Submission Deadline: Sunday, March 26, 2017

Chatterbox Audio Theater announces open auditions for its upcoming recording of The Nature of Captivity, by Matthew Paul Olmos. Details below.

While auditions are virtual, please note that in order to participate, you must be present in person in our Memphis, TN studio during all dates and times listed.

Good luck!


The Nature of Captivity
By Matthew Paul Olmos
Directed by Robert Arnold

Nellie, Justus, and Lulu are a family of siblings who remain living in an area that is
being taken over by settlers. After an attack, they are the last family left, but cannot
come to an agreement with how to continue on living.

Place: Anywhere
Time: Just before progress
Cast: Two women, two men

Rehearsal & Recording Dates

Monday, April 3, 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Tuesday, April 4, 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Monday, April 10, 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Tuesday, April 11, 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Wednesday, April 12 7:00 - 10:00 pm

All rehearsals and recording take place in person at Chatterbox Audio Theater's studio, 639 Marshall Ave, Memphis, TN 38103. Scheduled dates are firm and no conflicts can be accepted, either before or after the show is cast. If you cannot commit to being present in person at Chatterbox’s studio for all of these dates, please do not submit an audition.

Content Warning: This show deals with adult themes.


See below for audition lines. Record yourself reading the lines of the character(s) you’d like to be considered for.

  • You may read for up to two characters.
  • If you choose to read for two characters, please submit each audition as a separate sound file attached to a single email.
  • Recording and emailing a sound file with a smartphone is pretty simple. Look for online tutorials if you need help.
  • Try to record in as quiet a space as possible; however, sound quality is not a consideration in your audition.

Email your recorded lines to For the subject line, use “Captivity audition - [Your Name]”

In the body of the email:

  • Include your name, phone number, and email address.
  • Confirm that you are available to attend rehearsals and recordings in person during the dates and times listed above.
  • Indicate whether you would consider roles other than the one(s) you are reading for.

Auditions close on Sunday, March 26 at midnight.


The language in the show is a type of pidgin English, spoken by characters who are struggling for survival on the outskirts of a hostile, encroaching society. Try not to lean too heavily into a southern drawl.

We are looking for performances that are intimate and authentic. These characters must come across as vivid and relatable. Be careful not to make your performance showy or overly theatrical. Instead, record your lines as though you are speaking to someone who is less than a foot away from you.

The show will be cast without regard to performers' ethnicities.

The ages listed below are the ages of the characters. The age of the performer is irrelevant.

No roles have been pre-cast.

Roles and Lines

JUSTUS - Male, late teens or 20s
The protector of the family. Tough, guarded, but also loving and fiercely loyal.

1. Awh, c’mon, Nellie, here I brought home something special that we could have
together an you just sittin’ there pretending you don’t care.

2. Yer goin’do what you want anyways, Lu, no matter how much I care. Always have.
Matter of fact, it don’t even have weight how much somebody love and care for you,
do it? Lulu is gonna do what’s best for Lulu, everytime.

NELLIE - Female, pre-teen
Justus's little sister. Sheltered and fearful, but growing up and growing bolder.

1. One uh these days, Jus, yer gonna wanna know something that I got inside my head,
yer gonna be salivatin’for it, and you know what? I ain’t gonna give it to ya.

2. If I was a bullet… I’d be so proud. Always when I hear them go off, even from that
very first time... always I imagine. (pause) They sit, inside the gun machine. So
warm and snug. Other little bullets snug next to them. (to other bullets:) Hey. Hi. Warm in here, isn’t it?

LULU - Female, late teens or 20s
Justus and Nellie's sister. Strong, independent, and willing to take risks.

1. Gooch, can I ask you. All these years, all these days, you’ve known there wasn’t any chance I’d ever look across at you the same way you look across at me. So what do you follow me around then for?

2. It wasn’t safe because everyone sitting alone by their separated selves getting picked
off one by one. Of course they weren’t safe, because for all your protection, Justus,
for all your posturing about, all you really did was make everyone by themselves.
What do you think your Rose Marie run off for, if she run off.

GOOCH - Male, late teens or 20s
An outsider who has lost his family. Painfully shy and a little slow. His love for Lulu is unrequited.

1. Yea, Nellie, why I found me three or four good cans almost all the way full. You
shoulda seen the way I stuffed my Gooch’belly today. See that, lookit how round.

2. (to Lulu) They all look alike to me. (pause) You don’t though, you look one-of-a-kind.
Holding over me. My God, look at you. If there was anything ever I wanted to be
lookin’at while my breathin’ stopped... it’s you.