Theatre Auditions


In light of Covid-19 restrictions, BU Theatre is going digital. This semester, we'll be performing a new play written for digital platforms, ASKING STRANGERS THE MEANING OF LIFE by William Missouri Downs (live-streamed performances in October) and we'll be rehearsing David Auburn's PROOF (live-streamed performances in January). Summaries of both plays are below.

Auditions for both shows will be held in-person on August 20 at 6:30 p.m. following the Theatre Program's annual Kickoff Event (5 p.m.) The kick off takes place in the big tent behind Alumni Hall and the auditions will take place in the Wyatt Hall Black Box beginning at 6:30 p.m. Because of Covid-19 restrictions, we will be following strict social distancing procedures for the in person auditions, in order to audition YOU MUST SIGN UP FOR A SLOT ONLINE (

We will also be holding virtual auditions via teams on August 21 at 6:30 p.m. Please sign up for a virtual slot online as space is limited (

These auditions will feature monologues and/or scenes drawn from the two plays. A reader will read with you in the space and you are welcome to prepare in advance. Materials will be sent via email on August 18 to everyone who signed up for a slot.

About the Plays:

ASKING STRANGERS THE MEANING OF LIFE: A Pandemic Comedy by William Missouri Downs

When a writer meets the ghost of Franz Kafka, it sets off an existential chain of events forcing the cast to confront the meaning of life. This pandemic comedy asks the question, can we justify our existence, or is life just an absurd zoom meeting?

Casting Needs: 6-8 any age/gender/race
Rehearsals begin the week of August 26
Tech and Performances run October 10-18

PROOF by David Auburn

On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father’s who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness—or genius—will she inherit?

Casting needs: 2 women, 2 men, any age/race
Rehearsals begin TBA
Performances January 2021