Auditions for Winter 2019 Production


Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, an AEA Tier 1 Chicago Area Theater announces auditions for the Midwest premiere of I Wanna Fucking Tear You Apart written by Morgan Gould and directed by Jessica Fisch.

Initial auditions will be Saturday 10/6 from 12:00-3:00PM & Thursday 10/11 from 12:30-2:30PM and 5:30-8:30 PM by appointment only at Rivendell Theatre 5779 North Ridge. To request an audition slot, please submit your photo and resume to or send it via mail to:

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
Administrative Office, ATTN: Tear You Apart Casting
5775 N Ridge Ave., #1
Chicago, IL 60660


Please prepare the sides for the character that you will be auditioning for. We are currently seeking both AEA and Non-equity actors for the following roles:

  • Samantha: (Female, 29-35, Caucasian) Novelist. Best-friends/roommates/co-dependent with Leo. Blunt, funny, successful, and casual. Keen observer of the world and others. Knows how to land a one liner.

A note from the playwright: “She’s fat-fat, not just TV fat.”

Click Here for Samantha sides.

  • Leo: (Male, 29-35, Person of Color) Gay poet/short-story writer struggling to find the discipline to work. Best-friends/roommates/co-dependent with Sam. Funny, sensitive, social butterfly. He makes friends easily and can adapt to different situations.

A note from the playwright: “For what it’s worth, he knows every single word to the theme song for The Golden Girls.”

Click Here for Leo sides. 

There will be morning or afternoon weekday rehearsals scheduled so please note your daytime availability particularly during previews.

  • Workshop w/ playwright: December 3-7, 2018
  • Rehearsals begin week of January 14, 2019
  • Previews February 14 – 22, 2019
  • Openings: Sat Feb 23rd at 7PM / Sunday Feb 24th at 6PM
  • Regular performances are Thursdays – Saturdays at 8PM and Saturday at 4PM through March 23rd.
  • For more information contact Rivendell’s casting director Ashley Neal at or visit our website at


Click Here for conflict sheet.

About I Wanna Fucking Tear You Apart:

An unconventional love story between a fat woman and her gay best friend. Sam and Leo have been best friends and roommates since college, but at 30, co-dependence is looking a lot less cute.

About our General Auditions

Auditions are by invitation and by appointment only, and are usually held on a show-to-show basis. Rivendell hires both Equity and non-Equity artists. You may submit your head shot and resume for future consideration for an audition invitation by mailing to:

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
Administrative Office, ATTN: Casting
5775 N Ridge Ave., #1
Chicago, IL 60660

For general inquiries about our auditions, you may also email Ashley Neal, Casting Associate, at:

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Employment Opportunity is a fundamental principle at Rivendell, where employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, citizenship, religion, disability, military status, or any other trait or characteristic protected by law. This policy of Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all policies and procedures relating to recruitment and hiring, compensation, benefits, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.

Thank you for your interest!

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
Theatre: 5779 N. Ridge Avenue
Office: 5775 N. Ridge Avenue
Chicago, IL 60660


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