Thunderclap Productions


Auditions are now in progress for the world premiere of Melville and Hawthorne, a play by Adi Teodoru.

Non-equity auditions are now open for the world premiere of Melville and Hawthorne, a play by Adi Teodoru.


Main Street Theater, 2540 Times Blvd, Houston, TX 77005


Sunday, June 2nd at 6:30PM (Callbacks may be held on June 3rd) 

What to Prepare

Bring a headshot and résumé to the auditions. You will be asked to read from sides at the audition. 

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  • Sophia Peabody Hawthorne – wife of Nathaniel Hawthorne, 30 – 40

  • Elizabeth “Lizzie” Shaw Melville – wife of Herman Melville, 25-35

  • David Dudley Field II – a lawyer, 35-45

The roles of Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne are cast. Colorblind casting, so actors of all races are encouraged to audition.


Rehearsals starting July 6, 2024
Preview August 1, 2024
Run August 2-10, 2024 at the MATCH


$750 per actor

About the Play

Melville & Hawthorne follows the year and a half that authors Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne spent living only a mile away from each other in the Berkshires while Melville wrote and developed the novel Moby Dick (which is dedicated to Hawthorne). It is based entirely on historical fact and the correspondence between the two and it fills in the gaps of their relationship. It chronicles their growing feelings for each other and Melville’s struggle to write about open sexuality and race in the year 1851, as our country struggles with talks of secession and heads into civil war, as well as the influence Melville’s relationship with Hawthorne had on Moby Dick. The play covers modern themes such as race equality, sexual liberation, social justice, freedom and the impact of literature on political events. This production, directed by Andrew Ruthven, is the latest from our award-winning John Steven Kellett Memorial Series for LGBTQ+ works.


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