Auditions for "Risk/Benefit" -- a suspenseful Resistance drama

Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church

About the project and the company

Director: Carissa Meisner Smit Playwright: Amanda L. Aikman

One-hour staged reading. This is a NON-UNION production.

Near-future realistic drama. Helen, a cautious lifelong bureaucrat, surprises herself and everyone who knows her when she spontaneously rebels during a patriotic event attended by the President. Her wife, friends, boss, and son are all affected in shocking ways. Helen becomes a folk hero for the Resistance against her will and must decide whether or not to make a dramatic and risky commitment to the struggle.

Performances: Sun 2/23/20, 2 pm; Sat 2/29, 7 pm; Sun 3/1, 1 pm

Please send a brief email to with your name, phone number, and the part(s) you’d like to audition for. If you like, please attach a headshot and resume, but this is not required. We will reply with a link for you to schedule your audition slot and to obtain sides.

Location of Audition

Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church, 14724 1st Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155

Audition requirements

Actors will read from provided sides.

Character breakdown / Project needs
Helen - 50s-60s, any ethnicity, female:
Life-long bureaucrat. Unconsciously charismatic. Walks with a slight but noticeable limp. Small amount of expressive movement required.
Danielle - 40s-50s, any ethnicity, female:
Helen's wife. Self-defense and martial arts instructor. Passionate, lively. Some self-defense moves required.
Kyle - 18-22, any ethnicity, male:
Danielle and Helen's son. Clean-cut, bright, handsome.
Taylor - 20s-30s, any ethnicity, female:
Activist and singer-songwriter. Enthusiastic. Must be able to sing the chorus of one song. Guitar playing ability optional but advantageous.
Charles - 40s-50s, any ethnicity, male:
Helen's long-time boss. Burdened.
Steve - 20s-60s, any ethnicity, male:
Diner manager. A brute.
Additional information
Preferred method of submission


Audition/Interview dates

Sunday, Dec. 1, 4-6 pm; Monday, Dec. 2, 7-9 pm

Pay type


Audition location

Shoreline WA

Pay type

Small stipend to reimburse expenses. Small stipend to reimburse expenses.

Submission instructions

Email to with name, phone, part you wish to audition for. Will send scheduling instructions.

Union Requirements


Website specific to project

Equity Contract