Six Characters in Search of an Author

By Pirandello

Directed by David Kesnar

Produced by University Theatre (UW-Madison) at U.W. Vilas Hall, 821 University Avenue, Madison

Performances: October 11-28, 2018

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


Looking for YOUTH actors. University of Wisconsin Department of Theatre and Drama is looking for young actors to perform in 6 Characters in Search of an Author. Looking for one 6-8 year girl (could be a small 10 year old) and one 12-14 year old boy.

In Pirandello’s brilliant ground breaking work, Six Characters in Search of an Author, two of the characters are children. The GIRL should appear 6-8 and the BOY is a young teen. They are silent but are pivotal in the overall dramatic structure and final climax. This is a play about the tension between reality and illusion and the children meet tragic endings at the end of the play to illustrate the power of Illusion over an audience. The girl enacts the illusion of drowning and the boy enacts taking his own life with a gun in response to his sisters death, but then they immediately appear whole and alive to strikingly start the story over again a few pages later at the end of the play. We watch these two children willfully and seemingly innocently set up this illusion in the background as the play progresses. There is nothing gratuitous about the childrens’ deaths - They enact their own deaths to provide a cautionary tale but also point out the power of theatre to provide its audience with a cathartic experience. We are looking for young performers who are strong physical performers, have mature outlooks, and understand the power of stillness, silence, are responsive to the world around them, and who are looking to be a part of a new production of a play that when first performed in 1921 changed the face of theatre.

Both roles will be DOUBLE-CAST.

Siblings & Identical Twins are encouraged to audition.

Additional information about the roles, rehearsals, and auditions can be found here: