare:

For this audition, we will be working with sides from the show. All actors will be called at 4 pm, and the director will pair you up to read sides. Once you RSVP for auditions, we will send you the sides.

character breakdown:

Abby Binder: Female,  to play 70s. A no-nonsense, stern resident at Bristol Place Senior Living; she uses her biting humor to prohibit people from getting close to her.

Marilyn Dunne: Female, to play 70s. Abby's chipper, chatterbox roommate at Bristol Place Senior Living; a warm pleasant personality who always means the best.

Scotty: Male 20's-30s. A bright, dedicated, and committed resident aide at Bristol Place Senior Living; an aspiring actor.

Benjamin/Lewis/Clown: male, 30s-40s. The estranged son of Abby; reclusive and shy; an addict who has relapsed many times; he is trying to make a better life. Lewis: Marilyn's son, a skydiving instructor; knowledgeable and lively. Clown: An actor in a haunted house playing an evil clown.

Colleen/Woman in White: female, 30s-40s. Marilyn's lighthearted, quirky, and caring daughter. Woman in White: An actress in a haunted house.

Derek/Zombie Butler/Masked Man: male, 30s-40s. Colleen's husband; cautious and worried. Zombie Butler: An actor leading the haunted house tour. Also plays Masked Man.

RIPCORD is presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Services, Inc.


Auditions are often by APPOINTMENT ONLY, but sometimes they are held as OPEN CALLS. Please take special note of each individual announcement and follow the instructions therein. Appointments (and all communications regarding auditions) are handled through CASTING@TorranceTheatreCompany.com

Interested actors should ALWAYS bring a current resume and headshot, even if they have submitted it online. It is also wise to bring your calendar, so that you can clearly and accurately relay to the production team any possible conflicts with the production calendar. 

If there are age restrictions, they will be listed on the notice.

The following is a general guideline for auditions, but, again, you should consult the audition announcement for any special instructions. 


Interested actors should prepare 16 bars from a musical and bring sheet music in the appropriate key, with all the requisite cuts, etc. clearly marked, in a binder, if possible.

No acappella singing, no original songs, and often it is best to find something in the vein of the particular show for which you are auditioning. 

For the dance call of a musical, you should come warmed up, with the appropriate dance attire and shoes. No bare feet or flip-flops, no baggy clothing.

FOR plaYs:

Interested actors generally will be asked to prepare a brief comedic or dramatic monologue. (NO original works please.)

sign-up for the casting email blast:

By submitting your email, it will put you on our new casting email blast list. You will receive info on all six auditions for our season, and any special events that we are auditioning for.

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For more info:

If you have questions, please contact us at CASTING@TorranceTheatreCompany.com