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Open Auditions: A Night of Literary Horrors

Open Auditions:
Sunday & Monday, August 15th & 16th, 2021, at 7:00 pm

At the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
619 South Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601

A Night of Literary Horrors

Performance dates: November 4 – 13, 2021

Don’t be shy, you were born to be a star! Join us at open auditions for A Night of Literary Horrors on August 15th & 16th, 2021. Submit your audition form here.

Three short plays featuring some of the spookiest chilling stories to keep the Halloween spirit going.

Neil Gaiman’s
A Study in Emerald

Directed and Adapted by Derek Wohlust

Edgar Allan Poe’s
The Masque of the Red Death
Adapted by Monica Cross

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s
The Yellow Wallpaper
Adapted by Jesse Vale
Directed by Catherine Karow

Auditions will be held at 7:00 pm on Sunday & Monday, August 15th & 16th, 2021, at the theater– 619 South Main Street in the Baird Hardware complex, next door to Akira Wood and across from Heartwood Soundstage. ***Masks are required while not on stage.

No prepared monologues required– expect cold readings from a provided script. British dialects are requested for Neil Gaiman’s A Study in Emerald.

Performance dates are Thursdays through Saturdays, November 4 – 13, 2021. No Sunday Matinees

Ages and genders are flexible, at the discretion of the director. All races, colors, sizes, genders, gender-identities and experience levels welcome! Although this IS an audition, we’re not judgmental, and we hope you feel welcome here and have a great time. If cast you will be compensated by the roar of applause and the joy of being part of the Acrosstown family.

Neil Gaiman’s: A Study in Emerald
This supernatural mystery set in the world of Sherlock Holmes and Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos tells the story of an ex-military surgeon who befriends the world’s only consulting detective and finds himself embroiled in a bizarre investigation that leads to horrific discoveries.

Casting Breakdown:
HAWKER/LANDLADY/ACTOR – Precast
MAJOR – 30s, Open Race/Gender
FRIEND – 30s, Open Race/Gender (the part will require committing ambiguous violence against a corpse under a sheet)
LESTRADE/ACTOR (Comedian) – 30-40s Open Race/Gender
POLICE/ACTOR/DOCTOR – Open Race/Gender/Age (adult)
PRINCE ALBERT/ACTOR/CABBIE – Open Race/Gender/Age (adult)
QUEEN (V/O)
VERNET – 30s, Open Race/Gender
WIGGINS/ACTOR – Precast

Side 1, Side 2, Side 3

Edgar Allan Poe’s: The Masque of the Red Death
While secluded in an isolated abbey in the midst of a brutal and deadly plague, Prince Prospero throws a Masquerade Ball for his thousand closest friends.  But when an unidentifiable guest shows up in a mask of particularly poor taste given the occasion and the circumstances, the entire party is thrown into an uproar.

Casting Breakdown:
Prince Prospero – Male, any age, any race/ethnicity.
Guest One – any gender, any age, any race/ethnicity.
Guest Two – any gender, any age, any race/ethnicity.
Server / Masquer – any gender, any age, any race/ethnicity.

Simple stage combat required for all roles.

Side 1, Side 2

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s: The Yellow Wallpaper has been Pre-cast

About the ART:

Founded in 1980, the ART develops new talent, plays, audiences and ideas while also celebrating and revivifying the great plays of the past. The ART provides a safe place where people of all ages, genders, races, and beliefs can create unsafe theater– thinking people’s theatre– theater that transforms.

We continually respect, and challenge:

  • ourselves as actors, designers, artists and visionaries to achieve more,
  • our audiences as living, thinking and feeling human beings to engage more,
  • other local theaters and arts organizations to collaborate more,

…and by doing so, help nurture and develop Gainesville, Florida into the center of arts and culture in North Central Florida.

As a 501c3 non-profit organization, the ART is especially dedicated to providing multi-cultural opportunities to the members of our community. The theater is open to all and presents experiences for which there are no other venues in the area. It is also entirely volunteer-staffed and operated.