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Steamworks The Musical Auditions


Annoyance Productions is currently casting this summer’s reboot of Steamworks: the Musical. Set in the legendary gay bathhouse, the show follows Al, a recently-out Chicago newbie as he follows a mysterious dreamboy into Steamworks hoping they’ll fall in love. But he has no idea what sexy, thrilling, disgusting, and dangerous events await him as he falls further and further down the rabbit/glory-hole. The steaming hot musical event of the summer is looking for strong singers and comedic actors familiar with bathhouse culture to breathe new life into this hit show.


Audition Dates:

General- Saturday 3/30, 12-3 PM, Annoyance Theatre Mainstage

Callback- Saturday 4/6, 12-3 PM, Annoyance Small Theatre


Time Commitment:

Rehearsals: April 21st through May, Sunday daytime, Monday and Tuesday after 7 PM, at or around the Annoyance Theatre 

Performances: Saturdays at 8 PM, Annoyance Theatre Mainstage, June 1 through August 10


Available Roles:

AL- young, naive, recent newcomer to Chicago, just wants to find love in the big city and has no idea what he’s getting himself into.


KING OF STEAM- the terrifying dom top of Steamworks, wields power with a sexy iron fist, becomes increasingly tyrannical as Al gets closer to his most prized possession.


LEWIS- the only straight employee at Steamworks, just wants to find a beautiful, strong, intelligent woman. Magic Mike meets Romeo.


MAX- circuit queen party monster with a surprisingly positive message about acceptance in hookup culture. Note: the actor playing this role must be comfortable portraying and speaking about HIV-positivity.


For the General Audition:

Sign up for a time slot and download sides on the link above. If you have any questions, please email director Ryan Brown at sryanbrown@gmail.com with the subject “Steamworks Audition”.


Please bring a headshot and resume, and plan on arriving early enough to fill out an audition form. Prepare a brief 30 seconds of a musical theatre-style song a capella. You will read for the character of your choice, but please read through all attached sides just in case.


Note on Rehearsal Process:

Due to the subject matter, actors seeking a role must be comfortable performing shirtless for most of the show. Some roles involve performing comedic, simulated sex acts. All intimacy coordination will take place in accordance with the Chicago Theatre Standards, and regular consent check-ins will take place before rehearsals and performances.


Additionally, as the conversation around inclusion in gay spaces like Steamworks evolves, we want our show to reflect the evolution of that conversation. We strongly encourage actors of all gender expressions, racial/ethnic identifications, fetish/kink cultures, and ability statuses with a connection to this topic to audition.

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