Auditions for The Waiting Room

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.


There are 11+ roles available.

Tightly corseted English Victorian woman, early thirties. Curious, intelligent and wily. Strong opinions and excellent manners cover considerable panic, confusion, and wonder. The actress who plays her also plays the Woman Lawyer -  HATES MEN!

Forgiveness From Heaven
A wealthy 18th century Chinese woman with bound feet. Late forties, sensual and dutiful, with an enduring smile. The actress who plays her also plays Asian Masseuse and Asian Cabbie.

A modern gal from Jersey. Forty. Enormous breasts and perfected everything else, too. Ballsy, great laugh, but as vulnerable as she appears streetwise, and smarter than she’s gone out of her way to look.

A surgeon. Forties. Excellent with bodies, and befuddled by the people who inhabit them. Funny in the way he always misses the joke. A principled, earnest, driven, and awfully decent man, in an impossible situation. Not that he doesn’t care, he’s just got a full waiting room.

A Vice President of a major drug company. Also on the board of a major cancer center. A big charmer, but an even better businessman. Disarming and utterly convincing.

An official of the FDA. A scientist turned bureaucrat. Trying to do a good job but dying to be liked.

A Victorian doctor. Decorous and jolly, with a tightly buttoned dark side. The actor who plays him also plays the Male Lawyer.

Blessing From Heaven
An 18th century Chinese businessman. A loving husband, with too many wives. Sexy. But above all, proud. The actor who plays Blessing, also plays Johnny – A friendly bartender, and Intern.

A Jamaican nurse in her thirties. Bright, no-nonsense, with the keen insight and irony of the outsider. Moves easily from “proper” speech to patois. The actress who plays her also plays the following six other characters, and is, as Brenda, the keeper of their humor, wisdom, and rage.

  • Bridget – A paranoid, pregnant Irish maid.
  • Jade Ornament – A young, impressionable Chinese maid.
  • A Puerto Rican Health Club Attendant
  • An African-American Masseuse
  • Cerise – A sassy French secretary. Extravagantly flirtatious.
  • Nurse Bruce – A gay African-American nurse. Been there, done that.