Ages: 18 & older

Creative Input & Original Cast
Michael Bils, Brandon Felker, Jana Hutchinson, Derek Kavan, Sara Mountjoy-Pepka, Tim Tracey
Originally produced by and performed at Unexpected Productions in Seattle, WA, where it premiered on August 27, 2010
Directed by
G.A. Klein

This play was conceived through improvisation and experimentation. It is a reimagining of The Wizard of Oz, set in the 1940s, in the film noir style popular at the time (The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, Double Indemnity, etc.). Improvisation will factor into both the audition and rehearsal processes.

Six Actors - originally written for 4M & 2W
Open to non-traditional casting
(Character Breakdown below)

No pay / Travel stipend may be available
Non-AEA casting

Auditions will be held on

Sunday, February 5, 6:00 p.m.
Monday, February 6, 7:30 p.m.

No appointment needed
Simply arrive promptly by the time indicated on either day.
If you need to make special arrangements, or have any questions, please contact the director, G.A. Klein, at 510‑334‑1414 (call or text), or email

Auditions / Callbacks / Rehearsals

at the

Community Playhouse
601 Tennent Ave.
Pinole, CA


  • Please prepare a 1-2 minute, comedic monologue from a published, contemporary piece, written since 1980
    • Broad comedy and/or heavy characterization (accent, etc.) are encouraged
  • Improvisation and Theater Games
    • Be prepared for both at the Audition and the Call Back
    • Dress for movement
  • Cold Readings from the script may be used
  • Check the Character Breakdown
  • Sunday, February 12 - 7:00 p..m.
  • By invitation ONLY
Rehearsals start on Monday, April 24 , 2023
  • Monday - Thursday - 7:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Tech Week
  • Sunday, March 5 - March 9, 2023
Performances - June 9 - 25, 2023
  • Fridays and Saturdays - 8:00 pm
  • Sunday Matinees- 2:00 pm
For additional information about the show or the auditions,
email the director by clicking
Email inquiries to the producer, Patti Clark, by clicking

Character Breakdown
Seeking Non-AEA actors for the following roles

JACK STRAW: A "Scarecrow": A slang term for an unlicensed Private Detective. Stoic and suspicious of everyone around him. Rarely without a drink.

DOROTHY GALE: Young, fierce, and brave, but willing to seek help when needed. Naïve, but no longer as naïve as she lets on. She has learned that she's attractive enough to appeal to the right sort of person's heart... but doesn't like that she has to rely on it, and especially hates being called on it.

ESME WEST: A beautiful and wealthy heiress, accustomed to being in charge. Usually well composed, angry and heartbroken underneath. Perfectly willing to use her wiles to get whatever she desires, and willing to use the wealth and power at her disposal, if her wiles do not suffice.

NICK CHOPPER: A police detective. One of the few not on the take. He's been rewarded for his honesty, publicly. Privately, nobody trusts him since they can't control him. He's been exiled to public appearances and occasional low-profile cases nobody powerful cares about.

LEON STRACHAJLO: A large, down-on-his-luck former boxer, blustering but barely able to hold himself together. Extremely jumpy and speaks without thinking. He has always wanted to be a hero, but his own cowardice has repeatedly tripped him up.

THE MAYOR OF OZ: On the surface, a powerful and beneficent man. Underneath, he's greedy, dishonest, and corrupt. He works hard to protect his image as a kind and professional man, but underneath, has all the desires and wants of a Kansas hog.