Below you will find character lists, tentative rehearsal schedules, and more for each production. Click on the production title to see all relevant information.

A.E. Hotchner Playwriting Festival

A.E. Hotchner Playwriting Festival

For over twenty years, the PAD has produced the “Hotch Fest” as a vehicle to support and develop new plays written by WashU students. The plays selected for the 2024 Festival will go through a 2-week workshopping process from September 8-21, 2024. A guest dramaturg, faculty director, and student cast will work with the playwright to develop the play over the course of 8 rehearsal sessions. The Hotch Fest culminates in a public staged reading where actors will perform their rehearsed play, standing at music stands, and using scripts.

The Festival is a short-term, exciting way for actors to be involved with a PAD project. There are no callbacks for Hotch Fest casting. The directors/playwrights are present at general auditions and will cast from the pool of actors who have indicated interest in one or both Hotch Fest plays. For questions contact Hotch Fest Producer, Andrea Urice, at

More information on the festival will be made available at a later date.

Pride and Prejudice

Director: William Whitaker
Edison Theatre
Kate Hamill

This isn’t your grandmother’s Austen! Bold, surprising, boisterous, and timely, this P&P for a new era explores the absurdities and thrills of finding your perfect (or imperfect) match in life. The outspoken Lizzy Bennet is determined to never marry, despite mounting pressure from society. But can she resist love, especially when that vaguely handsome, mildly amusing, and impossibly aggravating Mr. Darcy keeps popping up at every turn?! Literature’s greatest tale of latent love has never felt so theatrical, or so full of life than it does in this effervescent adaptation. Because what turns us into greater fools…than the high-stakes game of love?

Rehearsal Schedule: Rehearsals are Sunday-Thursday, 7:00-10:00 pm, plus a Friday Rehearsal on October 15 & 20, 7 pm-10 pm.
Rehearsal: September 10- October 20 2023
Tech: October 21, 2023: 11 am-11 pm (4 pm-6 pm Break)
October 22, 2023: 12 pm-10 pm (4 pm-6 pm Break)
Dress Rehearsals: October 24, 25, &  26, 2023: 6:00-11:00 pm all nights
Shows: October 27 & 28 and November 3 & 4 at 7:30 pm, October 29 & November 5 at 2 pm
Strike: November 5, After Show
Holiday Conflicts: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur
Other PAD Production Conflicts: All A.E. Hotchner Playwrighting Festival Plays, The Thanksgiving Play

Expected Hours, Per Week, for Rehearsals is a maximum of 15 hrs., until Tech Week.

Roles to be Cast


Mr. Darcy

Mr. Bennet

Mrs. Bennet



Mr. Bingley

Mr. Collins

Charlotte Lucas



Miss Bingley

Lady Catherine

Miss de Bourgh


  • Being a full production, casting in Pride and Prejudice will take precedence over casting in A.E. Hotchner Festival shows.
  • We will work around any student’s evening exam schedule, until our final dress.  Once we open, we can negotiate with any professor over rescheduling or proctoring exams. 
The Thanksgiving Play

Director: Andrea Urice
Theatre: Hotchner Studio
Playwright: Larissa FastHorse

Good intentions collide with absurd assumptions in Larissa FastHorse’s wickedly funny satire, as a troupe of terminally woke teaching artists scrambles to create a pageant that somehow manages to celebrate both Turkey Day and Native American Heritage Month.

Rehearsal Schedule: Rehearsals are Mon-Thur 7 pm – 10 pm & Sat 1 pm – 4 pm
Rehearsal Dates: October 7- November 15, 2023
Tech: November 16, 2024: 11 am-11 pm (4 pm-6 pm Break)
October 17, 2024: 12 pm-10 pm (4 pm-6 pm Break)
Dress Rehearsals: November 19 & 20: 6:00-11:00 pm all nights
Shows: November 21, 22, & 23 at 7:30 pm, November 23 & 24 at 2 pm
Strike: November 25
Holiday Conflicts: None
Other PAD Production Conflicts: Pride and Prejudice

Expected Hours, Per Week, for Rehearsals is maximum 15 hrs., until Tech Week.

Roles to be Cast:

LOGAN – Female, Caucasian looking, the high school drama teacher that’s always pushing the envelope in potentially inappropriate ways. Earnest about theatre and proving herself.

JAXTON – Male, Caucasian-looking, yoga practitioner/actor. Politically correct to a fault, a big one. He’s that confident guy everyone loves, but his logical PC thinking takes weird turns.

ALICIA – Female, brunette, Caucasian looking but has looks that would have been cast as ethnic in 1950s movies. Without guile. Sexy and hot, but not bright.

CADEN – Male, Caucasian looking, the academic. Awkward elementary school history teacher with dramatic aspirations but no experience


  • We will work around any student’s evening exam schedule, until our final dress.  Once we open, we can negotiate with any professor over rescheduling or proctoring exams.  


Perusal copies of the scripts will be available on Box HERE. Please contact Isabelle Scheibe ( with any issues. Scripts are available for viewing ONLY. You may not print, download, or save them. If cast, you will receive an individual copy of the script.