Scenes from an Execution

By Howard Barker

Directed by Christopher William Wolter

‘Wonderful. Howard Barker’s play is a marvel - a philosophical, funny and wise tight-rope act. It blew me away.' – The Times (U.K.)

Commissioned to paint a vast canvas celebrating the triumphant Battle of Lepanto, the free-spirited Galactia creates instead a breathtaking scene of war-torn carnage. In her fierce determination to stay true to herself, she alienates the authorities and faces incarceration. Her younger lover Carpeta is approached to take over and seizes the assignment for himself.

Howard Barker’s Scenes from an Execution makes sixteenth-century Venice the setting for a fearless exploration of sexual politics and the timeless tension between personal ambition and moral responsibility, between the patron’s demands and the artist’s autonomy.

You can read the play here:

Produced by Mercury Players Theater at The MercLab, 930 North Fair Oaks Avenue, Madison, WI 53714

Performances: July 17-25, 2015

Performance Times:
Friday, July 17th and Saturday, July 18th at 7:00pm
Friday, July 24th and Saturday, July 25th at 7:00pm

Ticket Prices:

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


Seeking 8 actors, 20s-60s, (3 Women, 5 Men) to play 18 roles with significant doubling.

Description of major characters here:

Auditions will be held in the Mercury Lab Theater Sunday, May 24th, 6:00pm to 9:00pm. With callbacks held Tuesday, May 26th at 7:00pm. If auditioners cannot be present for either the auditions or the callbacks they should contact Christopher William Wolter ASAP to set up an alternate audition time.

To audition, please sign up for a 5 minute time slot:
Please do what you can to arrive early for your slot.

Auditioners are strongly encouraged to prepare a short (1-2min) dramatic monologue as well as bring a resume and headshot. All actors will be considered regardless of preparation. Cold readings will be available.

About the Director: Christopher William Wolter is a playwright and director and a new member of the Madison theatre scene. Recently he directed Death of a Salesman for Strollers Theatre Company at the Bartell. Previously his plays have been produced and he has worked in the theatre in Colorado, Wyoming and the United Kingdom.