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Bygone Theatre is now accepting submissions for its 2018/19 mainstage production

Written & directed by Emily Dix
Adapted from the short story "It Had To Be Murder" by Cornell Woolrich

Recuperating from a broken leg, a news photographer spends his days cooped up in his New York apartment, watching his neighbours through the rear window of his home. The intense summer heat wave, a growing addiction to his painkillers, and the kind of delirium brought on by boredom and lack of sleep leads him to create fanciful stories about those he spies on, but when the line between truth and reality begins to blur, he finds himself questioning whether he has just witnessed a brutal murder, or whether his demons have finally gotten the best of him.

Based on the short story It Had To Be Murder by Cornell Woolrich, the same tale that inspired the 1954 Hitchcock film, Rear Window (James Stewart, Grace Kelly), The Rear Window takes a new look at this classic tale of a peeping Tom who saw more than he wanted to see. Still set in the 1950s, the play's relevancy to today is undeniable in a world where many of us waste away our hours "spying" on others through social media, while rarely reaching out to those that we follow. A gripping, psychological thriller that will leave you guessing until the final moments whether or not what we're seeing can truly be believed.

March 8-17, 2019 (minimum of 11 performances)
Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace, Toronto

We welcome applications from both CAEA and non-union performers. Please note that this is a PROFIT SHARE and if union performers are chosen they will be engaged under the Collective Policy ( As this is a profit-share production there is no guarantee of pay.

Email director Emily Dix at with your headshot and artistic resume, using the subject line "The Rear Window - Auditions". Please note whether you are applying for a specific character. Those who are selected for an audition will be contacted to schedule an audition time. We thank everyone who applies, however only those selected for an audition will be contacted.

Please visit our Facebook Event for character breakdowns.

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