By Thornton Wilder

Jan 20-21 1pm
hyde park opera house

Show Dates: may 4-6 and 11-13
fri-Sat, 7:00p; Sun, 2:00p

   The Skin of Our Teeth was produced on Broadway in 1942 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1943. Written on the eve of WW2, it’s a vast symbolic play about all of humanity, as well as a compassionate look at the struggles of a single family. It’s about destruction and rebirth, about humanity’s endurance. It’s also, as a double narrative, the story of a theater company putting on a play, with actors who don’t understand the play, confer with the audience about not liking the play, and get food poisoning during the play. It’s a comedy, a social and political commentary, and a biblical epic. It’s got wonderful roles for women and men, as well as a dinosaur and a mammoth.

Character Descriptions:

NOTE:  The age listed is the character's STAGE AGE.
(i.e., actor need not be that age, just be able to pass in that range while on stage)

SABINA (20 – 40): The family’s flirty, sometimes hysterical maid. Evolves over the course of the play from superficial and manipulative to worldly wise and compassionate. A challenging role.

MRS. ANTROBUS (40+): The keeper of the home. Self-sacrificing to the point of martyrdom at times and will do anything to protect her family.

MR. ANTROBUS (40+): The man of the house. Ranges from bombastic to silly and even childish at times, from defeated to courageous. A tour de force acting opportunity.

HENRY (15 – 25): The problem child and rebellious son who evolves to be truly dangerous.

GLADYS (15 -25): Daddy’s little girl. Childish and naïve.

FITZPATRICK (can be Male or Female, 20+): The stage manager. He is serious and in-charge.

FORTUNE TELLER (30+): Grand personality, mesmerizing and somewhat menacing. Will also play one of the refugee/muses.

TELEGRAPH BOY (20 – 30): Earnest and terribly devoted to his duty. Will also play the Announcer.

FRED BAILEY (40+): Captain of the ushers. Character ranges from timid to wise and mature. Also plays the character of Homer, and a refugee.

TREMAYNE (40+): A distinguished Shakespearean actor who is now Mr. Antrobus’ dresser. Also plays the Broadcast Official and a refugee.

MOSES (40+): Dignified and wise.

HESTER (20+): Wardrobe mistress. Also plays a refugee, and a woman on the Boardwalk. Dignified.

IVY (20+): Maid to the actress playing Sabina. Eager and enthusiastic. Also plays a refugee and a woman on the Boardwalk.



Any questions?  Any conflicts with the audition times? Contact Karin Shearer at or Gene Heinrich at


Production Team

Karin Shearer and
Gene Heinrich

Enid Rosenblum




*  Attend either day

*  Please bring your calendar with you to note schedule conflicts!

*  Please arrive between 12:30 and 1:00pm to fill out paperwork. Auditions start at 1:00pm SHARP

*  No appointment necessary

*  Wear clothes and shoes you can move in/are comfortable in

*  No need to bring prepared material; readings from the script will be used.  SEE BELOW for links to the AUDITION SIDES.  



*  Expect 3 rehearsals per week in February, and 3-4 rehearsals per week in March, April and leading up to the shows. 

*  Expect 2-3 weeknight rehearsals and 1 weekend rehearsal per week.

*  Not all castmembers will be required to be at every rehearsal - we value your volunteer time!!