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Asking Strangers About the Meaning of Life AUDITIONS

October 3, 2020 @ 6:00 pm October 9, 2020 @ 9:00 pm

October 3, 2020 @ 6:00 pm October 9, 2020 @ 9:00 pm

Asking Strangers About the Meaning of Life AUDITIONS

“When a writer meets the ghost of Franz Kafka, it sets off an existential chain of events forcing the cast to confront the meaning of life. This fast-paced pandemic comedy asks the question, can we justify our existence, or is life just an absurd zoom meeting?”

Welcome to the world of “Asking Strangers About the Meaning of Life” by William Missouri Downs. This Elite Theatre Company digital presentation is directed by Angela DeCicco and produced by jj Jackman.

Performances will take place Friday and Saturday, November 6 and 7 at 7pm, and Sunday, November 8, at 4pm.


Auditions will take place on Friday and Saturday, October 2 and 3, 6pm – 9pm. Callbacks will take place on Sunday, October 4, from noon – 3pm. Additional audition times will be available during the week of Monday, October 5th (date and time TBA – click the audition form below for more details).

Sign up for auditions HERE!


All roles can be cast any race, ethnicity, physicality, and sexual orientation/
identity. Unless otherwise stated, all roles are not gender-specific.

  • Franz Kafka – (20-50) A passionate suicidal writer who later discovers the meaning of life.
  • Writer (20-50) An intense writer who has always thought life was absurd, but later learns otherwise.
  • Dancer (20-40) At first, a person who has panic attacks when confronted with the meaninglessness of life. Good dancer. Later learns to celebrate life and not worry about death or meaning.
  • Genius (20s-30s) A geek, apple employee who regularly attends Star Trek conventions.
  • Cardinal (30-60) Holier-than-thou. In with the Catholic God. Scared of heights
  • Bungee (20-40) Druggy. At first jaded with life. Later more reflective.
  • Student (15-25) At first, a dismissive adolescent. Later a young talented writer.
  • Professor (30-60) Vehement. Drinks. Has had many failed relationships.
  • Therapist (30-50) (Male) Thoughtful, reads Freud.
  • Counselor (30- 50) (Female) Prim and proper. Easily grosses out. Passionate about appearance.


Download the script here! Audition sides and character breakdowns are included in this pdf!


William Missouri Downs has written everything from Kabuki dramas to NBC sitcoms. He’s had more than 250 productions of his plays in 14 countries and won numerous writing awards, including 2 rolling premieres from the National New Play Network. He’s published 11 plays and 4 books, including The Art of Theatre, a textbook used by over 100 universities. He’s also directed 40 plays and acted in 20. In Hollywood, he’s sold movies and optioned TV pilots. He lives in a log cabin near Shambhala  in the mountains of Colorado .