The Cuckoo's Theater Project Season Generals

The Cuckoo’s Theater Project is seeking actors of all ethnicities and identities for the rest of their third season, which is dedicated to female playwrights.

Show Breakdown

Women by Chiara Atik

Directed by TCTP Company Member Melissa Golden

Jo March really thinks she could be the voice of her generation, or at least, a voice of a generation. But being a "little woman" in 1800s New England is just so hard, you know? Showing the world of the beloved March sisters through the lens of HBO's hit series Girls, Women is a hilarious, fast-paced contemporary spin on a timeless classic.

Rehearsals begin November 2016

Performances: January 5 – February 4, 2017








Mr. Brooke 

Professor Bhaer

Mr. Lawrence



*Some roles may be double cast

Language of Angels by Naomi Iizuka – A Co-Production with Redtwist Theatre

Directed by TCTP Artistic Director Marc James

An eerie cycle of ghost stories, set in the cave country of North Carolina. After a young girl is lost in a cave on the edge of town, there is a Rashomon-like investigation of her disappearance and the fate of those who survive her. 

Rehearsals begin December 2016 (Table work in November)

Performances: February 15 – March 26, 2017


Seth (M)

Celie (F)

Kendra (F)

JB (M)

Michael (M)
Allison (F)

Billy (M)

2 Ensemble Members

*The role of Danielle has already been cast.

*Specifically seeking actors who sing and/or play an instrument.

Stop Kiss by Diana Son

Directed by Angela Forshee

A poignant and funny play about the ways, both sudden and slow, that lives can change irrevocably," says Variety. After Callie meets Sara, the two unexpectedly fall in love. Their first kiss provokes a violent attack that transforms their lives in a way they could never anticipate.

Rehearsals begin February 2017

Performances: April 6 – May 6, 2017


Callie - late 20s to early 30s

Sara - mid 20s to early 30s

George - late 20s to early 30s

Peter - mid 20s to early 30s

Mrs. Winsley - early 40s to early 50s

Nurse - late 30s to mid 40s

*The role of Detective Cole has already been cast.

The Water Children by Wendy MacLeod

Directed by Denise Smolarek

Megan is an actress somewhere between "ingenue" and "Mom." When she loses an important role to a younger woman, her agent convinces her to take a part in a commercial for Life Force, an anti-abortion group. Megan, having had an abortion, and being a staunch liberal, is conflicted about the job. She complicates her life even more when she begins to date Randall, the organization's executive director. Megan and Randall hit it off and they try to put their personal beliefs aside, but when Randall's colleagues become militant, things suddenly become more difficult. And when Megan learns she is pregnant, it sends her on the personal journey of her life, spinning into her past, magnifying her present, and leaving her completely at a loss as to her future. To get away from it all, she accepts a job in a Japanese commercial. In Japan, she learns of the shrines to the mizuko—the "water children." She makes a pilgrimage to the temple and learns of Japan's beliefs about abortion—the very reason for the temple's being. While at the shrine, Megan meets the soul of the child she aborted those many years ago and finally makes her own peace and a decision about the child she's now carrying.

Rehearsals begin April 2017

Performances: June 8 – July 8, 2017


Megan - an actress, mid 30s

Randall - late 30s, executive director of Life Force, a pro-life organization

Liz - mid 30s, a lesbian, Megan's friend and roommate

Tony Dinardi - early 20s, a pro-life zealot

Chance - 20, the soul of Megan's unborn son

Crystal - teens, pro-life volunteer 

Kit/Mom/Cat - 40's, Megan's agent, her mother, her cat

Dad/Roger/Jim/Buddhist Priest - 30s, Chance's father, a hairdresser, a television commerical director, a Buddhist priest

Auditions will take place on Saturday, October 1st.

Language of Angels Music Audition: 11am-1pm

Monologue Audition: 2pm-6pm


If you are interested in auditioning for Language of Angels, please prepare a song in the hymn/traditional/folk style either acapella or self accompanied (any instrument welcome), and a 1 minute serio-comic monologue. If you would also like to be considered for Women, Stop Kiss, and Water Children, please request an additional slot for the monologue auditions later in the day.


If you would like to be considered for Women, Stop Kiss, and Water Children, only, please prepare a one minute serio-comic monologue of your choosing. Whatever shows you off best! Those auditions will be from 2pm-6pm


All auditions will take place at TCTP’s space, The Nest, located at 7077 N. Ashland in Rogers Park. Please send a headshot and resume to to request a time and which shows you are looking to audition for. 

Please submit a headshot and resume to to secure an audition slot. In the body of the email, also please indicate which audition portion(s) you would need a time slot for.