Who are we?
The Madrid Players is an amateur English‑language theatre group based in Madrid, founded more than fifty years ago.
There are nearly 100 members from many different nationalities, mostly from English‑speaking countries, but we also have Spanish members and other English speakers.
Some of our members sing, some dance, some get involved offstage in costumes, scenery, lights, sound, hair, makeup, and most act, but not all!
Besides performing and preparing for shows, we also have other smaller groups to join.
We usually have something going on every week, but this may just be rehearsals when there is a busy rehearsal schedule. Go to CLUBHOUSE to see what’s on.
If you are interested in becoming a member of The Madrid Players, please email us at email@example.com and we’ll tell you what’s going on and where.
If you simply want to enjoy English theatre in Madrid go to Coming Up to find out about our next performance.
The membership fee is just 35 euros per year, or 55 euros for family membership. This entitles you to be in shows (if cast!), attend workshops and other activities, and obtain a 50% discount on tickets for most of our shows, as well as receiving all our members’ news and emails.
AUDITION NOTICE : A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
TO BE PERFORMED: 1-4 JUNE 2017
THE MADRID PLAYERS CLUBHOUSE: THURSDAY 2 MARCH AT 20:00 AND SUNDAY 5 MARCH AT 12:00
YOU WILL BE ASKED TO COLD-READ FOR ONE OR SEVERAL CHARACTERS – NO PREPARATION NEEDED
CHARACTERS (ages are orientative – please don’t let that stop you from auditioning)
Blanche DuBois – Stella’s older sister, who was a high school English teacher in Laurel, Mississippi, until she was forced to leave her post. Blanche is a loquacious and fragile woman around the age of thirty. After losing Belle Reve, the DuBois family home, Blanche arrives in New Orleans at the Kowalski apartment and eventually reveals that she is completely destitute. Though she has strong sexual urges and has had many lovers, she puts on the airs of a woman who has never known indignity. She avoids reality, preferring to live in her own imagination. As the play progresses, Blanche’s instability grows along with her misfortune.
Stella Kowalski – Blanche’s younger sister, about twenty-five years old and of a mild disposition that visibly sets her apart from her more vulgar neighbors. Stella possesses the same timeworn aristocratic heritage as Blanche, but she jumped the sinking ship in her late teens and left Mississippi for New Orleans. There, Stella married lower-class Stanley, with whom she shares a robust sexual relationship. Stella’s union with Stanley is both animal and spiritual, violent but renewing. After Blanche’s arrival, Stella is torn between her sister and her husband.
Stanley Kowalski – The husband of Stella. Stanley is the epitome of vital force. He is loyal to his friends, passionate to his wife, and heartlessly cruel to Blanche. He sees himself as a social leveler, and wishes to destroy Blanche’s social pretensions. Around thirty years of age, Stanley, who fought in World War II, now works as an auto-parts salesman. By the play’s end, he is a disturbing degenerate: he beats his wife and rapes his sister-in-law.
Harold “Mitch” Mitchell – Stanley’s army friend, coworker, and poker buddy, who courts Blanche until he finds out that she lied to him about her sordid past. Mitch, like Stanley, is around thirty years of age. Though he is clumsy, sweaty, and has unrefined interests like muscle building, Mitch is more sensitive and more gentlemanly than Stanley and his other friends, perhaps because he lives with his mother, who is slowly dying.
Eunice – Stella’s friend, upstairs neighbor, and landlady. Eunice and her husband, Steve, represent the low-class, carnal life that Stella has chosen for herself. Like Stella, Eunice accepts her husband’s affections despite his physical abuse of her.
A Young Collector – A teenager who comes to the Kowalskis’ door to collect for the newspaper when Blanche is home alone. The boy leaves bewildered after Blanche hits on him and gives him a passionate farewell kiss. He embodies Blanche’s obsession with youth and presumably reminds her of her teenage love, the young poet Allan Grey, whom she married and lost to suicide.
Steve – Stanley’s poker buddy who lives upstairs with his wife, Eunice. Like Stanley, Steve is a brutish, hot-blooded, physically fit male and an abusive husband.
Pablo – Stanley’s poker buddy. Like Stanley and Steve, he is physically fit and brutish. Pablo is Hispanic.
A Doctor – At the play’s finale, the doctor arrives to whisk Blanche off to an asylum. He and the nurse initially seem to be heartless institutional caretakers, but, in the end, the doctor appears more kindly as he takes off his jacket and leads Blanche away. This image of the doctor ironically conforms to Blanche’s notions of the chivalric Southern gentleman who will offer her salvation.
A Mexican Woman – A vendor of Mexican funeral decorations who frightens Blanche by issuing the plaintive call “Flores para los muertos,” which means “Flowers for the dead.”
A Nurse – Also called the “Matron,” she accompanies the doctor to collect Blanche and bring her to an institution. She possesses a severe, unfeminine manner and has a talent for subduing hysterical patients.
Any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org