Auditions: Orlando, by Virginia Woolf, adapted by Sarah Ruhl

Screaming Butterflies Theater

About the project and the company

Screaming Butterflies Theater is seeking 5 actors for our Spring Production of “Orlando”.  Virginia Woolf’s exploration of time, gender, and self-realization begins in Elizabethan England, travels to Constantinople, and stretches to the late 1920’s, with Orlando inexplicably living through the centuries, first as a man, and then waking up one day as a woman. One actor will play Orlando, the other four will play eighteen other characters and the Chorus.

Because of its scope, this production will be suggestive, using lights, sound, movement, to portray changes in time, character, and gender.

Rehearsals will be Monday through Thursday from 7-10pm and Saturdays form 10am-1pm beginning March 22nd.  Tech Weekend on May 6-7, Dress May 9-11th.

Performances will be May 12-28th Friday and Saturday @ 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm, with one Monday for a Pay What You Will Industry Night performance (either May 15th or 22nd TBD).

Actors will receive a $75 stipend; all participating artists, designers, crew members, etc. will receive an equal share of proceeds from Industry Night ticket sales.

Screaming Butterflies is actively seeking out actors of all genders, races, ethnicities, body shapes and sizes for this production.  Unfortunately, the performance location is on the second floor of a building with no elevator, so we are limited to working with actors who are able to climb stairs.

Screaming Butterflies mission is to Re-Vision myth, community, and justice through tenacious, imaginative and unapologetic creativity.

Location of Audition

Urban Grace, 902 Market Street, Tacoma WA 98402

Audition requirements

Please prepare a contemporary monologue of 1-2 minutes. Be prepared to be handed a selection of cold or slightly warm reads.

Character breakdown / Project needs
Beginning as a young man in Elizabethan England, Orlando grows from a dallying nobleman, to a deeply reflective woman. The play follows Orlando's quest to understand the self, the world, and write a beautiful poem. (20's - 50's, cis or trans women, or non-binary afab actors)
Sasha, Chorus
The Russian princess, with whom Orlando first falls in love, and never forgets. This actor will also participate in the Chorus and perform some of the additional roles. (any age, actors identifying as women)
Chorus and Remaining Characters
Three actors will cover the remaining roles and participate in the Chorus. Roles include, but are not limited to: Queen Elizabeth, Shakespeare, The Archduke/Duchess, A Russian Seaman, Othello, Desdemona, Marmaduke Bonthrop Shelmerdine, etc. (all ages, all genders)
Additional information
Preferred method of submission


Audition/Interview dates

February 23rd appointments from 6-8pm

Pay type


Audition location

Tacoma WA

Pay type

$75, plus share of Industry Night Proceeds $75, plus share of Industry Night Proceeds

Callbacks or second audition/interview?

Saturday February 25th 10-1pm (be prepared to be present the entire time)

Submission instructions

Send resume and headshot (or any clear photo of face)

Union Requirements


Equity Contract