Auditions - The Understudy

Sunday February 13, 2022  |  1 - 4 pm
Tuesday, February 15, 2022   |   6 - 9 pm

The Understudy by Theresa Rebeck

Auditions for The Understudy will take place Sunday, February 13 from 1 to 4 pm and Tuesday, February 15 from 6 to 9 pm in the Nicolet College Theatre located in the Lakeside Center on the Rhinelander campus.

The Understudy premiered in 2008 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. The original cast included Wisconsin native and Emmy Award-winning actress Kristen Johnston and film star Bradley Cooper. Theresa Rebeck is a popular playwright who has also written and produced for such television shows as SMASH, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and NYPD Blue.

As always, everyone is welcome to audition. Those interested do not need any acting experience and they do not need to be Nicolet students. No preparation is required, but actors are typically better prepared if they have read the script beforehand. Interested individuals need to audition only one night but may elect to attend both nights. The auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

actors performing the play "The Understudy"

Scripts are available for a three-day checkout from the service desk on the third floor of the Richard J. Brown Library, located in the Lakeside Center.

Roles will be available for three actors. The age range is flexible (20s-50s), but all three characters will need to be believably within roughly ten years of each other. 

Cast members can expect rehearsals to start on Feb. 22. The rehearsal schedule will be comprised of weekday evening rehearsals, held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. There will be an average of three rehearsals a week, until tech week begins on April 2.

Public performances are scheduled for April 8-10 and 14-17, with Sunday performances at 2 p.m. and all others at 7:30 p.m.

Anyone with questions can contact Director K. Woodzick at 360.969.2565 or


Franz Kafka's undiscovered masterpiece in its Broadway premiere is the hilarious and apropos setting for Theresa Rebeck's exploration of the existential vagaries of show business and life. Charged with running the understudy rehearsal for the production, Roxanne finds her professional and personal life colliding when Harry, a journeyman actor and her ex-fiancé, is cast as the understudy to Jake, a mid-tier action star yearning for legitimacy. As Harry and Jake find their common ground, Roxanne tries to navigate the rehearsal with a stoned lightboard operator, an omnipresent intercom system, the producers threatening to shutter the show and her own careening feelings about both actors and her past. Will the show go on? THE UNDERSTUDY is a dazzling and humanistic look at people trying to do what they love in the face of obstacles that mount until all anyone can do is dance.

Character Descriptions:

Harry: (20s-50s) An experienced actor who has not found commercial success. Used to be engaged to Roxanne. Insecure, goofy and talented. 

Jake: (20s-50s) A B-level action movie star. Charismatic, eager to further his career and perhaps a bit too full of himself. 

Roxanne: (20s-50s) Actor turned stage manager. Tough, intelligent and does not suffer fools. She has a kind heart underneath it all. 

Photo Caption: Reg Rogers, Bradley Cooper and Kristen Johnston in the original Williamstown Theatre Festival production. Photo by Andy Tew.