Adapted production of comedy The Play's the Thing outdoors in the parks

Burien Actors Theatre

About the project and the company

Burien Actors Theatre (BAT) is presenting a multiracial production of The Play’s the Thing, originally adapted by P.G. Wodehouse and further adapted by Rachel Rene.

Directed by Rachel Rene.

The story revolves around Albert, a young composer of a new show, and the playwright, Sandor. When Albert unexpectedly arrives to see his fiancée, Ilona, he heartbreakingly overhears her sharing her affection with another man, Almady.
Sandor begins to rewrite reality to save Albert from heartbreak and thus save his new show. Through clever misdirection, Sandor tries to make it seem this incident was just dialogue in a play and begins to prep his ‘actors’ to take the stage – but will Albert fall for it?

This ‘play-within-a-play’ technique will leave you laughing out loud as the lines between reality and mere ‘acting’ blur. The clever use of this technique leads you down twists and turns that set up the hilarious finale.

BAT is seeking actors of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, gender expressions, and physical/mental ability for all roles to create a multiracial cast. We are looking for 7 actors ranging in age from 20 to 60-plus.  (See Character Breakdowns below.)

This will be a 90-minute one-act version of the play to be performed outdoors in the parks. There will be 4-6 performances between July 15 and August 21, 2022. All performances will be in south King County parks near Burien, and will be weekend matinees or evenings.

Rehearsals begin June 4 on weeknights plus some Saturday days or evenings, exact times to be determined. Rehearsals will begin via the Zoom online platform and will move to in-person rehearsals in the Burien area.

Location of Audition

Online via Zoom.

Audition requirements

Auditions are online via Zoom. Auditions will last 20-30 minutes and will consist of cold readings from the script with the director or other actors. Sides will be sent via email.

Character breakdown / Project needs
Sandor Turai
a famous dramatist; 50+, any gender, any ethnicity
Turai’s collaborator; 45+, any gender, any ethnicity
Albert Adam
a young composer; male-identifying, 20s - any ethnicity
Ilona Szabo
a prima donna; female-identifying, 20s - any ethnicity
a leading actor; male-identifying, 30s-40s - any ethnicity
Johann (Jo) Dwornitschek
a servant; 50+, any gender, any ethnicity
the Count’s secretary/assistant; 20s-30s, any gender, any ethnicity
a lackey (and possible Assistant Stage Manager); any age, any gender, any ethnicity
Additional information
Preferred method of submission


Audition/Interview dates

Tues. April 26 and Fri. April 29 from 8 to 10 pm

Pay type


Audition location

Burien and nearby cities Washington

Pay type

200 200

Callbacks or second audition/interview?

Possible callbacks are online via Zoom Sat. April 30 from noon to 10 pm and Sun. May 1 from noon to 4 pm. Actors will only be called for the time frames needed.

Submission instructions

To make an audition appointment, email Rachel Rene at Please include resume and headshot.

Union Requirements


Website specific to project

Equity Contract