The Widowmaker

By Malissa Petterson

Directed by John Siewert

Caledonia is warrior to a society out of time and the heir apparent to leading her people. Lily is an introverted bibliophile recovering from an accident by retreating into books and music.

Until, that is, Caledonia wakes - in a hospital bed with a shocked Lily at her side.

Be it divine intervention, a glitch in the space-time continuum, or something in between, these two women are thrown together - but for what purpose?

This dramedy explores the conflicting societal expectations of female-bodied people, as well as the consistent and often crushing pressure to “have it all.” This show contains bloody violence, nudity, and some sexual situations.

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

Performances: July 19 - August 10, 2019

Performance Times:
Thursday, Friday, Saturdays at 8pm.

Ticket Prices: Pay what you can

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


Auditions will be held at 7pm at the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center, 953 Jenifer St. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Please bring a calendar to mark down conflicts.

Broom Street Theater seeks 5W, 2M for The Widowmaker, a split-screen fever dream written by Malissa Petterson and directed by John Siewert.

Character Breakdown:
-LILY (F – late 20s to late 30s): a nurse, currently admitted to the hospital for an unknown accident, dry and somewhat cynical, close to giving up.
-CALEDONIA (F – 20s to 30s): a warrior destined to take over leading her community, simultaneously mature and child-like.
-EUNICE (F – 20s to 30s): a warrior in Caledonia’s brigade, a talented healer, little control over her emotions.
-MAIREAD (F – 20s to 30s): another warrior, well-known for her violent prowess on the battlefield, Caledonia's sister, witty and charming.
-THE MAGDA (F – 40s to 50s): the current leader of Caledonia's community, strongly believes in the traditional way of her people, stoic.
-ATTICUS (M – 20s to 30s): a brilliant magic user, Caledonia's betrothed, in love with Eunice despite its illegality, an unlikely rebel.
-ASA (M – 20s to 30s): a gatherer, Atticus' brother, Caledonia's forbidden love, honest and hardworking, the soul of a poet.
-HARRISON (M – late 20s to late 30s): a young doctor, friends with Lily, desperate to help his friend and keep the cause of her accident private, a false optimist.
-JOSEPHINE (F – late 20s to late 30s): a witchy barista, works in the hospital coffee shop, friends with Lily, Harrison’s sister, a true optimist.
-REAPER (M – age unknown): the leader of a rival division, seems to have a personal vendetta against Caledonia.
**The roles of Reaper and Harrison will be played by the same actor.**

**Due to the physical demands of the roles, as well as actor comfort during an intimate scene, the parts of Caledonia and Asa have been previously cast.**

If you have questions, please contact director John Siewert at