Audition Notice: Still Life with Iris at Hole in the Wall Theater


The Hole in the Wall Theater (HITW) in New Britain, CT is seeking three children (two female, one male) age 11-15, and up to six adults of any age for Steven Dietz’s fantastical and moving play, Still Life with Iris. Auditions will be held on Sunday, January 24 and Monday, January 25 at 7:00pm at the theater on 116 Main Street in New Britain. Actors need not prepare a monologue. Readings will be from the script.

Directed by Tony Palmieri (New Britain), Still Life with Iris run Fridays and Saturdays from March 25th to April 16th at 8:00pm with a Thursday performance on April 1 at 8:00pm and Sunday matinees on April 3 & 10 at 2:00pm. There will also be one daytime weekday performance (TBD) for school groups. Visit for more information and updates. Please email Tony with any questions at

Still Life with Iris is the first play for young audiences to receive the Kennedy Center’s Fund for New American Plays Award. It is a fantastical adventure which centers on a little girl’s search for the simplest of things: home. Iris lives with her mom in the land of Nocturno—a magical place in which the workers make, by night, all of the things we see in the world by day. Also, in Nocturno, memories do not reside in people’s minds but instead are kept in their coats (called ‘Past Coats’). The rulers of Nocturno, the Great Goods, are determined to have the “best” of everything on their island—and, as Iris is particularly adept at finding things, take Iris away from her home and bring her to Great Island to be their daughter. To ease the pain of this separation, they remove her Past Coat, leaving her with no memory of her home or her family. All that remains of Iris’ past is a single button from her coat. Using the button as a clue, Iris joins with friends she meets on her journey—Annabel Lee (a young woman from the sea) and Mozart (the composer, age 11) as they search for her lost past.