Auditions: When We Were Young and Unafraid

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“When We Were Young and Unafraid”
by Sarah Treem
Produced by: Peggy Schneider
Directed by: Rachel Mink

Audition Dates & Times:  Tuesday, July 27 and Wednesday, July 28. 6 pm-9 pm
Audition Venue: Patio Playhouse Theater – On Kalmia at Grand Ave. Behind Fusion Restaurant
Callbacks, by invitation: Friday, July 30. 6 pm

First read through is Aug. 10
Rehearsals August 10-September 16; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday in the evening. 
September 20-October 2; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, plus additional as needed.
Tech week October 3-7, 2021

Performances: October 8-31 (Fri-Sat @ 8 pm, Sun @ 2 pm) plus one Industry Night performance on Tuesday, October 12.
Venue:  Patio Playhouse Theater, 116 S Kalmia St.

This is a non-equity, volunteer position.

In order to ensure the safety of the production, we are requiring that everyone involved be vaccinated against COVID-19, or, if unable to be vaccinated, be able to show weekly negative tests.

Patio Playhouse encourages diversity and prioritizes safety in their productions. For more info please read our Policies and Procedures on Diversity, Inclusion, and Consent: 

Audition Preparation: All roles should prepare one dramatic contemporary monologue from a published play. Please bring a headshot and resume and come prepared to list conflicts through the end of the productions.

In the early 1970s, before Roe v. Wade, before the Violence Against Women Act, Agnes has turned her quiet bed and breakfast into one of the few spots where victims of domestic violence can seek refuge. But to Agnes’s dismay, her latest runaway, Mary Anne, is beginning to influence Agnes’s college-bound daughter Penny. As the drums of a feminist revolution grow louder outside of Agnes’s tiny world, Agnes is forced to confront her own presumptions about the women she’s spent her life trying to help.

Character Breakdown:
PENNY. Female, late teens. Agnes’ daughter. Very smart and begins the play as a girl more concerned about getting perfect grades than going to the prom. Occasionally bratty, Penny grows a rebellious streak throughout the course of the play. 
HANNAH. Female, thirties. Black/African-American. A radical feminist lesbian who appears at Agnes’ on a trek to find a feminist commune. Hannah has lots of strong opinions and is extremely political. Very bold, very observant, idealistic, and very sensual. This role includes moments of physical intimacy with Agnes. (Attempted kiss, hugging).
The roles of Agnes, Mary Anne and Paul were previously cast.

Note: This production contains adult content, including descriptions of rape and intimate partner violence, and pro-choice themes. There is also strong adult language and some simulated sexuality. Your submission to this production acts as your acknowledgement that you are able to work with this content. 

Actors of all ethnicities, gender identities, and abilities are encouraged to submit. 

If you are unable to attend the audition date, email a headshot and resume to

COVID-19 Notice:
The health and safety of our volunteers is the utmost priority of Patio Playhouse. All cast and crew will follow procedures and guidelines to ensure their safety. 

When We Were Young and Unafraid is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.