Audition Notice: Persephone Productions seeks cast and creatives for “Blue Stockings”

Persephone Productions is looking for cast and creative team members for its upcoming fall 2019 production of “Blue Stockings” written by Jessica Swale and directed by Gabrielle Soskin.


REHEARSALS: September 3, 2019 – October 17, 2019
PERFORMANCES: October 17-27, 2019
SHOW VENUE: Studio Jean-Valcourt du Conservatoire

Blue Stockings follows the story of four young women fighting for education and self-determination against the larger backdrop of women’s suffrage written by director and writer, Jessica Swale.

1896. Girton College, Cambridge, the first college in Britain to admit women. The Girton girls study ferociously and match their male peers grade for grade. Yet, when the men graduate, the women leave with nothing but the stigma of being a ‘blue stocking’ – an unnatural, educated woman. They are denied degrees and go home unqualified and unmarriable.

In Swale’s play, Tess Moffat and her fellow first years are determined to win the right to graduate. But little do they anticipate the hurdles in their way: the distractions of love, the cruelty of the class divide or the strength of the opposition, who will do anything to stop them. The play follows them over one tumultuous academic year, in their fight to change the future of education.

“The Girton Girls”, all in their 20’s
TESS MOFFAT, a curious girl, 20’s
CELIA WILLBOND, a fragile hard-worker, 20’s
CAROLYN ADDISON, an early bohemian, 20’s
MAEVE SULLIVAN, a mystery, 20’s

“The Boys”, all in their 20’s
RALPH MAYHEW, a student at Trinity
LLOYD, a student at Trinity
HOLMES, a student at Trinity
EDWARDS, a student at Trinity
WILL BENNETT, a student at King’s; friend of Tess

“The Staff”, all in their 30’s-50’s, but open to being played by younger
ELIZABETH WELSH, Mistress of Girton College
DR. MAUDLSEY, renown psychiatrist
MR. BANKS, lecturer at Girton and Trinity
MISS BLAKE, a lecturer at Girton
PROFESSOR COLLINS, a lecturer at Trinity
PROFESSOR ANDERSON, a lecturer at Trinity
PROFESSOR RADLEIGH, a board member at Trinity
MINNIE, a housemaid
MR. PECK, the gardener and maintenance man
MISS BOTT, a chaperone

“The Others”
BILLY SULLIVAN, Maeve’s brother, 20’s
MRS. LINDLEY, shopkeeper in the haberdashery, 20’s-30’s

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