The Setup is being performed at Guildford Fringe Festival on 15 July for one night.
The show needs to be cast. If you are interested please send your CV and head shot to email@example.com
Show and casting information:
New York state. 2015. A nondescript box room.
Two men sit, back to back, on simple chairs. Handcuffed.
There’s been a police raid on a suspicious business address and most of the staff have been taken into custody. Due to a snafu, there weren’t enough cars to take everyone, so these two men have been put in a holding location onsite.
Waiting. Time drags. They get talking. They get angry. They tell tales. They form an uneasy bond.
Until a truth comes out. And another. A confession.
In strides a cop. Looks like it’s all been a setup.
Or has it?
NOTES FOR PLOT / CHARACTERS
Detective Jack Selsey
Mid-30s. An undercover cop all his life. Very good at his job. Chose the job due to suitability not money. At odds with his boss Marshall, thanks to a mess that they got into in the past at Englewood, where they were both undercover but Marshall slipped up the ordered Jack to kill someone. His intelligence is based around his job.
Has a daughter but is not married any more. Tries to do the right thing.
Jack has about 40% of the lines in the 1 hour play and is on stage permanently. Ideally a New York area accent.
‘Frank’ / Ray Redmond
Mid-30s upwards. A deep undercover cop, who was a legend in his field but then his death was faked so he could work for the FBI. He’s now undercover again, playing a police informant who was caught up in the raid, but in the room as a foil to Jack to help him with the setup. His real role is only revealed towards the end.
Intelligent, but his scruffy looks belie this. Not easily riled. Speaks, at least during the setup phase, downmarket and very colloquially, but measured.
Frank has about 30% of the lines in the 1 hour play and is on stage for 3 of the 4 ‘scenes’.
Ideally a New York area accent.
Captain Marshall Fenway
Mid-40s upwards. His straight laced approach is at odds with the fact that he is corrupt. Hates Jack because he’s good at being undercover, an essentially maverick role. Friends with the DA, who is also corrupt. Speaks quite properly and seems calm but has a temper on him.
Marshall has about 20% of the lines in the 1 hour play and is on stage for 2 of the 4 ‘scenes’. Generic US accent is fine.
FBI Agent Ed Richards
Mid-30s upwards. Mastermind of the operation. Typical FBI suit. Has been chasing the targets for a long time.
Ed has about 10% of the lines in the 1 hour play and is on stage for 1 of the 4 ‘scenes’.
Generic US accent is fine.
Un-named uniform cop
Any age. A small role with 1 line and limited stage time. Generic US accent is fine.
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