Barre Players Announces Auditions
for Brian Friel's Award Winning Drama


Barre Players Theater, 64 Common Street, Barre, Massachusetts

Please contact the director, Diana Canterbury at or 978.355.2017
to schedule your one-hour audition appointment within one of the these time slots...

Saturday, January 14, Noon - 3pm
Sunday, January 15, 1pm - 5pm
Tuesday, January 17, 6pm - 9pm
Snow date or overflow appointments (if needed) will be Thursday, January 19, 6pm - 9pm 

Callbacks (if needed) will be held on Tuesday, January 23, 6pm - 9pm

  In case of questions about weather cancellations, contact the director.

  If you are unable to audition at the times offered, contact the director
Diana Canterbury at for a special appointment.
At the audition, actors will be asked to read two or three scenes from the script.
While no specific preparation is required, it is a good idea to read the script before the auditions.
A perusal copy of the script will be on reserve at the Woods Memorial Library in Barre
It may also be purchased online at Amazon or Dramatists Play Service. 

There will be three rehearsals each week, starting in early March. Two rehearsals will be on weeknights
with one rehearsal on either Saturday or Sunday, depending on preference of the majority of the cast.
Additional rehearsals will be scheduled during the ten days prior to opening.
Actors will be provided with a detailed rehearsal schedule at the first rehearsal.
​Performance dates are May 19 - 28. 

Audition forms will be available at the theater - or - you can save time by bringing a completed form with you to your audition.​
Five female characters, ages 20-40.    Three males. (1 in his 30's, 1 is 50ish, 1 is around 40, but flexible)​

   Winner of the 1992 Tony Award for Best Play, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Broadway Play
and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play
This extraordinary play is the story of five unmarried sisters eking out their lives in a small village in Ireland in l936.
We meet them at the time of the festival of Lughnasa, which celebrates the pagan god of the harvest with drunken revelry and dancing.
Their spare existence is interrupted by brief, colorful bursts of music from the radio, their only link to the romance and hope of the world at large.
The action of the play is told through the memory of the illegitimate son of one of the sisters as he remembers the five women who raised him,
his mother and four maiden aunts. He is only seven in 1936, the year his elderly uncle, a priest, returns after serving for twenty-five years
as a missionary in a Ugandan leper colony. For the young boy, two other disturbances occur that summer. The sisters acquire their first radio,
whose music transforms them from correct Catholic women to shrieking, stomping banshees in their own kitchen. And he meets his father
for the first time, a charming Welsh drifter who strolls up the lane and sweeps his mother away in an elegant dance across the fields.
From these small events spring the cracks that destroy the foundation of the family forever.
Questions?  Email director Diana Canterbury at