Audition Information


Audition Dates:
Sunday, December 3, 2023, at 6:30pm
Monday, December 4, 2023, at 6:30pm
At 2019 Grand Ave, Suite 100, West Des Moines, IA. 

By Peter Shaffer
Directed by Bob Baskerville
The Story: Dr. Martin Dysart, a psychiatrist, is confronted with Alan Strang, a boy how has blinded six horses in a violent fit of passion. This very passion is as foreign to Dysart as the act itself. To the boy’s parents, it is a hideous mystery; To Dysart, it is a psychological puzzle that leads both doctor and patient to a complex and disturbingly dramatic confrontation. 

NOTE: This play includes contractually required nudity for two characters. All cast members will be on stage during the scenes where nudity will occur. Tallgrass will employ an Intimacy Director for this production. Due to the adult nature of this show, we will not cast anyone under the age of 19.

Show Dates: February 3rd through February 18th. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm

Details: The audition will consist of cuts from the script that will be provided at our website before the date of auditions. There will be printed sides to read from at the theatre. 

Video submissions will be accepted by December 3rd at Noon. Introduce yourself at the beginning of the video, give a short description of your experience, and read selected monologue from the script. See website for details. Please fill out the audition form and submit as a Pdf to

Roles Available: 4F/5M

Martin Dysart (M):  a Psychiatrist;  Mid to late forties to fifties
Alan Strang (M): late teens (This role requires nudity.)

These actors also portray horses and multiple other characters:

Frank Strang (M):  Alan’s Father; Mid to late forties to fifties
Dora Strang (F): Alan’s Mother; Mid to late forties to fifties
Hesther Solomon (F): a Magistrate; Mid to late forties to fifties
Jill Mason (F): A girl who works at the stables; early twenties (This role requires nudity.)
Harry Dalton (M):  A Stable owner; mid to late forties to fifties
Horseman (M):  Mid-twenties to thirties
A Nurse (F):  Late twenties to fifties

Sides for Equus Auditions

Monologues to be used by those submitting video auditions:
Dysart- page 7 beginning with “one particular” and ending with “what use is grief?”
Dora – page 69 beginning with “look doctor you…” and ending with “whatever has happened has happened.”

Sides for website:

Dysart and Hesther pp. 9-11 beginning with Hesther: “Hello, Martin…” and ending with Hesther: “Alan Strang.”

Horseman, Frank, Dora and Alan pp. 30-33 beginning with Horseman: “Whoa” ending with Horseman: “Oh bugger off! Sorry chum.”

Hesther, Dysart, Nurse, Alan pp. 16-17 beginning with Hesther: “He has nightmares? ending with Hesther: “Oh really!”

Dysart and Alan pp. 27-29 beginning withDysart: “Hallo. How are you this morning?” and ending with Alan: “On a beach…”

Frank and Dora pp. 17-18 beginning with Frank: “It may not look like that..” and ending with Frankn: “I’m sorry old chum…”

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