Rapture, Blister, Burn
by Gina Gionfriddo
Directed by Cindy Shea


Audition Dates:   November 6 and 7, beginning at 7PM
Call Backs:   November 8 beginning at 7PM
Performance Dates:   January 12 - February 4, 2018; Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM and Sundays at 2:30PM

What to expect: Auditions will be cold readings from provided sides.

Show Description:

After grad school, Catherine and Gwen chose polar opposite paths. Catherine built a career as a rockstar academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. Decades Later, unfulfilled in polar opposite ways, each woman covets the other's life, commencing a dangerous game of musical chairs -- the prize being Gwen's husband. With searing insight and trademark wit, this comedy is an unflinching look at gender politics in the wake of 20th-century feminist ideals.

*Finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.*

(contains strong language and adult themes)




Alice (female, 70's) - A tried and true New Englander. Smart and funny, she wants the best for her daughter Catherine.


Catherine (female, mid 40's) - Rockstar academic, tenured professor, writer, frequent Bill Maher guest. Has it all, but is in crisis as her mother faces death and she has no one else. Smart and searching, perhaps for the road not travelled. Ex girlfriend of Don.


Don (male, mid 40's) - Smart and Charming, so much so that women overlook his plethora of faults. Disciplinary dean at a mediocre liberal arts college in New England. Lovable with a mild porn addiction. Married to Gwen.

Gwen (female, mid 40's) - Don's long-suffering wife, recovering alcoholic, and proud of the life she has carved out as a wife and mother. When Catherine comes back to town, she is awakened in a way and starts to yearn for more intellectually. Was Catherine's roommate in college.


Avery (female, early 20's) - One of Don's wayward students. Was pre-med, but discovered beer and boys. Now is working on o documentary with her questionable boyfriend. Super smart and the voice of reason.


Note: Catherine and Don have a passionate stage kiss. Gwen and Don have a small stage kiss.

Looking to cast with as much ethnic diversity as possible.




Contact Cindy Shea at


RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.