“When We Were Young and Unafraid”
by Sarah Treem
Directed by: Cambria Rose Ruth
Please note that the auditions time have changed!
Audition Dates & Times: Monday, Feb. 3. 6 pm-9 pm
Audition Venue: Patio Playhouse Theater – On Kalmia at Grand Ave. Behind Vinz Wine Bar
Callbacks, by invitation: Wednesday Feb. 5. 6 pm
First read through the week of Feb. 10, based on cast availability.
Rehearsals March 9-April 24, 3 weekday evenings per week.
Tech week April 27-30
Performances: May 1-24 (Fri-Sat @ 8 pm, Sun @ 2 pm) plus one Industry Night performance on Monday, May 11.
Venue: Patio Playhouse Theater
This is a non-equity, volunteer position.
Audition Preparation: All roles should prepare one dramatic contemporary monologue from a published play. Actors auditioning for the role of Paul should be prepared to play guitar and sing a classic folk song. If you do not have a guitar, one will be provided.
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.
AGNES. Female, 50s. The owner of a bed and breakfast-turned safehouse for escapees of domestic violence. A former abortion provider, she has a strong sense of justice and a feeling of duty to help women. A little brusk. She’s kind but has an edge to her, and is fiercely protective of the women she houses.
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.
MARY ANNE. Female, twenties. A runaway, Mary Anne escaped her physically and sexually abusive husband in an attempt to start a new life. Mary Anne is traditionally feminine, and the idea of independence scares her; she’s more concerned with living up to the gender ideals of the early 1970s than Agnes is.
Note: The role of Mary Anne requires the portrayal of simulated sexual acts with the character Paul.
PAUL. Male, thirties. Plays the guitar and sings. A traveler staying at the B&B after moving from San Francisco. A little conservative and weary of the cultural shift happening in 1970s America.
Note: The role of Paul requires the portrayal of simulated sexual acts with the character Mary Anne.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org