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Monday, October 1, 4 - 8PM
at the Wells Theatre 
108 E. Tazewell Street, Norfolk

The Virginia Stage Company is seeking Equity actors to fill the brilliant cast of Toni Morrison’s beloved novel turned theatrical play, The Bluest Eye.

About the Project:

Adapted from Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison’s first novel, this play explores race and class during the post-Great Depression era. Young Pecola Breedlove prays for Shirley Temples’ blue eyes, sure that love and acceptance will follow; but for a young black girl in Ohio in the 1940’s, fitting in is easier wished for than done. This poetic narrative illuminates the destructive powers of racism, colorism, and how the dynamics of family and community can lift us up or tear us down. Produced in collaboration with Norfolk State University Theatre Company.

Note: Before seeking, The skin tone of several characters is central to the play's storyline. Also note: The children--Claudia, Frieda/Darlene, Pecola, and Maureen--are played by adults 18+. Note that the actors do not need to look like children or teenagers, and this is a non-literal interpretation. There are other characters (Women 1, 2, 3, and 4) which will be doubled by the actors cast in any of the other roles.


Claudia - Female identifying, 18+; African-American. Precocious, sensitive girl; she must be able to move gracefully between the innocence of youth and the wisdom of the narrator who has lived through it all; dexterity with direct address a must.

Pecola - Female identifying, 18+ ; African-American. A shy, quiet, resigned and somewhat pained presence; she should be completely innocent; we must love her and want to take care of her, but not pity her; perhaps there is a certain quiet pride that won’t let us tip over into pity; it is imperative that she have very dark brown skin.

Mrs. Breedlove - Female identifying, 40s; African-American. An older version of Pecola, also has a dark brown complexion; painfully shy and insecure, and still very adept at addressing the audience.

Frieda/Darlene - Female identifying, 18+; African-American. Claudia’s older sister; somewhat more practical than Claudia; possibly more stern, slightly less personable

Cholly - Male identifying, 40s; African-American. Mrs. Breedlove’s age, the shell of a man who may have been physically impressive at one time, dark brown complexion.

Maureen Peal/White Girl - Female identifying, 18+; light-skinned Mixed Race - African-American. Very pretty; more complicated than merely “snotty”; she is a real person, as complicated as the other characters.

Mama - Female identifying, 40s; African American. She possesses an imposing presence. She loves her children and this should be evident despite her stern manner.

Soaphead Church - Male identifying, 40s; Mixed Race - African American Charismatic, off, charming, mature.

Auditions for Equity Actors by appointment only. Please send email titled ‘Bluest Eye Audition - Desired Role’ to auditions@vastage.org to schedule an audition slot. Please come prepared to read all sides associated with your desired role, sides can be downloaded here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I audition for a Virginia Stage Company production?
Virginia Stage Company employs both Equity (LOA referencing LORT) and Non Equity Performers.  All positions are paid. Non Equity pay ranges depending on the role.

Q. How often are auditions held?
Auditions are held throughout our season, typically beginning in August. The best way to know when auditions happen is to sign up for email notifications, see below. (You will only receive emails about upcoming auditions.) 

Q: What do I prepare for the audition?
For individual show auditions, please prepare the side that is appropriate for your character. We will provide a reader to interact with you when presenting your audition. While you are not required to have the lines memorized, we recommend that you at least be highly familiar with them. Make sure to check individual audition listings for recommended sides and show-specific requirements.    

Q: What if I can’t make it to the audition?
If you absolutely cannot make it to the audition, video submissions will be accepted. E-Mail audition@vastage.org for more information.

Q: Can I send you my headshot/resume?
Yes please! E-mail it to audition@vastage.org with the title of the show you are interested in as the subject line – or mail it to the theatre: Virginia Stage Company, PO Box 3770, Norfolk, VA 23514.

Q: What if I do not have a headshot/resume?
We will be taking a photo of you with your audition number at the auditions, but we’d always appreciate a good quality & recent shot of you in lieu of a professional headshot. If you do not have a resume, there will be a space on our audition form for you to fill out any theatre experience you may have.

For specific inquiries, please contact audition@vastage.org.

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