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Auditions for Let's Eat Mary!

Madison, WI. Non-Equity. Pay: Honorarium (Stipend)
Presented by Rotate Theatre and the Center for Research on Gender and Women at UW Madison
Performances: May 15-16 & 22-23 at the Play Circle Theater, May 30-31 at Accessible Public Spaces

Actors, especially women of ALL types, are invited to audition for the actor-friendly Madison premiere of Brooke Allen's delightfully biting feminist comedy Let's Eat Mary! WOC highly encouraged to audition.

Audition Dates:
  • Sat, Oct 19, 2:30-6pm, South Madison Partnership, 2312 S Park St (behind the Goodman Library)
  • Sun, Oct 20, 7:30-10pm, Memorial Union, Festival Room, 800 Langdon St
  • And by appointment: rotatetheatre@gmail.com
Auditions for this actor-friendly production will consist of readings from the script (monologues and/or songs are optional) and are open to non-Equity professionals, students, and other performers. There are no men characters in this script (for more info, please see the cast list below).

The production team includes producer Cyra K. Polizzi, director Richard Paro, access coordinator Molly Mattaini, and costume designer Jessica Dexter. We welcome questions about auditions, rehearsals, performances, the script, accommodations (more info in the Access Chart), the honorarium, or anything else!

To Sign Up for a timeslot, please email the following to RotateTheatre@gmail.com (walk-ins also welcome!):
  • Subject line: Auditions - Your Name
  • Which date you would like to audition (and preferred timeframe if you have conflicts).
  • Resume and/or blurb about any relevant experience and/or training (link, or attached file, or in the body of the email).
  • Headshot and/or current snapshot (link or attached file).
We will reply with your audition time, as well as links to the audition form and sides, in case you would like them in advance.

We also encourage inquiries from musicians, designers, and crew. Please email rotatetheatre@gmail.com for more information.

Presented by Rotate Theatre and the Center for Research on Gender and Women at UW-Madison, co-sponsored by the Theatre and Drama Graduate Student Organization and Julie Vogt Open Stages, and the Center for Culture, History, and Environment, with support from the 4W Initiative, the Department of Gender & Women's Studies, Pivot Sewing Studio, Milo and Virgil's Fabulous Fund, the Division of the Arts, and the UW South Madison Partnership.

Additional Production Info*

*Feel free to jump around, reading only sections
that are important to you at the moment.

At the Audition:

  • Monologues are optional.
  • We will have printed sides (short scenes and monologues from the play) for you to read with other actors or by yourself. If you wish, you may also perform a monologue and/or song.
  • You are welcome to cold-read when you audition. If you choose to, you may interact with the sides in advance (the sides are sent in the audition confirmation email).
  • We will invite you to read a couple times and may ask you to try reading with a British (or British-ish) accent of your choosing.
  • Digital headshot (or snapshot) and resume (or blurb) preferred. Printed also accepted.
  • Feel free to dress and style yourself however you like: for example, no need to cover tattoos, etc.
  • The director and producer will be in attendance with casting authority. The access coordinator will also be in attendance for the main audition dates.

Production Schedule:

  • We are using strategies meant to help us break from capitalist, heteropatriarchal, and colonial expectations of time and production, including an intentionally extended and spacious process.
  • Some collaborators will be called for nearly all rehearsals, some will be called fewer days per week, and some will only be called during certain points of the process (so, for instance, some of the actors could be in another show at some point during the rehearsal process for this show, or could perform in this show even if they have significant outside responsibilities). We are planning 3 rehearsals per week (most around 3 hours in length) starting in January through the opening in May. Rehearsal dates/times will be based on collaborator availability and preferences and will start no earlier than 9am (likely later) and end no later than 10pm (likely earlier). Collaborators will receive their rehearsal schedules well in advance.
  • Designers are asked to provide drafts of pieces by March 15 and finished pieces by April 15.

About this Production:

  • Artists on and off the UW campus are collaborating on this production.
  • We will engage race/gender/size/disability/age-conscious casting in this stylized production. We will not ignore these factors, but will think critically about how these factors work in the context of this script, this production, and the group of collaborators as a whole.
  • Design elements will be stylized as they weave period, punk, and the absurd, and prioritize collaborator comfort and time, tour-ability, and non-toxic/repurposed materials. Limitations, such as minimal budget and construction staff, will be used as opportunities for creative, simple, effective, low-waste solutions.
  • Collaborators are invited to participate in a panel in connection with the project (a post-show talk-back style event). Each panelist will receive an honorarium (please email to inquire about the current minimum honorarium -- as additional funding is secured, collaborators are prioritized in its distribution).
  • Producer's Note: "Collaborators are invited, but not required, to contribute ideas, suggestions, reflections, and questions to help shape this and future productions. I am indebted to so many amazing collaborators, teachers, and Indigenous, Disability Justice, environmental justice, queer, and Women of Color feminist activists in helping to identify many of the strategies being used in this production, and the following concepts that serve as a guide for this process: the intrinsic value of each unique bodymind, webs of relationships built with generosity and interdependence, and living in the present in ways that allow us to imagine and build more just futures. Each collaborator's perspectives can help us all learn about embodying these ideas." - Cyra

About the Script:

Let's Eat Mary, a delightfully biting feminist comedy, finds the Pride and Prejudice siblings rowing up to a tiny desolate island on a quest to escape the patriarchy... or at least that's what Lizzie keeps going on about. Without connections to this new place, the sisters struggle to shed old expectations and soon wonder if they made the right choice leaving it all behind. Perhaps removal and isolation can't provide what they seek... or maybe this whole ordeal is Mary's fault, she's the worst. Fast-paced and brushed with punk-rock, politics, and heart, Let's Eat Mary takes an absurd leap where Pride and Prejudice leaves off, bringing audiences, regardless of their familiarity with Jane Austin's original, on a hilarious ride satirizing our current state of affairs.

Prior to this production, the script was workshopped in Chicago, a fitting journey for a script by Allen who is Chicago-based and Wisconsin-raised. A staged reading in Chicago featuring a draft of the script was directed by Breahan Eve Pautsch and featured Kirstin Franklin, Emjoy Gavino, Carmen Molina, Cyra K. Polizzi, Jillian Rea, Sadieh Rifai, and Bethany Thomas, with music by Allison Hendrix.

Cast List:

Note on Casting: We will not be using "traditional" casting for these familiar characters. WOC are highly encouraged to audition. Performers with all kinds of body types, body modifications, and hair styles are welcome. All characters are referred to in the script with she/her pronouns and as women, girls, etc. Actors need not be women or use she/her pronouns in everyday life, but should feel it is appropriate for themselves to play women characters. Given the context of this script and production, we are unlikely to cast children.
  • Lizzie (she/her) - Plucky ringleader trying to escape the patriarchy.
  • Jane (she/her) - Kind and well-intentioned, but she packed an inordinate amount of hair ribbons for a move to a desolate island.
  • Lydia (she/her) - Adventurous and trying to ignore the fact that she is extremely pregnant.
  • Kitty (she/her) - Adaptable and inexplicably skilled at fishing with her bare hands.
  • Mary (she/her) - Self-righteous and secretly harboring affections for her friend Charlotte.
  • Mrs. Bennet / Charlotte (she/her) - Distressed about money and her daughters' marriage prospects. / The siblings' closest friend, but she stayed home stuck in a boring marriage.
  • Obstinate Headstrong Girls (she/her) - The 2-3 person on-stage punk/classical band who will generate all the music and sound effects during the show, as well as play the pre-show music. One member may also serve as the music director/arranger. Mostly non-speaking.

Access Chart:

Please visit our Access Chart or contact us at RotateTheatre@gmail.com or 608-515-8912 for more info about accessibility in the context of this production.