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Auditions for "The Waiting Room" set for Aug. 24

Penn State Altoona will host auditions for the fall 2017 production of Lisa Loomer's The Waiting Room Thursday, August 24, 2017, from 6 - 9 p.m. in rooms 101-103 of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. Additional auditions may be held at the same time and locaiton on Friday, August 25. The production is under the direction of Naomi Hatsfelt Baker, who can be contacted at

Those auditioning may bring a prepared monologue or read aloud from the script. Performances are October 25 - 28, 2017 with rehearsals beginning September 12. Rehearsals will generally run in the evenings, Monday through Friday with some weekends for technical rehearsals and performances. Students receive academic credit through THEA 429 for participating. Roles are open to Penn State Altoona students, employees, and members of the surrounding community.

The Waiting Room is a dark comedy about the timeless quest for beauty – and its cost. Three women from different centuries meet in a modern doctor’s waiting room. Forgiveness From Heaven is an eighteenth-century Chinese woman whose bound feet are causing her to lose her toes. Victoria is a nineteenth-century tightly corseted English woman suffering from what was commonly known as "hysteria." Then there is Wanda, a modern gal from New Jersey who is having problems with her silicone breasts. Husbands, doctors, Freud, the drug industry and the FDA all come under examination. The play is a wild ride through medical and sexual politics, including the politics of the ever-present battle with breast cancer.

A list of available roles can be found on the Penn State Altoona Theatre Arts page.