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The Happy Hour Theatre is proud to announce auditions for our second production, WHERE SOULS GROW WILD. We will be casting three fifteen-minute plays with roles for up to 14 actors as well as a small ensemble cast.

Auditions for “Riders to the Sea” will take place on July 29th. Please note that this play will have a longer rehearsal period than the other two due to dialect work.

Auditions for “Trifles” and “Overtones” will take place on August 12th and 13th.

Please use the link below to reserve your audition slot. If you experience trouble with the link or you do not have a Google Account, please email your headshot, resume, and role(s) you are auditioning for to happy.hour.theatre.yolo@gmail.com.

Link to form: bit.ly/AuditionHHT

All the one acts are in the public domain and free to read. We have included URLs where you may find each play.

“Riders To the Sea” by John Millington Synge
Directed by Andrew Fridae

Summary: Riders to the Sea focuses on a family living on Inismaan, a rocky, treeless, windswept island off the west coast of Ireland, after they have lost five of the six men in their family to the unrelenting sea. Actors interested in auditioning should be aware that this play calls for the development of accent and dialect in rehearsal. Prior accent work is not a requirement.

Cathleen- daughter to Maurya, trying to protect her mother from grief, mid-20s
Nora- daughter to Maurya, helpful to her mother and sister, teens - early 20s
Bartley- son to Maurya, determined to carry on, 20s - 30s
Maurya- Mother of eight, five of which are dead. At the end of a hard life, 60s
Ensemble men and women


“Trifles” by Susan Glaspell
Directed by Shenandoah Kehoe

Summary: “Farmer John Wright has been murdered. While he was asleep in the middle of the night, someone strung a rope around his neck. Shockingly, that someone might have been his wife, the quiet and forlorn Minnie Wright.” Written in 1916, Susan Glaspell’s one act explores the expectations and stereotypes of wives in 1900s rural America, combining the tension of a murder mystery with subtle social commentary, and features strong female protagonists who find a shared solidarity and understanding as they uncover clues to the case together.

Mr. Peters, the sheriff: a straightforward man who can be unintentionally condescending at times, late 20s - 50s
Mr. Henderson, the county attorney: a younger man eager to do his job diligently, 20s - 40s
Mr. Hale, a neighbor: a pleasant and well-meaning man who can be long-winded, 30s - 50s
Mrs. Hale, wife of Mr. Hale: a smart, compassionate and confidant woman, 30s - 50s
Mrs. Peters, wife of Sheriff Peters: a nervous but intelligent and caring woman, late 20s - 50s


“Overtones” by Alice Gerstenberg
Directed by Claudia Wrazel

Summary: Harriet and Margaret used to be romantic rivals, but many years later, they are settled, serene society matrons. Or are they? In this 1913 play by Alice Gerstenberg, the women meet again for a gracious afternoon tea, but their polite conversation is nearly run off the rails by the emergence of their raw, inner selves. They struggle to maintain the roles society has dictated for them as their authentic needs and desires literally fight to be heard.

HARRIET and MARGARET: High-status women with cultured manners suited to New York City high society in 1913. Late 20's - 50's, but age-contemporary with each other.

HETTY and MAGGIE: These women portray Harriet's and Margaret's inner selves in all their vulnerability and yearning. They are blunt, emotional, needy, and utterly lacking in social graces. Late 20's - 50's, but age-contemporary with each other AND either age-contemporary with, or younger than, Harriet and Margaret.


Audition location:
West Sacramento Community Center Black Box (on second floor)
1075 W. Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento

Audition dates:
Monday, July 29
Monday, August 12
Callbacks: Tuesday, August 13

August 1 - October 12. Required tech days: October 14-17, 29 (7:00-10:00)

Rehearsal date information: Each play will rehearse once a week (Sundays through Thursdays only, between 6:30 PM and 10:00 PM) in a location and day that works with cast and director availability.

October 18, 19, 25, 26, (8:00pm) and 27 (2:00pm) (Black Box Theater in West Sacramento)
November 3 (7:00 pm at The Palms Playhouse in Winters).