What The Butler Saw

By: Joe Orton
Directed by: Thomas J. Kane


A two-act farce, revolving around Dr Prentice, a psychiatrist attempting to seduce his attractive prospective secretary, Geraldine Barclay. The play opens with the doctor examining Geraldine in a job interview, during which he persuades her to undress. The situation becomes more intense when Mrs Prentice enters, causing the doctor to hide Geraldine behind a curtain. His wife, however, is also being seduced and blackmailed, by Nicholas Beckett. She therefore promises Nicholas to post as secretary, which adds further confusion, including Nicholas, Geraldine and a police officer dressing as members of the opposite sex. Dr Prentice's clinic is also faced with a government inspection, led by Dr Rance, which reveals the chaos in the clinic. Dr Rance talks about how he will use the situation to develop a new book: "The final chapters of my book are knitting together: incest, buggery, outrageous women and strange love-cults catering for depraved appetites. All the fashionable bric-a-brac."


Monday & Tuesday 12/6 & 12/7 (7-9pm)  Callbacks:
Wednesday 12/8/21 at 7pm

Performance Dates:
2/4, 2/5, 2/6, 2/11, 2/12, 2/13
Audition Requirements:
Please bring your headshot & resume
Sides will be provided at audition
(no monologue necessary).
British Accents will be used, if possible.

We encourage performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages,
to attend every audition.

The Heights Players is located at:
26 Willow Place, between
State and Joralemon Streets in Brooklyn Heights.

The Heights Players is a membership organization. There is no pay or stipend for any role or position. There is a $20 membership fee if cast.

Cast Breakdown: The cast is made up of 6 players.

  • Dr Prentice: Male, any ethnicity (45-55) Urbane psychiatrist who uses his position of power and pseudo-psychoanalysis as a means of sexual conquest.

  • Geraldine Barclay: Female, any ethnicity (20’s) to play late teens-early 20s, naive secretarial candidate, must be comfortable onstage wearing underwear.

  • Mrs Prentice: Female, any ethnicity (45-55) Prentice’s sexually repressed wife who is titivated by the permissive atmosphere she encounters, must be comfortable onstage wearing underwear.

  • Nicholas Beckett: Male, any ethnicity (20-25) able to play late teens-early 20s, over-sexed bellhop from the local hotel who plays willingly into the decadent games and then attempts blackmail, must be comfortable onstage wearing underwear.

  • Dr Rance: Male, any ethnicity (55-65) arrogant psychiatrist and government functionary who enters a den of sexual intrigue and lunacy and unwittingly adds to the mayhem.

  • Sergeant Match: Male, any ethnicity (25-35) slow-witted police constable who gets caught up in the sexy antics, must be comfortable onstage wearing underwear.