Preferred by Discreet Women Everywhere - Auditions & call for Asst. Director

This October, Freshwater Theatre will present Preferred by Discreet Women Everywhere, an original comedy by Co-Artistic Director Ruth Virkus, directed by Nicole Wilder.

Preferred by Discreet Women Everywhere is series of three one act plays that invite us into the most public, yet intimate, of settings: a women’s restroom. Poignant and hilarious, these plays are set in the posh bathroom of an upscale Minneapolis bistro where people celebrate life’s big moments, and encounter various crossroads in their lives – moments of celebration, distress, and transition. Sometimes all three.

We are looking to put together an ensemble of 8 women to bring these stories to life. The roles are open to actors of all ethnicities and ages, from teens through age 60.  The major roles are as follows:

Mary- 30- a local morning news anchor who is moving up to a cable news position; her upbringing and focused ambition means she's confident in her work, but rather sheltered and inexperienced in a lot of other areas of life. 

Lauren- 30- Mary's former classmate and the "most likely to succeed" of their graduating year. Her ambitions have changed over the years, and her intellect and management skills are now focused on her children.

Siobhan- mid to late 30s- Lauren's husband's twin sister. Unlike Mary and Lauren, her life has been messy on purpose. She's what they call a "free spirit," but she'd like to slap anyone who calls her that. 

Lucy- 15-18- she's more grown up than she ought to be for her age, and naturally an old soul, but she's loving and playful. Jane is her best friend, but she's not eager to have her as a step mother.

Jane- 30-45- Jane is Lucy's father's current girlfriend. She never wanted to be a mother, but she and Lucy immediately bonded, and in spite of herself, she thinks it's time to settle down.

Lydia- 47-60+ (age flexible) Newly divorced after nearly 30 years, she attempted the sexual adventures she never got to have, with disastrous results. She's now trapped in the restroom with a soaking wet blouse and no cell reception. (This role does require the actress to be comfortable wearing just a bra for a top onstage; full skirt or pants on bottom.) 

Julia- early 20s- a nice young woman celebrating her engagement at the restaurant

Bonnie/ensemble- 40+

Auditions will take place Sunday, June 3 from 1:00-5:00pm, and will consist of readings of sides from the script.

**If that time frame absolutely will not work for you, but you would still like to audition, please contact us**

Callbacks will take place Monday, June 4 beginning at 6:00pm.

Auditions will be held at Hennepin Square, 2021 E. Hennepin Avenue.

Rehearsals will begin in mid-September, with the specific date depending on cast and crew schedules. A $100 stipend will be paid at the end of the run. 

Tech rehearsals and performances will take place at the new Crane Theater in NE Minneapolis.

Tech week: 
October 8-12, 2018 

October 13-28, 2018

If you would like to schedule an audition, please email with your preferred audition date and time. We will attempt to schedule you in a five minute slot as close to that time as possible, and will get a confirmation back to you within 24 hours. Please bring a headshot and resume with you when you come to audition, and be prepared to list your conflicts for the rehearsal period.

We are also looking to hire an assistant director for this project, to work with Ms. Wilder throughout the process. For this position, we're looking for a female identifying emerging director, be they an artist looking to move to directing from another artistic discipline, or an early career director looking to gain experience under a mentor; you will be taking the lead on one of the three pieces under her guidance. If you would like to be considered for this position, please send your resume to us at There is a small stipend for this position.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Contact information

Freshwater Theatre
Ruth Virkus
Web site

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Sunday, June 3
Posted May 15