Join us for the first auditions of our 46th season!

Sunday, August 6th, 12:00 p.m. at the Blue Hill Town Hall Theater

Auditions for full-scale production of Tennessee Williams' Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen and staged reading of Mike Bencivenga's new play Billy and Ray, both directed by Robin Jones (director of NST productions of I Hate Hamlet and The Fantasticks).

NST's 46th Season kicks off this fall with a staged reading of a new play and a festival of one-act productions. On Sunday, August 6th, join us for auditions for both the staged reading and one of the four one-act plays (watch for auditions in late August for the remaining one-acts).

The dreamy and poetic Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen tells the story of two people - “Man,” an alcoholic and “Woman,” a dreamer - trapped in a devastatingly dysfunctional relationship, which the audience discovers as they watch the characters interact through the course of a humid afternoon.

Auditions for the following roles:

  • Man - Male (can be 30's-40's). An alcoholic who speaks from a hungover romanticism.
  • Woman - Female (can be 30's-40's). A dreamer who has subsisted on only dreams for much of their relationship.

The new play Billy and Ray explores the writing of the screenplay for Double Indemnity. In April of 1943, Raymond Chandler, the finicky creator of hardboiled detective Philip Marlowe, was hired to assist Billy Wilder, the puckish Austrian writer and director of such future classics as Some Like It Hot and Sunset Boulevard on the screenplay adaptation of James M. Cain's murderous potboiler. Can two artistic geniuses create one of the world's greatest film noirs without driving each other crazy?

Auditions for the following roles:

  • Billy Wilder - Male, 38 (can be 30's-40's). Hollywood writer/director by way of Vienna, Austria. Has an accent and tends to pace. Likes getting a rise out of people.
  • Raymond Chandler - Male, 55 (can be late forties-early sixties). The legendary mystery writer. A bit of an introvert and snob.
  • Joe Sistrum - Male, 32 (can be late twenties-late thirties). A producer at Paramount. Excitable and worried.
  • Helen Hernandez - Female, 27 (can be early twenties-early thirties). Billy Wilder's secretary par excellence. The eye of the storm.

Those auditioning will be asked to read from the scripts for each play. Questions? Contact Producing Director Johannah Blackman at

We hope to see you on August 6th!

About NST Auditions

New Surry Theatre holds auditions multiple times each year. Some directors cast their plays directly from the performing arts school, but many hold open auditions for at least some, if not all, of the roles. In the 45th season, NST is increasing opportunities for actors to get onstage. If you are not cast in the role you want at an audition, there will be other opportunities to get involved. The best way to stay up-to-date on all such opportunities is by joining our email list and following us on facebook.