nimbus - Auditions for "Ludlow"


nimbus will hold auditions for its fall 2017 show, Ludlow, by Josh Cragun, on June 11 & 13. 

Sunday, June 11: 1 - 4 pm

Tuesday, June 13: 7 - 10pm


Callbacks - Wednesday, June 14, 7pm


Ludlow will be a new play, written by nimbus co-Artistic Director Josh Cragun and directed by co-Artistic Director Liz Neerland. The play focuses on the most dramatic part of the country's deadliest labor battle, in which nearly 200 died in armed conflict between 1913 and 1914.

An ensemble-based work, the play will be built around an group of actors who will work together to shape the narrative and the characters in it. The work of the ensemble will be grounded in historical research about the Ludlow masacre, the Colorado Coalfield war, and the great context of labor issues at the end of the 19th and begining of the 20th centuries.


Available Roles:

Some actors will be cast in roles based on known historical figures, while other characters will be created based on historical accounts of workers, guards, and the like. Some of the historical figures to be portrayed will likely include:

  • George W. Belcher - A detective working for the mine companies who killed George Lippiatt, a union organizer.
  • Louis Tikas - Union organizer and leader of the Greek miners
  • Karl Linderfelt - National guardsman known for his brutal suppression of miners.
  • John D. Rockefeller, Jr. - Owner of the largest mines and son of the oil baron.
  • Jefferson B. Farr- Sherrif who ran a corrupt political system supported by the mining companies.
  • Mother Jones- Famous union organizer who help galvanize workers to strike
  • Patria Valdez- Mother of three who burned to death in the massacre.
  • Mary Thomas- A gifted singer who was a popular attraction at organizing rallies. 

This is an ensemble production: most actors will play multiple roles, even if they have been assigned a primary character. As it is a new work, the size and number of roles may shift during the creation process.

Mine workers and inhabitants of the area came from diverse backgrounds. African Americans fleeing the south, immigrants from Eastern Europe, Latinos, and Asians all were working in the mines at the time. Actors of all age ranges, ethnicities, genders, and abilities are encouraged to apply.

Important dates:

June 11 & 13 - Auditions

June 14 - Callbacks

July 8 - 11 - Table work

July 15 & 16; August 15, 22, 26, 27, 30; September 5 - Script work (dates subject to change based on cast availability)

September 6 - Eye opener (staged reading)

September 18 - regular rehearsals begin

Rehearsals generally are Sunday- Thursday evenings, 7-10pm

October 29 - 10 out of 12 rehearsal

October 30 - November 3 -  Tech rehearsal

November 4 - Opening Night

November 19 - Closing Night

Performances are Thursdays at 7:30, Friday and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm, with one Monday show on November 13 at 7:30pm. 



Contact information

Liz Neerland
Web site

Posted June 6