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Directed by Ti Ames

March 28, (preview), March 29, 30, April 3 -7, 10-14, 17-20 [16 performances + preview]

Sunday, January 7, 2024, and Monday, January 8, 7-10pm

If you are unavailable on the audition dates listed, please let us know. We are also accepting video auditions.

What to Prepare:
Please prepare a 1-2 minute monologue from a published Black playwright from the 20th or 21st century. Think Katori Hall, August Wilson, Dominique Morriseau, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Adrienne Kennedy, George C. Wolfe, Suzan-Lori Parks, Robert O’Hara, etc.

Show Description

FIREFLIES is set in the fall of 1963; four Black children have just been killed in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Olivia is the speechwriter for her charismatic husband, the Reverend Charles Emmanuel Grace, a galvanizing leader in the civil rights movement. As he returns home, we witness their marriage at a crisis point, as secrets are laid bare in this story of endurance and empowerment. Donja R. Love’s “The Love* Plays” is a trilogy exploring Queer love through Black history. FIREFLIES is part two of the trilogy, centering on the civil rights movement.

To Audition

Please email with any questions or if you are interested in auditioning and would like to reserve a time slot. We encourage you to read the script before auditioning. Please contact Kathleel Mueller ( and Susan E. Evans ( if you need assistance.

This Play Contains

• Adult language
• Sexualized situations and physical intimacy
• Depictions of domestic violence and alcoholism
• Descriptions of abuse, abortion and sexual assault
• Historical narration of racialized violence and death
• Use of African American Vernacular English (AAVE)

Note from the Director

As extensive as this list is, the content advisory reflects everyday Black life of the mid-20th century. It’s important to list them for transparency and clarity.

Upcoming Casting Opportunities

Meet Our Production & Volunteer Manager

Kathleel Mueller will get you signed up for an audition, help you find volunteer resources, or chat about what volunteer opportunities might be a good fit for you.

Kathleel has volunteered with Live Arts for many years as a stage manager, producer, designer, and more. She is excited to help you expand your skills and passion for theater!

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