Glorious! 2015. Photo by Gregg Le Blanc.


Open Auditions

Ross Valley Players holds open auditions for every show we produce. To receive all audition notices, please click HERE. We welcome you to join our wonderful group of collaborators in making professionally-oriented, high-quality live theatre in Marin. We are the oldest continually operating theatre company on the West Coast. Wonderful Non-AEA actors come from throughout the Bay Area to play on our historic stage. Our houses our well-attended, parking is free and easy, and we offer a stipend. We have been nominated for and have received Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, Dean Goodman Awards, and Theatre Bay Area Awards.

The 39 Steps

The 39 Steps
By Patrick Barlow (from the novel by John Buchan and the film by Alfred Hitchock)
Produced by Malcolm Rodgers
Directed by Adrian Elfenbaum

July 14 – August 20, 2017


Prepare: Please present one or two comic monologues, no more than 3 minutes total audition time.  Choose pieces that demonstrate your facility with language and character versatility.  Please allow one or both of your pieces to show a British dialect, multiple characters, or both.

Auditions (by appointment):
Fri. Feb. 17 – 6:30pm-10:30 pm or 
Sat. Feb 18 – 4:30pm-8:30pm 
at RVP’s Barn Theatre – Marin Art and Garden Center
at 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Greenbrae, CA 94904 for directions


Please bring to your audition a hard copy of your headshot/resume and complete list of ALL potential rehearsal conflicts (6/12/17-7/13/17). Please state what time you can arrive at the theatre on Mon-Thurs evenings, how late you’re available each evening, and what hours you are NOT available on the weekends during the rehearsal weeks indicated. Please note any specific dates that you are NOT available. No conflicts permitted during rehearsals or performances from Technical Rehearsal (7/8/17) through the end of the run (8/20/17).

Callbacks (by invitation only):
Sun. Feb. 19 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Hours TBA)


Mon. June 12 – Thurs. July 13  
Monday-Thursday evenings AND 3-5 hours on the weekend (time TBA)

Special Rehearsal Dates:
Technical Rehearsal Sat 7/8/17 – 10:00 am- 10:00 pm (12 hour day)
Dress Rehearsals Sun. 7/9/17- 10:00am-5:00pm AND Mon. 7/10/17-Wed. 7/12/17 – 6:00pm-11:00pm

Run (6 weeks):
Thurs. 7/13/17-Sun. 8/20/17  
Preview Thurs. 7/13/17 – 7:30pm
Opening Fri. 7/14/17 – 8:00pm
Thurs. nights – 7:30 pm
Fri. and Sat. nights – 8:00 pm
Sun. matinee – 2:00 pm


An hilarious comic melodrama, The 39 Steps is inspired by the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name. Working with a spare, representational set, and simple, transformative costume pieces and props, the quick and flexible cast of four creates an exciting, fast-paced world of mistaken identity, espionage, suspense, murder, and romance, while traveling from London to the wilds of Scotland, and back again.  

Richard Hannay (actor age 35-45) – Returning to visit his native London, Richard Hannay is wrongfully accused of murder.  Fleeing the authorities, he uses his wits, charm, and ingenuity to evade capture.  To clear his name, he must uncover the details of an international espionage plot and destroy it.

Annabella/Margaret/Pamela (actor age 25-40) – An exotic German spy, a yearning Scottish farmer’s wife, and an aloof stranger on a train, each of whom becomes a love interest to Hannay, are played by this talented actor.

Clown 1 & Clown 2 (actor ages and genders unspecific) – These two skilled, physical, and flexible actors play literally dozens of characters in the play, including London music hall performers, police officers, traveling salesmen, a mysterious professor, a Scottish farmer, country political operatives, and an ancient, gentle innkeeper and his wise, patient wife.



Private Lives

Character Descriptions

Elyot Chase: Suave, impulsive, quick-tempered, spoiled, dapper, flippant, impatient, with a sly sense of humor. 30s-40s.

Amanda Prynne: Spoiled, somewhat domineering, stylish, haughty, adventurous and quite fashionable. 30’s-40’s.

Sibyl Chase: Svelt, smoothly energetic, spoiled, well-bred, chirpy, ingenuous and in love. 20-25.

Victor Prynne: Very proper and upper class, besotted with Amanda, staid and self-righteous. 40-45.

Louise: Maid with an attitude at Elyot and Amanda’s hideaway. Speaks entirely in French. 20-60.

Sides are available HERE.

Audition Sides

Private Lives
By Noel Coward
Directed by Ken Rowland

May 19 to June 18, 2017

Auditions by appointment March 4 from 1 to 4 pm March 5  from 7 to 9 pm. Actors must prepare a 2-minute monologue or read from script. British accent a plus. Call backs by invitation on March 7 from 7 to 10 pm. Rehearsals begin in March. Non-AEA. $100 stipend. For appointment, please call Bob Wilson at (415) 461-8927.

Audition Form  Rehearsal Schedule


Elyot and Amanda, once married but now honeymooning with new spouses (Sibyl and Victor) at the same hotel, meet by chance, reignite the old spark and impulsively elope. After only a few days of being reunited, they again find their fiery romance alternating between familiar patterns of love and anger. Their aggrieved spouses appear and new affiliations emerge, evolve and erode among the four alternately charming and volatile characters. Noel Coward at his hilarious and waspish best.


March 11, 18 & 25 from 2:30 – 5:30 pm
March 14-16, 19, 21-23, 28 & 29 from 7 – 10 pm
April 3-5, 9-12, 17-19, 25, 27 & 30 from 7 – 10 pm
April 8, 15, 22, 29 from 11 am to 4 pm (with break)
May 1-4, 7-11 from 7 – 10 pm
M ay 6 from 11 am to 4 pm (with break)

Cue to Cue and Tech Run Thru: May 13 9:30 am until done
Dress Rehearsals: May 14, 16 & 17 6:30 pm call


Thursdays May 18 – June 15, 7:30 pm curtain
Fridays & Saturdays May 19 – June 16, 8 pm curtain
Sundays May 21 – June 18, 2 pm curtain

Strike following matinee on June 18