CORVALLIS, Ore. – Auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s winter lab theater production, “The Taming,” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 27 and 28 in the Withycombe Hall lab theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

“The Taming” by Lauren Gunderson is an all-female political farce inspired by Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew.” It focuses on the role of women in contemporary American government, bipartisanship, the founding fathers and lots of pageantry.

The play features adult language and content, including queer themes and profanity in every role. The character of Patricia appears without pants for much of the play.

The cast is comprised of three roles, with each role portraying two to three characters. The roles are:

  • Patricia, conservative aide to Sen. Peter Baxter, in her 30s, who also plays James Madison in 1787; 
  • Bianca, a liberal southern hipster activist in her 30s, who also plays a sweet southern good-girl intern and Charles Pickney in 1787;
  • Katherine, a southern belle and pageant winner in her 20s who also plays George and Martha Washington in 1787 as well as Dolley Madison.

Those auditioning should be prepared for physical movement and wear comfortable and movement-appropriate clothing and footwear. Auditions will begin with light stretching and warm-up activities, followed by readings from the script. Auditioners should be prepared to demonstrate any non-musical talents such as magic tricks, baton-twirling or tap-dancing.

Scripts are available for checkout prior to auditions in Withycombe 141. Auditioners are strongly encouraged to read pages 8-9, 11-12, 20, 23-24, and 30 or the entire play if possible beforehand. 

Actors must be at all technical and dress rehearsals and every show. The tech/dress rehearsals run Feb. 10-14 and performances are Feb. 15-18. Regular rehearsals will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays beginning Jan. 8. A read-through will be held before winter break.

For more information, contact director PJ Harris at

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Story By: 

Michelle Klampe