Description:  Actors Bridge Ensemble announces auditions for the Nashville premiere of WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID by Sarah Treem

Director: Daryn Jackson

Synopsis: In the early 1970s, before Roe v. Wade, before the Violence Against Women Act, Agnes has turned her quiet bed and breakfast into one of the few spots where victims of domestic violence can seek refuge. But to Agnes’s dismay, her latest runaway, Mary Anne, is beginning to influence Agnes’s college-bound daughter Penny. As the drums of a feminist revolution grow louder outside of Agnes’s tiny world, Agnes is forced to confront her own presumptions about the women she’s spent her life trying to help. Written by Sarah Treem.

“Ms. Treem…finds the feminist flux and foment in an era that has been more traditionally presented as comically awkward and quaint. She has come up with a smart and exciting premise to bring characters of different backgrounds—and different notions of what it means to be a woman at a pivotal historical moment—into proximity and conflict.” —NYTimes.

Venue: Auditions, rehearsals and performances will be held at Actors Bridge Studio (4610 Charlotte Ave; entrance on 47th).

Payment: All actors will receive a stipend for the production. 

Casting: 5 actors

Actors Bridge is committed to producing theatre that reflects the reality of our vibrant and diverse community; casting is open to all without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age or veteran status.
Read our policies for rehearsal and performance here.


AGNES – female identifying, mid fifties, any race, proprietress of the bed and breakfast

PENNY – female identifying, college bound teenager, any race, Agnes’ daughter

MARY ANNE – female identifying, mid twenties, any race, fleeing an abusive husband

PAUL – male identifying, thirties, any race, songwriter, plays the guitar and actor should be comfortable learning, playing, and singing a few short songs

HANNAH – female identifying, early thirties, a queer, radical feminist traveler *preference given to queer actors of Color

Content: Actors Bridge is committed to creating a safe environment in which all theater makers can take bold artistic risks. To that end, we believe an atmosphere of trust and open communication is paramount. This play deals with issues of sexual violence and abortion care. A brief, consensual sexual act between PAUL and MARY ANNE will be choreographed with guidance from a professional Intimacy Choreographer, with utmost attention to the safety and care of those involved. Actors auditioning for these roles may read more about ABE’s policies and procedures around staging sensitive content here.

Audition Dates: Sunday, August 21 from 2pm-6pm. Monday, August 22 from 6pm – 9pm.

To sign up for an audition time, fill out this form.

Format: In-person auditions preferred; 1 contemporary monologue; followed by cold reading(s) from the script, and/or improvisation based on provided sides from the script. Monologue should showcase the actor’s ability to emotionally connect naturally and authentically with both the text and the audience. Priority will be given to ABE Meisner trained actors. Please bring headshot and resume if available.

Actors must remain masked except during audition. We are monitoring COVID numbers and will notify you if further precautions are needed.

In the room:

Director Daryn Jackson

ABE Producing Artistic Director Vali Forrister

Callbacks: by invitation on August 28, if needed. Readings from the script. Sides provided in advance.

Rehearsals: Begin week of September 25, 2022 with a table read Sunday, September 25th from noon-4pm. Rehearsals held Thursday, Friday evenings (6-10pm) and Saturday, Sunday afternoons (noon-4pm) until tech week. TECH WEEK is Sunday, October 30 – November 3, 6-10 p.m.


Friday – Sunday, November 4-6

Thursday – Sunday, November 10-13

All performances are at 7:00 p.m. except Sundays which are at 5 p.m.

Questions: email Daryn Jackson –

Actors Bridge Ensemble  is a non-profit acting school and professional theater company
established in Nashville in 1995 with a mission to tell the stories Nashville needs to hear.
We respond to the current cultural moment by producing socially conscious plays,
creating new work, training theater artists, and offering  a safe home for our artists
and audiences to develop their authentic voices on stage and in life.