UI Theatre Spring 2020 Auditions

Nov 9, 2019

All Day

Theatre Building

200 North Riverside Drive, Iowa City, IA 52242

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Auditions are open to everyone!

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.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, November 4, you may sign up for an audition slot. Visit www.uiaudition.com for more information.


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.

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 full listing of our spring 2020 productions and what to prepare, please visit www.uiaudition.com.


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.

For more information contact:
Melissa L.F. Turner

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