SATE will hold non-Equity auditions for the Seventh Annual Aphra Behn Festival on Monday, February 27 from 6:30-10 PM at Centene Center for the Arts, 3547 Olive Street, 63103. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script (linked below). All acting positions are paid $150.00.

SATE requires that all actors cast must be vaccinated against COVID-19. Please bring your proof of vaccination with you the evening of the audition.

Submit a resume and headshot through the audition form (linked below). The audition form will ask you to sign up for your three preferred time preferences the evening of February 27 between 6:30 PM and 9:50 PM. SATE will follow up with your assigned time after you complete the audition form. There is no need to bring a copy of your resume and headshot to the audition.

Production Dates: Friday 5 May- Sunday 7 May at Fontbonne University’s Black Box Theatre. Friday & Saturday performance at 8:00 PM and Sunday matinee at 4:00 PM. Tech will take place Tuesday-Thursday May 2-4 in the evening. Rehearsals will be no more than 3 evenings/week throughout the month of April.

This year’s list of ingredients for plays to be submitted in the 2023 Festival included that the playwright write a re-telling, adaptation, or response to one of the plays on Hedgepig Theatre Ensemble’s Expand the Canon list (

SATE is casting the following roles (character descriptions provided by playwright). Artists of all demographics encouraged to audition:

Bold Stroke for a Villain by Summer Baer
Directed by Emma Glose
Inspired by Hannah Cowley’s Bold Stroke for a Husband
Welcome to purgatory! Victoria, condemned to an eternity of reflection, attempts to call into the void to someone she wronged but gets Elle Woulds instead.  

VICTORIA – Appears to be a modern woman. A lil’ messy, though.  
LAURA – Woman out of a 1783 revenge tragedy who finds herself in a rom-com.
ELLE WOULDS (‘cuz copyright) – Woman dressed in pink.

 Lieblingstante by Aurora Behlke
Directed by Kayla Bush
Based off The Uncle by Princess Amalie of Saxony
Julius introduces his girlfriend to his aunt Claudia. Who knows where the conversation may go after one or two (or four) glasses of wine.

FRAU LÖWE – First name Claudia. Austrian. Aunt to Julius.
JULIUS – Austrian. About to propose to Anna.
ANNA – American. Confused.

reANIMA by Aly Kantor
Directed by Britney Daniels
A speculative subversion of Amelia Rosselli’s Anima
Cricket totaled her meat vessel at a party—but not to worry! Her best friend has an industry hookup and made her a brand new one with all the bells and whistles she could ever want (and a few she’s slightly reluctant about). Now everything can get back to normal…right?

CRICKET (she/her*) late 20s-30s. A queer woman undergoing a major physical transition after a traumatic event. She’s flighty, sensitive, and a little rough around the edges, but goofy and generally sincere.
AVEN (she/her*) late 20s-30s. A queer designer grappling with her own mental transition. She’s a plant mom, natural caretaker, and passionate try-hard with a deep, empathetic soul.
From the playwright: *when casting, I encourage you to use the broadest and most inclusive definition of ‘woman’.



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