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The Art of Martyrdom (A Comedy)
by Rita Anderson
MONDAY APRIL 10, 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
TUESDAY APRIL 11, 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
VIOLET CROWN CITY CHURCH
1300 MORROW ST
AUSTIN, TX 78757
Born 500 years before Shakespeare, the first female playwright of the Western world, Hrosvitha, wrote from behind the walls of a convent, under the disapproving gaze of her superiors who tried to ensure that no one would ever hear of her--and they almost succeeded.
Assigned to document the history of her 10th century convent at Gandersheim, Hrosvitha aspired for more, creating secret plays in her “spare” time. With the help of an irreverent Muse, Hrosvitha unleashes a secret playfulness and pens closet dramas that broke with tradition to break through the constraints of the time. If you haven’t heard of Hrosvitha before, you will now.
While based on real events, THE ART OF MARTYRDOM (A Comedy) is a tale with a comic, magic-realism bent, and its new eyes on an old world telling will resonate with contemporary audiences.
CASTING THE FOLLOWING ROLES:
4 WOMEN AGES 25-45
1 MAN AGE 35-60
Hrosvitha: 10th century nun, first woman playwright, has a Muse that only she can see
Sr. Agatha: Hrosvitha’s nemesis who would like nothing better than to get Hrosvitha in trouble with the Mother Abbess, actress also plays one of the school girls
Bishop: church authority who reads Hrosvitha’s work, pompous
Woman: woman of the streets who seeks help at the convent, actress must be comfortable with dance and also plays one of the school girls
Servant: sassy and long-suffering, actress also plays one of the school girls
[The roles of the Muse, Mother Abbess, and Sr. Clarice have been pre-cast.]
JUNE 23 – JULY 15, 2023
THE VORTEX, ON MANOR RD
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POC AND ALL ETHNICITIES ENCOURAGED TO AUDITION. WE ARE ACTIVELY SEEKING A DIVERSE CAST!
ACTORS ARE STRONGLY URGED TO READ THE SCRIPT BEFORE THE AUDITIONS. PDF OF THE SCRIPT IS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.