UPDATE: March 10, 2019:
All of our audition spaces are currently booked. But if you are a Latinx and/or Indigenous actor in your 20s or 30s interested in auditioning for the roles of John or Tituba, let us know and we will figure something out.
Thank you to all in the Bay Area theater community for your enthusiastic response to our call for actors for Witch Hunt.
Those Women Productions is seeking actors (non-AEA) for the world premiere of Witch Hunt, a drama by Carol S. Lashof about the origins of the Salem witch panic, directed by Elizabeth Vega. Auditions, rehearsals, and performances are in Berkeley. Rehearsals begin May 28. The show opens July 12, 2019.
We are casting for the following roles:
- TITUBA, an Indigenous woman from South America, about thirty.
- JOHN, an Indigenous or mixed race man (born on Barbados, ancestry unknown), thirties.
- An Ensemble of four adult actors to play other members of the Salem Village community (all races, ethnicities, ages, gender identities, and body types encouraged to audition for these roles). Roles played by the ensemble include:
MARY SIBLEY, an English colonist, early thirties.
ELIZABETH PARRIS, an English colonist, early forties.
SAMUEL PARRIS, an English colonist, late thirties.
BETTY PARRIS, an English colonist, nine.
Those Women Productions practices activist casting: we seek to fill roles in ways that challenge stereotypes and preconceptions. Actors of all races, ethnicities, ages, gender identities, and body types are encouraged to audition. No dialect training is necessary.
Rehearsals are Mon-Thu 6-10 pm and Sundays 12-5m. They begin May 28; performances are July 12, 2019 – August 4, 2019, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm.
All performances and most rehearsals are at La Val’s Subterranean Theater, 1834 Euclid Ave, Berkeley (in the basement of La Val’s Pizzeria – access via a flight of stairs).
Non-AEA. Stipend: $1200.00. An additional travel and/or childcare stipend is possible, pending fundraising.
Auditions are by appointment on Saturday, March 16, 11 am – 5 pm at Shotgun Studios, 1201 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702. Callbacks TBA.
For your audition please bring a dramatic monologue of 1-2 minutes. Upon confirmation of your appointment, you will also be sent sides to prepare.
For an audition appointment: email director Elizabeth Vega: Auditions@ThoseWomenProductions.com with resume and H/S.
If you have a conflict with our audition times please let us know, as alternative appointments and/or video audition may be available. Please attach resume and headshot and include “Witch Hunt auditions” in your subject line.
In Witch Hunt, playwright Carol Lashof explores the origins of the witch panic in 17th century Salem. The play uncovers the compelling and uniquely American story of Tituba, an enslaved Indigenous woman in a Puritan family who was one of the first in the Salem community to be accused of witchcraft. By the time she is brought to the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Tituba has assimilated to Puritan society and adopted Christianity as her religion. But her position in the village is nonetheless fraught with risk, especially once the Indian wars break out anew and the English settlers grow increasingly frightened of attack. As the panic in Salem grows, Tituba must figure out how to survive in a society that inherently distrusts her and refuses to believe her truth. Ultimately, she offers the first false confession, opening the floodgates to the fury that followed.
Lashof’s new drama is timely in its representation of an American community riven by factionalism and nearly destroyed by its demonization of the people it has colonized. Once again, our society is confronted with questions about whose truth deserves to be heard, and once again more powerful figures can feel the ground shifting under their feet.
Playwright 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 to Peking University in Beijing. 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.
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 Just Deserts. She is on the faculty at Holden High School and the Berkeley Rep School of Theater.
Dramaturg 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). He is the director of the Middle School Drama program at The Berkeley School.
Founded by Artistic Director Elizabeth Vega and Executive Director Carol Lashof in 2014, Those Women Productions was named “Best Year-Old Theater Company” by the East Bay Express in 2015. Our mission is to stage hidden truths of gender and power. We aim to bring marginalized voices to the center of the stage, to ask bold questions, and to instigate conversation. We especially like to flip the script on classic tales. Our first production was the world premiere of Lashof’s Just Deserts, which retold the Greek origin myth of the jury system from the viewpoints of the traditionally maligned avenging furies. In 2016, we staged the world premiere of Margaret of Anjou, an “undiscovered feminist Shakespeare play” by Lauren Jansen-Parkes and William Shakespeare. And in 2018, we presented the West Coast premiere of Marisela Treviño Orta’s Woman on Fire, a retelling of the classical Greek Antigone myth that examines conflicting loyalties, modern Latinx identity, and border politics. In Witch Hunt, we continue in this vein, by casting new light on a familiar story.
Those Women Productions practices Radical Hospitality: we welcome everybody to all of our shows regardless of their ability to pay.