Swine Palace will hold community auditions on November 16th for its upcoming production of OIL by Ella Hickson. Auditions will be held in LSU’s Music and Dramatic Arts Building (room 125) on Saturday, November 16th from 10:00am – 3:00pm, and callbacks will be held on November 17th, 10:00pm-1:00pm.

Rehearsals begin on January 6, 2020 and the show closes on February 16th. The show will be directed by Joy Vandervort-Cobb.

All auditionees are requested to prepare a 90-second monologue of their choosing (not from the show’s script.) To sign-up for an audition email stabler1@lsu.edu or call 225-578-9277


In her new play Oil, Ella Hickson transforms oil’s global history into a human story, one that asks audiences to suspend their disbelief across 161 years of action to follow a mother and daughter from the birth of the petroleum industry to the end of the age of oil. Oil moves away from clichés about male oil executives as cutout villains of fossil capitalism to spotlight the journey of a single mother determined to better the situation of her child.

Roles available

There is a fair amount fluidity in the ages of the cast in this show due to the nature of the script. The ages given for actors is just suggested. There also may be further doubling to be determined by the auditions.
May (Late 20’s to 40) - A British woman who ages from 20 to a senior in the course of the play. Confident and determined. She is the mother of Amy.
Amy (20 to 30) A British woman who ages from eight to middle age over the course of the play. She is the daughter of May.
Joss (20s) A man who spends much of the time chopping wood. Husband of May in 1889 Cornwall.
Ma Singer (50’s) Mother of Joss and his brothers in 1889 Cornwall. Tough as nails because she has to be.
Anne/Ana/Aminah (Late 20’s mid 30’s) The Aminah character is Iraqi and speaks Arabic. Ana is Persian and speaks Farsi. Anne is a British woman from 1889 Cornwall.
Thomas/Mr. Thomas/Thomas – (20’s to 40) Three different British men hampered by their weakness.
Samuel/Officer Samuel/Sammy – (20’s-40) A man with a boorish aggressiveness in one scene and a boorish appeal in the next.
Fanny - (20’s) Wife to Thomas.
Fan Wang – (20’s - 30’s) Chinese salesperson selling a new power source. She speaks Mandarin.
William Whitcomb – (30’s) Confident American businessperson who has come with an offer to buy the family land in 1889.
Nate (20’s) – 15-year-old who is full of hormonal youth.
Mr. Farouk (actor 30’s to 50’s) Arabic speaking representative of the new Libyan government of Khadhafi. Very confident.