Audition Notice: In Lieu of Flowers

By Alison Crosby
Directed by Ann-Marie Kerr
A Co-Production between Highland Arts Theatre and Neptune Theatre


Submission deadline:  October 5, 2022 

Audition dates: 

October 12, 2022 (Digitally via Zoom)

October 14, 2022 (Digitally via Zoom)

Please submit through our Submissions Portal

The Highland Arts Theatre will be engaging artists under a CAEA DOT contract for this production. 

Ethno-cultural casting statement

The Highland Arts Theatre and Neptune Theatre seek to promote equity, inclusion, and access by amplifying voices and stories that have been historically marginalized or underrepresented, and we factor this into every decision we make. We encourage submissions from artists of all genders, ethnicities, abilities, and identities, and will give scheduling priority to those who self-identify as IBPOC, LGBTQ2S+, d/Deaf, living with disabilities, and/or facing other systemic challenges in our industry.


Applying artists should be aware that Neptune does not tolerate any form of harassment of its employees, clients, volunteers, or any persons visiting or spending time on its premises.

We are seeking FIVE actors for the play In Lieu of Flowers which will be presented on the Neptune Scotia Bank Studio Stage before travelling to Sydney, NS for a week of performances at the Highland Arts Theatre as part of our 2022-23 seasons.


Contract dates: January 17 to February 26, 2022 with a possibility of extension to March 5, 2022



Artists selected to audition will be asked to prepare sides for virtual audition with the director, producers, and playwright. Sides will be provided to those selected one week before the audition date. A virtual reader will be provided; however, you are welcome to provide your own reader during your timeslot if you prefer.


Important Note

Please submit through our Submissions Portal and NOT by email. Many thanks.


Eddie (she / her) – 20’s - Eddie is stuck in a contrast of being quite headstrong and equally confused. She has never experienced loss like this before, but firmly believes there are right and wrong ways to grieve. Eddie knows that her brother deserves to be remembered in exactly the way he would have wanted – she just doesn’t know what that way would be.

Erin (he / him) – 20’s - Erin dies before the play begins, but is constantly imagined to be present by Eddie. Erin has a sharp sense of humour, often mocking, and isn’t afraid to interrupt anyone at any time. Erin is a fading, shifting memory of someone already gone.

Cassie (she / her) – 20’s - Erin’s fiancée, four months pregnant when he dies. Cassie is sarcastic and realistic, while often trying to hide her anxieties about becoming a mother.

Marie (she / her) – early 50’s - Eddie & Erin’s mother, very religious. Generous almost to a fault. She’s the kind of person who would tuck in the tag of a stranger’s shirt without asking, but in a way that she means very well.

Alex (they / them) – 20’s - Eddie’s partner. Aspiring writer, current bartender, hates it when people make jokes about how cliché that is, and most comfortable in situations where they can be a bit of a goofball.





Neptune Theatre is located on sacred land that has been the site of human activity since time immemorial. We are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq, and we acknowledge them as the past, present, and future caretakers of this land.

As artists, we are grateful to work and build community here. As stewards of culture, we are in the process of learning more about how our company can improve our relations with Indigenous People and uphold the values of collaboration and inclusivity in all that we do.