Gallery Theater Studio

Auditions & Workshop

AUDITION — ROSE COLORED GLASS by Sue Bigelow, Janice Goldberg

The Gallery Theater of West Chicago will hold auditions for

Rose Colored Glass

By Sue Bigelow, Janice Goldberg  Directed by Gail Cannata

Set in 1938 Chicago, Rose Colored Glass, takes place in the back rooms of Lady O’Riley’s and Rose Fleishman’s delicatessen. Their disparate worlds, separated by much more than the alley between their kitchens, are about to collide. Peg O’Riley, the 13-year-old granddaughter of Lady, has grown determined that these two mistrustful widows will become friends, but it is not until they become involved in the same cause that their friendship has a chance to bloom.

In a series of stunning flashbacks, Peg now older, remembers the moving story of how Lady and Rose formed a united front to fight American apathy in an attempt to bring Rose’s nephew out of Europe before the war. Rose Colored Glass is a unique work – it shows the beginning of the holocaust from our side of the ocean and how two remarkable women struggle not only with American apathy, but also with immigration laws and bureaucracy, in addition to their own prejudices…all in the name of one boy’s safe passage from Europe to America.

Auditions will be held
Sunday, December 10 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Monday, December 11 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
There is No Pay

The play runs February  16, 17, 18 and 23, 24, 25

Rehearsals begin first week in January 2018 based on cast availability.


LADY O’RILEY – 60’s; Irish Catholic immigrant; owner of Lady O’Riley’s; church going; God fearing; has a natural warmth to her although she is often irritable; feisty; raising her granddaughter; has spent her life working hard; stubborn; set in her ways; has a sense of humor. She is an idealist, believing that things will happen if you just have enough faith.

ROSE FLEISHMAN – late 40’s; Austrian Jewish immigrant; widow; no children,owner of Fleishman’s Delicatessen across the alley from the Pub; stoic; reserved; proud; doesn’t let her guard down until the end; stubborn; set in her ways; has a sense of humor. She is more of a realist than Lady; believes everything is a result of hard work – and even that sometimes is not enough.

PEG O’RILEY – 13 at the start of the play; Lady’s granddaughter; intrigued by Rose; can be a little conniver and a bit of a smart-aleck but there is a sweetness there; is moving from childhood to awakening adolescence; attracted by things and people who are different; stubborn; has a mission to get these women to become friends. She is fresh faced with an all-American look circa 1938. As the narrator, she is a bit older, and a bit wiser.


Auditions will be held at 129 Main St, West Chicago.
Schedule appointments by e-mailing

Walk-ins welcomed. Monologues not required. Auditions will be sides from the script


No WORKSHOPS scheduled at this time