Those Women Productions is seeking actors (non-AEA) for House of Desires, a cloak and dagger comedy by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, translated by Catherine Boyle, directed by Elizabeth Vega and Norman Patrick Johnson. First staged in 1683, House of Desires was one of the best-loved plays of the Spanish Golden Age and one of the first great works of Latin-American literature. The wit and intelligence for which Sor Juana was justly renowned in her lifetime shine through Boyle’s 2004 translation of this swashbuckling tale of subterfuge, mistaken identity, and the trials of love.
PERFORMANCE DATES: July 9, 2020 – August 2, 2020
All performances and most rehearsals at La Val’s Subterranean Theater, 1834 Euclid Ave, Berkeley (in the basement of La Val’s Pizzeria; there is a steep flight of stairs down to the venue, no wheelchair access).
Auditions are by appointment on Wednesday February 19, 6-10 pm and Saturday, February 22, 12-5 pm. *
If you have a conflict with our audition times please let us know as alternative appointments and/or video audition may be available.
*Due to a computer glitch on the Theatre Bay Area website, our audition notice was posted very late. Apologies! Please do contact us if you are seeing this notice and would like to audition even after the original audition times have passed.
For an audition appointment: email firstname.lastname@example.org with resume and H/S. Please include “House of Desires auditions” in your subject line.
Auditions and callbacks will be held at La Val’s Subterranean Theater.
Callbacks: Saturday, February 29, 12 pm-5 pm.
For your audition please bring a comedic monologue of 2-3 minutes. Upon confirmation of your appointment, you will also be sent sides to prepare.
We are casting for the following roles:
(All roles are open to women and non-binary actors.)
DOÑA ANA, a noblewoman, sister to Don Pedro
DON PEDRO, a nobleman, brother to Doña Ana
DOÑA LEONOR, a noblewoman of Toledo
DON CARLOS, a nobleman of Toledo
DON JUAN, a nobleman of Madrid
DON RODRIGO, Doña Leonor’s father
HERNANDO, servant to DON RODRIGO
CASTAÑO, servant to DON CARLOS
CELIA, servant to DOÑA ANA
Those Women Productions practices activist casting: we seek to fill roles in ways that challenge stereotypes and preconceptions. Actors of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, and body types are encouraged to audition.
No dialect training is necessary.
Rehearsals begin May 26 and are scheduled for Sunday-Wednesday 6-10 pm and Saturdays 12-5pm.
Performances are July 9, 2020 – August 2, 2020. Performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm, plus two Thursdays, July 9 and July 30, at 8pm.
All performances and most rehearsals at La Val’s Subterranean Theater, 1834 Euclid Ave, Berkeley (in the basement of La Val’s Pizzeria; no wheelchair access).
Actors for this production are classified as volunteers; travel stipends will be provided of $15-$25 per rehearsal/performance, depending on distance traveled. Subsidies for childcare and/or other production-related expenses may be available.
More about the project:
When Doña Ana agrees to help her brother Don Pedro contrive to win his lady love, their house is plunged into chaos. Before long, Ana and Pedro are joined by Doña Leonor, Don Carlos, and Don Juan, all seemingly in love with the wrong person. Three days of eavesdropped conversations, mistaken identities, parental disapproval, and the occasional duel follow before the lovers are sorted out in this subversive witty comedy from Spain’s Golden Age.
Director Elizabeth Vega is the Founding Artistic Director of Those Women Productions. She holds a BA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College and an MFA in Staging Shakespeare from Exeter University where she studied at the Globe Theater in London. Directing credits include Troilus and Cressida at the Dell Theater in Stratford-Upon-Avon and the world premiere of Lashof’s Witch Hunt. She is on the faculty at Holden High School and the Berkeley Rep School of Theater.
Director Norman Patrick Johnson holds a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from City College of New York and completed the Meisner Technique training program at the Bay City Studios in San Francisco. An Associate Artist with Those Women Productions, he has most recently served as director and dramaturg for the world premiere of Nick Mwaluko’s “They/Them” for Shifting Spaces (TBA Awards Finalist 2018) and as dramaturg for Witch Hunt (2019). He is the director of the Middle School Drama program at The Berkeley School.
Producer Carol Lashof makes plays to change the stories we believe in because it’s the best way she knows to change the world we live in. Her work has been broadcast on BET (“Gap,” dir. Ryan Coogler) and NPR (“The Story,” dir. Martin Esslin) and staged on five continents from The Magic Theatre of San Francisco and Peking University in Beijing to La Val’s Subterranean Theater in Berkeley (Witch Hunt, 2019). Lashof is Professor Emerita at Saint Mary’s College of California, the Executive Director of Those Women Productions, and a member of the Dramatists Guild.
Those Women Productions:
Founded by Artistic Director Elizabeth Vega and Executive Director Carol Lashof in 2014, and named “Best Year-Old Theater Company” by the East Bay Express in 2015, Those Women Productions gives the stage to unheard stories. We explore the intersections of gender, power, and identity, inviting all audiences to join the conversation. In 2019, the SF Chronicle recognized our world premiere of Witch Hunt as one of the “defining moments” of the year in Bay Area theater.