The Alliance for the Arts will be holding auditions for the show MAD GRAVITY by William Missouri Downs on Saturday, May 27th, from noon to 3:00 p.m. This show is scheduled for performances in the Foulds Theatre, August 17-27, 2023. To make an appointment, or for more information, please email [email protected] or call 239-939-2787.


About the Show

MAD GRAVITY is a comedy about Archie and Eudora, two Dada performance artists who have built a theatre in their living room. Every night before a live audience they act out their lives. You’ve heard of reality television; think of it as reality theatre. They want to build a second experimental space in their kitchen, but they just cannot take any more kitchen sink realism. Artaud would be proud of them.

This Theatre of Cruelty performance concerns their teenage daughter, who wants to marry the son of Joe and Mary. All the parties involved have been invited to the house/theatre. But when the kids forget to tell Joe and Mary about the live audience, all hell breaks loose.

Things go from bad to worse when they discover that a comet has been spotted in the night sky. There is a 50/50 chance it will hit the earth. Everyone, including the audience, may have only an hour to live. This forces the parents to stop arguing about insignificant things like marriage and start arguing about great philosophical questions of life: Is the comet a sign from God or is it just gravity? And what the hell is performance art?

The one page second act (that’s right the second act is one page long) does something no play has ever attempted in the history of theatre – it lets the audience in on the meaning of life.

This creative and absurd play is the Winner of the 2013 Reva Shiner Comedy Award from the Bloomington Playwrights Project as well as a 2013 finalist at the Eugene O’Neill.


Character Information

EUDORA 40ish, Female any Race

Dakota’s mother – An Upbeat Bubbly Epicurean. Any race/ethnicity


MARY 40ish, Female any Race

An Unadventurous Professional Mother. Any race/ethnicity


DAKOTA  Female, any race

A Teenager In Love


Dr. JOE Male, 40ish,

A Dentist Who Dreams Of A Life In The Theatre


ARCHIE Male,  40ish, any race

Dakota’s father – A Outgoing Performance Artist


About Alliance for the Arts

The Alliance for the Arts is a nonprofit community visual and performing arts center located in the heart of Fort Myers, Florida. Since 1975, the Alliance has been committed to transforming lives and improving community through the arts. The Alliance campus and galleries are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. For more information, please call 239-939-2787, visit us at, find us on Facebook, Instagram or follow us on Twitter.