Audition notice: “Willow Quartet” (Village Players)

The Village Players are auditioning actors Oct 24 & 25 for Joan Burrows‘  touching play Willow QuartetWillow QuartetIt won The Playwrights of Spring award in 2009 and was workshopped at Theatre Aurora.   The full production premiered at The Papermill Theatre in Toronto in late 2011, directed by [Alumnae Theatre Company member] Jane Carnwath, and featuring Patricia Casey, Andy Fraser, John Healy,  and Chris Owens.   It was produced at The Curtain Club in Richmond Hill in the spring of 2012, and the script was published by Playwrights Canada Press earlier this year.

Here’s the audition notice from Village Players.



By Joan Burrows

Directed by Maureen E. Thornton

 Performance Dates:  January 10 – February 1, 2014

Auditions will be held at the Village Playhouse, 2190 Bloor St. W.

                Thursday, October 24, 2013:  7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Saturday, October 25, 2013:  10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Call backs:  Monday, October 28 from 7:00 pm

A husband, wife and grandmother are still recovering from the death of the youngest member of the family two years previously, that had everybody blaming themselves and one another.

The arrival of a violinist from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, who is billeted with the family during a smalltown Arts Fair,  sets events in motion.


Ben: Mid forties. Ben is a mechanic and married to Kim. Is Josh’s father.

Kim: Age comparable to Ben, she is his estranged wife and the mother of Josh.

Marjorie:  Kim’s mother and Josh’s grandmother.

Jim:  First Violin, Toronto Symphony Orchestra billeted with Kim during the festival. Comparable in age to Ben and Kim.

It is imperative that you read the script before the audition dates. Excerpts from the play will be available for actors to read at the audition. Please bring a resume and headshot – a photocopy will do. The script is on reserve at the Performing Arts Desk, 5th floor, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street.

  For an audition appointment please contact Steve at or phone 647-880-2914

Please note:  this is a non-Equity, non-paying production.

Village Playhouse is located one block east of the Runnymede subway station in Toronto.


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  1. Reblogged this on life with more cowbell and commented:
    A fine play by Joan Burrows. Had the pleasure of working on the set with Ed Rosing for the first production, an indie affair at the Papermill Theatre a few years back.

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