Audition: When I Began Dying

The Shattered Glass Project

About the project and the company

“When I Began Dying”

written by Sarah Miri Daniels and directed by Sophe Friedman.


When I Began Dying is a story of journey, death, and rebirth, the world of the play is one of whimsy and liminality for as the protagonist (Linn) gets closer to her final moments, the world she has known gets farther away from any familiar reality. Together, Linn and her expired self (Dead Linn) must conquer their fears, come to terms with their past, and find their way through the inevitable ending.

Content warnings: Storyline deals heavily with death and suicide. Questions about the script may be addressed to us at and we will arrange for responses from the director.


September 30, 2021, 6-9 p.m.


Linn’s world is based in magical realism and will heavily be created using movement. It is important to be able to recall choreography and be comfortable to play in your body.

Double casting for this show is as follows:

  • Black Cat/Brown Bear

  • Blue Girl/Count Maitre’D

  • Dead Linn/Mother

  • Linn/Child.

Location of Audition

Zoom; audition appointments will be confirmed with a calendar invitation containing the Zoom link.

Audition requirements

Where: All auditions will take place via Zoom. Callbacks will be individually scheduled for each play and will also take place via Zoom. See the description of each piece below. Audition details: Required: one 1-minute contemporary dramatic monologue. Auditioners will sign up for half hour time slots. Each audition will include a 15 minute group activity focused on movement and working collaboratively with other actors; followed by individual presentations of a contemporary dramatic 1 minute monologue from each auditioner.

Character breakdown / Project needs
A young fat woman who has lived her life without the courage to take control of her dreams. She finds herself adrift, heading towards one sure conclusion; nothing special and a side of death. She is a painter but will never sell a painting. Also--this story isn’t about her being fat, she still is. Female-presenting, some movement required
A young still fat dead woman who knows how this story goes; it’s her own. Come back again (not quite sure how? why?) She wants to change fate and live a little after she dies, which has already happened-- duh.. Female- presenting, some movement required
Linn’s therapist who is prone to many questions with few answers, and the odd history lecture. She is made up of night terrors that make you sweat through your sheets. Beware. Movement-based
She’s a blue girl, from a blue world, she dances, she plays; she exists only for the page. Who's really behind all that blue? Movement-based, dance background a plus. Female-presenting
Linn’s Date who is a large warm presence, they are just happy to be out in actual civilization and not river fishing. They are looking for love, or just companionship, or just someone to scritch their back every once in a while. Movement-based
They’re a vampire waiter of course--Mwah ha ha ha!(pls tip them, garlic repellent isn’t free ya know.)
She creates a new life from the old ones; a vessel and the mold.
She is a new life and an old one; witnesses creation.
Additional information
Preferred method of submission


Audition/Interview dates

September 26, 2021, 3-7 p.m. and September 27, 7-10 p.m.

Pay type


Audition location

Seattle WA

Pay type

$100 $100

Callbacks or second audition/interview?

September 30, 2021, 6-9 p.m.

Submission instructions

Visit for complete details about the festival and to request an audition appointment

Union Requirements


Website specific to project

Equity Contract