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Jane Austen's Lady Susan

Saturday, March 2


Stageworks Theatre announces an open audition call for its next show of the 2023/2024 season, Jane Austen's Lady Susan by Rob Urbinati.

Jane Austen’s comic novella about a young widow’s brilliant scheming in turn-of-the-century English society comes to life in Rob Urbinati’s delightfully witty stage adaptation. Lady Susan flees London and arrives at the country home of her obliging brother-in-law and his suspicious wife. Soon to come – uninvited – are an eligible suitor, her willful daughter, her chatty confidante, and a dimwitted bachelor. Lady Susan schemes, but all dies not go according to plan as she and her daughter become rivals for the same man.

Auditions are open to the community and parts may be cast with actors of any ethnicity.  All actors are required to be at least 17 years old at the time of auditions. Roles may be cast without callbacks. 



Saturday, March 2, 10-12pm 

  • Actors sign up for a specific time slot at time of registration. 

  • Unable attend auditions? We’ll accept video auditions no later than March 1.  Please register as instructed and submit a Vimeo or YouTube audition link as part of the registration (please provide password if needed).

  • Callbacks will be held Sunday, March 3 from 6pm-9pm AND/OR Monday, March 4, from 7pm-10pm 



Stageworks Theatre, 10760 Grant Road, Houston TX 77070 



Please prepare a one (1) minute comedic monologue AND  one (1) of excerpts below in Standard RP British dialect . 


Male-Presenting Actors:

Reginald: You endeavored to put me against her, but I reveled in the scandalous tales. And now, having spent time with her amidst the shrubbery, I am pleased to report that I was unable to detect the smallest impropriety in her manner. She displayed nothing of vanity or pretension. Lady Susan is not at all the woman you suppose.


Female-Presenting Actors:

Lady Susan: Since I lost my husband, I have been entirely devoted to Frederica. My sole desire is for her to be in possession of a fortunate establishment when she is wed. I make no apologies- it is also what her father wished. Sir James is a man of amiable disposition and excellent character, and in every respect, a good match for the girl. That is the reason I encourage her to consider him. It is all I ask.



First rehearsal is Monday, March 4 or Tuesday, March 5, 2024. In general rehearsals will be Mon-Thurs, 7-10pm 

Tech/Dress Schedule: 

  • Monday, April 15, 6-1030pm 

  • Tuesday, April 16, 6-1030pm 

  • Wednesday, April 17, 6-1030pm 

  • Thursday, April 18, 6-1030pm 



  • Friday, April 19 at 7:30pm 

  • Saturday, April 20 at 7:30pm 

  • Sunday, April 21 at 3pm 

  • Thursday, April 25 at 7:30pm 

  • Friday, April 26 at 7:30pm 

  • Saturday, April 27 at 7:30pm 

  • Sunday, April 28 at 3pm 

  • Thursday, May 2 at 7:30pm 

  • Friday, May 3 at 7:30pm 

  • Saturday, May 4 at 7:30pm 

  • Sunday, May 5 at 3pm 

Additional Rehearsals – there may be pick up rehearsals between performance weekends on Wednesday, April 24 and Wednesday, May 1. These rehearsals will be at the discretion of the director and/or producer. 



Due to the small cast and ensemble nature of this production, it is imperative that each actor have flexible availability. We respectfully ask that conflicts be limited to 2 per cast member. More than that may affect casting eligibility. No conflicts will be accepted after April 8, 2024. 



The creative team is committed to casting practices that advance diversity and inclusion. All ethnicities, types, and abilities will be considered for every role. The genders listed in the breakdown below are specific to the pronouns used in the script. 



Lady Susan – Thirties, female. A handsome, manipulative widow. 

Frederica – Teen (AGE 17+), female. Lady Susan’s cleaver, guileless daughter. 

Charles Vernon – Thirties, male. Lady Susan’s patient, obliging brother-in-law. 

Catherine Vernon – Twenties, female. Charles Vernon’s suspicious wife. 

Reginald De Courcy – Twenties, male. Catherine Vernon’s dashing younger brother. 

Alicia Johnson – Older, female. Lady Susan’s chatty confidante. 

Sir James Martim – AGE 20+, male. Wealthy, dimwitted (possibly overweight) bachelor

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