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Announcing Auditions for Second Thought Theatre’s 2021 Production of 

SWEETPEA by Janielle Kastner

Directed by Carson McCain

Video Auditions are to be submitted by Sunday, September 12th to


REHEARSAL: 10/18 – 11/12 (First week of rehearsal will be virtual)

TECH: 11/14

RUN: 11/17 – 12/11

Second Thought Theatre is currently planning to present this production in person live to a reduced audience capacity of 40%.  Actors and production staff will not be allowed to come in contact with the audience outside of the performance room.  Audience will be seated at a minimum of 10’ away and masks will be required for all patrons. 


A couple moves back in together. They fall apart.

Their pet birds move into separate cages. They fall in love.

Pecking, nesting, and mating ensue.


SHE/SWEETPEA: Female – 20s/30s

HE/BUDDY: Male – 20s/30s

The actor playing SHE also plays SWEETPEA.

The actor playing HE also plays BUDDY.

They are not roleplaying as birds, they just also play the birds.

SWEETPEA and BUDDY are not caricatures of birds.

Avoid pecking or fake beaks — they are simply pure bird essence.

All Freudian id, guileless, they say exactly what they mean from moment-to-moment, with a 3-4 second refresh or rebound

Contracts available:

One AEA contract – (SPT-1) $271/week plus health and pension

One non-union contract – $1,200 stipend

NOTE:  All actors must be able to provide documentation of full vaccination of a US-government approved COVID19 vaccine regimen for COVID19, at the time of hire.

Please note that this play requires intimacy of the actors. This includes kissing, fondling of breasts, laying on top of one another, and simulated sexual acts. There is discussion of sexual assault in this play. An intimacy professional will be employed for this production. Nudity will not be required. Once the actors have been offered the role, they will be given the opportunity to read the script and discuss any hesitation and/or personal boundaries with the director before accepting the role. 

Performers of all genders and ethnicities are encouraged to submit


  • Please slate your name, the role you are reading for, your height, and confirm that you are able to be a local hire in Dallas, Texas.
  • Prepare and record the audition sides. There are two sides for each role.  Everyone will read either SWEETPEA and SHE or BUDDY and HE. 
    • Please keep the following in mind while you tape:
    • No need for professional film equipment. Camera phones are ideal for at home recording.  Please turn the phone sideways and film in landscape for the best results. 
    • Stand in front of a clean backdrop with good A blank wall is ideal!
    • Please make sure the sound is at a level we can hear every word you are saying.
    • Please use a reader if you are able to.
  • Please email your tape back to us at and be sure your file is labeled with your name and role!  Example: “ActorName_Role”

Thank you again for auditioning and please do not hesitate to reach out to Carson at with any questions or concerns.


Sweetpea – HE – Side

Sweetpea – SHE – Side

Sweetpea – SWEETPEA and BUDDY

Stage Managers, Designers, and Directors may submit resumes and portfolios via email at or post to:

Second Thought Theatre
c/o Drew Wall
3839 McKinney Ave,
Ste 155-452
Dallas, TX 75204

Seeking performers, designers, and directors of all ages, genders, and ethnicities.  Artists of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  Second Thought Theatre embraces non-traditional casting and encourages the casting of ethnic minority actors, female actors, and physically challenged actors where possible.  Individual show directors, together with the artistic director make all casting decisions.  Second Thought Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.