Auditions for Patrick Hamilton’s play Rope will be held on August 18 and 19, from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Varsity Center for the Arts in Carbondale. Six men, ages from early 20’s to 70’s, and two women, ages early 20’s to 70’s are needed.
A copy of the script is on reserve at the Carbondale Public Library, and may be read at the Library. John Lipe is the Director of Rope, which runs October 10-12 and 17-19. For more information you may contact him at:
About the play and the real crime that inspired it ~
Rope was written in 1929. It was inspired by the real-life murder of 14-year-old Bobby Franks, coldly and methodically planned and executed in 1924 by two of his contemporaries, Nathan Leopold, Jr. and Richard Loeb. Loeb was a neighbor and distant cousin of Franks. All three were from the same wealthy Chicago neighborhood, and all three were highly intelligent. At 19 Leopold, with an IQ above 200, was in law school. Leopold and Loeb started with minor crimes, and eventually their feelings of superiority and twisted morality led them to this murder. Leopold wrote to Loeb before the murder, saying, “In formulating a superman, he is, on account of certain superior qualities inherent in him exempted from the ordinary laws which govern ordinary men.”*
Leopold and Loeb’s feelings of superiority eventually led to their downfall. The hubris of sending a ransom note to the victim’s family after killing him and using acid so that his body might not be identified, was one of the mistakes made by this “infallible” duo, which led to their arrest and conviction.
In 1948, Hume Cronyn and Arthur Laurents adapted the stage play for the screen, and Alfred Hitchcock directed Rope as his first color film.