The Bridges of Madison County

Book: Marsha Norman

Music and Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown

Director: John Baiocchi

Music Director: Luis Zuniga


Chanticleers Theatre:

3683 Quail Avenue, Castro Valley. CA 94546

Monday December 9 and Wednesday December 11, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm


Callbacks by invitation Saturday December 14. Noon.

To Schedule an appointment and get audition requirements visit :

Francesca Johnson, a beautiful Italian woman who married an American soldier to flee war-ravaged Italy, looks forward to a rare four days alone on her Iowa farm when her family heads to the 1965 State Fair. When ruggedly handsome, National Geographic photographer, Robert Kincaid, pulls into her driveway seeking directions, though, what happens in those four days may very well alter the course of Francesca’s life.



[FRANCESCA] female, mid-30s to early 40s. An Italian woman who comes to America. Generous, luminous, beautiful, and funny, she is now married to a farmer and living in Iowa. G3-Gb5.


[ROBERT KINCAID] male, mid-30s to early 40s. A ruggedly handsome, worldly, visionary photographer. Classic folk balladeer, strong high baritone (belt to G).


[RICHARD “BUD JOHNSON] male, 40s, Francesca’s husband. An Iowa farmer, a good guy, diligent and dependable, but always exhausted and irritated that things haven’t gotten easier. Country high baritone (belt F#).


[MARGE] female, 40-60. Francesca’s neighbor, sassy and nosy. Strong vocalist – G3 to C5.


[CHARLIE] male, 50-65. Marge’s husband. Solid, folksy baritone – E3 to C4.


[MARIAN/CHIARA] female, late 20s to early 30s. Marian is Robert’s former wife, a musician in the Joni Mitchell vein. Chiara is Francesca’s sister still living in Italy. Thrilling and versatile folk-pop voice. A3-D5.


[MICHAEL] male, 18+ to play 16. Francesca and Bud’s son. E3-A4.


[CAROLYN] female, 18+ to play 14. Francesca and Bud’s daughter. Country/rock belter with fluid soprano, A3-C5.


[ENSEMBLE] Townspeople.


Chanticleers Theatre,
3683 Quail Avenue,
Castro Valley CA
(510) See-Live