Female Actors Wanted for The Maternity Monologues, A BBC World Service Commended New Play

The Irish Literary Review
New York, NY 10282

Job Details


The Maternity Monologues seeks 4 actresses aged 20-70 to work with an all female artisitc team on a world premiere.
Seeking talented performers who can handle sensitive monologues with empathy and precision.
Playing as part of Dream Up Festival at Theater for the New City. Festival dates Aug 25th-Sept 15th.
Exact dates of 5 shows TBC. Likely early September.

Great exposure. The play has already had publicity internationally on BBC.
Ten minute mark. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000660m

Rehearsing 2 evenings per week, around 6-8pm. Weekends 4-6 hours.
Auditions will be by appointment only.  Email headshot and resume
with {NAME}ACTOR SUBMISSION in the subject line
Sides will be provided. Some movement/dance experience is a plus, but not necessary.
Pay; $100 stipend paid at end of contract


Written in the tradition of The Vagina MonologuesThe Maternity Monologues is an episodic play featuring a unique chorus of voices- all female characters, talking about the taboo subjects of pregnancy, birth and child rearing.  

Just as Eve Ensler’s play sought to break down the barriers of shame around the word vagina, and the recent Bush Theatre production Hijabi Monologues challenged stereotypes of Muslim women, The Maternity Monologues demystifies the female experience of pregnancy, birth and mothering. 

Having trained as a journalist, Catherine Higgins-Moore interviewed women about their experiences of pregnancy and childbirth. She built on those transcripts adding fictional scenarios and voices, pairing them with current events to create honest and previously unspoken dialogues. 

At times darkly funny, sad, angry and isolated the voices in the play are an honest depiction of how these women feel about their changing bodies, finances, relationships and mental and physical health as well as how they are valued from conception onwards. The play offers a uniquely honest look through fresh eyes at a brutal and beautiful timeless theme.


Catherine Higgins-Moore is a Northern Irish writer based in Tribeca, New York. Catherine is a journalist who has worked in the newsrooms of BBC Oxford and BBC Belfast. She holds Master’s degrees from Trinity College Dublin and the University of Oxford. She was commended in BBC’s International Playwriting Award 2018 and is nominated for the inaugural Harper Collins’ Comedy Women in Print Prize. She writes for The Times Literary Supplement, is founding editor of The Irish LiteraryReview and is one of the sifter judges of BBC’s National Short Story Award. Catherine was offered one of eight places on Columbia University’s M.F.A in Playwrighting.
She has been shortlisted for New York’s Pen Parentis Fellowship, the Ted Hughes Elmet Trust Award, the Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year, the HG Wells Grand Prize, the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Award, Cambridge University’s Jane Martin Girton College Poetry Prize, the Bath Short Story Prize, the Windsor Fringe New Writing Award and The Asham Award.
Her poetry collection, Strange Roof, gained praise from New Yorker writer Danielle McLaughlin who said:
‘Strange Roof’ is a collection that delivers exquisite explorations of distance, loneliness, and the constant tug of home. It also delineates with grace and ferocity the price that life exacts from women, the scars it inflicts; physical scars, and psychological ones.’


August 1, 2019 – September 15, 2019





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