By Betty Diamond

Directed by Betty Diamond

In an infamous decision written by Chief Justice Edward G. Ryan, Lavinia Goodell was denied admission to the bar of the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 1876 because she was a woman.

Originally commissioned by the Director of State Courts Office of the State of Wisconsin, and the Office of the Chief Justice of the State of Wisconsin, Lavinia follows Lavinia Goodellʼs feisty entry into what was then a manʼs world.

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

Performances: March 19-21, 2014

Performance Times: The Evjue Stage at the Bartell Theatre, Madison
Thursday, March 19--7:30 pm
Friday, March 20--7:30 pm
Saturday, March 21--2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

Janesville Performing Arts Center
Saturday, March 28, 2015

UW-Marathon County Auditorium, Wausau:
Saturday, April 11, 2015.

Ticket Prices: $20; Lower prices for matinee on March 21 - $10

Call 608-661-9696 for reservations or more information.

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


Character Breakdown:
Lavinia Goodell, 40-60, dying of cancer, 1880
Miss Stafford, 20s, a young woman who wants to be a lawyer

All other actors play multiple roles, such as Edward G. Ryan, Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the prime antagonist of the piece.

3 men, 30s-60s.
3 women, 30s-70s.

Special notes:
One actor must be able to do an Irish accent
Two actors must be able to do a German accent
Most actors will be playing multiple roles

Rehearsal Schedule: In general, rehearsals will be Monday-Thursday evenings from 7-10 starting Feb. 9. In addition, there will be a script reading in December, and another in January, dates to be determined based on cast availability.

For more information contact producer Jim Chiolino at

Auditions: Auditions will be held on Monday, November 10th and Tuesday, November 11th, from 7-9 p.m. at the Bartell Theatre, 113 E. Mifflin Street, Madison. Auditioners will read from the script. Please go to MTG's web page for an Audition Form: