"Village Players" "Bloor West Village Players" "Village Playhouse" "Runnymede theatre" theatre theater "community theatre" "The Fighting Days" "Wendy Lill" "Valary Cook"

by Wendy Lill
Directed by Valary Cook
Producers: Theresa Arneaud and John Acuna
ON STAGE: January 13 – February 4, 2023  
 (Non-union, non-paying. We are unable to cast full equity or ACTRA members.)


AUDITIONS will be held ON ZOOM at the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, October 18, 7:00pm – 10:30pm
  • Wednesday, October 19, 7:00pm – 10:30pm
  • Thursday, October 20, 7:00pm – 10:30pm

Callbacks will be held AT THE VILLAGE PLAYHOUSE, 2190E Bloor St. West (around the corner from Runnymede subway station): 

  • Sunday, October 23, 1:00pm – 5:00pm

REHEARSALS & PERFORMANCES will be held at the Village Playhouse. Some rehearsals will be held on Zoom. Rehearsals will generally be 3 hours in duration, but are flexible depending on actor availability: Tuesday and Thursday evenings (7-10pm) and Sunday afternoon (2-5pm). The first rehearsal will be the afternoon of Sunday, November 6, at the theatre (subject to change). All actors must be available for Tech Week (Sunday, January 8 to Thursday January 12) and all performances.


A play about the polarities of public and private lives, and about issues of racism and pacifism within the women’s movement, The Fighting Days deals with timeless moral concerns.  


  • FRANCES BEYNON – female 20s: A naive rural girl who becomes a newspaper writer and matures into a strongly principled woman prepared to challenge the prevailing attitudes of the time.
  • LILY – female 20s: Frances’ older sister who attempts to mentor and protect her while facing her own challenges.
  • NELLIE MCCLUNG – female 40s: The public voice of the suffragette movement – a woman of great influence and some prejudices.
  • GEORGE MCNAIR – male 40s-50s: Newspaper editor. A complex man whose traditional ideas are challenged by events and his attraction to Frances.   
  • THREE (3) WOMEN OF VARYING AGES – female 17 and up: To read letters, create crowds, underscore the actions of the play. This play has timeless issues at its core. We want to use these various-aged women characters to highlight the modern relevancy of the script while telling the historical story of the play. In addition to the on-stage reading of letters, you will participate in crowd scenes and facilitate movement of set pieces.

PREPARATION: Please prepare a short (1-2 minute) comedic or dramatic monologue, on which you may be re-directed. Actors must also READ THE PLAY (a copy will be available upon request). Also, be prepared for a cold read. 

TO BOOK AN AUDITIONPlease email a copy of your headshot and resume to with your preferred date, time, interested role(s), and contact information.  Once we receive and confirm your details, we will give you a day and time for your audition, and you will receive a Zoom link via e-mail no later than one day before your audition appointment.

To see a copy of The Village Players Policy for Respect of All Members, click HERE

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