Audition notice for “Cosi”

Yes, I realize the holiday season is upon us, but here’s something to mark on your calendar for January:

Alumnae Theatre Company seeks non-union actors for the final show of our season, Louis Nowra’s “Cosi“, which runs April 13 – 28, 2012, directed by Jane Carnwath.
Auditions will take place between January 19 – 25.

If you’ve never heard of Louis Nowra (I hadn’t), he’s apparently an impressively prolific Australian writer – not only of plays, but also television, opera, film and fiction.  Who knew?  First produced in 1992, “Cosi” has become one of the most successful Australian plays produced in the last decade.

Cosi” is set in 1970’s Australia, as protests against the Vietnam War rage.  Lewis (yes, the playwright’s alter ego – the play is semi-autobiographical) is fresh out of university with a bit of theatre experience, and he’s been hired to work with patients in a Melbourne mental institution, to “bring them out of their shells”.  None of them sing, or speak Italian, but they’re determined to perform Mozart’s comic opera Cosi Fan Tutte.  This play is a dark and hilarious comedy that proves it helps to be crazy when chasing your dreams.

THE ROLES – Ages Approximate

Lewis – early 20s, has done some theatre at university, eager to “make a difference”.

Lucy – early 20s, Lewis’ live-in girlfriend, educated, has anti-war sympathies.

Nick – early 20s, Lewis’ friend, anti-war activist, somewhat self-important, directs student productions.

Justin(e) – late 30s-40s, could be male or female, a social worker, a bit controlling.

Roy – 35-50, prone to emotional extremes, doing “Cosi” is his idea, has spent much of his life in institutions.

Henry – 40-50, a former lawyer, has great trouble engaging, has spent much of his life in institutions.

Doug – 20-30, likes to set fires, loves to stir things up, hasn’t been in institutions very long.

Cherry – 25-40, needy, bit of a bully, can be physically violent, has been in institutions for some time.

Julie – 21-25, institutionalized for the first time because of drug dependency.

Ruth – 30-40, obsessive, very smart, has been in and out of mental institutions.

Zac – 25-40, the musician of the group, loves his meds, has been in and out of mental institutions.


Thursday, January 19, from 6 – 10 pm

Sunday, January 22, from 10 am – 6 pm

Tuesday, January 24, from 6 – 10 pm

Wednesday, January 25, from 6 – 10 pm



Please prepare a short (2 min.) contemporary monologue

You may also be asked to read from the script.

Please read the play before auditioning! – available at the Reference Library & Theatre Ontario.

Please bring your photo and résumé. Call backs will be held on Sunday January 29th.


E-mail or leave a message at 416-364-4170 ext 2.

Be sure to include your phone number so we can contact you!  And specify your preferred role.

Auditions will be held at the Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street

(SW corner of Berkeley and Adelaide)


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