Auditions for Les Liaisons Dangereuses at M&D Playhouse

M&D is pleased to announce auditions for Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons), by Christopher Hampton, from the novel by Choderlos de Laclos.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses, directed by Stacy Sand, is a tale of seduction set in France among aristocrats before the revolution, this is a classic drama for exploring decadent sexuality, morals, and manipulation played as the ultimate game, with tragic results. This is the story of 2 rivals, Valmont and Mertuil, who are frenemies, competing for who can be the most manipulative and conniving with others’ affections. There is also a strong attraction to each other.

“Decadence, wealth, and boredom leads to a sly, sexy, and darkly hilarious game of chess, with very real consequences:, said Mark Sickler, M&D Playhouse Artistic Director. “I’m drawn to this story because it reminds me so much of our current fixation on reality TV, and the twisted logic of the insanely wealthy and their need to manipulate those around them. ”

Auditions will be held Sunday, February 5 and Monday, February 6 at 6pm at M&D Playhouse, at the historic Eastern Slope Inn Playhouse, 2760 White Mountain Highway, North Conway Village. Auditions will consist of interactive cold readings from the script, improv activities, and some discussion about the sexual intimacy and sensitivity of this play. Actors must feel comfortable with open, honest dialogue in order to present authentic characters and scenes, while remaining respectful of other cast members.

French accents are not required however, French pronunciation of names and French words will be the exception unless there is a common English pronunciation. Parts available for actors 16 and up. 16 and 17 year olds may audition with parental permission.

Performance dates are two weekends only, April 13 – 23 with showtimes Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 3:30 pm.

For character information and available roles please visit MDPlayhouse.com/Auditions–liaisons. You can also find information on the 2023 Season of shows, tickets, and more online.

AVAILABLE ROLES: 
Le Vicomte de Valmont (male, 35-50)
Experienced, in control, and confident. Rival of Merteuil. Sexy, smooth, attractive, though not
necessarily handsome or pretty. More an attraction based on attitude and gestures. Makes
people feel desirable.

Madame La Marquis de Merteuil (Female, 35-50)
Rich widow. Has a love-hate relationship with Valmont, rivals. Sexy, confident, conniving.

Madame de Tourvel (female, 20-35)
22 year old, handsome (dressed when first seen in elegant, plain linen gown)
Innocent yet comes across with strong morals then slowly relents. When her passion is
unleashed, it is extreme. Love interest of Valmont.

Madame de Volange (female, 35-60)
Doting, older mother to Cecile. Very proper. Mertuil’s cousin.

Cecile Volange (female, 18-25)
15 year old, slim and attractive. (They say blond, but we can fix that.)
Innocent yet blooms after sexual experience.
(Must be comfortable acting out seduction scene with Valmont.)

Dalceny (male, 18-30)
Inexperienced and shy yet sweet, not dorky. Merteuil’s (dog) pet. Cecile’s suitor. Sword fighter.

Madame de Rosemonde (female, 55-80)
84 year old aunt of Valmont’s. Arthritic but lively, intelligent, and sympathetic. Owns large estate in the country.

Azolan (male, 18-35)
Valmont’s servant.

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