Saturday, April 15

Maiden Phoenix Theatre Company and Simple Machine announce auditions for a co-production of OR, by Liz Duffy Adams, directed by Adrienne Boris.

Auditions will take place at Chelsea Theatre Works in Chelsea, MA on Saturday April 15 from 12PM-4PM. Callbacks (and alternate audition date) will be Monday April 17 from 6-10PM.

The production will take place at the Apollinaire Black Box at Chelsea Theatre Works from September 9-24 (Thursday-Sunday shows with Sunday matinees.) Tech week runs from Labor Day September 5 until September 9. Rehearsals will also take place at Chelsea Theatre Works, beginning July 25. Exact rehearsal schedule to be determined based on company members’ schedules.

We are seeking non-union candidates only and are offering a stipend.


Casting Breakdown

NELL GWYNNE and others/ — All ethnicities – 20s-30s

One of the first actresses on the English stage, known especially for her comic timing. Nell is potty-mouthed, impulsive, and seductive. This actress will also play Maria, an exaggeratedly cranky older servant, Lady Davenant, a sharp and snooty aristocrat, and a bawdy male jailer. Role requires excellent comic chops and physicality.

CHARLES II and WILLIAM SCOTT/ — All ethnicities – 30s +

Charles II — King of England, regal, but a little at sea in the monarch job description. A little bit of a lady-killer but ultimately rather polite. Playful.

William — A practiced spy, often on guard, from a different world than the court with a kind of animal magnetism

Role also requires comic chops and physicality.




How to Audition

Please prepare a 1-2 minute contemporary monologue, preferably one that is physical, comedic and/or from a play using some kind of heightened text. Callbacks will consist of reading selected sides from the play. Please bring one copy of your headshot and resume, affixed together. To sign up for an audition slot, please e-mail


“Or, takes place (mostly) during one night in the life of Aphra Behn, poet, spy, and soon to be  first professional female playwright. Sprung from debtors’ prison after a disastrous overseas mission, Aphra is desperate to get out of the spy trade. She has a shot at a production at one of only two London companies, if she can only finish her play by morning despite interruptions from sudden new love, actress Nell Gwynne; complicated royal love, King Charles II; and very dodgy ex-love, double-agent William Scott—who may be in on a plot to murder the king in the morning. Can Aphra save Charles’ life, win William a pardon, resist Nell’s charms, and launch her career, all in one night?” — from playwright Liz Duffy Adams’ website.

About Maiden Phoenix

Stories about Women: Where we are, where we were, and where we are going. Maiden Phoenix is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit theatre company, committed to giving opportunities to female theater artists, onstage and off, by having at least 51% female involvement in all aspects. We focus on plays that tell women’s stories, past, present, and future, in the hopes of breaking down stereotypes, breaking through barriers, and reaching a more equal world.

About Simple Machine

Simple Machine makes theatre for artists and audiences. Simple machines are the essential building blocks of every complex mechanical device that moves and changes the world around us. Character, language, and action are the essential elements at the heart of all theatre. By focusing on these fundamentals, Simple Machine makes theatre that is engaging, accessible, and affordable.

Chelsea Theatre Works
189 Winnisimmet St, Chelsea, MA 02150