The Pain And The Itch

By Bruce Norris

Directed by George Gonzalez

During a holiday gathering with Clay and Kelly's extended family, their daughter’s nasty genital itch serves as a catalyst to reveal uncomfortable truths, including fraternal hatred, infidelity, a failed marriage, and venereal disease. As the story is narrated to their visitor, his relationship to the events become clear – as does the emptiness of the families supposed benevolence and sensitivity.

Did we mention it’s a comedy?!

Produced by Strollers Theatre at Bartell Theatre's Evjue Stage, 113 E. Mifflin St., Madison

Performances: December 6-21, 2013

Performance Times: Friday December 6th 8:00 PM
Saturday December 7th 8:00 PM
Thursday December 12th 7:30 PM
Friday December 13th 8:00 PM
Saturday December 14th 4:00 PM
Saturday December 14th 8:00 PM
Thursday December 19th 7:30 PM
Friday December 20th 8:00 PM
Saturday December 21st 8:00 PM

Ticket Prices: $20 general; $15 seniors, students & Strollers Theatre members; also group rates

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


Audition information:
MR. HADID: A North African, 25 yr old +
(Clay and Kelly are married)
CLAY: Male 35+
KELLY: 35+
(their daughter)
KAYLA: 4-6 yrs old (casting this role will be handled outside of auditions, please contact Director for further details at if interested.)
CASH: Clay’s brother (one year older)
KALINA: Cash’s girlfriend (foreign-eastern European/looks much younger than Cash)
CAROL: Clay’s and Cash’s mother. 65+

Auditions will be held October 13th-14th, 7pm-9:30pm by appointment. Actors are required to come prepared to cold-read sides from the script after a short interview (you may be auditioning with other actors.) Callbacks will be on October 15th at 7pm, and actors will be released by the director as needed. Actors are strongly encouraged to be familiar with the script and subject matter before auditioning.

Sunday's audition and the potential callback auditions will be at the Fresh Market events room (above the store) at 703 University Ave. Tuesday's auditions will be at the Goodman Community Center 149 Waubesa St. Bolz Community room B. If you need to change your audition time for any reason please contact George George Gonzalez to reschedule.

Auditions will include a short interview and cold reading in 15 minute spots beginning at 7pm on the 13th and 14th. To sign up for auditions, please email the director (George Gonzalez) at When signing up please include “Pain Audition” in your subject line and your preferred time slot (on the quarter hour.) If your preferred slot is not available you will be contacted with an alternate time. If all time slots are filled, we may be able to make arrangements to see you otherwise.

We look forward to seeing all of you for this insanely funny, and challenging opportunity!