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UI Department of Theatre Arts Announces Auditions for Spring 2020 Productions – Open to Everyone!

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The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts will hold auditions from November 9-November 14, 2019 for our 11 spring productions, including a co-production with the UI School of Music of The Light in the Piazza, book by Craig Lucas, music and lyrics by Adam Guettel. Auditions are open to everyone, including non-majors and the general public. Please see below for additional specific casting needs.

These auditions are an excellent opportunity to learn more about UI Theatre and to perform in Mainstage, Gallery, and Workshop productions, as well as staged readings. For complete details and what to prepare, please visit

Auditions for University of Iowa Theatre productions are open to everyone. For academic considerations, priority is given to theatre majors first, and then all other students of the University of Iowa. Members of the greater Iowa City community are also strongly encouraged to audition. There are many excellent roles available throughout the year and many non-majors and actors from the surrounding community are cast each season. Occasionally, professional guest actors will also be employed.

In all disciplines and areas of theatrical production, the Department of Theatre Arts seeks to include persons of every race, color, culture, age, gender, creed, physical disability and sexual orientation. The Department is committed to Non-Traditional Casting to expand opportunities for women, actors of color, and actors with disabilities in roles where race, gender, or the presence or absence of a disability is not germane.


General Auditions (UI Theatre Building)

Saturday, November 9 – 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 10 – 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Musical Auditions (UI Theatre Building)

The Light in the Piazza

Book by Craig Lucas

Music and Lyrics by Adam Guettel

A co-production with the UI School of Music

Sunday, November 10 – 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Callbacks (UI Theatre Building)

Monday, November 11 – 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 12 – 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 13 – 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 14 – 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Casting will be announced on Friday, November 15.

Please visit to sign up for an audition slot and for more information.

Shows, Workshops, and Readings Participating in Spring 2020 Auditions


Mainstage Productions:

Hit the Wall – By Ike Holter, Directed by Bo Frazier

Three Sisters – By Anton Chekhov, A New Version by Sarah Ruhl, based on the literal translation by Elise Thoron, with

Natalya Paramonova and Kristin Johnsen-Neshatik, Directed by Lila Rachel Becker

The Light in the Piazza – Book by Craig Lucas, Music and Lyrics by Adam Guettel, Directed by Bill Theisen

                (a co-production with the UI School of Music)

Gallery Productions:

Magic, The Play – By Nicole Gabrione

Palanquin – By SP O’Brien


Taurus Sun/Aries Moon – By Rachel Wade

Home Garden – By Jivani Rodriguez

Marat’s Dead – By Leigh M. Marshall

Shakespeare in Flux – By Brigid Martin

Normal – By Brad Pickhinke

Warping Realities – By Sarah Weeks



Hit the Wall
By Ike Holter


On a typical hot and humid New York City night in the summer of ‘69, a diverse group of queer outcasts gathers at The Stonewall Inn. However, on this night, when the police show up for a routine raid, all are thrust into the frontlines of history. A riot ensues that would launch the LGBTQ+ movement in America. With an original rock n’ roll score, emotional poetic language, and gritty choreography, Hit the Wall pays homage to these revolutionaries who came together 50 years ago to fight for their freedom.

Note from the Director: WE ARE ACTIVELY SEEKING PEOPLE ACROSS ALL SPECTRUMS OF GENDER IDENTITY, GENDER EXPRESSION, RACIAL IDENTITY, BODY SIZE, AND EXPERIENCE TO TELL THIS STORY! As this is a rock concert/docu-drama, most performers will be singing, but we are open to varying levels from experienced singers to non-singers.


A-GAY – Late 20s, early 30s. Attractive, smooth talking Harvard Grad who can pass for straight. A clipped, uncaring vampire with a great closing argument.

NEWBIE – Fresh off the boat early twenties queer. Not only knows where the party is; he leads it.

CARSON – Black, strong and silent type with a hidden cache of bitchisims that could clear a room. Sticks to his morals till they’re pried from his fingers.

PEG – “Stone Butch”, could possibly pass for a man. Spits out words like hand grenades; nearly at the breaking point.

CLIFF – Drifter type, drunk on hope with a half-pound of amazing weed in his backpack. Would probably be considered bi-sexual.

ROBERTA – Strong black woman with the tirades to prove it. The most well dressed and educated Freedom Fighting Hustler you can think of.

TANO – Half of the “Snap Queen Team”, Puerto Rican, fiercely territorial, able to cut a bitch in half with a single wit.

MIKA – Other half of the “Snap Queen Team”. Not as fast as Tano, but probably smarter. Black, tells it like it is, calls it like he sees it; sees the glitz and glamour through tinted shades.

COP – Good Ol’Boy just trying to do right by the law. Has never questioned the “Right” or “Wrong” behind what he’s ordered to do. Amazing at the intimidation factor of his job.

MADELINE – PEG’S sister. Has no business being at the riot. Must host a brunch in the morning and has no time for civil rights or emotional outbursts. Secret smoker, terrible driver, has-had-enough.

ENSEMBLE (EIGHT people) – We are seeking an ensemble of actors, singers and/or dancers to play various roles: LGBTQ+ community, Cops, Bartender, NYC citizens.


Ten-Minute Play Festival (December 2019)
Iowa New Play Festival (March 2020)

For more information, please visit or contact Melissa L. F. Turner at

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Department of Theatre Arts in advance at 319.335.2700.


The mission of the Department of Theatre Arts is to sustain a world-class theatre arts program where we develop new work and new artists through a creative, collaborative process. With respect for the great global traditions, we push the boundaries of theatre, using sophisticated tools and technologies. Provide space for diversity and to foster social responsibility and change. Nurture student artists and their work, prepare graduates for professional opportunities, support faculty as professional artists and scholars, and engage, delight, and challenge audiences. For more information on upcoming productions, please visit us online at or You can also follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook and Instagram!

November 4, 2019

For more information contact:
Melissa L.F. Turner, Stage Management
University of Iowa
Department of Theatre Arts