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215 St. Paul's Blvd
Norfolk, VA
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The Generic Theater is holding auditions for In The Next Room or the vibrator play
by Sarah Ruhl

Generic TheaterDirected by Chad Gilliland

Monday, April 21, 2014: 7:00 PM
Tuesday, April 22, 2014: 7:00 PM
Wednesday, April 23, 2014: 7:00 PM

PARKING ADVISORY: There is an event in Scope all nights of the audition, so arrive early and plan to park at the mall or on the streets and walk over. Parking Map

Or by special appointment: e-mail contact [at]

Please review the entire notice carefully.

Call Type:
Open Non-Union

Registration is strongly recommended; walk-ins are welcome and will be asked to register. Those pre-registered will be auditioned first.

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Dates and Times of Audition:
Mon., Apr 21 - 7:00pm
Tues., Apr 22 - 7:00pm
Wed., Apr 23 - 7:00pm

Check-in begins 15 minutes prior

Other Dates:
POSSIBLE Callback Date T.B.A.

Peformance Dates:
June 6 - 29, 2014 (Thurs/Fri/Sat 8pm, Sun 2:30 pm)

Rehearsal Dates:
April 28 - June 5 (M-F, 7-10pm, flexible)

Generic Theater downunder Chrysler Hall
215 St. Paul's Blvd, Norfolk, VA

Description & Synopsis

In the Next Room or the vibrator play hovers at the dawn of electricity when enthusiasm for the light bulb gave rise to a handy new instrument to treat female hysteria. Ruhl, with her singular theatrical lyricism, has crafted a masterful new comedy, which went on to become a Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award nominee for Best Play.


Auditioners are asked to read sides from the script.

Auditionees should be prepared to provide a list of all known conflicts during the rehearsal and performance period. Not all dates apply to all roles. A more specific rehearsal schedule will be provided once cast. Currently-scheduled Rehearsal dates/times can be found at

Those interested in auditioning should plan to attend the auditions on one of the three nights. You need only attend one night. Auditionees will be asked to read sides from the script. If callbacks are necessary, you will only need attend if asked by the director.  

If you can't make these audition dates, please e-mail contact [at] We will do our best to accommodate your schedule.

The Characters

4 Women
3 Men

All ethnicities are encouraged to audition!

  • DR. GIVINGS - a man in his forties, a specialist in gynecological and hysterical disorders.
  • CATHERINE GIVINGS - his wife, a woman in her late twenties.
  • SABRINA DALDRY - his patient, a woman in her early thirties.
  • ANNIE - a woman in her late thirties, Dr. Giving's midwife assistant.
  • LEO IRVING - Dr. Giving's other patient, an Englishman in his twenties or thirties (must have an English accent).
  • ELIZABETH - an African-American woman in her early thirties. A wet-nurse by default.
  • MR. DALDRY - Sabrina Daldry's husband, a man in his forties or fifties.

Registration is strongly recommended; walk-ins are welcome and will be asked to register. Those pre-registered will be auditioned first.

Register Now

Please review casting notice carefully. Registration is strongly recommended. Walk-ins are welcome but are not guaranteed a slot and will be seen after all registered participants are seen. By auditioning you acknowledge that performers do not receive an honorarium for this production and agree to abide by Generic Theater's code of conduct.


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Audition FAQs

So you're interested in auditioning and not sure what to expect. Here are some the more common questions we receive. If we do not have the answer to your question here on this website then please send us an email at

Remember the most important thing about auditioning at the Generic Theater is that you have Fun.

Who can audition?  

Ready for this... ANYONE can audition.

Do I need a head shot?  

Headshots and resumes are strongly encouraged.

What should I bring?  

Interested actors are strongly encouraged register for an audition; walk-ins are welcome and will be asked to register. Those pre-registered will be auditioned first. Bring registration confirmation email, your headshot and resume (encouraged but not required), and a list of potential conflicts with you at the determined check-in time.

How do I prepare?  

Electronic scripts are usually available for you to peruse. This will provide you an opportunity to get to know and understand the character(s) that you wish to audition for. We also encourage you to do an internet search to better understand the script.

Please contact us using the information in the audition notice if you are interested in perusing a copy of the script.

What should I expect?  

On the first night of auditions, we ask that you arrive 15 minutes early to give you ample time to complete a short questionaire. The questionaire is designed to let our directors get to know you and your acting strengths.

Upon completing the questionaire, you will be asked to wait in a designated waiting area until you are called into the theater to meet the director. The director may choose to speak with you one-on-one or with a small groups. You will 'cold read' samples taken from the script. You may be asked to read multiple times with different groups of actors. For musicals or plays containing singing, you will be asked to provide a vocal sample; check above for details.

Auditions typically run for two days with a third day reserved for call backs, or in some cases for three days with a weekend callback. Call backs require additional readings from the script and may involve other actors.

This is a mere guideline into what you may expect during an audition. Auditions are conducted by the director, so dates and times may fluctuate. Please check the website or call the theater for the current dates and times of the production you wish to participate.

The only hard rule we have at the Generic Theater is have FUN.

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