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The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel

Season:  9 performances - June 30 - July 18, 2021

Directed by: Maria Bardakos

Audition dates/time: Tues 23, Wed 24 March 2021 at 7:30pm

Contact: Director Maria Bardakos by email: or by text only on 0432 630 674 to book your audition slot or with further questions

Venue: Maitland Repertory Theatre, 244 High Street, MAITLAND

Auditionees will be asked to read pieces from the script. Auditions will take 15 minutes.

You will be notified if you have been successful in your auditions.

About the Play

The old, converted vegetable shop where Tillie lives is more like a madhouse than a home. Tillie's mother, Beatrice, is bitter and cruel, yet desperate for her daughters' love. Her sister, Ruth, suffers epileptic fits and sneaks cigarettes every chance she gets. In the midst of chaos, Tillie struggles to keep her focus and dreams alive. Tillie - keeper of rabbits, dreamer of atoms, true believer in life, hope, and the effect of gamma rays on man-in-the-moon marigolds.


Beatrice (female 40-55) - Mid to late 40s. A sharp-mouthed, alcoholic widow and mother; her emotional and at times physical abuse is received most by her two daughters; she dreams of a better life but remains stuck in her addictions and regrets.

Tillie, female 15-25 - 15 yrs. A very sweet, smart, and introverted girl; she escapes the vengeance of her mother through her love of science; despite her harsh home life, she continues to believe that all people and creatures are valuable.

Ruth, female 16-25 - 17 yrs. Tillie's older sister; she is smart, promiscuous, and becoming a tad too much like her mother; she is subject to convulsions which are only fueled by her constant anxiety of pleasing her peers and her mother; she is very pretty but there is always something a little "off" about her.

Nanny, female, 65+ - Beatrice's elderly boarder who suffers from dementia; this is a non-speaking role but it is very clear this woman is experiencing much more than meets the eye.

Janice, female 15-25 - Tillie's annoying and self-absorbed science fair rival; she boils the skin off a cat for her science, there's that.

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