Audition: I AM MARGUERITE, Alumnae Theatre

By Shirley Barrie
Directed by Molly Thom
PERFORMANCE DATES:  April 10 to April 25, 2015

I Am Marguerite is a tale of survival, a true but little-known story from Canadian history. In 1542 19-year old Marguerite de Roberval chose love over duty and for her sin was abandoned by her brother on the desolate uninhabited Isle of Demons off the north coast of Newfoundland. In the first terrible winter, she lost her lover, nurse and infant son. Somehow or other she managed to survive, alone, another year and a half. By the time of her rescue where the play begins she is half-mad and reduced to a state of barbarism, her world peopled by the phantoms of those who have betrayed her. This is a play for voices—the language is spare, expressive and powerful—and Marguerite’s story is fragmented, like her mind.

  • MARGUERITE DE ROBERVAL  (19) A well-born young woman with an adventurous questing spirit, now wrestling with a disordered mind, sometimes driven by frenzies of revenge and despair.
  • EUGÈNE Her lover. A young troubadour, a charming carefree adventuer, who falls into despair when faced with the terrors of the winter.
  • DAMIENNE Her old nurse, a peasant, sharp-tongued but totally devoted to Marguerite.
  • THE QUEEN OF NAVARRE (30-45) Her mentor and advisor. An elegant, fashionable intellectual and writer of moral treatises, who teaches Marguerite how to navigate the intricacies of court life.
  • JEAN-FRANÇOIS, SIEUR DE ROBERVAL (40-50) Her older brother. Vain, proud, ambitious, and ruthless. Leader of the expedition to found the first French settlement in the New World.


  • Sunday, December 7th (1 to 9pm)
  • Thursday, December 11th (5 to 10pm)
  • Friday, December 12th (5 to 10pm)


Be sure to include your RESUME, HEADSHOT and your PHONE NUMBER.  Candidates selected to audition will be contacted.  You will be asked to deliver a monologue with verse or text that relies heavily on words.

Alumnae Members will be given priority consideration.

The script is available at the Toronto Reference Library, 5th floor, Performance Desk, 789 Yonge Street.

The auditions will be held at the Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street (SW corner of Berkeley and Adelaide)

Alumnae Theatre encourages diversity in its membership and casting.