by Molly Smith Metzler

Directed by Korinne Ritchey


   September 14 and 16 @7pm

By appointment only

Performance dates:
December 3-18, 2021
(Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 3 PM)

Acme Theater is pleased to announce open auditions for the play Cry It Out by Molly Smith Metzler, directed by Korinne Ritchey!

September 14 & 16 at 7 p.m.
By appointment only

The Story

Two Long Island moms with newborns, Jessie and Lina, bond over coffee in a backyard. When a nearby stay-at-home dad, Mitchell, offers to join them, it complicates the neighborly camaraderie, not least because he’s clearly upset that his wife, Adrienne, is putting her career first.

“A deeply felt topical drama that takes audiences on an emotional roller-coaster ride that whipsaws through laughs, poignant tears and moments of monumental rage.” —LEO Weekly

“Tender, revealing and incisive. … Cry it Out is consistently masterful in creating characters who feel real.” —WFPL Louisville

“In the course of discussing parenthood, postpartum depression, and gender roles, the play offers some extraordinary insights that will send you out of the theater with much to ponder.” —LEO Weekly

Audition Info:
Auditions will be held by appointment on September 14th and 16th at Acme Theater (61 Summer Street, Maynard, MA). Callbacks may be held at the discretion of the director.

Scheduled audition blocks begin at 7pm both evenings and will consist of reading sides from the play. To schedule your appointment, email Producer Kathy Campbell at with your desired audition date and identify which character(s) you will audition for.  You will receive email confirmation with additional audition information and your assigned 30-minute time slot. Rehearsals will begin in mid-October, schedule TBD. 

*Please note: Acme Theater requires proof of Covid-19 vaccination for all auditioners. Please come prepared with your Covid-19 vaccination card. A copy of our current Covid-19 safety policy will be provided to you with your audition appointment confirmation.*

Performance Dates: 
December 3-18, 2021
Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm
Sunday 12/5 and 12/12 @ 3pm

Tech Day is Sunday, November 28. 

You must be available for all of these dates to be considered for casting.

Character Descriptions

JESSIE (Mid-30s): 
Married to a North Shore native; recently relocated to Port Washington (from Manhattan) to raise her family. Educated, articulate, lovely, warm. From the Midwest and has that Midwestern ready smile. But in private, Jessie bends toward anxiety. She doesn't like empty days on calendars or being alone. She worked 90-hour weeks in the city as a corporate lawyer - until Allie was born. Now she's in yoga pants. 

LINA (Late 20s/early 30s): 
From Long Beach (on the South Shore of Long Island) and you can tell immediately that she is very South Shore. Acrylic nails, big hoops, Mets trucker hats, and a huge Italian family. Lina failed out of community college, curses too much, and blasts Kanye too loudly. But she is also fun, funny, and refreshingly genuine. She works at St. Francis Hospital. 

MITCHELL (Late 30s-early 40s or slightly older): 
Adrienne's husband, works in investment capital. A math nerd who is amazing with numbers, but not people. Serious, shrewd, sensitive. The kid who ate lunch in the library because he was so shy. But becoming a father has changed him. He makes goofy faces now; he stares out windows during meetings. 

ADRIENNE (Mid-30s): 
Mitchell's wife. Elegant, powerful, aloof, and slightly rock'n'roll. Has eyes that are catlike and assessing. The kind of woman you see climbing out of a dark sedan at JFK headed somewhere more glamorous than you. Adrienne grew up on Central Park West and could give you the best-ever guided tour of the Museum of Modern Art. She has never signed an email with an X or 0. She is a successful jewelry designer.

Any questions? Email producer Kathy Campbell at

We look forward to seeing you there!

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