August 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – August 21, 2018 @ 10:00 pm

Mordialloc Theatre Company


Written by Katherine DiSavino

Directed by Laura Bradley & Michaela Smith

Comedy – 3m, 3F, 1 m/f


  • Sunday 19 August from 3pm and Tuesday 21 August from 7pm at Guide Hall, Glebe Ave,  Cheltenham
  • All auditions are by appointment only.They will take around 30 minutes (but allow longer).
  • To express your interest in auditioning (or to request a copy of the script) please forward a short CV and headshot by email to[email protected] by no later than Friday 17 August, together with information about the role(s) for which you would like to be considered (see below for further information).

Performance Dates:  9 Nov – 24 Nov 2018 @ Shirley Burke Theatre in Parkdale (see www.mordialloctheatre.com for full details)

Rehearsals will be held on Tues and Thurs evenings and Sunday afternoons.  There will be a read-thru on Tue 4 Sep, with rehearsals commencing Tues 11 Sep.   Successful auditionees must be available for the full week from 3 Nov for Tech Week (no rehearsal on the Cup Day holiday).


Olivia and Gabe are moving into their first apartment together. They’ve just packed up all of their belongings and driven halfway across the country, to start a new life together in Chicago. Their moving day doesn’t go exactly as planned, though, and things become slightly more complicated when all of their parents show up to help! Can a two bedroom apartment contain all of the love, laughs, worry and wisdom that’s about to happen?  Funny and touching, this comedy will make you laugh out loud and fall in love all over again.

Further details about the script can be found here: https://www.samuelfrench.com/p/9771/things-my-mother-taught-me/

Please note American accents are required for the majority of the cast (however if you can’t do this don’t let that discourage you from auditioning – we are open to some of the four Parent roles having accents other than American (Australian accents will NOT be used)).


OLIVIA KEEGAN (F) – late 20s; energetic; neat; slightly OCD; an architect.    Very much in love and excited about moving in with Gabe.  NEW YORK accent (LEAD)

GABE LAWSON (M) – late 20s; a writer; good-natured.  Loves Olivia, and has big plans to propose to her the weekend of the big move. NEW YORK accent (LEAD)

LYDIA LAWSON (F) – late 50s-60s; Gabe’s mother. A retired psychologist, well-dressed and always thinking of what’s best for her only child.  Well-meaning but over-protective.  Genuine affection & love for her husband and son – comfortable with physical affection. NEW YORK accent (SUPPORT)

WYATT LAWSON (M) – 60s; Gabe’s father.   Good-natured, loves his son, marriage, golf and beer – not always in that order.    Genuine affection and love for his wife and son – comfortable with physical affection.  NEW YORK accent (SUPPORT)

KAREN KEEGAN (F) – late 50s-60s; Olivia’s mother.   Lawyer.  Highly organised; likes to prepare for every outcome.   Very keen for her daughter to not repeat any of the errors she made at the same age; wants her to experience life before settling down.  Has a strong, fierce love for her daughter.  Happy in her marriage to Carter – another genuinely happy relationship example for the kids. NEW YORK accent (SUPPORT)

CARTER KEEGAN (M) – 60s; Olivia’s father.  Loves his iPhone and all the apps it has.  Happy in his marriage to Karen – another genuinely happy relationship example for the kids. NEW YORK accent (SUPPORT)


MAX MIROWSKI (M/F) – late 40+; POLISH accent; building super; may be played by a man or woman.   Pretends to not speak English well but really does – occasionally bursts into Polish sayings (guides on pronouncing these included in the script). (MINOR)


Laura and Michaela have collaborated on multiple productions to date but this is their first official co-direction credit.   Productions they have worked together on include the VDL Award Winning DAISY PULLS IT OFF (Hartwell 2012), IT’S MY PARTY (AND I’LL DIE IF I WANT TO) (Eltham Little Theatre 2015) as well as LOST IN YONKERS (2013) and ROLE PLAY (2016) (both at Mordialloc).