Sunday, September 25, 2016

audition notice - THE WAITING ROOM - Mesa Encore Theatre - November 7

The Waiting Room
by Lisa Loomer
Directed By Ilana Lydia

The Waiting Room is a dark comedy with characters ranging in emotion from giddy hysteria to abject despair.  The writing is sharp and witty, with a wry sense of indignation at the horrors women have undergone in the name of beauty and trying to be found attractive by men, as well as the failings of modern medical care.

LOOKING FOR: (Must be 18 years or older) – Please see below for character Descriptions
5 Women
6 Men

All ethnicities are encouraged to audition. However, the script does specifically call for, among others, 1 Asian-American man, 1 Asian-American woman, 1 African-American man, and 1 African-American woman.  If you fall into one of these groups, we reach out to you with a special invitation to audition.

933 at MET
933 E. Main Street
Mesa, AZ 85203

Monday, November 7th**
Doors open at 6:30pm, auditions start at 7pm
**If you are unable to audition on this date but would still like to audition, please contact the director at:

February 3rd – 19th
(Friday and Saturday nights, Sunday matinees)

Actors must be available for sporadic rehearsals throughout November (14th , 15th ,16th , 28th , 29th ) and December (28th , 29th , 30th ), and must be available for regular weeknight rehearsals the entire month of January.

Auditions will consist of introductions, discussion, light movement/improv, and reading from the script.  Doors will open at 6:30pm on Monday, November 7th, and will begin promptly at 7pm.  Callbacks, if needed, will be by invitation only and will also begin at 7pm on the following day, Tuesday, November 8th.

Victoria—A tightly corseted English Victorian woman, early 30s.  Curious, intelligent and wily.  Needs excellent comic timing.  (Please note, this role is involved in a rape scene.)

Forgiveness From Heaven—A wealthy eighteenth-century Chinese woman with bound feet.  Late 40s, sensual and dutiful, with an enduring smile.  Must be comfortable with bold movement choices.

Brenda—A Jamaican nurse in her 30s.  Bright, no-nonsense, with the keen insight and irony of the outsider.  The actress who plays her also plays five other characters.

Bridget—A paranoid, pregnant Irish maid.

Businesswoman—HATES MEN and is not heard.


Douglas—A surgeon.  Over 45.  Excellent with bodies, and rather bewildered by the people who inhabit them.  An awfully decent man in an impossible situation.

Larry—A vice president of a major drug company.  Also on the board of a major cancer center.  A big boisterous joker, but an even better businessman.

Ken—A scientist turned bureaucrat.  Beat late on the uptake, indecisive and dying to be liked.

Oliver—A Victorian doctor.  Decorous and jolly, with a tightly buttoned down dark side.  (Please note, this role is involved in a rape scene.)

Blessing From Heaven—An eighteenth-century Chinese businessman.  A loving husband, with too many secrets.  Sexy.  But above all, proud.

Bruce—An African-American gay nurse.  Been there, done that.

Sign up at:
Please submit your headshot and resume electronically, or bring it with you to the audition.
You will receive a confirmation email upon completion of your signup. Please read this email carefully and download the audition sides.

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