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The world premiere production of Ashes & Ink is just around the corner! Hurry and get your tickets today!


by Martha Pichey

directed by Caroline Reddick Lawson

September 22-October 2, 2022 at The Sanctuary
432 Goldthwaite Street, Montgomery, AL

Performances are Thursdays-Saturdays at 7pm, Sundays at 2pm.
Tickets are $25. Student tickets are $10.

Molly’s son is a talented actor who is preparing for an audition to a prestigious drama school. He is also a recovering addict. Can he beat his addiction and get into drama school at the same time? And can Molly’s relationships survive his anger?

with Mariah Reilly, Chason Marvin, Michael Buchanan, Austin Wendell, and Meghan Yapana Ducote

Made possible in part by a grant from Alabama State Council on the Arts.

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Announcements Productions

“Ashes & Ink” Auditions

Open Call Auditions for Nora’s Playhouse world-premiere production of Ashes & Ink by Martha Pichey will take place Wednesday, June 29 at 6:30pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 113 Madison Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama. Callbacks will be the evening of Thursday, June 30. We encourage actors of ALL ethnicities to audition!

Nora’s Playhouse Audition Notice Flyer!

All the details are below…

About the Project: Ashes & Ink is a stirring story about grief, addiction, and a mother’s love. This is a paid, non-Equity production. There is adult subject matter and profanity in the script.

Roles to be Cast:

QUINN: 20, Molly’s son, passionate and charismatic, insecure
LEO: A widower, late 40s, attentive and thoughtful, honest
FELIX: Leo’s son, 7, spirited and curious, watchful
BREE: Molly’s sister, 40, level-headed and driven, blind since age of 7

*The role of MOLLY (a widow in her 40s) has already been cast

What to Bring with you to the Audition: A prepared monologue is not necessary. Auditions will be cold readings of sides from Ashes & Ink, as well as group scene work with the director, Caroline Reddick Lawson (Artistic Director of Nora’s Playhouse). Please bring a headshot. (If you don’t have a headshot, we will accept a photo cropped to clearly show your face, or we will take a snapshot of you at the audition.)

Rehearsal/Performance Schedules and Locations: Rehearsals will be scheduled on nights and weekends, August 17 – September 21, in the Cloverdale area (exact location TBD). Performances will be September 22 – October 2 at The Sanctuary (432 Goldthwaite St., Montgomery, AL).

Rate: $600 flat

Need more info? If you are interested in auditioning and would like more information, please contact Caroline Reddick Lawson at 646-246-2490 or

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Playing at The Tank, now through July 22nd!

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– Darryl Reilly,

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Come downtown and experience!
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“It’s a play that stays with us.”

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whatdoesfreemean? by Catherine Filloux | at The Tank July 6-22

whatdoesfreemean? is the latest work by award-winning human rights playwright Catherine Filloux. Directed by Amy S. Green, the cast of whatdoesfreemean? includes James Edward Becton*, Brenda Crawley, Justin Jorrell, Galway McCullough*, Liz Morgan*, and Lisa Strum* as Mary.
Scenic and Lighting Design by Phoebe Mauro. Projection and Sound Design by Sadah Espii Proctor. Costume Design by Rashidah Nelson. Fight Choreography by Galway McCullough. Stage Management by Karen Oughtred. General Management by Rebecca Lovett. Graphic Design by Veronica Bella. General Press Representative is Susan L. Schulman.

The Tank | 312 W 36th St, NYC

whatdoesfreemean? was developed with the support of Nora’s Playhouse.
The Nora’s Playhouse production of whatdoesfreemean? is presented by The Tank.
This production is an Equity-approved showcase. *Actors appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association