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Jan 19, 2013

Auditions for THE RYAN CASE 1873





The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse is honored to welcome Carlo D’Amore, Carlo is an award winning actor, playwright and Drama Desk Nominated director. His hit autobiographical solo play “No Parole” directed by TONY nominated Colman Domingo was named one of the top ten plays of the year as well as being nominated for an audience favorite award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.

 He is the owner and creative director of Live IN Theater, with L.I.T he has created the interactive site-specific hits “The Ryan Case 1873-A Murder Mystery (Drama Desk Nomination for Unique Theatrical Experience 2011-2012) The Lombardi Case 1975-A Murder Mystery.  He is currently developing Bootleggers Run, (an immersive walk through the history of prohibition) out Sept 2013. For more info visit:

 As an actor he has Broadway, off Broadway and over 25 regional theater credits to his name. His work on film and television has been presented at mayor international festivals like Slamdance and Cannes Film festival, as well as having the pleasure of being directed by Spike Lee, Pulitzer winner Nilo Cruz, and Cheech Marin just to name a few.

The Ryan Case 1873- is an interactive Murder Mystery that tells the story of the murder of Nicholas and Mary Ryan. Siblings murdered in their tenement apartment in the Five Points slum of New York City in the year 1873.

 Auditions will be held on:

 Friday, January 25th at 7 p.m.
 Saturday, January 26th at 1 p.m.
 Sunday, January 27th at 1 p.m.


Auditions will be held in the Studio on the second floor of the Technical Support Annex. (Please enter through the east side of the building). Please have a prepared monologue that demonstrates your dramatic range and please be prepared for cold readings and a little bit of improvisation! * We plan on having a rotating cast of performers, so you may only need to be available for one of these performance dates. 


Ages ranging from 20 years to 70 years

Performers must be available to perform on Wednesdays and Fridays at 2 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 p.m. Specific dates will be announced soon. 


Thomas Byrnes (Irish accent) - An Irish man. Byrnes is an imposing 6’ foot tall brazen, tough man. He commands the utmost respect. He is the 19th century equivalent of a modern day Marine drill sergeant. He has an undeniable charm underneath his gruff get-down-to-business exterior. Think of the role of Inspector Byrnes as that of teacher or mentor. He must teach the audience how to be effective in their task as investigators.

 Benjamin Ryan (Irish accent) – An Irish man. Sinister and manipulative. Benjamin is the bereaved older brother of Nicholas and Mary Ryan. He is a veteran from the Civil war and has a gambling addiction.

 Patrick Burke (Irish accent) An Irish man with a mean, dark, and brooding nature. He’s a heavy drinker known to have violent tendencies, especially around his wife and daughter. He is the landlord of Nicholas and Mary Ryan.

Bridget Burke (Irish accent) - A rough and tumble Irish woman.  She is a devout Catholic with a big mouth, and she’s not afraid to use it. She is the wife of Patrick Burke.

Yosef Solansky (Jewish, Caucasian, or Latin/Mediterranean. Russian or Eastern European accent) He is a recently arrived Russian immigrant with a sweet and gentle nature and an intact sense of humor. A devoutly religious Jew who is having a very hard time in America. He is currently homeless and heart broken over Mary Ryan death.

Jonathan Shultz (German accent) - He is a German immigrant and Salon owner/bartender. Jovial and endearing. He is a down stairs neighbor to the Ryan’s

Daniel Wilson (Irish accent) - An Irish man. He is shrewd, intelligent and ambitious. A social climber and womanizer willing to do anything to move up in social class. He is a veteran from the Civil and currently serves as foreman at the factory where the Ryan siblings were employed. A very close friend to Nicholas and Mary Ryan.


Sally Watkins (Irish accent) - An Irish woman. She had grown up near the Ryan’s until she fell on hard times. She is currently a homeless, alcoholic, prostitute, and pickpocket who will do anything to survive. She was a very close friend to Mary Ryan.


For Further information please contact Jeff LaDuke: or call 321-636-5050 


300 Brevard Avenue,
Cocoa, FL 32922