Auditions for The House of Bernarda Alba

Audition notice for The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca in a new adaptation by Emily Mann, Directed by Charles Waxberg and Roy Arauz

Audition Date

Saturday, February 18, 2012
1:00-4:00 pm*

*UPDATE: most slots between 1-4 pm are now taken. We are now scheduling auditions from 4:00-5:00 pm.

Email for an appointment. Please attach a resume and headshot if available.

Audition Requirements

  • 2 monologues, maximum 4 minutes total length
  • 1 – A monologue of size and intensity
  • 2 – A classical monologue

Lorca’s final masterpiece, The House of Bernarda Alba centers on Bernarda as she tyrannically rules over her house and five daughters, cruelly crushing their hopes and needs. The play explores themes of suppressed sexuality, passion, and the oppression of women.

All Roles Open

Bernarda—A widow who exerts excessive will over her daughters.
María Josefa—Bernarda’s mother. Bernarda keeps her locked in her room.
Angustias—Bernarda’s eldest daughter, is sickly, desperate to marry and be free.
Magdalena—Bernarda’s daughter, devastated by her father’s death.
Amelia—Bernarda’s daughter, gossipy but submissive to her mother
Martirio—Bernarda’s daughter. The martyr, she feels weak and inferior.
Adela—Bernarda’s daughter. The only one to defy her mother.
La Poncia—the sturdy housekeeper
A maid—another maid of the household
Prudencia—dinner guest

Production Information

Rehearsals begin Saturday, March 24, 2012


May 4-19, 2012
Performances at The Ballard Underground, 2220 NW Market Street, Seattle


Arouet is a profit-sharing company. (All profits will be shared equitably)


What is your criteria for a classic monologue?

  • A classic monologue, in this case, would be heightened language. Technically, classic is before Ibsen (1877), however we want to hear you handle poetic language or heightened language, so for example G.B.Shaw is okay as well and most verse plays.

Can you clarify what you mean by a monologue of size and intensity?

  • A monologue of heightened emotion, stakes, and passion. We want to see that you can handle the intensity of the play with truthful commitment.

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