Audition Notice

Arís will hold non-equity auditions on Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 1pm - 5pm for

Fighting Words

by Sunil Kuruvilla
Directed by Mary Saville

Audition Location: Robert Mello Studio, 4048 Flowers Road, Suite 210, Doraville, GA 30360

Performances will take place at 7 Stages Theatre Back Stage, April 9-26, 2020
Rehearsals begin on Sunday March 15, 2020
Show opens Friday April 10, 2020 (preview Thursday April 9, 2020)
Show closes Sunday April 26, 2020
Performance dates will be:

  • 8pm - April 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 20, 23, 24, 25 (Includes a Monday night Industry Night)
  • 2:30pm - April 12, 19, 26

About the Play:

In 1980, Welsh boxer Johnny Owen traveled from the small mining town of Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, to Los Angeles to challenge Lupe Pintor for the world bantamweight championship. Forty men from the town accompanied Owen to watch the fight at ringside. Fighting Words is the story of the women who stayed behind.

Character Descriptions:
PEG - early to mid 20s, female, single, wants to be a boxer. Athletic, unabashed, focused. A bit of a misfit. A “tomboy.”
NIA - late 20s to early 30s, female, Peg’s sister, married, wants to be a radio announcer. Longing for something beyond her current life. Knowledgeable about boxing, but not a fan.
MRS. DAVIES - late 40s to early 60s, female, married, a midwife and their landlady. Traditional in values and outlook. Caring. Loves to watch boxing. Puts her husband’s feelings above everything else.

All three characters will engage in some amount of boxing-style movement, but prior experience with boxing is not required. Experience in stage combat, martial arts, boxing, and/or dance is a plus, but not a requirement. We are committed to diversity in casting with regard to race, ethnicity, and body type. Please submit for any role you feel you can best embody. We are specifically seeking a racially diverse cast for this show.

All roles will be compensated.

You will be auditioning with others in 30 minutes blocks between 1pm and 5pm. For the audition, you will be asked to read sides in Welsh dialect . A copy of the script will be available upon receipt of your request to audition. Sides will be provided for review upon confirmation of your audition time.

Resources for Welsh dialect work: (#5 and #6 specifically)
Welsh TV Series: The Indian Doctor, Hinterland, Gavin & Stacey (all available on YouTube and/or Netflix)

To receive an audition appointment:
Send an email with the subject: Aris Fighting Words Audition Request to
Note WHICH CHARACTER you wish to audition for.
Attach your headshot and resume
Please indicate if you have a preference for a specific time slot (between 1pm and 5pm).
All audition requests must be received by Friday, December 6th
You must make an appointment in order to audition.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

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Our thanks to you all. See you at the theatre!

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And as always, you can also catch us at Atlanta’s Celtic Christmas Concert in December.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Arís, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Donations may be made either via Paypal or by check payable to Arís, Inc. and mailed to:

6377 Hawthorne Terrace, Norcross, GA 30092.

Our Mission

Our mission is to bring the theatrical and literary traditions, mythology, and storytelling from and about Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England to Atlanta. Aris presents full productions and staged readings of contemporary and classical plays. We celebrate annual events such as Burns Night and Bloomsday. We participate in other events that feature the literature, poetry, and music of the British Isles. Aris is committed to breathing fresh life into timeless classics as well as introducing our audience to the work of new and emerging contemporary playwrights.


Arís performing at The Celtic Christmas Concert in 2013