Auditions for Day of Absence

Hole in the Wall Theater in New Britain will hold auditions for Douglas Turner Ward’s, Day of Absence directed by Laurie Maria Cabral on Sunday, May 15th at 5:00 p.m., Monday, May 16th at 7:00 p.m., and callbacks, Tuesday, May 17th at 7:00 p.m. at 116 Main Street, New Britain, CT 06051. The first read-through rehearsal is Sunday, May 22, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.
Auditions for Day of Absence are open to all people of color. There are 25 different roles with 8men and 6 women, however, at least 10 roles will be gender neutral. Roles will be doubled/tripled. Cast members will wear half face masks. All roles are played by and open to all people of color.

The plot is as follows:
“A satire about an imaginary Southern town where all the black people have suddenly disappeared. The only ones left are sick and lying in hospital beds, refusing to get well. Infants are crying because they are being tended to by strange parents. The Mayor pleads for the President, Governor, and the NAACP to send him “a jackpot of jigaboos.” On a nationwide radio network, he calls on the blacks, wherever they are, to come back. He shows them the cloths with which they wash cars and the brushes with which they shine shoes as sentimental reminders of the goodies that await them. In the end, the blacks begin to reappear, as mysteriously as they had vanished, and the white community, sobered by what has transpired, breathes a sigh of relief at the return of the rather uneasy status quo. What will happen next is left unsaid, but the suggestion is strong that things will never quite be the same again.”

ditions for Day of Absence will be held on the dates listed above in person at Hole in the Wall Theater (116 Main Street, New Britain, CT 06051) with potential call backs to be held on Tuesday, May 17th. All potential cast members must:

  • Have a working and reliable source of transportation.
  • Be COVID vaccinated.
  • Attend at least one (1) general meeting at the theater (held on the second Wednesday of each month, unless previously changed).
  • Attend at least one (1) work call for the set.
  • Attend two set strikes, which will be held the Sunday, May 29, 2022, and Sunday, July 31,2022, following the run of the show.

Resumes and headshots are welcome, but not necessarily required to gain a spot in the show. Applicants will be asked to list prior acting/performance experience on the application form. Monologues are also not required, as sides from the script will be provided. The show dates of Day of Absence will be on Fridays and Saturdays July 15th to July 30th with one (1) Sunday matinee on July 24th.