UW School of Drama Auditions: In The Blood

University of Washington

About the project and the company

MFA Directing candidates Nick O’Leary and Kate Drummond are directing Suzan-Lori Parks’ In The Blood, performing in the Producing Artists Lab in the University of Washington subscriber season. The show will run April 26th-30th, 2023, at the Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theater.

This modern day riff on The Scarlet Letter follows Hester La Negrita, a homeless mother of five. Her eldest child is teaching her how to read and write, but the letter “A” is, so far, the only letter she knows. Her five kids are named Jabber, Bully, Trouble, Beauty and Baby, and the characters are played by adult actors who double as five other people in Hester’s life: her ex-boyfriend, her social worker, her doctor, her best friend and her minister. While Hester’s kids fill her life with joy—lovingly comical moments amid the harsh world of poverty—the adults with whom she comes into contact only hold her back. Nothing can stop the play’s tragic end.


Rehearsals will run 4-5 days a week.  Actors will receive a general schedule at the start of the process. Exact calls will be sent out at the start of each week.

Rehearsal locations will all be within Hutchinson Hall or at the Penthouse Theater on the UW campus.

Tech: April 15th – April 21st Previews: April 22nd – April 25th


Wednesday, April 26, 2023 – 7:30pm
Thursday, April 27, 2023 – 7:30pm
Friday, April 28, 2023 – 7:30pm
Saturday, April 29, 2023 – 7:30pm
Sunday, April 30, 2023 – 2:00pm

Tech and performances will take place in the Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theater on the UW campus.

Location of Audition

Audition submissions will be received virtually via this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdATcKYxpSYcChUHVh6bihN89Ep7Gtzl_k9EJHS3JAcm0Yp-Q/viewform.

Other details

Please note that there will be two separate casts for each act of the play.

COVID-19 Expectations: All members of the team must be fully vaccinated by the start of the rehearsal process. While not required, we strongly recommend receiving the bivalent booster prior to the rehearsal process beginning. Performers will be unmasked within rehearsals, and for shows.

Audition requirements

Follow the link to the audition form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdATcKYxpSYcChUHVh6bihN89Ep7Gtzl_k9EJHS3JAcm0Yp-Q/viewform) and attach your audition self-tape to the form prior to submitting. Audition Information Auditions will take the form of a digital submission. Auditioners should submit: 1-2 monologues, no longer than 2 minutes each. Ideal submissions will demonstrate the auditioner's capacity and excitement for movement and/or gesture work.* A resume or similar summary of experience A headshot or other clear image of their face

Character breakdown / Project needs
(Female, Black)
Hester's oldest son
Hester's youngest son
Hester's oldest daughter
Hester's middle son
Hester's youngest daughter
Additional information
Preferred method of submission


Audition/Interview dates

Rolling review of submissions by 2/27.

Pay type


Audition location

Seattle Washington

Pay type

Small stipend available. Small stipend available.

Callbacks or second audition/interview?

Joint callbacks will be co-run by MFA directors Kate Drummond and Nick O’Leary. These in-person callbacks will include movement, improvisation, and cold readings of scenes. Callbacks will be held on Thursday, March 2nd, on the University of Washington -- Seattle Campus, in Hutchinson Hall (4276 E Stevens Way

Submission instructions

PLEASE SUBMIT THIS FORM AND YOUR SELF-TAPE BY 6:00PM-Pacific ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH. A Google account is required to  access the audition form.

Union Requirements


Website specific to project


Equity Contract