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Hartford Stage will audition African-American girls, ages 10 to 13, for the role of Maretha in next season’s The Piano Lesson on Monday, June 6 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Auditions will be held at Hartford Stage’s Rehearsal Studios located at 942 Main Street in Hartford on the second floor (Residence Inn entrance). Callbacks will be held on Tuesday, June 7 from 3 p.m. to 5p.m.

In August Wilson's powerful Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, to be directed by Jade King Carroll (Having Our Say), a fractured family comes together to consider the legacy of their father as his grown son and daughter argue over the heirloom he left behind.  A ghost story with traditional African-American songs, The Piano Lesson exposes the family's struggles as they attempt to exorcise the demons of the past and bring forth a new hope for the future.

Young girls interested in auditioning for Maretha – a sweet, obedient 11-year-old African-American girl who is learning to play the piano – must be between the ages of 10 and 13 and may not turn 14 years of age until after November 13. Girls should bring a headshot and resume (or bio) to the audition, along with a memorized monologue, poem or speech under one minute long. Casual and comfortable clothing is recommended for the audition. As the character is learning to play the piano, girls may choose to play a couple of measures (up to 16 bars) of a simple piece on the piano during their audition.

Auditions are by appointment only, with a limited number of appointments available. To schedule an audition, email No phone calls, please. 

Rehearsals begin Tuesday, September 13 – with performance dates starting Friday, October 13 through Sunday, November 6.  Youth participating in this production will require absence from school.