UMass Department of Theater presents
Room 413, Bromery Center for the Arts (formerly the Fine Arts Center)
Monday, October 25 from 6:30 – 10:30 pm
Tuesday, October 26 from 6:30 – 10:30 pm
Wednesday, October 27 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Callbacks: Friday, October 29 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm
First Rehearsal: Wednesday, November 10 at 6:30 pm
by Jen Silverman
Directed by Rudy Ramirez
“What if there is something amazing ahead of us, and all we have to do is burn down everything we know to get to it?”
Based on a Jacobean play written when witches were still being burned across Europe, WITCH follows a devil named Scratch as he plays with the desires, grievances and ambitions of two young men, only to see him shocked and intrigued when an outcast woman becomes the first to refuse his offer. Jen Silverman’s play offers a collection of richly drawn characters all forced to confront how their desires are shaped by, and may even be able to do undo, the systems of power that limit them.
Auditioners should prepare one of 5 monologues from WITCH available below. Women should prepare monologues for ELIZABETH or WINIFRED. Men should prepare monologues for SIR ARTHUR, FRANK or SCRATCH. Nonbinary actors should feel free to prepare any of the above. These monologues do NOT have to be memorized.
Elizabeth Sawyer. An outcast.
Scratch. The devil.
Sir Arthur Banks. A wealthy and powerful man.
Cuddy Banks. Sir Arthur’s son, painfully shy, a morris-dancer. He is secretly in
love with Frank (and also in hate.)
Frank Thorney. A confident and successful young man, charming and ruthless.
His ambition knows no bounds.
Winnifred Sir Arthur’s servant, resigned and pragmatic, secretly married to
These characters can be played by actors of any ethnicity. Sir Arthur and his son Cuddy do not have to be played by actors of the same ethnicity.
Monologues and sign up information: https://www.umass.edu/theater/auditions