Auditions: “When We Were Young and Unafraid”


In the early 1970s, before the Violence Against Women Act, Agnes has turned her quiet bed and breakfast into a home where victims of domestic violence can seek refuge. But Agnes is dismayed when her college-bound daughter falls under the influence of the home’s newest arrival.

As the feminist revolution gains momentum outside of her tiny world, Agnes is forced to confront her own presumptions about the women she has spent her life trying to help.

When We Were Young and Unafraid is a provocative dramatic play, and does deal with difficult subjects, including intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and abortion. That said, the playwright has crafted a balanced story that showcases the characters’ humanity, and this is where the beauty of this play shines.

Performances are scheduled on three consecutive weekends, from May 24 to June 9, 2024. Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled for Mondays and Thursdays (7pm) beginning February 5; some dates are subject to change due to other scheduled events, and not all actors will necessarily be called for every scheduled rehearsal. If you have any conflict with these proposed rehearsal days, please note on your audition registration form.


Agnes – early fifties, proprietress of the bed and breakfast. Believes in “tough love” and keeps her own trauma buried deep.

Penny – high school senior (17-18), Agnes’ daughter. Teenage attitude but still naïve in many ways; can’t wait to escape her isolated island life.

Mary Anne – mid-twenties, runaway. Deeply wounded and desperately searching for a Prince Charming to save her.

Paul – mid-thirties, songwriter. He is also running away from a life that no longer suits him; probably a covert narcissist, but would like you to believe that he is a romantic troubadour. This part requires some basic ability to play guitar (nothing very complicated) and sing (think guy playing guitar to woo the girl – his talent is definitely bigger in his mind than in reality).

Hannah – early thirties (to early forties?), traveler. A dreamer looking for a purpose, she is very perceptive, sarcastic and outspoken, and provides much-needed levity. Hannah identifies as a lesbian.

Audition Information

Auditions will be held on January 18 and January 21 at 7pm at the Firehall Theatre. If needed, callbacks will be held on Monday, January 22 at 7pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early to complete the audition registration form, and for a quick headshot.

This audition requires no advance preparation, but the following sides are available for those interested to review them; group will be reading from these scenes as part of the audition:

Homework (p.7-8)

The Interview (p.11-12)

Looking for work (p.17)

Girl Talk (p. 19-20)

Introductions (p.26)

Please RSVP via email to Director Anne-Marie Bouthillette at, indicating your name, which role(s) you would like to be considered for, and which night you will be coming. If you are available for either date, please also advise, as we may need to make some scheduling choices to ensure we have a balanced group for each night.