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Auditions for Women's Theatre Festival!

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Women's Theatre Festival (WTF!)
A staged-reading series

Open auditions for HartBeat Ensemble WTF!
At Carriage House Theater, 360 Farmington Ave, Hartford

Plays and Show dates:

Friday, May 4th: Fat and Blood, or The Whole Varied Drama of Hysteria

145-year-old mustachioed lady Hysteria Sidesaddle survived dangerous Victorian institutions of marriage, medicine, hair care, and loneliness. She has prepared for us this fine musical burlesque extravaganza to show us how she did it.

Friday, June 1st: Pegao

Puerto Rico in the late 70’s a family playing dominoes grapples with sterilization abuse, the aftermath of military occupation, and loyalties to the mainland while they experience a wave of another mass exodus to the States.

Friday, June 29th: Daisies on Harlem’s Doorstep

It's Spring of 1929 in Harlem, a season before the stock market crashed and the world suffered what would be known as the Great Depression. The streets are filled with lights and glitter, and for an innocent Daisy, who only wants to find her sister, four very different women show her how to grow in concrete.

Audition Preparation:

You must sign up for a slot time via link:

Sides will be provided. Please bring headshot and resume if you have one. A call back audition, if needed, will be held later in the day. Age ranges listed are stage ages. Any questions, email the WTF! Producer at cinmartinez.cmm@gmail.com.

Character Breakdown by Play:

Fat and Blood, or The Whole Varied Drama of Hysteria

All are open to any race, ethnicity, and gender identity. Actors, burlesquers, singers, dancers, and general badasses are invited to audition.

HYSTERIA SIDESADDLE Woman who sometimes has a mustache. 145 years old but doesn't show it, has done a lot of surviving. Role includes some singing, but actor does not have to be a trained singer.

CHARLES OR GEORGE Dude who has absolutely no idea he is oppressing anyone. No singing, just unintentional douchebaggery.

VIRGINIA Woman. A romantic friend. No singing.

CHORUS OF "WOMEN", played by 3 performers of a variety of genders. Strong singers, burlesque-ish movement. Chorus members also play:

LADY MACBETH: Known for going nuts in a Shakespearean Scottish castle

HEDDA GABLER: Known for burning things in Norway in an Ibsen play.

MEDEA: Known for child murder in Greece, the queen diva of dangerous ladies written by men.

Pegao - a dual-language play

Negri - Afro-Latina, female, late 20s, lives in Vieques.

Issa - female, mid 30s, travels back and forth between states and PR.

Wiggy - male, early 20s

Dona Lina - female, mid 50s, the mother of Issa/Negri and aunt of Wiggy.

Daisies on Harlem’s Doorstep

DAISY – 18 year-old naive African-American woman desperate to find her sister, Rose.

GILLY – Partially deaf and mute, 20 years old, female cousin of CAN. Woman of color. Originally from Detroit, MI.

CHARLIE – Proud, glamourous and materialistic 20 year-old show girl, originally from Baltimore,

Maryland. African-American.

CAN – Popular 25 year-old, stud female. Dresses as a male.* Runs numbers in Harlem, NY. Woman of color. Originally from Detroit, MI.

RED – 28 years-old African-American woman. Well known madam in Harlem, NY.

HENRY TAYLOR – 25 year-old man of color. Banker, prestigious and a little naive.


Cin Martinez, WTF! Producer/Playwright