AUDITIONS: The Violet Hour

presented by: Red Octopus Theatre Company

Starts:Saturday, September 22, 2018  10:00 AMEnds:Saturday, September 22, 2018  1:30 PM



Newport Performing Arts Center

777 W. Olive Street
Newport, OR 97365

Event Description:

Announcing open auditions for THE VIOLET HOUR by Tony Award-winning playwright Richard Greenberg

Red Octopus Theatre Company and director Cody Larsen announce open auditions for their upcoming production of Richard Greenberg’s “The Violet Hour” on Saturday September 22nd, 2018 in the Studio Theater at the Newport Performing Arts Center – 777 W Olive Street, Newport. One female and three male actors are sought.

About the play: John, a fledgling World War I-era publisher, struggles to choose his imprint's first title. He has two manuscripts but lacks the funds to publish both. His difficult decision – whether to publish his lover's memoir or the novel written by his best friend – is further complicated by the arrival of a mysterious machine… a machine that produces pages predicting the future of the play's protagonists, affecting their lives and relationships in haunting and unexpected ways. Written by the Tony Award-winning playwright of Take Me Out, The Violet Hour is a brilliant, whimsical play – as entertaining as it is thought-provoking.

About the production: Rehearsals begin mid-December, 2018 - break for the holidays - then resume mid-January, 2019. Performances run March 1-17, 2019 (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and one Thursday performance March 14th) at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Auditions on Saturday, September 22 are open to the. Those auditioning should be prepared to read from the script. (Audition sides available at Callbacks – as needed – are by invitation only and will be held the following day, Sunday September 23rd, at 5:00pm.


John Pace Seavering (M, mid-twenties): Recent college graduate, trying to start his own publishing company without his father's money. He has just enough money to publish one book and set his company on the right path. He wants to do good in the world.

Denis “Denny” McCleary (M, mid-twenties): John's best friend from college, the starving artist type. He has written his magnus opus, its the only book necessary (it does after all, take up several crates) and he wants John to publish it to prove to the father of his girlfriend that he is worth something. This is his only chance at happiness.

Rosamund Plinth (F, early to mid-twenties): A socialite, Denny's would-be fiancée. Her (very) wealthy father intends her to marry a (very) wealthy young man but she has her heart set on Denny, if he can prove that something will come of him.

Gidger (M, ageless): John's secretary, feeling wholly unappreciated in his own right. The first to discover the machine and the first to realize what is really going on.

Also featuring Karlia Bertness as Jessie Brewster: a strong-willed Jazz singer who takes no guff and isn't afraid to shy away from the truth. She is John's mistress and she has written her autobiography that she wants him to publish.

Those who wish to be considered but are not available on the audition date may contact the director at to request an alternate audition appointment (these may be available but are not guaranteed). Learn more at

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