Open Call Auditions!

The Triangle Factory Fire Project

Summit Theatre Group Announces Auditions!

"A good play is a wonderful distraction. A great play tugs at your emotional core. A truly great play does all that and also affects it audience by triggering memories and influencing one's view of events. THE TRIANGLE FACTORY FIRE is one of the plays that falls into the last category." —OffOffOnline.

The Triangle Factory Fire Project Auditions

Saturday, Jan. 6th, 11am to Monday, Jan. 8th, 6pm

MCC-Longview Cultural Arts Center, Lee's Summit, MO, United States

Lee's Summit, MO

The Triangle Factory Fire Project
by Christopher Piehler in collaboration with Scott Alan Evans

Directed by Mark Hamilton

March 16, 17, 23, 24 at 7:30 pm
March 25 at 2:30 pm

Saturday, January 6 11:00 am-3:00 pm
Monday, January 8 6:00-9:00 pm

Callbacks on Sataurday, January 13 if needed.

MCC-Longivew Cultural Arts Center
Black Box Theatre
500 SW Longview Rd, Lee's Summit, MO 64081

Auditions will consist of cold-readings from prepared audition sides.

Rehearsals will run Monday-Thursday 6:30-10:00 pm and Saturday 11:00 am-3:00 pm beginning February 12. Please bring a list of conflicts.

Saturday, March 25, 1911. 4:45 P.M. In the Triangle Waist Factory off downtown Manhattan's Washington Square—where 500 immigrant workers from Poland, Russia and Italy toil fourteen-hour days making lady's dresses—a cigarette is tossed into a bin of fabric scraps. Despite desperate efforts, flames sweep through the eighth, ninth and tenth floors. Panic-stricken workers run in all directions. On the ninth floor, some make it to the fire escape, only to have it collapse beneath their weight. Others run to the exit door but find it locked—many, including the soon-to-be-married Margaret Schwartz, die with their hands on the doorknob. Dozens leap from the windows to their deaths, shocking the crowd of onlookers gathered below. And some through bravery or sheer luck make it out alive. In the space of twenty-eight minutes, the fire is under control, but 146 people, mainly young immigrant girls, have died.

The show uses eyewitness accounts, court transcripts and other archival material to create a dramatic moment-by-moment account of this historic fire and the social upheaval that followed. It culminates in the manslaughter trial of the owners, Isaac Harris and Max Blanck, whose shocking acquittal inspires new outrage across New York and the entire country, the repercussions of which shaped social, political and economic policies for decades to come. By using real words spoken by real people, from Ukrainian seamstresses to millionaire Fifth Avenue socialites, it paints a heartbreakingly clear picture of a disastrous day in American history and explores the human toll such a tragedy takes on us all.

Women ages 14-70 and Men ages 16-70; all ethnicities with possible ability to do accents (Yiddish, Russian, Italian, Irish, New York: upper & lower class)

6-8 women to play 12-15 roles (2 constant, 3+ multiple)
9-12 men to play 18-24 roles (3 constant, 6+ multiple)

This cast offers great flexibility! Each performer will play multiple roles, there are 33 roles total.

Sample of character breakdown:

MARGARET SCHWARTZ, machine operator
SAMUEL GOMPERS, union organizer
MRS. BELMONT, suffragette
ISAAC HARRIS, co-owner of Triangle Factory
YETTA LUBITZ - machine operator
ETHEL MONICK, floor girl
CHARLES BOSTWICK, NYC D.A., Lawyer for the prosecution
BERTHA SCHWARTZ, Margaret’s mother

Please see the sides below that will be available at auditions should you like to prepare.

Questions? Contact director, Mark Hamilton at