Our Home States - Year One

By various

Directed by Bernie Hein, Brent Holmes, Jan Levine Thal, Robyn Norton, and Kathleen Tissot

There are all sorts of states. States of matter, states of being. And here in this country, we’ve got 50 supposedly united states.

Funny how those boundaries can create states of mind.

Cross a river. Cross a highway. Go over an imaginary, arbitrary line.

Suddenly, you’re in a different world. Different laws. That crime you just committed on the other side of the line can’t be prosecuted here. That vice you couldn’t indulge over there is a virtue over here.

Lie down in the desert, and each limb can be in a different jurisdiction.

We’re embarking on a four-year short play project to try and make sense of states.

Every summer, for the next four years, we’re going to run a short play festival based on the states.

We asked writers from all over the country to submit short plays that tell us something about where they’re from. This summer, we’re doing 12 states from right here in the Midwest.

Produced by Broom Street Theater at Broom Street Theater, 1119 Williamson Street, Madison

Performances: July 21 - August 12, 2023

Performance Times:
Thurs - Saturday 8pm

Ticket Prices: TBA

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


We’re looking for a flexible cast, willing to play multiple roles. We’re not worried about gender or age or race or type or ethnicity or experience. ALL are welcome to audition. Even if you’ve never set foot on a stage before – we’ve got a journey for you.


Auditions will take place at Broom Street Theater (1119 Williamson Street) on June 12 and 13 from 7pm – 8pm. Please be on time for a 7pm start.

Auditions will consist of some cold readings and some improv exercises. We will strive for a supportive, non-competitive audition environment. There are DOZENS of roles we’re looking to plug you into. We’re rooting for you to succeed!

If you cannot make it to the auditions, but are still interested, email board@bstonline.org , and we’ll come up with an alternate arrangement for you.