Nutley Little Theatre announces auditions for

by Tom Stoppard

directed by L.A. Mars

Sunday, June 16th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Monday, June 17th, 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Wednesday, June 19th, 6:00pm – 10:00pm


Fri, Sept. 13, 8:00pm
Sat, Sept. 14, 8:00pm
Sun, Sept. 15, 2:00pm
Fri, Sept. 20, 8:00pm
Sat, Sept. 21, 8:00pm
Sun, Sept 22, 2:00pm
Thurs, Sept. 26, 8:00pm
Fri, Sept. 27, 8:00pm
Sat, Sept. 28, 2:00pm
Sat, Sept. 28, 8:00pm

1917: World War I has shattered Europe to pieces, but Zürich remains untouched. In this small, warless haven, unlikely figures congregate – an Irish poet, a Romanian absurdist, and the future leader of the Soviet Union. Henry Carr knew them all – or so he claims. Years later, through the filter of The Importance of Being Earnest and an addled mind, he tells the story of these unexpected crossroads.

Character Breakdown:
HENRY CARR. (Male, 30s-60s, Lead)
Our unreliable narrator, a British gentleman sent to Zürich during The Great War. Appears both as an old man and his youthful, dapper self. As an old man, his recollection of events is spotty at best.

TRISTAN TZARA. (Male, 20s, Lead)

A Romanian poet and essayist. Founder of the Dadaist movement. A boyish and charming (his word).

JAMES JOYCE. (Male, 30s-40s, Supporting)

An Irish novelist best-known for his novel, Ulysses. A careless dresser.

 (Male, 40s-50s, Supporting)
The Russian revolutionary, currently hiding in Zurich to evade arrest. Russian-speaking role.

NADYA KRUPSKAYA. (Female 40s-50s,  Supporting)
Lenin’s wife, the woman who supported him through thick and thin. Russian-speaking role.

GWENDOLEN CARR. (Female, 20s, Supporting)
Henry’s younger sister. Young, attractive, and a force to be reckoned with. Singing role.

CECILY CARRUTHERS. (Female, 20s, Supporting)
Also young and attractive, and even more a force to be reckoned with. Also appears as her older self. Singing role.

BENNETT. (Male, 40s-70s, Supporting)
Henry’s manservant. A proper butler. Dignified and opinionated.

Audition Instructions:

All applicants must choose one of the provided monologues to perform. Hard copies will be available on site. Monologue choices are noted, however we do not require auditioners to read material specific to their desired role(s). We will cast based on the roles you note on your sheet, as well as our own intuition.

Casting will be gender-blind and color-conscious. The production team welcomes actors of all identities to apply.

Booking audition appointments is not required. Walk-ups are welcome, prior notification of attendance is encouraged. Physical copies of headshots are appreciated, but not required.

At callbacks:

  • Applicants invited to read for LENIN or NADYA will be asked to read a small excerpt of Russian. You do not need to be fluent in Russian – however, some of the Lenins’ lines are written in their native language, and some understanding of the rhythm/pronunciation of Russian is helpful in tackling the role.
  • Applicants invited to read for CECILY or GWENDOLEN will be asked to prepare 16-32 bars from a Jazz Age musical.

We are glad to field any questions regarding this process. Contact director L.A. Mars ( and CC Stage Manager Erin Sabat ( to inquire further.

TRAVESTIES – Audition Monologues

TRAVESTIES – Russian Excerpt





** Updated September 20, 2022 **

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