Auditions for Kiss of the Spider Woman

Acting Ensemble will hold its auditions for KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN by Manuel Puig (translated by Allan Baker, on November 28 and 29 at 7:00pm each night at Acting Ensemble’s new home, Ensemble on the Avenue, 602 E. Mishawaka Avenue.

Auditioners and staff are expected to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and will need to wear a mask for the auditions.  The cast will also need to have a negative Covid test within 48 hours of the performance. With ever-changing Covid protocols, these guidelines may be subject to change. 

Director welcomes all performers.

This is not the musical version of the story.  Set in an Argentine prison, this graceful, intensely compelling tale shows the developing relationship of the two men who share a cell.

Molina is a gay window dresser who is self-centered, self-denigrating, yet charming; he is serving eight years for the “corruption of minors”. He is animated and sociable. He has apparently been ‘planted’ to sniff out the secrets of Valentin’s Marxist group. 

Valentin is more reserved; an articulate, fiercely dogmatic revolutionary. He spends his free time studying philosophy and preparing to join his comrades when he is released. He is haunted by memories of a woman he left for the cause.

The two disagree on many things and have contrasting views, but are gradually transformed by their guarded but growing friendship and by Molina’s obsession with the fantasy and romance of the movies. 

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script; performers will not need to prepare an audition.  This is a staged reading; no memorization is required and the short rehearsal period is to familiarize the actors with the script and characters.  Minimal, if any, blocking will take place. 


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