Auditions for Theatre production

The How and the Why

Company – Aenigma Theatre

Playwright- Sarah Treem

Director- Tanya Mathivanan

Audition Dates- January 25th, 26th, 27th.

Audition Venue- Carousel Theatre for Young People and B.C. Binnings Studios (UBC)

Audition Requirements


Zela – An acclaimed 56-year-old Evolutionary Biologist at Harvard. She is brilliant, confident, and possesses a great deal of strength, though is somewhat reserved at first. She is keen to nurture new minds, and to encourage a new generation of revolutionary women scientists. She challenges Rachel in every way, seeing the potential in her. Zelda chose to put her career first and managed to climb to the top in a male-dominated field, while having to make some very difficult, painful decisions along the way.

We’re looking for a woman between the ages of 40 and 65 to play this role.

Rachel– A very promising up-and-coming 28-year-old Graduate Student in Evolutionary Biology. She meets Zelda for the first time the day before an extremely prestigious conference. She has a radical new idea about the reason why human women menstruate that ends up contradicting Zelda’s famous Hypothesis. Rachel initially seems arrogant and somewhat prickly, though she lets her guard down over time. She is incredibly intelligent, and also incredibly vulnerable. She rejects the idea of sacrificing her personal life for the sake of her career.

We are looking for a woman between the ages of 24 and 36 to play this role.

Note*: If you are older or younger than the ages suggested above, but feel that you are right for the role, please do audition anyway!! All ethnicities are welcome, and encouraged, to audition.

Production Dates

May 9th- 12th, 2018

Production Venue

Studio 1398


Auditions will take place on Thursday, January 25th and Friday January 26th at Carousel Theatre for Young People, as well as on Saturday January 27th, at the B.C. Binnings Studios at the University of British Columbia.

Email with your preferred date and time slot (Type “The How and the Why” in the subject heading).

Time slots for auditions are as follows:
















11:10- 11:30am




1:10pm- 1:30pm

1:40pm- 2:00pm


Callbacks will take place on Sunday, February 4th between 11am and 3pm.

Auditions will be about 20 minutes long and in pairs. The pairs will be asked to do a cold read from the play. Please arrive at least five to ten minutes before your audition time.

**Additionally, we also ask if each person could prepare a monologue, preferably under 2 minutes. Contemporary monologues are preferred, but classical ones are perfectly fine if you feel strongly about them.

Resumes are great if you have them, but are by no means necessary. While headshots too are not necessary, any photo you have of yourself would be wonderful.

No previous experience is required, just passion and commitment. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

The production will run for 5 shows between the 9th and 12th of May, 2018.

Shows will take place at Studio 1398 (1398 Cartwright Street, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8)

Rehearsals begin in Early March. Rehearsal times are still being worked out.

They will be around 3-4 hours, 3-4 times a week.


The Play

“Evolution and emotion collide in Sarah Treem’s thought-provoking and sharp play about science, family, and survival of the fittest. On the eve of a prestigious conference, an up-and-coming evolutionary biologist wrestles for the truth with an established leader in the field. This intimate and keenly perceptive play explores the difficult choices faced by women of every generation.”

The play depicts a conversation between two generations of women scientists.

Rachel, a promising, young Grad Student in Evolutionary Biology visits Zelda, a world-renowned scientist who became a pioneer in the same field. Rachel posits a radical new hypothesis to explain why human women menstruate, while most mammals do not, which counters Zelda’s famous “Grandmother Hypothesis”. As the two brilliant women spar intellectually, the intense conversation takes numerous unexpected, emotional turns, and explores the professional and personal stakes that women have in the scientific community, as well as in general


Tanya Mathivanan-