Evelyn in Purgatory

By Topher Payne

DIRECTED BY: becca parker

When a complaint is filed against one of the 70,000 teachers in New York’s public schools, they’re sent to a Reassignment Center, one of a series of empty offices in the Department of Education Building. There, they sit and wait for their case to be reviewed. Usually for months. Sometimes for over a year.

A claim of improper behavior by a failing student lands Evelyn Reid in “the rubber room,” where she encounters a group of teachers, some guilty, some not, who have long since lost any hope of returning to a classroom.

Over the course of the school year, these colleagues form an unlikely alliance, reminding each other of forgotten passions, emerging to face life outside in unexpected new directions. They also learn French and workshop a screenplay.

Recommended for  Ages 16+ due to language.

Dates: July 13-29, 2018
Location: Belfry Playhouse
Tickets go on sale: June 3, 2018 (Want tickets early? Become a member today!)


Audition and Casting Information:

Submissions open: April 10, 2018

Audition Dates: May 8/10     7-9pm
May 12       12-4pm
Callbacks:       May 15        7-10pm

For audition details visit our Auditions Page

Please note, some roles may be cast from our Season Auditions, held on August 5, 2017. Season Auditions are open to all, and information is available on our Auditions page.

Candace Metzger (Female, 30’s) The person with the most power in the room, and the least qualifications for it. From New Jersey, tries to hide the accent but fails when she gets emotional.
Evelyn Reid (Female, 30’s) Likeable and resourceful. A careful mix of guarded pleasantry- she has a stellar game face. New England native.
Lila Wadkins (Female, 50’s) Calm, maternal, thoughtful, witty. The voice of reason. The art teacher everyone wishes they had. Upstate New York native, some residual hippie around the edges.
Toby Fleming (Male, 20’s) A bit of a geek. Quiet, passive-aggressive, perpetually uncertain. Brooklyn native.
Fred Disalvo (Male, 50’s) Bombastic, funny, a bit of a bully. A gym teacher from Hell’s Kitchen, back when that still meant something.
Roberta Burke (Female, 60’s) The self-appointed queen of all she surveys. Razor-sharp wit, no patience, and an uncanny ability to spot the weaknesses in those around her. Very Bronx.
Atwood (unseen) The head of the disciplinary panel. The invisible voice of absolute authority. Written as “Ms. Atwood,” but can be changed to “Mr. Atwood” to accommodate a gender swap.

Creative Team

Producer: Andrea Hermitt
Director: Becca Parker*
Assistant Director: D Norris+
Stage Manager: Kat Davridge+
Assistant Stage Manager:
Set Design: Kat Davridge+
Costume Design:
Lighting Design:
Sound Design:
Program/Publicity: Meredith Jones
House Manager:
Box Office Manager: Daniel O’Brien


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*Indicates current or previous LAT Pro Company member.
+Indicates member of LAT Intensive Program